Big Muscle Brought in to Help Redevelop Lincoln Park Children’s Hospital Site
Jun01

Big Muscle Brought in to Help Redevelop Lincoln Park Children’s Hospital Site

The long, drawn-out process of turning the former Children’s Memorial Hospital in Lincoln Park into something useful and vibrant got a serious kick in the pants today. McCaffery Interests, which has been spearheading the project through its contentious days, has brought in Houston mega-developer Hines to help out with the project.  It wants to start demolition soon to have the entire project completed in 2018. Hines is also part...

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833 Becomes First of Two Skyscrapers Breaking Ground This Month
Jun01

833 Becomes First of Two Skyscrapers Breaking Ground This Month

It’s been a long time since we heard a peep from the corner of West Chicago Avenue and North Clark Street. But suddenly out of the silence came the scrape of ceremonial shovels in ceremonial dirt followed by the sound of polite applause. Ryan Companies broke ground on 833 North Clark Street this morning in an invitation-only ceremony. Near North Spy Tim sent in these pictures of things getting underway. As you can see, 833 is...

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Near North Hotel Gets New Name, New Look
Jun01

Near North Hotel Gets New Name, New Look

Downtown Chicago’s hotel frenzy continues with another new opening.  Friday, the AC Hotel Chicago Downtown opened at 630 North Rush Street.  You may remember it by its previous name: The Hotel Rush.  Before that it was a Fourpoints by Sheraton. Now after a thorough renovation it’s flying Marriott’s “AC” flag and offering “elegant yet unpretentious style.” For full details, peruse the press...

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A Lantern to Light the Way in Chinatown
Jun01

A Lantern to Light the Way in Chinatown

There’s been a lot of change in Chinatown over the last few years.  A renovated park, a new field house, and a new library are among the civic improvements complimenting a surge in the number of people living and working in the once sketchy neighborhood.  Now the way forward has a guidebook: The Chinatown Community Vision Plan. We first told you about the plan about eight months ago, and it has been the subject of numerous...

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