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i like this building. at least from a distance it looks cool. well i guess it would seem to be a better fit for the florida coast than chicago.

 

the ratner's gehry beekman going up in downtown manhattan is doing a similar wavy thing, except with stainless steel.

 

say does anyone know if they bumped up the height here chicago-style (ie., by packing car parking into it)?

 

IIRC, the parking is below ground.

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It's an interesting facade treatment that isn't very expensive. 

 

As for you balcony haters, stop being such wimps!

 

see: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2606/3855256580_dca234f4dc_o.jpg

^That just made me dizzy.  Oy.

 

That's just crazy or photoshop!

 

It's not photoshop, they climbed up the fire escape of our building.  We thought the photos were cool, but they were caught on surveillance camera pointed out one of the fire escape windows.

 

  It takes far less time than photoshop and is easier to get onto a lot of Chicago roofs than most people think, if no effort at all.  I don't know if Aqua was staged, but the other Chicago buildings are legit in person visits.

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It's an interesting facade treatment that isn't very expensive. 

 

As for you balcony haters, stop being such wimps!

 

see: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2606/3855256580_dca234f4dc_o.jpg

^That just made me dizzy.  Oy.

 

That's just crazy or photoshop!

 

It's not photoshop, they climbed up the fire escape of our building.  We thought the photos were cool, but they were caught on surveillance camera pointed out one of the fire escape windows.

 

  It takes far less time than photoshop and is easier to get onto a lot of Chicago roofs than most people think, if no effort at all.  I don't know if Aqua was staged, but the other Chicago buildings are legit in person visits.

 

Honey, those bitches are crazy to sit out on a ledge!

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:mrgreen:  I present a thread soon to be filled with many developments following 2008-2010 Recession.  I'll try to keep it updated as best as I can.  For now, two construction shots I took today

 

The new art deco 40-story Ritz Carlton Residences includes a reconstruction of the historic Farwell Building.  A city landmark demolished a few years ago.  I believe the reconstruction will be re-awarded historic landmark status

 

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Lincoln Park 2520, a multi-twer complex of classical architecture will have the tallest tower reaching 40 stories.

 

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Remarkable. Where are people getting the money to build these towers, and where are the residents getting the money to buy/rent units in them?


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^  I think there's a bit of pent up demand, a bit of market recovery that's helping these towers move forward.

 

Peshtigo. 58 stories

I love the design of this tower.

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Grossinger Development.

Currently referred to as such for the auto dealership that formerly occupied the site.  The project includes new condo/apartment towers and midrises.  The historic Cadillac dealership, will NOT be demolished and instead incorporated into the new development

 

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Hines

 

Grossinger Auto that was at this site, moved into the renovated Dayton Street Jukebox factory a couple years ago.

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NorthAndre

 

SoNo Tower seen behind the new Grossinger Auto Dealership will begin construction on the second Tower.  Below is the rendering:

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curbed.chicago

 

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I love that car dealership.  I think I remember seeing that in your flickr photostream a while back.  And I like how they are incorporating the historic dealership within the planned development rather than just bulldozing it.

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Yeah I'm happy they are keeping it.  I was worried it would get torn down, but it's definitely part of Oldtown's history.  Hopefully nearby residents don't complain about the height of the buildings, since the area along Wells doesn't really get taller than 7 stories. 

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It's time for a Navy Pier Renovation and expansion!  I stop on by once and awhile to buy a gyro that maybe costs twice as much, and check on things....lookin a bit 90's up in that place.  in the time I've visited the pier since it opened to tourists, it's been added onto so many times, to the point it's looking a bit disorganized.  Maybe the messy atmosphere is a good thing, but it's a bit stressful at the same time.

 

 

Anyway, here's a good article:

 

Pier Review: How the historic pier morphed into a crowded, overpriced mess

http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/248049/pier-review

 

 

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A topic that comes up from time to time is preserving and renovating the Lathrop Homes Housing Project on Chicago's Northside.  It's a very beautiful complex with arches and ornate entryways.  It would be awful if it got torn down.  Currently parts of it are occupied, but most of it is vacant and sealed up until redevelopment plans pan out.

