Completing Wolf Point: Salesforce Tower Chicago and Its Semi-Public Observation Floor
Dec03

Completing Wolf Point: Salesforce Tower Chicago and Its Semi-Public Observation Floor

The Salesforce Tower is the most skyline-defining building to land in San Francisco since SCB’s One Rincon Hill.  Now Chicago is getting a Salesforce Tower of its own. Hines made the announcement Friday that San Francisco’s largest non-gub’mint employer will expand its cloud in the Windy City, and sent over the nifty rendering above, showing what  Salesforce Tower Chicago will look like.  You probably remember it as...

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Wolf Point East Becoming a Thing
May31

Wolf Point East Becoming a Thing

The second sister of Wolf Point is starting to look like a thing.  The photos above and below, sent in by River North Spy Chris, show the residential tower is just about ready to rise above street level. Wolf Point East is the second of three skyscrapers slotting into what used to be a surface parking lot in front of River North Point (350 North Orleans Street). Wolf Point West, designed by The Loop’s bKL Architecture, opened...

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Construction Crews Pounding Sand at Wolf Point East
Sep06

Construction Crews Pounding Sand at Wolf Point East

Word on the street is that living near Wolf Point has gone from the dirge of caisson drilling to the relentless pounding of sheet piling being pounded relentlessly. Loop Spy Chris sent in the photograph above showing the ongoing pounding underway at 313 West Wolf Point Plaza.  But we’re told that mere pictures can’t capture the noise and vibrations rippling through the neighborhood.  Such is life in the big city. Before...

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More Tidbits Trickle Out About Wolf Point East (And a few about Wolf Point South)
Oct04

More Tidbits Trickle Out About Wolf Point East (And a few about Wolf Point South)

  With Wolf Point West all wrapped up with a bow, we’re just weeks away from the start of Wolf Point East, the middle child of the Wolf Point siblings; and what a child it’s shaping up to be. New documents released by 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly’s office show us more about the East tower than we’ve ever known before.  You can cruise through them at your leisure here, or just read below where...

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Two Crumbs of Stale Information Set Off Wolf Point Feeding Frenzy
Sep22

Two Crumbs of Stale Information Set Off Wolf Point Feeding Frenzy

Skyscraper nerds are known for being an excitable bunch.  Whether it’s haranguing developers at Plan Commission meetings, or lecturing old ladies about density at neighborhood teas, they always seem to know everything about everything.  Until they see something new.  Or at least, new to them. That’s what happened late yesterday when a Canadian web site posted a link to an article in the blog maintained by Epstein...

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First Paw Prints of Pelli Clarke Pelli’s Wolf Point South
Apr08

First Paw Prints of Pelli Clarke Pelli’s Wolf Point South

Hardly a fortnight goes by when we don’t receive an e-mail from someone seeking information on when we might see some activity on the skyscraper known as Wolf Point South. Apparently, having River Point and 150 North Riverside being built across the river isn’t enough for them. Since that little leftover bit of umbilical cord dried up and fell off of Wolf Point West, things just haven’t been the same around the...

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The Top 10 Chicago Architecture Stories of 2015
Dec28

The Top 10 Chicago Architecture Stories of 2015

If there’s one thing that newsrooms hate, it’s the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.  Hardly anything ever happens.  Lots of people are on vacation.  Many businesses are closed.  And for the most part, the world behaves itself.  That’s why year-in-review pieces are so popular right about now. In light of that, here is our year-in-review piece: A list of the most viewed Chicago Architecture stories of...

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Is Chicago’s Skyscraper Boom a Sign of Impending Doom?
Oct12

Is Chicago’s Skyscraper Boom a Sign of Impending Doom?

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past few months you might have noticed a crane or two popping up around the city. Perhaps you were curious enough to browse a few sources to learn that not only will cranes continue to pop up, but Chicago is experiencing a construction boom that not only can be measured by the volume of towers under construction, but by the magnitude of future construction projects proposed. Some, if...

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New Design For Wolf Point South, West Towers — Now With 53% More Awesome
Jul12

New Design For Wolf Point South, West Towers — Now With 53% More Awesome

Wolf Point West is making steady progress towards its final height along the edge of the Chicago River, rapidly obliterating the views of literally dozens of people on the other side of the river, sending property values plunging to near zero overnight, and forcing condo owners to eat Purina Cat Chow to make ends meet. Meanwhile, up in Connecticut, starchitecture firm Pelli Clarke Pelli has been quietly revamping its plans for phases...

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