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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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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Status Update: Wolf Point West Growing Like a Weed
Apr06

Status Update: Wolf Point West Growing Like a Weed

Spring is here, and as your lawn fights the crabgrass for sunlight one thing is true: Left to fend for itself, the weeds will win.  The same is true of downtown Chicago skyscrapers, where Wolf Point West, amply watered on three sides by the Chicago River and nurtured every day by teams of construction workers, is growing like a weed in the downtown skyscraper lawn. Loop Spy Len sent in this photo of Wolf Point he took from the Green...

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Status Update: Wolf Point West
Feb17

Status Update: Wolf Point West

The latest skyscraper getting ready to punctuate Chicago’s skyline is rapidly growing in River North. Loop Spy Ryan took this photo from someone’s home with a much better view than ours showing Wolf Point West (350 North Orleans Street) rising into the sky, right on the edge of the confluence of the North and Main branches of the Chicago River. You can see how the below-grade parking garage yields to the residential...

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Status Update: Wolf Point Finally Something to Howl About
Dec04

Status Update: Wolf Point Finally Something to Howl About

The surface parking and muddy mess that once was Wolf Point are now officially memories, as the Wolf Point West tower (350 North Orleans Street) begins to stake its claim along the Chicago riverfront. This photo was taken last evening by one of our Fulton River District spies. It shows the residential building–designed by friends-of-the-blog and Chicago’s own bKL Architecture–is up to its 13th floor already. Just 35...

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