 

http://www.preservationnation.org/magazine/2009/todays-news/chicago-debates-fate-of-1938.html

 

The area is a fairly expensive place to live and the area had large commercial boom this past decade

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Clybourn+and+Diversey,+chicago&aq=&sll=41.935423,-87.676306&sspn=0.013568,0.033023&gl=us&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=N+Clybourn+Ave+%26+W+Diversey+Pkwy,+Chicago,+Cook,+Illinois&ll=41.932941,-87.67924&spn=0.003392,0.008256&t=h&z=18

 

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GAH! It is just me or in the rendering does it appear that the combined height of the parking garage floors is almost half the height of the occupied section of the tower itself. Looks like some poorly planned monstrosity you would see in DT Miami.

 

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!  All those parking floors

This 39 story will be built in the loop and replace a surface lot.

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:-( :cry:

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^ Pretty much.  It may as well be a parking garage entirely

 

So the Grossinger Cadillac development has begun construction and it looks like a new firm was chosen for the design. 

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Curbed Chicago

 

The design is an improvement over what would appear to be ye old traditional vertical strip mall architecture. 

 

 

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From Hayward:

 

AMLI in River North....carrying on the tradition of River North beige.....

 

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Chicago Real Estate Daily / Hayward

 

 

E. Wacker Apartment building. As some people have pointed out, it's extremely contextual with the surrounding buildings.  I like it.

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Chicago Real Estate Daily / Hayward

 

Catalyst in the West Loop.  Last Decade, it was all about the South loop getting towers.  Looks like the West Loop will grow height-wise this decade

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Chicago Real Estate Daily / Hayward

 

Randolph Tower Renovation Progress

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Hayward


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Lake Meadows / Prairie Shores Extension.  This is less than a mile south of McCormick , and north of Bronzeville.  The southeastern part of the lake meadows neighborhood has already been rebuilt into townhomes and 3 story walkups (not visible in renderings)

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These are mostly big projects I'm posting, so here's a small one

 

The new 12th District police station breaks ground. 

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In the last decade the area had explosive growth.  There's a large highrise planned on the wedge to the left.  Chicago police stations are built off a prototype, and there are other identical buildings in the city.  They are brick, and limestone with a large curving curtainwall.  The interiors have a two story lobby and lots of polished granite.  It's not mentioned whether the roof can be occupied or not, though it sure looks like it in the renderings

 

A west loop highrise

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Curbed Chicago

 

West Loop Nonsense.  Once again, the NIMBYs ruined things and successfully pushed developers to reduce the height of this proposed West Loop office tower.  As demand rises again for more office space, that area will be seeing a lot more.  It seems like Chicago suffers from a curse where anything beyond 800 west can't be built higher than 12 floors.

 

But West loop NIMBYs are nothing like the ones up in Lincoln Park.  For the past year, this has been the most controversial development in the city

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Curbed Chicago

 

Consider this....you have this abandoned HOSPITAL in the middle of your neighborhood, and this ugly addition to it on the back.  Across the street an ugly parking structure.

Let's say a developer comes along.  Promises to demo all the ugly parts of the hospital, replace them with condo midrises and keep the older part but turn it into condos.  Level the ugly parking garage and replace it with a high end grocery store.

 

It seems like a good deal to me, but apparently not the residents...or the alderman.  Fortunately the planning commission and council both approved it....twice actually.  Yet the alderman still tries to appeal or sue over and over.  I'm happy the developer isn't standing down, though maybe the residents deserve to have a rotting abandoned hospital in their backyard. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lake Meadows / Prairie Shores Extension.  This is less than a mile south of McCormick , and north of Bronzeville.  The southeastern part of the lake meadows neighborhood has already been rebuilt into townhomes and 3 story walkups (not visible in renderings)

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I'm no urban planner, but this looks huge. I was looking at the area on Google Earth and man will it change that area.

