Spring Brings A High Rise to Randolph Street
Apr04

Spring Brings A High Rise to Randolph Street

It was just about a year ago that we told you about crews planting building seeds at 609 West Randolph Street. Eleven months later, a high-rise is sprouting, just in time for Spring. 601 West Randolph under construction in March, 2021. (Courtesy of West Loop Spy Kurt.) As usual, West Loop Spy Kurt can be counted on to aim his iPhone 11 at the scene, and send us these pictures of the tower crane being assembled. Though this Vista...

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Heavy Construction Equipment Arrives For New West Loop Building
Jan24

Heavy Construction Equipment Arrives For New West Loop Building

Dirt has started to move in the West Loop, where heavy equipment is on the scene at 601 West Randolph Street. West Loop Spy Kurt was there, and slipped this into our tip line: 601 West Randolph under construction in January, 2021 (Courtesy of West Loop Spy Kurt) Technically, the equipment is at 609 West Randolph, but the new building the gear is going to create will use the 601 address currently assigned to the Code Orange building...

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Prep Underway For New West Loop High-Rise
Jan11

Prep Underway For New West Loop High-Rise

If you’re a fan of West Loop development, thank the eagle eyes of fellow reader West Loop Spy Kurt for letting us all know that things are starting to happen at 601 West Randolph Street. Rendering of 601 west Randolph (Va the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly) Kurt says Jersey barriers have gone up along Randolph Street. It’s a sure sign that scaffolding, hard hats, and heavy equipment are on the way. He also notes that...

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You Called It: New Office Building Coming to the West Loop
Aug02

You Called It: New Office Building Coming to the West Loop

Back in May of this year, we relayed to you a photograph that West Loop Spy Kurt jammed into our tip line showing soil sampling rigs tasting the dirt beneath 609 West Randolph Street. Usually if someone is paying for that kind of work, there’s a reason; and now we know the reason: a 15-story office building Rendering of 609 west Randolph (Va the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly) 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly was the...

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Signs of Skyscrapers Future in the West Loop
May30

Signs of Skyscrapers Future in the West Loop

If you spent your time in quarantine thinking that the West Loop could use another skyscraper, there’s a chance you may get your wish. Something happening at 609ish West Randolph (Courtesy of West Loop Spy Kurt) West Loop Spy Kurt slotted the photograph above into our tip line recently.  It shows some soil sampling sommeliers slurping select specimens from beneath the bitumen at 609ish West Randolph Street.  Until recently, that...

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We’ve Got a Tower Crane, How ‘Bout You?
Aug02

We’ve Got a Tower Crane, How ‘Bout You?

Now you’ve got that stuck in your head for the rest of the day, thanks to West Loop Spy Kurt who not only sent in the crane photos for today’s crane update, but also suggested the cheeseball headline. There was no way we were going to pass that one up. The crane is for 165 North Des Plaines Street, the 14-story, 199-unit residential building designed by GREC Architects for Gerding Edlin and being powered into place by...

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Defrosting West Loop Pocket Park a Sign of Skyscrapers to Come
Feb17

Defrosting West Loop Pocket Park a Sign of Skyscrapers to Come

It’s been 15 years since the Lincoln Park Zoo’s last groundhog went to that big leaf-lined burrow in the sky, so there’s no official way to tell if spring is coming early to Chicago.  But if you’re looking for a substitute, keep an eye out for hardhats at 590 West Madison Street. Like an indecisive fat guy’s Hungry Man dinner, the half-built pocket park for the 590 West Madison skyscraper is slowly going...

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Status Update: This Crane’s Chicago Business
Jul07

Status Update: This Crane’s Chicago Business

The hotel sammitch being built on the west side of downtown Chicago should soon make its mark in the city’s skyline. West Loop Spy Kurt sent in this photo of the crane for 108 North Jefferson going about its business of building Chicago’s latest hotels — a VOA-designed 23-story combination Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites. Construction work has been underway since at least April, but Kurt tells us that the official...

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