Argyle Street Transformation *Not Quite* Started
Jul07

Argyle Street Transformation *Not Quite* Started

Monday, in this very space, we let you know the final phase of the Argyle Street transformation was officially underway. This morning, anticipating loud machinery tearing holes in pavement, I set out to watch things get done. Welp… Turns out, I’m a little early. After trekking on foot all the way over to the construction area (Editor’s Note: You had to walk one block, Dan) I found that, in fact, it is not a...

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Just a Moment… Don’t Call it 545 McClurg Anymore
Jul07

Just a Moment… Don’t Call it 545 McClurg Anymore

The only thing we like less than a surface parking lot is a skyscraper with a terrible name.  In most cases, the worst possible name arrives when a developer or owner decides to just go with the building’s address for a name.  It’s like when someone calls their dog “dog.”  Or when an artist creates an enormous, dramatic work of art and calls it “Study #4.”  It is the very definition of insipid....

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Status Update: This Crane’s Chicago Business
Jul07

Status Update: This Crane’s Chicago Business

The hotel sammitch being built on the west side of downtown Chicago should soon make its mark in the city’s skyline. West Loop Spy Kurt sent in this photo of the crane for 108 North Jefferson going about its business of building Chicago’s latest hotels — a VOA-designed 23-story combination Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites. Construction work has been underway since at least April, but Kurt tells us that the official...

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