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Constructed on an abandoned site in Chicago, the 150 North Riverside or the so-called Pencil Building, is an engineering achievement.

An explosion provoked the roof collapse of Calumet Water Reclamation Plant, located on the south side of Chicago.

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  • Date occured Thursday, 30 August 2018

Hayward Baker, Inc. is pleased to announce staff promotions for several key staff members.

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Chicago Ironworker Danny Drozd has spent 13 years working on various jobs around the city of Chicago including the Trump Tower, McCormick Place, and other skyscrapers.  He realized he had a tough time explaining to his friends what an ironworker does so he decided to attach a GoPro to his helmet one day and show what them what his day at work is like at his newest project.  Last week he posted the video to Youtube and it already has 300,000 views.

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  • Date occured Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The Willis Tower Skydeck is one of the most popular and unique tourist attractions in Chicago. The Skydeck features four boxes known as The Ledge that allows visitors to step outside of the Willis Tower and look down at the street below. The view of the city from 1,353 feet is fantastic, and on a clear day one can see as far as the Wisconsin border. While the first steps onto The Ledge are scary and exciting at the same time, one California family had a bigger scare than usual when they first experienced the Ledge.  

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  • Date occured Friday, 30 May 2014
Thursday, 08 May 2014 12:37

Tilt! Set To Open to Public on Saturday

Chicago’s newest tourist attraction is set to open to the public on Saturday. Tilt! is part of the newly redesigned John Hancock observatory, referred to as 360 Chicago for its panoramic views of the city. Visitors will be able to spend 75 seconds leaning up against the 94th floor windows as they tilt outward up to a 30-degree angle. The attraction will compete with the Willis Tower’s retractable glass boxes for the most nerve wrecking view of the city. The Skydeck boxes opened in July 2009 and they allow people to walk a few feet out of the skyscraper and look directly down at the street below. Tilt! is unlike any other tourist attraction in the world as it allows people to go from standing inside the skyscraper to leaning out over the street below and back. Most other observation deck attractions around the world are stationary and usually retract only to be cleaned or during bad weather.

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  • Date occured Thursday, 08 May 2014

Irish Developer Garrett Kelleher announced on Thursday that he has found an investor willing to pay his company’s creditors.  He hopes that this news will allow construction to resume in the near future on the Chicago Spire. The Chicago Spire project began in 2005, and the tower’s design would make it the largest building in the western hemisphere once completed. The 2,000-foot, 150-floor skyscraper was planned to include 1,193 luxury condominiums. The building was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and was developed by Garrett Kelleher’s company Shelbourne Development Group, Inc. The project’s primary lender faced financial problems in 2008 caused by the United State’s recession and housing market meltdown, and construction was suspended on the site. Since 2008, Shelbourne Development has continued to try to find financing for the project, but legal actions taken by Anglo Irish Bank caused the Spire project to be handed over to a receiver. The 76-foot by 110-foot hole in the ground along Lake Michigan where the Spire was supposed to be built has not been touched in the last six years.

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  • Date occured Thursday, 06 February 2014