We haven’t heard much lately about the new hotel that’s going into the former One IBM Plaza building at 330 North Wabash Avenue. The last update we saw was January in the Sun-Times. We know they’ve been busy working on the project because we can see the construction through the windows at night. Now we’re told that it’s going to be called The Langham, after Langham Hospitality Group which will be running things there. The hotel will have 316 rooms, and open in summer of next year (2013). A general manager has also been appointed. It’s Kevin Robinson, who may sound familiar to you as the former general manager of the still shiny new Elysian Hotel on Walton Street, which is now the Waldorf Astoria Chicago.
The Chicago Journal has the scoop on the new 39-story apartment tower planned for State and 9th. As always, we are in favor of the elimination of another surface parking lot.
A gaping scar on Chicago’s Near West Side is going to get a Band Aid. Crain’s Chicago Business reports that the people who own the United Center (1901 West Madison Street) are going to turn one of the horrifying surface parking lots into a mixed-use development of restaurants, retail, and team offices. The Wrigleyfication of the United Center is a good start. As much as we find Wrigleyville dishearteningly disorderly, it’s at least a neighborhood that embraces its stadium and vice versa. The United Center and U.S. Cellular Field (333 West 35th Street) are to neighborhood planning what Agent Orange is to lawn care.
Crain’s reports that our friends over at Fifield may or may not have been selected to redevelop the Jewel property at Clark and Division. Crain’s says it’s happening. Fifield says nothing’s been signed yet.
Crain’s also tells us that the Wyndham in Streeterville is going to be renovated and emerge from its cocoon as the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile.
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