Viceroy Hotels Closing In On a Gold Coast Opening Date
Jun01

Viceroy Hotels Closing In On a Gold Coast Opening Date

Viceroy Hotels has announced that it will open its new Chicago flag this coming September, dodging the summer tourist season, but still getting up and running in time for the big Christmas shopping season. Chicago’s Viceroy will be the chain’s first hotel in the region.  It replaces the old Hotel Cedar at 1112 North State Street on Viagra Triangle with a new 18-story glass tower designed by Goettsch Partners in The Loop....

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Crane Shots on South Wacker
May31

Crane Shots on South Wacker

The people over at LaGrange Crane are at it again.  Not just lifting impossibly heavy things to improbably heights — but filming it, too. The southwest suburban company was recently involved in lifting what appear to be pipes into the 15th floor of 200 South Wacker Drive.  The result is the mesmerizing video...

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Lincoln Common Filling in Abandoned Tunnel
May31

Lincoln Common Filling in Abandoned Tunnel

People with an interest in Chicago’s history and urban fabric are often captivated by the number of tunnels – abandoned and otherwise – beneath the city. While it is often safely assumed that the majority of these subterranean fascinations are in the greater Loop area, tunnels do pop up in other places. One recent discovery is that of a tunnel beneath the former Nellie Black building, now known as Belmont Village as it’s...

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New Hotel Tower Planned for Milwaukee
May18

New Hotel Tower Planned for Milwaukee

The Potawatome indian tribe has announced plans to add another tower to its hotel and casino complex in Milwaukee. The new tower will have 119 keys, but focus mainly on suites. When construction is complete, it will bring the total number of rooms to 500. More details in the press release below. POTAWATOMI TO EXPAND HOTEL WITH SECOND TOWER PROJECT REPRESENTS ADDITIONAL $80 MILLION INVESTMENT IN MILWAUKEE’S MENOMONEE VALLEY MILWAUKEE –...

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3Eleven Rising Above River North
May16

3Eleven Rising Above River North

“Three Eleven” is more than just a 90’s band from Omaha.  More than the city’s non-emergency hotline.  Soon it will be the newest residential tower in River North. Joe Zekas at YoChicago! sent in the photo above showing the impressive progress The John Buck Company’s 3Eleven is making, snug between the CTA’s elevated Brown/Purple line tracks and Assumption Catholic Church. When it opens in January...

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Say Goodbye to Another Old Slice of Old Town
May15

Say Goodbye to Another Old Slice of Old Town

North Wells Street, the heart of Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood, is getting something new.   The City of Chicago has approved the construction of a six-story mixed-use block to be slotted in at 1435 North Wells. ERECT NEW 6-STORY +BASEMENT, 50 UNIT APARTMENT BUILDING WITH GROUND FLOOR RETAIL, 2 STAIR PENTHOUSE ENCLOSURES & FRONT 2ND FLOOR ROOF DECKS PER PLANS. The new building replaces Bistrot Margot, one of the...

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Groundbreaking For New North Side Lakefront Trail
May15

Groundbreaking For New North Side Lakefront Trail

The City’s ongoing project to decongest the popular Lake Michigan walking/jogging/biking/skating/etc… path took another step forward over the weekend. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the rebuilding of the path from Fullerton Parkway south to North Avenue. The result will be adjacent, but buffered, bicycle and pedestrian lanes in the Fullerton area.  Those modes then diverge into independent paths until they rejoin...

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Here We Grow!  Vista Tower Gets Full Construction Permit for All 95 Stories
May12

Here We Grow! Vista Tower Gets Full Construction Permit for All 95 Stories

The biggest thing to hit Chicago’s skyline since the Aon Center is about to become a reality. The City of Chicago has issued a full building permit for the Vista Tower in Lakeshore East (363 East Wacker Drive). Take a slurp of coffee and a deep breath and enjoy the OMG: CONSTRUCTION AND BUILD-OUT OF LEVEL 1 TO LEVEL 95 OF PROPOSED 95-STORY MIXED USE BUILDING Now just let that settle in… ahh. The tower will be the...

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Groundbreaking For New Landmark Greektown Skyscraper
May02

Groundbreaking For New Landmark Greektown Skyscraper

If you’ve been pining for a new, round-shaped skyscraper in downtown Chicago, then we have good news for you. The cylindrical tower formerly known as 1 South Halsted is officially under construction. Groundbreaking ceremonies were recently held for what is now being called 727 West Madison, the 44-story FitzGerald Associates design which features a round vertical shaft rising from a parking podium in the soon-to-be-former Crowne...

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Readers Cry Wolf, Point at Soil Sampling
Apr25

Readers Cry Wolf, Point at Soil Sampling

With the recent completion of 150 North Riverside, and River Point at 444 West Lake Street, could there be signs that the third major confluential construction project is getting ready to start? Loop Spy Chris sent in photos he took showing soil sampling equipment at Wolf Point. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen dirt rigs at Wolf Point, but it’s the first time since the last time, and that’s good enough for...

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