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Old November 17th, 2008, 11:55 PM   #4781
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Many of the buildings in this picture were built in the 80's and 90's. During that time, the most efficient (cheapest) way to build was with concrete. No curtain walls, no cladding, just build the entire structure with concrete, plop in the windows, and slap on some paint. The Loop high rises of that time look noticeably better, but that's because corporations pay more attention (and money) to aesthetics than residential developers, who are just looking to make a quick buck. Unfortunately, this is a sad aspect of River North/Streeterville's legacy.

Many are painted beige because that color requires the least amount of cleaning. The more recent residential towers certainly look much better than their 20-year-old neighbors, but they are still considerably outnumbered.
That made a lot of senses now. Thanks for the explanation!
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Old November 18th, 2008, 03:53 AM   #4782
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From Flickr by jeremydedic.

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Um yea

Just look how this one towers over the older generation of towers of the past.

Not to slam the past, far from it, but this one is tall in a part of town that needs tallness.

I hope it spreads.


BTW I know that the JHB is just to the nort right.
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Old November 18th, 2008, 08:31 AM   #4783
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Amazing to see this tower nearing completion. Over a year ago I read this same thread wondering what it would be like to see this tower finished. It may still have a few stumbling blocks to surmount but it has topped out and has changed the Chicago skyline forever.
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Old November 18th, 2008, 10:11 AM   #4784
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Tower looks absolutely incredible, even without the spire
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Old November 18th, 2008, 03:13 PM   #4785
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Old November 18th, 2008, 03:50 PM   #4786
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International style was big in chicago. Also remember that it is the windy city. Concrete is stiffer than steel. Plus i believe most of them are steel framed anyways. Nothin wrong with those buildings!

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Old November 18th, 2008, 06:18 PM   #4787
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that is a gorgeous building...

congrats to chicago...
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Old November 18th, 2008, 07:48 PM   #4788
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The entrance is gorgeous
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Old November 18th, 2008, 10:06 PM   #4789
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Old November 19th, 2008, 12:25 AM   #4790
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^amazing, when you look down the building's narrow axis it is fantastic.

one hell of an improvement on the chicago sun times building
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Old November 19th, 2008, 01:06 AM   #4791
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Old November 19th, 2008, 01:58 AM   #4792
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International style was big in chicago. Also remember that it is the windy city. Concrete is stiffer than steel. Plus i believe most of them are steel framed anyways. Nothin wrong with those buildings!

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Wind has nothing to do with Chicago being called the windy city. Nickname came from the longwinded politicians from the city and the bragging from Chicagoans about their city.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Nicknames
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Old November 19th, 2008, 02:21 AM   #4793
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That may be true but since that's not how "Windy City" is used today, it doesn't matter. And yeah, wind probably has something with the amount of concrete used.
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Old November 19th, 2008, 03:39 AM   #4794
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Wind has nothing to do with Chicago being called the windy city. Nickname came from the longwinded politicians from the city and the bragging from Chicagoans about their city.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Nicknames

Wind is extremely present in this city, and the construction of this building is a perfect example, since it has been designed taking into consideration the wind coming from the lake. (diagrams about the dynamics of the wind on the trump tower are still on the first page of this thread).
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Old November 19th, 2008, 04:34 AM   #4795
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Construction on this tower had to be stopped several times due to wind. The wind is such an issue that there was a chance of the table forms being blown off onto the street below.

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Old November 19th, 2008, 06:00 PM   #4796
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One of the key source of the wind is the presence of lake michigan being right next to the city skyline.

The cladding impresses me, the top looks like its almost all cladded up.
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Old November 19th, 2008, 06:20 PM   #4797
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Night shots From flickr by cityofblindinglights7.

Its strange that they have installed a spotlight on the top the UC spire.

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Old November 19th, 2008, 07:38 PM   #4798
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Awesome pic indeed
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Old November 19th, 2008, 07:52 PM   #4799
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The spire looks a bit stupid right now...:P
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Old November 19th, 2008, 08:43 PM   #4800
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Without the spire, isnt better?
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