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The CTBUH Global News Archive is the primary place to get all the latest news on tall buildings, urban development and sustainable construction from around the world. The CTBUH also disseminates this information via our Monthly e-Newsletter, CTBUH Journal, and through books and reports. To view news for a certain category or time period, please use the links on the left side menu.

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Chicago Spire Site Plans to be Reworked Following Alderman’s Rejection


26 Oct 2018, Chicago, United States

A Chicago alderman has rejected plans to build 335- and 259-meter towers on a controversial development site, in response to concerns raised by local residents. The project will require a zoning change and approval to proceed. Read more.

The Chicago Plan Commission Approves Nine High-Rise Projects


23 Oct 2018, Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Planning Commission has approved plans for nine high-rises ranging from 168 meters to 290 meters in height. Within the approvals is the River District megadevelopment, which is slated to provide 4,100 apartments. Read more.

Office Tower in Chicago Adds Two Stories


25 Sep 2018, Chicago, United States

A new office tower, which will be the tallest office building in Chicago, is being extended from 53 stories tall to 55 stories. The tower will contain 130,064 square meters of space and has already secured an anchor tenant. Read more.

Dalian Wanda Group Sells Stake in Chicago’s Vista Tower


20 Sep 2018, Chicago, United States

Chinese developer Dalian Wanda Group has entered a deal to sell its 60 percent share of Chicago’s under-construction supertall Vista Tower to Canadian shopping mall builder Triple Five Group. Read more.

Chicago’s Willis Tower Base Renovation Name, Tenants Announced


17 Sep 2018, Chicago, United States

The owners of Chicago’s Willis Tower have revealed that its nearly 28,000 square-meter podium addition will be called “Catalog,” in recognition of the tower’s original developer, Sears, Roebuck & Company. Read more.

Bank Aims to Occupy Proposed Chicago Union Station Tower


12 Sep 2018, Chicago, United States

A bank may move its Chicago operations to a proposed 218-meter tower included in the Union Station redevelopment plans. The scheme, which recently announced revisions, includes mixed uses and a 6,070-square-meter park. Read more.

Developers Revise Plans for Chicago’s Lakeshore East Towers


31 Aug 2018, Chicago, United States

The developers of Chicago’s Lakeshore East have announced revised plans for three proposed high-rise buildings, following requests for changes from a government official. The complex includes 1,700 new residential units. Read more.

A Tech Giant Considers Downtown Chicago Tower for Office Expansion


24 Aug 2018, Chicago, United States

A software giant is looking to potentially expand in a new space of around 500,000 square feet (46,451 square meters), possibly anchoring a prominent new riverfront skyscraper at Wolf Point South. Read more.

State Files Lawsuit Against Trump Tower Over Chicago River Pollution


15 Aug 2018, Chicago, United States

The Illinois Attorney General has filed a complaint against a 92-story tower along the Chicago River, regarding a violation of water pollution regulations. The office is seeking a fine of $10,000 for each day the tower has violated pollution rules. Read more.

Developer Files Zoning Application for 142-Meter Tower in Chicago’s Lincoln Park


03 Aug 2018, Chicago, United States

A developer has submitted updated plans for a mixed-use project in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. The development, which includes a 40-story 500-unit tower, requires approved zoning amendments in the area. Read more.

Sun-Shaded Tower Debuts in Chicago’s Hyde Park Neighborhood


25 Jul 2018, Chicago, United States

A 27-story residential building has debuted in Chicago, with over 100 units occupied. The high-rise features a slanted window design, which aims to conserve energy and shield the interior from direct sun and heat. Read more.

Buildings at Chicago’s Lincoln Yards Development Could Rise to 243 Meters


19 Jul 2018, Chicago, United States

A developer has revealed the master plan for a 28-hectare development along the river, between Chicago’s Lincoln Park and Bucktown neighborhoods. The project may include commercial and residential buildings that rise to 70 stories. Read more.

Office Space and Parking in Chicago’s Former John Hancock Center is Sold


13 Jul 2018, Chicago, United States

A firm has bought the office and parking portions of Chicago’s fourth-tallest building, 875 N. Michigan Avenue, for more than $300 million. The 100-story tower’s acquisition could garner additional gains by selling naming rights. Read more.

Glass and Steel Tower Planned for Chicago’s Union Station


29 Jun 2018, Chicago, United States

Developers plan to build 404 residential units in a seven-story addition above Chicago’s Union Station, plus a 330-room hotel in the station’s top floors. The plan is part of an effort to capitalize on valuable real estate near and over the station. Read more.

Luxury High-Rise Hosts Grand Opening in Chicago’s South Loop


14 Jun 2018, Chicago, United States

A new 33-story luxury high-rise in Chicago’s South Loop held its grand opening on June 14. The building contains 496 rental units, with amenities that include a movie theater, an in-house fitness center, a rooftop deck and a mini-bowling alley. Read more.

