Construction Update
No Rest at Virgin Hotel

Virgin Hotel construction

It’s been a very busy week at the old Dearborn Bank Building, soon to emerge as the world’s first Virgin Hotel (203 North Wabash Avenue).

One of our Loop spies has been sending us a steady stream of photographs as crews get ready to begin a $55 million renovation of the building into a shiny new place for visitors to stay.

The Dearborn Wabash Street sidewalk has been covered by a construction canopy and moved out into  what used to be the parking lane, and the former sidewalk is now a fenced-in area.  That is, presumably, where the construction hoist will be located and materials will be stored.

Expect an all-out push if this project is to make its original opening deadline of Autumn, 2013.

Author: Editor

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