Things Are Getting Hostel on Ohio Street
Apr07

Things Are Getting Hostel on Ohio Street

Work is underway transforming downtown Chicago’s old Tokyo Hotel (19 East Ohio street) into something much less like the old Tokyo Hotel (still at 19 East Ohio Street). Although it was a favorite of suburban club hoppers looking for a cheap no-questions-asked place to crash after a long night of cruising Hubbard Street, it certainly has seen better days. A New York company called Sydell Group is spending about $20 million to...

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After Four Years of Negotiations, Another Wrigley Renovation May Be At Hand
Apr15

After Four Years of Negotiations, Another Wrigley Renovation May Be At Hand

We don’t cover Wrigley Field (1080 West Addison Street) renovations often enough on this blog. The main reason is that anything involving the ballpark is so tangled in politics, infighting, and special interests. 90% of it is taking heads, and 10% is actual development news. Plus, Wrigley renovations are one of the few urban development issues that the local television stations actually cover well. Still, today’s news from...

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Week Links: March 9, 2012
Mar09

Week Links: March 9, 2012

The old Russian and Turkish Bath House on Diversey is being renovated.  The Chicago Sun-Times reports it will be called Chicago Bath House, and have an adjacent restaurant called Red Square.  Though the term “bath house” has been sullied over the years by some of the ones on the west coast turning into places to find drugs and gay sex, historically bath houses were respectable, family places.  Even as late as the...

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Status Update: The Gage Group

   The Gage Group (18 South Michigan Avenue) is a set of three office buildings designed by Holabird & Roche and Louis Sullivan in 1900 in the heart of Michigan Avenue’s architectural cliff wall.  It has been most notable lately because of The Gage restaurant, which is good enough for portly pork and poultry poet Phil Vettel and therefore good enough for you. The owners recently undertook the...

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Status Update: Randolph Tower

The Randolph Tower (188 West Randolph Street) has been under some form of renovation or another since before I moved to Chicago in 2003.  When will it be done?  It’s hard to say.  Lots of deadlines have come and gone.  Lots of big plans have been made and unfulfilled.  Just last year the city approved a TIF to help turn it into residences.  Up close, it’s a beautiful building.  It’s...

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A Pattern Developing in the Loop

For the last few months, this former bank location in the Loop has been hidden behind scaffolding.  Now 202 South State Street has emerged from its cocoon, and the result is — well, rather much like a butterfly. Windows and doors, even the facade are covered in the most interesting black-and-white design.  The design has even spread to the adjacent building at 212 South State. I didn’t have time to check for...

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Full Details on the Greening of the Sears Tower

While just about every Chicago news organization carried the news yesterday of the plan to make the Sears Tower more environmentally responsible, most of the coverage consisted of painfully short blurbs with few real details. So here’s the complete press release, unfiltered, for you to digest on your own: –:– Sears Tower Unveils Sustainable Plan to...

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Montgomery Ward Tower Not Gone, Just Hidden

Thanks to Chicago Architecture Blog reader and Chicago Architecture Info Facebook fan Jim Mitch for letting us know about a glaring error in one of our earlier posts, and more importantly — about a hidden piece of Chicago architectural history. In February we posted a note talking about the completion of the renovation of 6 North Michigan Avenue . This was one of the old Montgomery Ward buildings and used to have a 10-story...

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Status Update: The Park Monroe

You can call it the Park Monroe all you want, but to us it’s still Mid-Continental Plaza .  The conversion of the upper stories of this office building into swanky double-height condominiums actually appears to have done the building some good. It’s no longer a boing box of grey pinstripes.  The change in form at the residential level gives it an interesting visual cap and helps it stand out more than it did...

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Status Update: Six North Michigan Avenue

It was a slow and tedious process, but the top of Six North Michigan Avenue is finally complete. It’s been shrouded in tarps and scaffolding since at least 2003, probably longer while restoration work was done on its crown and the inside converted from offices into condos.  The shroud came off this winter and the result is pleasing.  It’s also nice to see another residential option on Michigan Avenue. But there...

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