American Book Company Historic Industrial Building

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This post features a few photographs of the Historic American Book Company Building Chicago – a preserved, reinvestment and rehabilitation building in Chicago’s South Loop located within McCormick Square’s new development. We first stumbled upon this beautiful restored vintage Chicago industrial building unexpectedly after parking and preparing for our client’s new construction project and architectural hotel building photo shoot at the Marriott Marquis Chicago located right next door.  The historic American Book Company building was beautifully illuminated by the sun and it couldn’t resist standing out and making its way into our shoot’s photo composition. The two buildings, standing side by side, presented a new vs vintage juxtaposition example of differing architecture. The new glass and metal construction, 40 story modern skyscraper tower of Marriott Marquis stands towering to the next door 5-story, brick and stone vintage contrasting historic renovated construction of the American Book Company Building.

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Before doing research, we predicted this salvaged building must be of historical significance, perhaps with a story to tell. Turns out it does and has been repurposed as a part of the Marriott Marquis hotel. This post showcases a few exterior photos we captured of the historic American Book Company building in Chicago. Photographs of the relic building’s exterior red brick and stone façade photos. Researching the history of American Book Company building, the property became a Chicago historical building landmark in 2009. Recently renovated, the 5-story industrial building has now become a part of the Marriott Marquis hotel set of properties. The 1912 built landmark, warehouse loft industrial American Book Company Building is a Chicago industrial property landmark with historical significance. According to a Crain Chicago Business’s article, the building built in 1912 originally served as the American Book Company’s Midwest warehouse and distribution center. Later, R.R. Donnelly and Sons Co. bought the property, where it printed Time magazine and Sears Holding Corporation’s catalogs. The Marriott hotel’s neighbor ABC Building is a five-story, historic industrial Midwest warehouse distribution vintage building. Former home and warehouse for the American Book Company.

The ABC Building, now a Chicago relic, stands today as an iconic vintage building standing amongst a grouping of modern skyscrapers, hotels and new developments within the McCormick Court development zone. The historic Landmark American Book Company building has been salvaged and plans are already in place for repurposing the vintage building.  It was during the planning and design building process for the New Community called McCormick Square, the entertainment district near McCormick place planned on incorporating a few existing properties, undergoing redevelopment, or new construction of buildings into the community.

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As a neighbor to new Marriott Marquis hotel, the 1912 built Amercian Book Company historic building stood vacant and in decay for a few years. Although eventually it was determined to preserve and save the building to be renovated, preserved, and set for restoration during the community development process… early on, preliminary concept plans were considering demolishing the historic building.  Original plans for the corner of Cermak and Prairie included a high-rise hotel on the 3.7 acre site with space for a future Casino in the South Loop. These early on development concepts, had no original mention of rehabilitation of the American Book Company building. The Preservation Chicago succeeding in preserving the American Book Company Building saving the building from demolition, opening a new chapter for the American Book Company property’s survival. Located near the redevelopment blocks and area by the McCormick Place Convention Center within the new McCormick Square development, the building has now been repurposed and salvaged.  A part of Chicago’s historical building & history has successfully been kept within the South Loop neighborhood.

The American Book Co. building is a South Loop Chicago landmark building. The brick loft warehouse structural with vintage skybridge walkway and industrial property incorporates today converted modernized room functions. Retail, restaurants, hotel meeting space, and back of the house rooms for the Chicago Marriott Marquis Hotel are within the American Book Company. The ABC building is located at 320-330 East Cermak Road next door to Marriott Marquis hotel, McCormick Place & Convention Center, Wintrust Area, Motor Row, Motor Row Brewery, the Hyatt Regency McCormick Hotel, and more in the new South Loop.

Miller + Miller, Chicago Architectural photographers photograph a variety of building styles.  Whether industrial, residential, commercial, new construction, modern, renovated vintage, or old historic properties in Chicago building photography, our capabilities and list of clientele is diverse.  Visit our Portfolio, About Us section, and Contact Us for a quote or to discuss your business’s property photography photo needs.


