Archive for the ‘Green’ Category

GREEN ROOF ALERT at the Chicago Cultural Center across from Millennium Park!

Posted by ChicagoismynewBlog! on August 27, 2009

This green roof is located on top of the Chicago Cultural Center, located at 78 E. Washington Street, right across from Millennium Park.  Originally built as Chicago’s central library, it later became an arts and culture center that attracts over 800,000 visitors a year.  The Chicago Cultural Center roof had to be retrofitted to accommodate the new green roof, which provides a nice visual for neighbors but there is also a solar water collection system to help with the building’s hot water demands.  Altogether, about 15,000 square feet of green roof was incorporated.


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GREEN ROOF ALERT for a small, tucked away fire station in Streeterville!

Posted by ChicagoismynewBlog! on August 23, 2009

This is a prime example of how even the smallest of places can make a difference when they incorporate a green roof into the structure.  This fire station is just Southeast of the Museum of Contemporary Art on Chicago Avenue.  Anyone know what I’m talking about?

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GREEN ROOF ALERT at the Apparel Center and Holiday Inn!

Posted by ChicagoismynewBlog! on August 21, 2009

This green roof alert comes from The Chicago Apparel Center in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.  To a lot of people, including myself, this building is one of the ugliest buildings in all of Chicago but the Apparel Center redeemed itself a bit by planting a curvy green roof.  Along with housing 250 wholesale showrooms for apparel and accessories, the Apparel Center houses the headquarters of the Chicago Sun-Times as well as the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, a 525 room hotel.

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GREEN ROOF ALERT! Urban paradise on top of the 900 Shops on Michigan Avenue!

Posted by ChicagoismynewBlog! on August 19, 2009

Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects turned the 14,000 square foot rooftop of the 900 Shops, located at 900 N. Michigan Avenue, into a pretty awesome eco-friendly retreat that was awarded with the 2008 Green Roof Award of Excellence.  The green roof is completely modular, or in very basic terms separated into “trays” of soil and plants.  900’s green roof is composed of hardy, low-maintenance plants like grasses, tall verbena, phlox and nodding onion, which are arranged into different patterns so not only is it cool from the roof itself, but it gives a pretty cool view from the floors above.  This green roof was also designed to incorporates small trees, including Japanese tree lilacs and cranberry cotoneaster.  An outdoor patio was built with recycled concrete and sustainable, toxin-free ipe wood.  To polish off the look, pergolas were built to house the seating and dining areas.  This green roof is the epitome of what I love about the idea of a green roof.  Not only do you have the amazing city views from a completely livable area outside, the green roof helps keep the 900 Shops insulated from the elements and reduces rain runoff.  Benefits to all I say!



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GREEN ROOF ALERT! Who needs the suburbs when you have your yard in Printers Row?

Posted by ChicagoismynewBlog! on August 16, 2009

Check out this article from!  Chicago designer Kevin Fox made the $60K investment to plant a major lawn on top of the building he occupies in Chicago’s Printers Row neighborhood.  Who needs that single family home out in the burbs when you can have a yard in downtown Chicago?  I’d get a kick out of watching him mow the yard.  Thank you to for the story and pictures!



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GREEN ROOF ALERT! 353 N. Clark photo update!

Posted by ChicagoismynewBlog! on August 15, 2009

This photo is a few weeks old, so I’m sure the roof is looking a little better than this picture, but it’s an update nonetheless.  This green roof is located at 353 N. Clark Street on top of the parking entrance and retail areas of a brand new office building in River North.  The office building, named 353 N. Clark has been developed by Friedman Properties.  Also, check out ChicagoismynewBlog!’s previous post on this same green roof by clicking HERE!

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The “new Playboy building” and its amazing roof.

Posted by ChicagoismynewBlog! on July 26, 2009

This picture taken from Onterie Center’s roofdeck shows the pretty cool roof of 680 N. Lakeshore Drive in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood.  This building was originally called the American Furniture Mart but is now called the “new Playboy building” because Playboy’s headquarters is located inside.  In addition to offices, this former world’s largest building has over 400 condominiums, a Treasure Island grocery store, retail stores, and restaurants.

As an added bonus, the building with the “M” right behind the “new Playboy building” is the new Prentice Women’s Hospital that just opened up.  If you look closely, you can see a bit of green roof too!  Props to Prentice.


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GREEN ROOF ALERT! Streeter Place in, you guessed it, Streeterville.

Posted by ChicagoismynewBlog! on July 19, 2009

If you can’t tell, I’m enjoying myself with these green roof posts.  This green roof comes from Streeter Place, a new construction apartment building in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood.  Streeter Place, located at 355 E. Ohio Street, is right next door to its sister apartment building called The Streeter.  I have been inside two apartments in The Streeter and I was impressed with what I saw.  Both buildings are finished with green roofs, a lot of beautiful landscaping, and brick pavers which is great at preventing excessive water runoff.  Thank you to “Chiman” from Skyscrapercity for the first picture.


Streeter Place (Left), The Streeter (Right)

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GREEN ROOF ALERT! Office building at 353 N. Clark Street in River North!

Posted by ChicagoismynewBlog! on July 15, 2009

Thanks to Skyscraperpage user, ‘harryc,’ who posted these great pictures of an almost complete 45 story office building, located at 353 N. Clark Street in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.  353 N. Clark is being developed and anchored by Mesirow Financial and from what I understand, the green roof is located on top of the building’s retail and underground parking entrance as well as the 45th floor mechanical penthouse.  Props for the cool design too!

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GREEN ROOF ALERT! Belgravia Group’s 600 N. Lakeshore Drive!

Posted by ChicagoismynewBlog! on July 12, 2009

I’m a huge fan of green roofs from the planning process, the installation of materials, and I love most when the plantings mature.  This green roof is on top of the parking garage of 600 N. Lakeshore Drive, a very successful condominium building developed by Belgravia Group.  In case you couldn’t guess, the building is located at 600 N. Lakeshore Drive.  Go check out their sales center, open 7 days a week from 10am – 6pm, or give them a call at 312-730-4849.

A big thanks goes out to ‘Chiman,’ a Skyscrapercity user, for the first two pictures.


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