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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Slice of Life: Now Entering Wolf Point West
Jan15

Slice of Life: Now Entering Wolf Point West

We love new construction here at Chicago Architecture. We love the milestones all those new projects reach. The groundbreaking ceremonies. The tower crane arrivals. The glass! Oh, the installation of glorious glass. And while all that is unarguably cool, you may think nothing tops the topping-out. But one event does. Nothing is more rewarding, after watching the process from community meeting to the final landscaping details, than...

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Ready or Not, Here Comes Wolf Point West
Dec28

Ready or Not, Here Comes Wolf Point West

The first of three new skyscrapers planned for Wolf Point is just two weeks away from opening its doors to new residents.  Wolf Point West (343 West Wolf Point Plaza) is probably the most anticipated and visible residential tower to go up in downtown Chicago since Trump Tower.  With that in mind, we talked with Thomas Kerwin, principal at bKL Architecture about building his company designed. Editor: Getting to work on Wolf...

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Inside Wolf Point West
Sep03

Inside Wolf Point West

It’s not very often we get a status update from inside a construction site. There are lots of reasons for this. Construction crews have better things to do than make way for camera-clicking bloggers, the insurance paperwork can be a real pain depending on which construction company is doing the work, and frankly most construction sites don’t carry 4XLT orange safety vests as standard equipment. But Paul Kulon did manage to...

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Slice of Life: Chicago’s Favorite Channel
Sep01

Slice of Life: Chicago’s Favorite Channel

Channel nine is Chicago’s Very Own, and channel 11 is your Window To The World.  But by far Chicago’s favorite channel is the main channel of the Chicago River running through downtown. People have coveted the channel for commerce, transportation, inspiration, and its beauty for as long as there has been a Chicago. This view down the main channel of the river comes to us from Paul Kulon, taken from the 40-somethingth floor...

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Status Update: Construction at the Confluence
Aug13

Status Update: Construction at the Confluence

Chicagoans just can’t get enough pictures of the triple skyscraper construction happening at the downtown Chicago River confluence.  You know it.  We know it.  How often in any major city do three huge skyscrapers go up on a riverfront location within yards of each other?  Not very often. With that in mind, our Fulton River District spy sent over another batch of photographs showing the work being done on Wolf Point West, which...

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Status Update: Wolf Point West Topps Out
Jul20

Status Update: Wolf Point West Topps Out

Wolf Point’s left canine is growing with all the frenzy of Soupy Sales’ imaginary radio dog, White Fang… if you’re old enough to remember that sort of thing. If you’re not, let’s just say that Wolf Point West is a visual force to be reckoned with, imposing its presence on the Chicago riverfront before the seeds of its two companion towers have even been planted.  More importantly, it has now topped...

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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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Slice of Life: This is How We Skyscraper
Apr13

Slice of Life: This is How We Skyscraper

The internet is full of angry, terrible people saying mean, horrible things.  It’s a phenomenon that happens because the internet allows ordinary people to say whatever they want with no accountability, and it also gives the voices of sociopaths and lunatics equal footing with the voices of the best people society has to offer. One of the side-effects I see all the time is “my city is better than your city”...

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