Conrad Chicago Getting Ready to Roll Out the Welcome Mat
Jul12

Conrad Chicago Getting Ready to Roll Out the Welcome Mat

The mad scramble to squeeze as many hotels into downtown Chicago as possible continues with a return visit from Hilton’s Conrad brand. There used to be a Conrad in the former McGraw-Hill Building at 520 North Michigan Avenue.  That building is now part of the Shops at North Bridge complex, and the hotel goes by the name of The Gwen. The second iteration of the Conrad flag will be at 101 East Erie Street, formerly the DraftFCB...

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At Atrium Village, Here Come the Cranes Again
Jul12

At Atrium Village, Here Come the Cranes Again

The transformation of Atrium Village is about to get a helping hand.  A giant, 100-foot-tall, diesel-powered hand. A permit has been issued for a new tower crane to be erected at 1140 North Wells Street, the place where a bucolic low-scale throwback residential settlement is bring turned into downtown’s next vibrant mixed-use high rise community. The crane’s first task is to help build a 31-story residential skyscraper at...

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Here Comes The Oriental Theater Hotel
Jul11

Here Comes The Oriental Theater Hotel

The upper levels of the Oriental Theater Building at 32 West Randolph Street have been a question mark for some time now.  Some believed they were going to become student housing.  Others put their money on apartments. Two months ago we told you the safe bet was a hotel, and now that’s starting to happen.    From the permit issued mere days ago: Permit issued for renovation/alteration **DIRECT DEVELOPER SERVICE** CONVERT...

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Scaffolding Coming Down at the Bush Temple of Music
Jul06

Scaffolding Coming Down at the Bush Temple of Music

One of downtown Chicago’s most beautiful buildings is beautiful once more. Near North Spy Joel tickled our Tip Line with the photo above showing the scaffolding coming down from around Flats No. 800, formerly known as The Bush Temple of Music at 800 North Clark Street. The restoration of the building’s intricate facade is part of the city’s Adopt-a-Landmark program.  Cedar Street is turning the 1901 headquarters and...

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Chicago’s NEXT Apartment Tower Arriving Three Months Early
Jul06

Chicago’s NEXT Apartment Tower Arriving Three Months Early

Here’s something we don’t see every day.  Or week.  Or year.  It’s an announcement from Fifield Companies that its newest residential tower, NEXT (347 West Chestnut Street), is going to open — get this — three months early.  Not since the puppet bicycle took to the Loop have so many downtown observers done a double-take. Ordinarily, developers like to be vague about construction milestones.  After all, nobody wants...

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How Are Things Going at Webster Square?
Jun29

How Are Things Going at Webster Square?

If you’ve read this publication for any amount of time, you’ve noticed that our friend Joe Zekas from YoChicago! likes to get on the roofs of Chicago buildings with his very cool and expensive cameras.  He sees all kinds of things from the vantage points usually reserved for the city’s pigeons.  But something struck him as odd the other day. And here it is. The photograph of Webster Square on the left was taken in...

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Summer’s Here and Sienna Flats is Turning Brown
Jun29

Summer’s Here and Sienna Flats is Turning Brown

Sienna Flats (423 East Ohio Street), the low-rise podium portion of the 42-story Moment skyscraper is getting all buttoned up for its big debut.  Streeterville Spy Joel sent in the photograph above showing the green insulating layer of the facade being replaced by its final brown layer, encroaching from the right. Although the flats are physically part of the same development as Moment, it’s being handled separately.  Instead of...

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Awesome Bird’s Eye View of Streeterville’s Marriott Autograph Hotel
Jun28

Awesome Bird’s Eye View of Streeterville’s Marriott Autograph Hotel

Life is rough for pigeons.  Between shivering through a Chicago winter and dodging rats trying to gnaw your feet off, there’s not a lot good about being a bird in this city.  Except for the whole flying thing.  That’s awesome. And thanks to Streeterville Spy Paul we get to see what the pigeons see when they look down on the construction of the new Marriott Autograph Hotel at 228 East Ontario Street. When complete, it will...

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More Cranes Nesting in the South Loop
Jun27

More Cranes Nesting in the South Loop

The South Loop has always been a good location for cranespotting.  And with construction of 801 South Financial kicking into high gear, it just got better. Two different people sent in pictures of cranes putting up the new cranes for the -story residential building.  The photo at the top is from South Loop Spy Chuck, and down below we have Joe Zekas from YoChicago!. The new tower from Wood Partners out of Atlanta will be 33-stories...

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Residences Rising at 8 East Huron
Jun27

Residences Rising at 8 East Huron

This past winter we were the first to tell you that a new residential tower was coming to 8 East Huron Street in Chicago’s Gold Coast.  And now it’s officially under construction. Eight East Huron is a project by CA Ventures, designed by Valero Dewalt Train Associates (the “build or die” people). It should max out around 300 feet (290 to the roof + mechanical), which is pretty good considering the tiny...

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