Photography of Marriott Marquis Chicago Hotel Skyscraper

Marriott Marquis Chicago

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Our Chicago hotel building exterior photography shoot of the Marriott Marquis Chicago Hotel Skyscraper occurred a few days after the Marriott International Hotel Company first opened the Marriott Marquis’ doors on September 10th. Our architectural photography and Chicago hotel photographer husband & wife company met with our Construction Company client over the Summer to discuss photographing several Chicago area buildings.  Our photography company has experience in hotels, hospitality & resort photography in Chicago and beyond.  Our client booked not only Chicago hotel photography, but 15 finished construction building photo projects for the company’s marketing department portfolio, press releases, and promotional imagery. The architectural Chicago hotel photography of the Marriott Marquis Chicago Hotel need to be timed and scheduling of the photo shoot was in the early Fall season – awaiting the exterior building construction completion.

Our architectural photography company incorporated in 2006 and based in Chicago has photographed hotel additions, hospitality renovations, architecture, and hotel construction photography over the years. The Marriott Marquis hotel is one of the tallest hotel skyscraper in Chicago to be built and during construction has also been called Chicago’s new Mega Hotel. The 1,205 room hotel is currently Chicago’s sixth largest hotel. A modern Chicago hotel with a distinctive blue all glass curtain wall skyscraper hotel construction design. The 40-story structure in Chicago’s South Loop skyline is located near the three corners of MLK Drive, Cermak Road and Prairie Avenue.  An array of photos of the new construction hotel were photographed.  Photos focused on architectural hotel building images showcasing the hotel property’s full construction.  As well as architectural construction details images and photography of the hotel combining in parts of the nearby convention center and arena buildings.  The combo of images help to showcase not only hospitality images of the hotel, but also the property’s location adjacent to the Chicago buildings of the McCormick Place Convention Center and Wintrust Arena.

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The new Marriott Marquis hotel building is one of the first with completed construction in the South Loop area’s new McCormick Square Development area. A boom of construction is underway in the rapidly-evolving McCormick Square part of town. Design Build construction companies, architects, and developers are changing the South Loop – beginning to redefine Chicago’s overall skyline moving it further to the South. Construction overall is booming in Chicago’s South Loop and is nearing delivery of thousands of new apartments and hotel rooms. This article takes a look at twelve high-rise building projects under construction in Chicago’s South Loop.

Stay tuned for our resorts, hospitality and interior photography section of hotels. Step inside the interior of Chicago’s Marriott Marquis hotel, inside the lobby you’ll find modern luxury finishes, fine interior designed guest rooms, and 44 luxury suites. The luxurious new Chicago hotel features two event ballrooms, signature event space on the 33rd floor offering these striking skyline and photo views of the downtown Chicago skyscrapers and Lake Michigan from on-top of the Marriott Marquis, a state-of-the-art fitness center, club lounge, street-level bar, and easy access to area restaurants, the 10,387-seat Wintrust Arena, famous McCormick Place Convention Center, and the recently renovated historic American Book Company building an addition to the Marquis hotel with meeting spaces – all of which are adjacent and nearby. More conveniences, the Chicago’s Marriott Marquis construction links directly to McCormick Place Convention Center and the adjacent Wintrust Arena via pedestrian walkway bridges.

Marriott Marquis Chicago, and the adjacent 10,387-seat Wintrust Arena opened in the Fall of 2017. Construction of the Marriott Marquis Chicago was by Clark Construction. The Clark Construction Group was the lead member of the design-build joint venture team called Prairie District3 Partners (PD3), partnered with the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) whom worked together to deliver the $350 million hotel. The Clark-Led venture with Prairie District3 Partners is comprised of construction partners Clark Construction Group, Bulley & Andrews Construction Firm, LLC, Old Veteran Construction, engineering infrastructure by McKissack & McKissack Midwest, and Powers & Sons Construction Company. Architect and Design partners Goettsch Partners and Moody Nolan with Gensler providing the hotel’s initial design concept and schematic design. Curtain wall, blue glass cladding by Harmon, Inc.  Branding & Interiors by Simeone Deary Design Group.

