Briefly: Hotels, Coupons, and Skyscraper Ads

Sorry there wasn’t much in the way of updates last week.  We were in the deep South on an architectural photography shoot.  As we’ve flogged before, architectural photography is our primary business here, so if you have a skyscraper, hotel, factory, lobby, office, wigwam, yurt, or igloo that you need photos of, contact us.

Now… on to the briefs!

  • Crain’s Chicago Business reports that Gilt City (it’s like high-ticket Groupon) is doing a deal with Waterton Residential to save $5,200 off the first three months rent at the Mondial Building (910 West Huron Street).  This comes just hours after a pair of Waterton representatives told us that every Waterton apartment in Chicago is getting an 8-10% rent increase, and that there would be no concessions offered at all because “nobody wants to be the cheapest apartment in the market.”
  • Dead hotel tower project for 150 East Ontario Street

    Dead hotel tower project for 150 East Ontario Street

    Crain’s also reports that the big hotel tower planned for 150 East Ontario Street in the Gold Coast is dead.

  • Chicago Women in Architecture shot us a note via our Twitter feed about an upcoming event at the Art Institute of Chicago.  Yolande Daniels, of studioSUMO in New York will give a free lecture Monday, February 6, 2012 at 6:30pm.  View the flyer here:  It says seating is first-come, first-served.  It also encourages people to RSVP for the event.  You can decide on your own which one is correct.
  • If you’re having trouble wrapping your brain around the decennial gerrymandering of Chicago’s aldermanic wards, the Sun-Times has put together an interactive Google map you can use for reference.
  • The Chicago Tribune is aghast that companies are putting perfectly legal logos on Chicago skyscrapers.  So far, no one is complaining about the giant “For Rent” banners on apartment blocks that are often large enough to violate the city’s sign ordinance.
  • There’s yet another plan to revive the old Hotel Lincoln (1816 North Clark Street, formerly the Park View Hotel).  The Chicago Sun-Times reports that it’s going to be operated by Joie de Vivre Hospitality, which is tangentially related to Chicago’s own Pritzker Family.  This will be the first Joie de Vivre hotel in the eastern United States.
  • Dixie Square Mall, which was partially demolished in the filming of the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers will now be properly torn down, says the Trib.
  • Evanston Now has pictures of the new music school that Northwestern University wants to build on the edge of Lake Michigan.  It wants to break ground this Spring.
  • One of the city’s least-known building tours is coming up.  Assumption Catholic Church (323 West Illinois Street) offers free tours at 1:15pm on the first Sunday of each month, so the next one is February 5th.  If you haven’t been there, it’s a great example of Italian-style religious architecture.  Assumption is one of several Chicago churches formed when an immigrant group (in this case, Italians) were made to feel unwelcome at Old Saint Patrick’s Church (180 South DesPlaines Street) and started their own.  Another example is Notre Dame de Chicago (1335 West Harrrison Street), started by French immigrants who were unwelcome at OSP.

Author: Editor

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