Water Tower Place Gets Two New Tourist Attractions
Apr14

Water Tower Place Gets Two New Tourist Attractions

Oprah may have left the building, but the late Harry Caray is only just moving in. The chain of eateries started by the late sportscaster will soon open a new outpost in Water Tower Place (835 North Michigan Avenue) along with a sports museum. Englewood Construction did the heavy lifting to make it happen, and sent along this press release about the project: Englewood Construction Food Service and Restaurant Group Completes Harry...

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Flashback Friday: Water Tower Place Under Construction
Feb28

Flashback Friday: Water Tower Place Under Construction

Wandering around the vast, dark interwebs the other day I came across this image.  It’s a still frame taken from the opening sequence of season four of the Bob Newhart Show.  You can see the construction fencing is still up around Water Tower Place (845 North Michigan Avenue), and what is now Macy’s is still marked with a big “Marshall Field & Company” logo. If you’re feeling nostalgic, the Bob...

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New Screen Lights Up Water Tower Place
Jul23

New Screen Lights Up Water Tower Place

  Let’s face it — the entrances to the Water Tower Place shopping mall (845 North Michigan Avenue) are awkward.  General Growth Properties has done what it can with them, but whether you’re coming in from Michigan Avenue or from the de facto smoking lounge by the theater, navigation is hard. Fortunately, great lengths have been gone to in order to make the experience at least visually stimulating.  And the...

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Chicago in Blue, Gold, and Green
Aug20

Chicago in Blue, Gold, and Green

Wedged between a deep blue sky and an emerald green Lake Michigan, Chicago’s Gold Coast skyscrapers stretch north along the shoreline.   If you like this photograph, click here to order it as a poster or...

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Mediawatch: WMAQ-TV

A WMAQ-TV live truck parked next to Water Tower Place (845 North Michigan...

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Mediawatch: WSNS-TV

I’ve never understood my interest in radio and television live trucks, so I won’t try to explain why this is here. It’s a WSNS-TV live truck parked next to Water Tower Place (845 North Michigan...

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Video and pics: Helicopter Lift at Water Tower Place

Several streets in the Gold Coast were shut down this morning so that new HVAC units could be lifted to the roof of Water Tower Place (845 North Michigan Avenue). The sky crane picked up the HVAC units one at a time from the ball field at nearby Lake Shore Park, ferried them down Chicago Avenue, and then up to the top of the skyscraper.  Getting them over that lip is quite a feat, as it is 1,059 feet high. The original lift was...

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General Growth Properties Goes Bankrupt

In news that may or may not be shocking, depending on your point of view, Chicago mall owner General Growth Properties has gone bankrupt. You can read the official press release here . General Growth, from its squat ugly building on Wacker Drive , ran a retailing empire, including some of the most high-end shopping centers in America.  Around these parts, it is best known for Water Tower Place , though it also owns the Lincolnshire...

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