Briefly: Honoring Ida, Old Saint, New Hotel

  • Chicago sculptor Richard Hunt has been selected to create a monument honoring historic anti-lynching published Ida B. Wells to be placed on the median at East 37th Street and South Langley Street in Bronzeville.  More information here.
  • The people behind the proposed Old Saint Patrick’s Tower will present a revised plan for their West Loop skyscraper next week.  The last 22-story proposal set off the grump-o-meters for a lot of people in the neighborhood, especially those in The Edge (210 South Des Plaines Street) who, for some reason, were led to believe that nothing larger than a church would be built on that property.  See our previous coverage here and here.
  • Also next week, we should get to see the latest version of a  Japanese company’s proposal to build a Japanese-style business hotel near Union Station.  The Tokyoko Inn would have 615 rooms in a 23-story building at 320 South Clinton Street, wrapping around the back of the old Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Building.  While the hotel will be styled for Japanese businessmen (meaning über-small rooms, and few frills), it won’t go full capsule (And if you ever have the chance to sleep in a Japanese capsule hotel, I recommend it — as long as you’re significantly smaller than I am).

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