Related Midwest Drives an 1,100-Foot-Tall Nail Into The Chicago Spire’s Coffin
May15

Related Midwest Drives an 1,100-Foot-Tall Nail Into The Chicago Spire’s Coffin

If you’ve spent the last eight years waiting for someone to drive the final nail into The Chicago Spire’s coffin, Related Midwest is your carpenter. Tonight the River North real estate developer pulled the cloak off of a duo of towers it plans to erect at the site of Chicago’s most magnificent hole — 400 Lake Shore Drive. 400 is an SOM design crafted by David Childs, known mostly for his work on such New York...

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What Apple Thinks of Chicago’s Architecture
Mar28

What Apple Thinks of Chicago’s Architecture

Unless you also blew away every one of your news apps while you were deleting Facebook over the weekend, you know that Apple held a town hall meeting in Chicago.  One of a very few that have ever been taken outside of northern California. The event was held at Lane Tech High School in North Center, a school known for producing everything from scientists to TV news anchors in abundance. During its presentation, Apple paid homage to the...

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One Bennett Park Peeks in on Grant Park
Mar27

One Bennett Park Peeks in on Grant Park

You’d expect a building with the statue of One Bennett Park (451 East Grand Avenue) to offer incredible views.  Now we can see just how incredible. In the photograph above of the construction of the 836-foot-tall One Bennett Park, taken from One Grant Park by Joe Zekas of YoChicago!, we can see a huge portion of the tower rising above Streeterville and Lakeshore East, gazing upon Grant Park. We also see that the amazing view...

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GEMS Upper School Gets More Permits
Feb12

GEMS Upper School Gets More Permits

The second GEMS World Academy (355 East Wacker Drive) school building in Lakeshore East has been given the green light to start another round of construction.  The City of Chicago has issued permits to start work on the part of the bKL Architecture project that you might actually see. FOUNDATION AND SUPERSTRUCTURE FROM LOWER WACKER TO UPPER WACKER TO INCLUDE UNDERSLAB PLUMBING FOR PROPOSED 13-STORY GRADE 8 – 12 SCHOOL.  CAISSON...

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If Everyone in Chicagoland Chips in $100, We Can Buy The Vista Tower
Feb01

If Everyone in Chicagoland Chips in $100, We Can Buy The Vista Tower

It’s been said that you should always trust your gut.  Well, we didn’t.  And that’s why we’re bringing you this story on Thursday instead of last Friday. Last Friday we wrote a story laying out the dots for readers to connect.  It was a speculation piece about whether China’s now-fourth-richest man would start shopping around Chicago’s Vista Tower development.  But we shelved the piece because...

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Vista Tower Comes Into View
Aug23

Vista Tower Comes Into View

The Vista Tower (363 East Wacker Drive) — one of Chicago’s near-future showcase pieces — is rising quickly along the main branch of the Chicago River.  So quickly that it’s already visible to passing tour boats. These pictures from Joe Zekas at YoChicago! show not only the Studio Gang-designed building going up, but also the column-free area in the center, where East Upper Wacker Drive will finally be connected to North...

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One Bennett Park Joins The Streeterville Skyline
Jul26

One Bennett Park Joins The Streeterville Skyline

Streeterville’s newest skyscraper is making its presence known in the neighborhood skyline. New photos sent in by Joe Zekas over at YoChicago! show One Bennett Park has reached at least its 40th floor, and is probably taller than that by the time you read this. 1BP, as its friends call it, will eventually reach 70 stories, and over 820 feet in height.  Along with Building I at Lakeshore East, and the Vista Tower, it is among...

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Chicago’s Vista Tower Loses Its 83rd Floor So People Won’t be “Afraid for Their Safety”
Jul17

Chicago’s Vista Tower Loses Its 83rd Floor So People Won’t be “Afraid for Their Safety”

It’s not uncommon for a major construction project to change after it’s already started.  Look at Wolf Point West, which had its 43rd and 45th floor setbacks moved to the 45th and 46th floors, creating two more residences.  Or the Skinner West Elementary School addition which is gaining a floor, long after just three were approved by the city. In the case of Jeanne Gang’s spectacular 95-story Vista Tower going up at...

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Grant Park’s Newest Anchor Inching Skyward
Jun12

Grant Park’s Newest Anchor Inching Skyward

Eight floors is a long way from 76, but it’s a lot closer than zero.  Especially when you’re talking about building a skyscraper on the south end of Grant Park. The skyscraper in question is One Grant Park, the 829-foot-tall residential tower designed by Rafael Viñoly for Crescent Heights.  Last week the City of Chicago issued another construction permit for the project, allowing it to climb to the not-so-dizzying height...

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Just Out of the Ground and Already the Vista Tower is Bracing for Chicago Wind
Feb22

Just Out of the Ground and Already the Vista Tower is Bracing for Chicago Wind

One day way back in 2003 we wandered up on East Upper Randolph Street and gazed down at a lone bulldozer grading the warm brown earth that once was an urban golf course into the gentle slopes that would one day characterize Chicago’s Lakeshore East development.  The construction work hasn’t stopped since. Though we’re 14 years into this blog writing about Lakeshore East, and almost 48 years since it was first...

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