Facelift Envisioned for Gold Coast Building You Didn’t Even Know Was Important
Apr01

Facelift Envisioned for Gold Coast Building You Didn’t Even Know Was Important

  If you follow the high-stakes game of Gold Coast Musical Chairs that plays out in the real estate pages of Crain’s Chicago Business, then you’ve probably heard that Urban Outfitters is moving out of its longtime home at 935 North Rush Street, and ultra-lux boutiques Versace and Dior are moving in.  But what you may not have heard is that the building may get a whole new look. Marketing materials offered by Cushman...

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Former Gym Gets Knocked Out, But What’s Next For This Primo Property? [u]
Aug22

Former Gym Gets Knocked Out, But What’s Next For This Primo Property? [u]

Two weeks after good readers like you started sending in pictures of demolition equipment massing near the bowels of the Magnificent Mile, and two days after we reported that they were swarming to attack the former Lakeshore Athletic Club at 441 North Wabash Avenue, a pair of powerful pneumatic pincers on poles are prying apart the property. It was Loop Spy Ryan who first sent us pictures of the demolition equipment, followed by...

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Mag Mile’s Lakeshore Athletic Club About to Come Down [u]
Aug19

Mag Mile’s Lakeshore Athletic Club About to Come Down [u]

For the last 10 days or so, people have been hitting the Tip Line asking what the heck is going on over at the intersection of Rush and Hubbard, behind the Wrigley Building. Recently a metric buttload* of heavy demolition equipment showed up in the parking lot bounded by East Illinois Street, North Rush Street, East Hubbard Street, and North Wabash Avenue.  Digging through city paperwork turned up nothing, even though people like Loop...

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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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