A Stirring at the Dead Mandarin Oriental Project in The Loop

Remember the Mandarin Oriental Tower Chicago?  The 74-story luxury hotel designed by SCB that was going to fill in the last vacant lot in the Illinois Center?

It’s been years since the project with a vanity address of 213 North Michigan Avenue (it’s actual real address would have been 130 East Lake Street) failed to happen. And years since anything at all has happened in that location other than it being used as a parking lot for itinerant utility trucks and as a toilet by vagrants.  Then late last night our Loop Spy sent in pictures of… something.

Mandarin Oriental Tower Chicago

It’s not much.  But it appears that someone has finally bothered to take down the Coming Soon: Mandarin Oriental Chicago signs that have been on the East Lake Street side of the property for probably close to five years.

This can be seen in one of two ways:

  1. A sign that something else is finally coming to this space.
  2. A final nail in the coffin of the project and any hopes that anything at all will happen here.

Time will tell.

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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