First Look: New Downtown Chicago Hotel on Rush Street
Mar31

First Look: New Downtown Chicago Hotel on Rush Street

  We’re getting our first look at the latest hotel tower proposed for the Near North side. When we first heard about the project, it sounded like the end of the line for one of downtown’s greatest tourist magnets: The Giordano’s restaurant on Rush and Superior Streets. The early descriptions led us to believe that the old warehouse building would be sacrificed for lodging. It turns out there’s nothing to...

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Status Update: RIC’s Place
Mar27

Status Update: RIC’s Place

For the first time in a long time, a medical skyscraper is going up in Streeterville that doesn’t have the name “Northwestern” on it. The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s new tower, called the Ability Institute, is rising at the corner of East Ontario Street and North McClurg Court.  It’s the former location of the CBS building where in 1960 the world’s first televised presidential debate took...

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Beloved Bucktown Building Blessed for Beds
Mar20

Beloved Bucktown Building Blessed for Beds

The Chicago Plan Commission has given its blessing to a plan to convert the Northwest Tower Building (1608 North Milwaukee Avenue) in Bucktown into a hotel. The developer intends to turn the 12-story building, and the neighboring Hollander Fireproof Warehouse building next door into a 120-room hotel, with ground floor retail.  There will also be a roof deck added to the taller building, which should provide some epic views on a warm...

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1000 South Clark is Officially a Thing
Mar19

1000 South Clark is Officially a Thing

Two weeks ago we took a bunch of disparate facts, laid them out on a table for you and with Judge Wopner’s certainty declared that the preponderance of the evidence pointed to the existence of a residential tower coming to 1000 South Clark Street. Now it’s official. Crain’s Chicago Business has spoken with Jim Letchinger of JDL development and confirmed that he is trying to put up a 469-apartment residential tower on...

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Status Update: Virgin Loses Her Red Top, Gets Ready To Show Chicago Her Stuff
Mar19

Status Update: Virgin Loses Her Red Top, Gets Ready To Show Chicago Her Stuff

The world’s first Virgin Hotel is very privately getting ready for its debut. The unique red construction netting that once shrouded its upper reaches of the former Dearborn Bank Building at 203 North Wabash Avenue is long gone, and it doesn’t look like there’s too much more facade work to do. Most of the windows used to have a red masking tape grid on them. But now only a few do, which could mean that those portions...

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Long Neglected, a Chicago Art Deco Gem Inches Toward Rebirth
Mar19

Long Neglected, a Chicago Art Deco Gem Inches Toward Rebirth

In a city filled with Art Deco delight, this small skyscraper is an exceptional gem. Recently named a Chicago Landmark, the fifteen-story Chicago Motor Club Building (68 East Wacker Place) was designed in 1928 by Holabird & Root. It’s not a well-known building; it has been empty for a decade, and you can’t access its dazzling lobby. But for locals who remember it way back when, and those lucky enough to attend the rare open house...

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Status Update: Not Playing Games at Arkadia
Mar17

Status Update: Not Playing Games at Arkadia

To paraphrase a favorite fictional Chicagoan, Ferris, “Chicago construction moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” That’s the case with Arkadia, going up at 765 West Adams Street in Greektown.  We cruised by the 33-story residential tower on the number eight bus just last Monday and admired its progress.  Two days later, bam!  Greektown spy Crealooper sends us...

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Status Update: 73 East Lake Buttoned Up
Mar13

Status Update: 73 East Lake Buttoned Up

It’s been a while since we last checked in on progress at 73 East Lake Street, and it looks like they’ve got the skin of the building pretty much buttoned up.  The concrete pedestrian barrier and scaffolding have been removed from the front of the tower and the incredibly thin building is starting to look like it’s always been there. Even though we miss the super nice Enterprise employees who used to run the skanky...

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Baby Steps Toward The Spire
Mar12

Baby Steps Toward The Spire

The daring, beautiful, controversial, despised, exuberant, loved, hated Chicago Spire took another baby step toward reality in a bankruptcy courtroom yesterday. Crain’s Chicago Business reports that the main parties involved in a three-way tug-of-war over the project have some to an agreement about the site’s short-term future. But the long-term vision is still a little hazy. Garrett Kelleher, the Spire’s most recent...

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20 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About Chicago’s John Hancock Center
Mar11

20 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About Chicago’s John Hancock Center

People love lists.  And people love to see if they know things other people don’t know.  That’s why people on the internet click on links like “26 Shocking Tricks To Lower Car Insurance!” We’ve run a couple of smart-lists, too.  Five years ago we published 30 Things You Don’t Know About Block37, and it’s still getting clicks.  Recently Bill Motchan’s article 10 Things You (Probably)...

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