Lux Retail Acorn About to Germinate on Oak Street
Dec21

Lux Retail Acorn About to Germinate on Oak Street

Just as the greystone two-flats in Chicago’s neighborhoods are gradually being replaced with more modern versions of themselves, the tony walk-ups of Chicago’s Gold Coast are being swapped out with glittering boxes of luxury and utility. The newest high-end retail box about to arrive on the shore of Lake Michigan is at 57 East Oak Street. This building, and its neighbor at number 59, were torn down a few months ago after...

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New Hotel Sammitch About to Rise in the South Loop
Dec19

New Hotel Sammitch About to Rise in the South Loop

Downtown Chicago is about to get another two-in-one hotel skyscraper. This one at 1101 South Wabash Avenue — the southeast corner of Wabash and 11th Street, right behind the Best Western Grant Park Hotel. We’re a little light on details about this new project, in large part because it avoided many of the pubic paperwork filings required for other new buildings. But what we know so far starts with the construction permit issued...

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River City Battens Down the Hatches While Work Ramps Up Downstream
Dec12

River City Battens Down the Hatches While Work Ramps Up Downstream

Word  on the intarwebs (via Sloopin’) is that there’s a lot of dozing going on along South Clark Street these days.  And we don’t mean the sleepytime kind. Several neighbors have spotted heavy machinery making mincemeat of the trees, bushes, and squatters’ quarters scattered across the immense and vacant scrubland between Roosevelt Road and 15th Street-ish.  That’s where seven months ago, Mayor Rahm...

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West Town’s Hottest Potato About to Plant Roots on Peoria Street
Dec12

West Town’s Hottest Potato About to Plant Roots on Peoria Street

In the 14-year history of this publication, we’ve never seen a building so hated, so demonized, so despised as this one.  When 111 South Peoria was announced, you would have thought that it was announced that a pig farm was being built amid the low-rise brick condos of West Town, and everyone in the neighborhood would be required to take a turn slopping the sows. People’s heads figuratively exploded.  They were literally...

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McDonald’s Plants Arches in Bow Truss Country, Solidifies West Town Transformation
Dec07

McDonald’s Plants Arches in Bow Truss Country, Solidifies West Town Transformation

In a neighborhood better known for bow trusses than golden arches, McDonald’s planted its flag firmly in West Town yesterday. The groundbreaking ceremony for the world’s second-largest fast food chain came amid the squeals and bangs of construction, already underway, for the new headquarters building at 1058 West Washington Street, the former location of HARPO Studios. The return of McDonald’s to Chicago is the...

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Northwest Loop’s Newest Residential Tower Tops Out
Dec07

Northwest Loop’s Newest Residential Tower Tops Out

The corner of Lake and Wells Streets has been a hub of activity lately. Not only is it Chicago’s busiest rail junction, it’s also where two residential skyscrapers have gone up in recent years. The latest to rise is Linea, a 33-story edifice designed by Moceri+Roszak for Moceri+Roszak, and which recently topped out. When completed next year, it will have 265 homes in one of those most transit-friendly corners of the city....

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Paper Progress with Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Renovation
Nov29

Paper Progress with Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Renovation

Twenty-one months after it first announced its intention to embark on a huge renovation project, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago finally has permission to do so. During Thanksgiving Week, the city approved a permit for the organization to start its $16 million retrofit: INTERIOR ALTERATIONS TO 1ST, 2ND & 3RD FLOORS FOR NEW 1ST FLOOR RESTAURANT AND 2ND & 3RD FLOOR COMMON AREAS FOR EXISTING MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART AS...

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New McCormick Place Marriott Won’t Miss Out on Rooftop Bar Trend
Nov28

New McCormick Place Marriott Won’t Miss Out on Rooftop Bar Trend

Whether it’s the neighborhood-friendly Hotel Godfrey in River North, or the new über-luxe hostelries squeezing in along the river, it seems like these days every new Chicago hotel wants to have a rooftop bar.  Aside from being a money-printing machine, they’re also a publicity bonanza in an era when every second of everyone’s lives is being snapbooked and facechatted to a salivating internet. The new Marriott...

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A Touch of Wanda
Nov28

A Touch of Wanda

Whoever asked for a 93-something story skyscraper for Christmas, Santa’s little helpers are busy right now stuffing your stocking over in Lakeshore East. That’s where Loop Spy Jon took the photo above, showing busy bees putting in a foundation for the Vista Tower.  When completed, the tower will rise more than 1,100 feet into the sky, just a couple of blocks from the Lake Michigan shoreline, and just across Wacker Drive...

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Spire Watchers On Alert, But Don’t Get Your Hopes Up
Nov23

Spire Watchers On Alert, But Don’t Get Your Hopes Up

Streeterville residents anxiously awaiting news about what will become of the curious lot at 400 North Lake Shore Drive have been on alert recently.  That’s because some very sinister-looking tanks have recently appeared on the site that was, not so long ago, going to be the home of North America’s tallest building. Today that site is the home of Chicago’s largest light socket.  Or deepest concrete swimming hole.  Or...

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