One Hotel, Two Hotel, No Hotel, New Hotel
Jan27

One Hotel, Two Hotel, No Hotel, New Hotel

Just when you thought another hotel couldn’t be crammed into Chicago’s Near North neighborhood, Crain’s Chicago Business reports that one is coming to Rush Street. In fact, it’s coming to Crain’s old headquarters building at 740 North Rush Street, which sported a legacy “Crain’s” logo in fading paint way up high on the facade until just about a year ago. These days, of course, the...

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Status Update: The Thompson Chicago in the Gold Coast
May02

Status Update: The Thompson Chicago in the Gold Coast

Work continues at The Thompson Chicago, the city’s soon-to-be newest hotel. It’s actually the former Sutton Place Hotel (21 East Bellevue Place), perched on the corner of North Rush Street and East Bellevue Place in the Gold Coast. The Sutton Place sign remains affixed to the wall outside. The 246-room, 23-story tower was built in 1987. Last year, the Thompson Hotels chain took over management duties. Locally, Thompson...

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Status Update: Argo Tea Pavilion and Connors Park
Apr03

Status Update: Argo Tea Pavilion and Connors Park

The rebuilding of Connors Park in the city’s Gold Coast neighborhood continues apace.  The old, mostly concrete park has been jackhammered away, and in its place a glass barn… umm, greenhouse… umm, pavilion has been erected. Into this pavilion will go an Argo Tea house.  The Chicago company is paying for the entire project, which includes rehabbing the park. The tea house will operate year-round, and be a welcome...

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Flagship Starbucks Opened in Gold Coast Yesterday; Serves Booze Tomorrow
Dec05

Flagship Starbucks Opened in Gold Coast Yesterday; Serves Booze Tomorrow

It’s been a few months since we last checked in on the new flagship Starbucks going up in the Gold Coast, and guess what — it’s open! The store at 1003 North Rush Street opened Tuesday, December 4th and brings the coffee chain’s latest design iteration to downtown Chicago. Like the Starbucks stores we’ve written about in Seattle, this one goes heavy on recycled, reclaimed, and reused. The walls are lined...

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Status Update: Flagship Starbucks
Sep04

Status Update: Flagship Starbucks

The new flagship Starbucks store at 1003 North Rush Street in the Gold Coast is taking shape. You can see the two balconies that will hang over the public sidewalk.  Neighbors complained about this encroachment into the public right-of-way when the design was introduced, but Starbucks assured them it wouldn’t be that big a deal.  The ‘bucks guy appears to have been right.  The balconies don’t impose any more than the...

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Another Retail Tear-Down on Rush Street
Sep04

Another Retail Tear-Down on Rush Street

The retail growth spurt in downtown Chicago’s Oak/Walton/Rush Street corridor continues.  This time it’s 1007 North Rush that will face the proverbial wrecking ball. The owners of the building want to tear it down and start over, turning the property from two clubs and four residences into a single retail outlet. The businesses displaced will be Jilly’s and The Back Room.  Interestingly, the operators of...

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Glass and Class on Rush Street
Feb01

Glass and Class on Rush Street

Something unexpected showed up in our inbox this morning.  It’s a rendering of the new Brunello Cucinelli store that’s going into the former Jake space at 939 North Rush Street.  Brunello Cucinelli is an Italian fashion house known for its use of Mongolian and Chinese cashmere.  It currently has four other stores in the United States, and an additional 39 around the world. The new store design eschews the wood front left...

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Status Update: Flagship Starbucks
Jan31

Status Update: Flagship Starbucks

Demolition is underway at 1003 North Rush Street, the future home of Chicago’s Flagship Starbucks store.   We were the first people to tell you that the store is intended to be upscale, serving wine, craft beers, and better food in Starbucks’ new store layout and materials, tested over the last couple of years in Seattle. The Chicago flagship will have a balcony hanging over the sidewalk on the second floor, a green roof,...

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Public Park Privatized in Chicago’s Gold Coast

In the last couple of months, we’ve received two inquiries from people asking what’s going on with Connors Park.  If you’re not familiar with the name, you may know it as the triangle-shaped slice of open space in front of the Sofitel (20 East Chestnut Street), bounded by Rush, Delaware, Chestnut, and Wabash. It’s a very small space (about 17,000 ft²), and features a small pergola, a nice little fountain, a few...

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New Flagship Starbucks Cuts Wood, Stacks Bricks

Our recent series of articles on the flagship Starbucks to be built at 1003 North Rush Street have been very popular (previous coverage here, here, and here). According to Google Analytics, tens of thousands of people have read them. So when someone e-mailed me a revised drawing of the building, I thought I should post it here right away, and using some fancy schmancy special effects. If you have an up-to-date web browser, you should...

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