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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Can’t Get Enough Wolf Point? bKL’s Got You Covered
Jan16

Can’t Get Enough Wolf Point? bKL’s Got You Covered

One of Chicago’s most exciting ongoing developments is the decades-delayed kitting out of Wolf Point.  Skyscraper nerds from the West Loop to Waukegan have been watching Wolf in wonder as it slowly transforms from a surface parking lot into the residential and office hub of River North. While work is underway on Pelli Clark Pelli’s Wolf Point East, bKL’s Wolf Point West is the only tower of the three that has...

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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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At Wolf Point, the The Caissons Go Rolling Along
Aug24

At Wolf Point, the The Caissons Go Rolling Along

The oh-so-familiar drone of the caisson drill has returned to Wolf Point with a vengeance. After the triumphant completion of Wolf Point West, River Point, and 150 North Riverside there was a temporary quieting in the construction-day cacophony that for the last two years has bounced off the skyscrapers lining the Chicago River.  But that’s all past now that Pelli Clark Pelli’s Wolf Point East (313 West Wolf Point Plaza)...

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Paw Prints and Crane Bits Signal Serious Work at Wolf Point East
Jul14

Paw Prints and Crane Bits Signal Serious Work at Wolf Point East

Construction crews are wasting no time turning a dusty patch of River North into downtown Chicago’s newest enclave-in-the-sky. Bulldozers snapped into action just days after the initial construction permits for Wolf Point East were approved late last month.  Now, two weeks into earth moving, the first segments of what looks like a crane have been delivered to the site in front of River North Point, the home of the Sun-Times and...

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Readers Cry Wolf, Point at Soil Sampling
Apr25

Readers Cry Wolf, Point at Soil Sampling

With the recent completion of 150 North Riverside, and River Point at 444 West Lake Street, could there be signs that the third major confluential construction project is getting ready to start? Loop Spy Chris sent in photos he took showing soil sampling equipment at Wolf Point. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen dirt rigs at Wolf Point, but it’s the first time since the last time, and that’s good enough for...

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New Video Shows Off Wolf Point West
Oct04

New Video Shows Off Wolf Point West

  The money people behind all the construction going on at Wolf Point have decided to puff their chests out a little bit and show off what they’ve accomplished so far.  And so far, they’ve accomplished Wolf Point West. You’ll remember that the West tower is one of three planned for the Wolf Point property at the confluence of the Chicago River and the North Branch of the Chicago River.  It’s a...

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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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Slice of Life: A Flock of Cranes in Downtown Chicago
Jun14

Slice of Life: A Flock of Cranes in Downtown Chicago

Have you ever wondered why pictures made during the industrial revolution always seemed to emphasize, even glorify, chimneys and the smoke belching therefrom?  It’s because back then, that was considered a good thing.  Smoke.  Soot.  Machinery.  “Industry” wasn’t just factories and steamships.  It was a word synonymous with progress. A modern take on “progress” is what we see in the photo above,...

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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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