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Lake Meadows / Prairie Shores Extension.  This is less than a mile south of McCormick , and north of Bronzeville.  The southeastern part of the lake meadows neighborhood has already been rebuilt into townhomes and 3 story walkups (not visible in renderings)

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Wow, call me ignorant, but I wasn't aware there was that much undeveloped space in Chicago. This looks like it would have a, dare I say, Pesht like transformational effect on the area. [sigh]

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Lake Meadows / Prairie Shores Extension.  This is less than a mile south of McCormick , and north of Bronzeville.  The southeastern part of the lake meadows neighborhood has already been rebuilt into townhomes and 3 story walkups (not visible in renderings)

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Wow, call me ignorant, but I wasn't aware there was that much undeveloped space in Chicago. This looks like it would have a, dare I say, Pesht like transformational effect on the area. [sigh]

 

There's actually buildings there....just with a lot of park space in between.  They are all apartment highrises.  I think the reality will be the towers (which are all in great condition) will remain and new towers and midrises will go up in between.  But I think this plan is still years away.  The area has already built way too many housing units and needs time to catch up.  This is a big housing development just south http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Chicago,+IL&aq=&sll=41.834142,-87.606096&sspn=0.054358,0.132093&gl=us&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Chicago,+Cook,+Illinois&ll=41.824821,-87.61219&spn=0.00307,0.016512&t=h&z=17&layer=c&cbll=41.824823,-87.612191&panoid=bXmUP3qYZ13iASaRRuey3Q&cbp=11,102.6,,0,-2.69

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^- Looks like that building is going to add to the blade runner-esque vibe that's been developing in Chinatown lately.  That is if the screens shown are all going to be digital.

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What is surrounding that location? Is it mostly commercial, or is it mixed? I might be a little irritated by constantly flashing screens at night if I lived across the street from that.

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What is surrounding that location? Is it mostly commercial, or is it mixed? I might be a little irritated by constantly flashing screens at night if I lived across the street from that.

 

It's surrounded by industrial buildings and the freeway.  There's some residential structures a block and a half away.  Assuming the building doesn't become an overlay obtrusive billboard, it might get away without having too many complaints.  This particular developer has teased us before.  I hope he can at least get something built.  Chinatown needs some more  highrise stuff.

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The Ritz has obviously made progress since my Dec 20th posting.  Here's a photo taken today on my bike ride.  85 and sunny!!!  Note the reconstruction of the Farwell building, which I'm assuming will be re-awarded historical landmark status.  I'm not exactly sure how that works for historical reproductions, though it worked for the McGraw Hill building down the street.

 

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Hyde Park office tower.  The Harper Court area is getting residential highrises, hotels, office buildings, grocery stores and other stuff, along with the restoration of some older buildings, notably a historic theater.  A former hollywood video will be demolished for this project.  The rest will replace surface parking.  After Hollywood video closed, it briefly became OppShop, a temporary community center for the arts

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/metroblossom/4375104432/#  Hopefully they will return in a new storefront.

 

 

The quality I'm seeing in southside developments seems to be a step ahead of downtown's.  The shorter retail buildings can support towers when the market commands.  These projects are financed, they are moving forward.

 

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Original source unknown, will update when verified.

 

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Various West Loop, now "New Loop" projects moving forward.  Nothing really over 40 floors, which makes me miss the pre-recession days where 60-80 story towers were regular.

 

All photos from Curbed Chicago

 

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I haven't really updated this lately and a lot has happened.  Here's just a few.  I'll post more later.

 

Looks like Waterview will be moving forward again beginning of 2012.  Currently it's abandoned hulk of concrete at about 26 floors.  Originally slated to be 90, the design will be truncated to just 65

 

george posted this photo by way of skycrapercity and skyscraperpage.com

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=185023&page=7

 

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Here's an update on Roosevelt's new dorms

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NorthAndre

 

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NorthAndre

 

 

 

 

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