Miller + Miller Architectural Photography are Chicago photographers who photograph  buildings, hotels, skyscrapers, luxury, new construction, residential, hospitality, interiors, exteriors, commercial, residential, and more.  Contact us about Chicago Architectural Photography.  Our photographer team of Ryan and Sarah Miller who’s limits are endless … aerial drone photos and video, skyscraper architectural photos, luxury high-rise condominium photography, 5-star hotel interior photography, boutique hotel, resorts, business plazas, architectural landmarks, lavish estates, commercial properties, industrial skyscrapers,  or residential high-rise Chicago buildings.

Serving all the Chicago metro neighborhoods and suburbs with our architectural, residential, condo, loft, luxury and custom home photography clients.  Our husband & wife company also enjoys traveling nationwide annually to photograph our client’s multi-state, developments, building, and construction projects portfolio.  Visit our architectural photo website’s gallery for more images & example photos taken by our architectural photography company in business since 2006.


South Loop Chicago Skyline

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South Loop Chicago Photos

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South Loop Chicago Skyline

We couldn’t resist capturing a couple of South Loop Chicago Skyline Photos during our photo client’s Chicago architectural photography shoot at the South Loop’s newest mega hotel Marriott Marquis Chicago.  The high-rise hotel skyscraper recently finished construction at the end of 2017 and accents the south loop with its blue-tinted steel & glass skyscraper building.  View photos & all blog posts related to the Marriott Marquis hotel and McCormick Square Development area in Chicago’s South Loop.

This short blog post features two photos of the south view of Chicago’s Skyline.  As Chicago photographers with ten years of professional architectural photography experience, we have captured countless Chicago skyline photography angles and photographed from nearly each and every panoramic point around the City of Chicago’s beautiful skyline. Development in the South Loop real estate corridor have undergone a development boom and tremendous growth over the past 10 years.  This massive growth has helped to enhance the panoramic Southern photo views of the Chicago skyline when photographed from the South Loop area.

The South Loop Chicago area is located just south of Chicago’s business area called the Loop.  The South Loop region stretches from Congress Parkway at the Northern tip of the Printer’s Row neighborhood and stretching south from the southern point of Grant Park, following along the park east to Museum Campus.  The Museum Campus’s historical and architectural iconic buildings of the Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium and Soldier Field are situated along the scenic lakefront of Lake Michigan.  To the east on a peninsula stretching out over the water of Lake Michigan is Northerly Island.  This manmade peninsula is a popular attraction in the South Loop sought out by nature lovers exploring the new 91-acre living ecosystem of Northerly Island, Burnham Harbor yachting, boating, sports and music fans. Additional South Loop’s historical sites include Motor Row District along South Michigan Avenue and the Prairie Avenue District “Millionaire’s Row” streets lined with mansions of Chicago’s most wealthy elite during the end of the 19th century. The southern section of the South Loop is frequented by travelers for business and pleasure attending hotel conferences, expos, meetings, and events in the South Loop at McCormick Place, the largest convention center in the country.   The western edges of the South Loop is the Chicago River and southern border is the I-55 Stevenson Expressway.

We travel nationwide for architectural photography projects, and after visiting nearly every state in the US, the Chicago skyline in our opinion is one of the most impressive skylines in the world.  For these South Loop Chicago skyline photos, the image angles were one-of-a-kind, and photographed without a drone. Our shoot provided for an over the rooftop building position & bird’s-eye aerial photography view looking north over the architecture and real estate in the South Loop.

Looking for skyline photographs?  Contact Miller + Miller Architectural Photography about purchasing Chicago skyline stock photography, or a custom photo shoot quote for skyline, skyscraper, development, or other professional photography needs.


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