Briefly: Cloister Construction, Fire Light, Horns-a-tootin

If you happen to be in the West Loop, swing by Old Saint Patrick’s Church, where the scaffolding is down and the facade is up on its new cloister. Also up are the Christmas lights on one of Chicago’s most loved firehouses: The 109-year-old Fire Station 98 at 202 East Chicago Avenue (see picture below).  This place rocks for photos in the snow. Point of interest:  We have 805 fans on Facebook.  But in the last month, those...

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Esquire Under Construction

        Another big thanks to our Gold Coast Spy who e-mailed us this cameraphone shot of the construction on the Esquire Theater (58 East Oak Street).   You’ll recall that after several years of being empty, the former cinema is being chopped up into seven retail spaces.  We’ve heard a couple of names that are interested in space in the building, but are holding off on mentioning anything until we get...

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Mysterious Escada Quietly Constructs

    Unlike other stores in Chicago’s biggest shopping district, Escada’s move from the Magnificent Mile to Oak Street has been a very private affair.  In ditching its corner store on Michigan and Chestnut to pick up the former Yves Saint Laurent space at 51 East Oak Street  it completely covered the windows and doors so that no one can see what’s going on inside. We hear progress is being made, but no one...

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