Office Tower with Rooftop Wading Pool Begins Construction in Chicago Loop


25 May 2018, Chicago, United States

A new office tower is starting construction in the Chicago Loop, six months after acquiring its permit. The tower’s amenities include a wading pool and indoor lounge, table tennis, billiards, golf simulators and a bar. Read more.

Wrigley Building Will Sell for $225 Million to Chicago Billionaire


23 May 2018, Chicago, United States

The Wrigley Building, one of Chicago’s best-known skyscrapers, will be sold to a local billionaire for $225 million. The 27-story building was completed in 1922, and features 43,850 square meters of office space overlooking the Chicago River. Read more.

Two Towers Planned for Former Chicago Spire Site


16 May 2018, Chicago, United States

Related Midwest has unveiled plans for a two-tower development on the former Chicago Spire site. The 335- and 259-meter-tall high-rises would feature 550 apartments, a 175-room luxury hotel, and 300 condos. Read more.

Planned Observation Deck at Chicago’s Aon Center to Feature Thrill Ride


15 May 2018, Chicago, United States

The owners of the Aon Center, Chicago’s third-tallest skyscraper, unveiled plans for an observation deck atop the building that would include a thrill ride called Sky Summit. A new elevator tower would raise the official height of the building. Read more.

New Neighborhood Proposed for Chicago’s South Loop Riverfront


11 May 2018, Chicago, United States

Related Midwest and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill have revealed plans for The 78, a new mixed-use neighborhood proposed for 25 hectares along the Chicago River. The project will include numerous high-rises on the site’s eastern half. Read more.

Chicago’s Willis Tower Getting First New Elevators Since its Completion in 1974


07 May 2018, Chicago, United States

The Willis Tower is getting new elevators that are expected to trim trip time by 30 percent, and energy use by 35 percent. The 83 elevator shafts receiving an upgrade will mark the 108-story tower’s first elevator renovation since it was completed. Read more.

Demolition in Chicago's River West Makes Space for 23-Story Apartment High-Rise


01 May 2018, Chicago, United States

A single-story commercial building in Chicago’s River West has received its demolition permit, signaling that a 23-story residential high-rise planned for the site is ready to move forward. The tower will include 226 apartments. Read more.

Developers Plan Chicago’s Second-Tallest Skyscraper Next to New Tribune Tower Condos


17 Apr 2018, Chicago, United States

Developers have revealed plans for Chicago’s second-tallest skyscraper, a tapering shaft of metal and glass designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture that would soar 433 meters, behind the historic Tribune Tower. Read more.

New Wacker Drive Office Tower in Chicago Scores its First Construction Permit


12 Apr 2018, Chicago, United States

A 52-story office tower known as 110 N. Wacker has received its first construction permit. The high-rise, designed by Goettsch Partners, will rise along the Chicago River and include an extension of the city’s Riverwalk at its base. Read more.

1000M Leads Chicago in New Condo Sales, Eyes 2019 Groundbreaking


10 Apr 2018, Chicago, United States

Condominium sales at 1000M, a 74-story high-rise designed by JAHN for Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood, have kicked off at a steady pace. Developers are hoping to break ground on the project in early 2019. Read more.

Developers Tweak Plans for Tallest Tower in Chicago’s Fulton Market


29 Mar 2018, Chicago, United States

The developers of the proposed 51-story high-rise at 170 N. Peoria St. in Chicago’s Fulton Market have cut down their plans by eight floors to win neighborhood approval. Now standing at 43 stories, the tower would still contain 300 condos. Read more.

Apartment Tower is Ready to Rise in Chicago’s Hyde Park


23 Mar 2018, Chicago, United States

A 26-story apartment tower is ready to break ground in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood after receiving its first construction permit on March 19. The high-rise will contain 246 rental units, retail space and 172 parking spots. Read more.

Further Details Emerge on Chicago’s Lincoln Yards Project


16 Mar 2018, Chicago, United States

A developer has unveiled a more detailed look at its planned Lincoln Yards project on Chicago’s North Side, where it plans to invest up to $10 billion to develop roughly 1.6 million square meters of residential and office high-rises. Read more.

Chicago’s Riverline Mega-Development Divided into Separate Residential Projects


14 Mar 2018, Chicago, United States

The $2 billion Riverline mega-development in Chicago has been split into two separate residential projects. The northern portion of the site is set to contain 2,700 units, while the southern portion will house 1,050 apartments. Read more.

Chicago’s Aon Center Owners Float Plan for Exterior Elevator to New Observation Deck


26 Feb 2018, Chicago, United States

The owners of Chicago’s Aon Center are planning to add a glass-sheathed elevator tower to the skyscraper’s exterior to ferry visitors to and from a new observation deck. Once completed, Chicago would have three high-rise observation decks. Read more.