Fourth Presbyterian Tower: Still Dead

Last week I told you about how the Fourth Presbyterian Church has given up on its plan to build a 64-story tower across the street from the 100-story John Hancock Center and the 66-story tower at 900 North Michigan Avenue.  Since then, I’ve been given a copy of a letter from Pastor John Buchanan that has some interesting details in it. The reasons cited for abandoning the tower plan are politics, the economy, and time. The...

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Details on New 41 Story Apartment Tower For West Loop

Elsewhere on this blog someone asked for some information on the surface parking lot at 108 North Jefferson Street.  I answered the question there, but since most people don’t spend their time reading all of the comments on this blog, I thought I’d make a separate post for it as well. These facts are, of course, fluid.  Nothing is concrete until it’s built in concrete.  So things may have changed...

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Another Hotel to Open Soon in River North

Yet another Near North Side flophouse is becoming respectable again. The old Hotel Wacker at 111 West Huron Street is becoming the Hotel Felix .  Wacker was a pretty nice place when it first opened in the 1920’s, but like a lot of the city’s once classy hotels, it went downhill as the neighborhood went from residential to commercial to industrial.  Now that the people are back, so’s the hotel, though...

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