Week Links: June 1, 2012

  • Lucien Lagrange calls himself a “basket case.”
  • While mass transit companies elsewhere build 100-story buildings and huge shopping malls around its stations, the Tribune wrings its hands over whether the CTA’s new Green/Pink line Morgan Station is too fancy.
  • 900 DeWitt PlaceAnother Chicago residential building wants to become a hotel.  900 DeWitt Place, which is tucked behind the John Hancock Center, has filed paperwork with the city of Chicago to convert at least part of itself into a hotel with a restaurant.
  • In case we haven’t mentioned this before, the opening date for the new Burberry flagship store (633 North Michigan Avenue) is November 11, 2011.
  • There’s even more retail drama on State Street.  Not too long ago, the owners of the building which currently houses Old Navy (35 North State Street) issued a press release for no apparent reason trumpeting the fact that its lease was renewed and solid through 2017.  It was a strangely conspicuous move that left a lot of people scratching their heads.  Then a few weeks ago we were told by our Gold Coast spy that the Old Navy store would leave its current location and move into the former Borders space on State and Randolph (150 North State Street).  We didn’t mention it because we were waiting for a second source.  That second source has arrived in the form of a Sun-Times article which confirms what we were told.  But there’s another twist — the people who own 35 North State continue to insist that the lease from The Gap (which owns Old Navy) will continue, speculating that The Gap might put other experimental brands in the former Old Navy space.  But wait, there’s more!  Women’s Wear Daily reports (no link, sorry — dead tree edition) that The Gap is looking at brick-and-mortar spaces for its currently online-only store called Piperlime.  Could 35 North State become one of the first Piperlime stores?  Or maybe an expansion of The Gap’s other expansion brand, Athleta, which recently opened a store in the Lake View neighborhood.
  • If you “like” the Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance on Facebook, you can get White Sox tickets for half price.  Linky
  • If you live in Uptown, or are a fan of historic theater architecture, there’s a freeish opportunity for you this weekend.  People who go to the Vintage Bazaar being held at the Aragon Ballroom this Sunday ($5 admission) can get a free tour of the building’s architecture and history.   Details on the market here.

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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