Chicago’s Lucas Museum Cleared to Make the Kessel Run in Less Than Twelve Parsecs
Oct29

Chicago’s Lucas Museum Cleared to Make the Kessel Run in Less Than Twelve Parsecs

Though it was largely seen as an exercise in Chicago rubber-stamp politics, there was an unusual level of anticipation and tension yesterday as the Chicago City Council gave its formal approval to the construction of the Lucas Museum for Narrative Art on Chicago’s lakefront. Several weeks after another online news outlet proclaimed the $700 million project received its “final” approval, the futuristic-looking...

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Clubby, Pubby Atmosphere Greets Visitors To Sky-Line Club
Oct29

Clubby, Pubby Atmosphere Greets Visitors To Sky-Line Club

There’s something about rich woodwork interior that just feels clubby. It’s fitting, then, that the 24th floor of the Old Republic Building is home to the Sky-Line Club. This warm, cozy space was one of the many fascinating looks at old Chicago available for viewing during the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s 2015 Open House Chicago. The Sky-Line Club is one of the oldest private clubs in Chicago. It boasts a wainscoted lobby, a...

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Status Update: Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management
Oct28

Status Update: Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management

Back in September, we left the friendly confines of Chicago and ventured up north to Evanston. There, Northwestern University was opening the new Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts. While admiring that new structure, we noticed NU isn’t done building. Just to the north of the Ryan Center, along the shore of Lake Michigan, is another major construction project. Northwestern is building a new Kellogg School...

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Building With Dark History on Path to Becoming a Landmark
Oct27

Building With Dark History on Path to Becoming a Landmark

In this age when so many people have lost faith in government, it can be hard to believe, but sometimes the system works.  Case in point: 161 East Grand Avenue, the former Lindsay Light Building. Over the summer the owner of the building applied for a demolition permit in order to turn the four-story building into a pile of rubble.  Or perhaps to let someone else do it, because at the time, the building was being shopped around as a...

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Chicago Athletic Association Hotel Wows Visitors To Open House Chicago
Oct27

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel Wows Visitors To Open House Chicago

It’s been quite a coming out party for the stately Loop building formerly known as the Chicago Athletic Association. Just a few years ago, the Venetian Gothic building at 12 S. Michigan Avenue was on Landmark Illinois’ “Most Endangered Historic Places” List. Now, thanks to a massive rehab effort, the structure has been reborn as a swanky boutique hotel. The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel was one of the standout locations during...

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Plans Outlined for a Four-Story Retail Crown at the John Hancock Center
Oct27

Plans Outlined for a Four-Story Retail Crown at the John Hancock Center

A plan to significantly redevelop the John Hancock Center’s plaza was proposed tonight by the owner of the tower’s retail space, the Hearn Company. In its current state, the building’s plaza is a sunken terrace that sits adjacent to and below Michigan Avenue, providing pedestrian access to tenant storefronts below ground level. The problem with this layout the Hearn Company is trying to solve is that it’s visually uninviting to...

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Work Officially Underway on The Sinclair
Oct27

Work Officially Underway on The Sinclair

Word came in this morning that site prep work is underway at The Sinclair, the Gold Coast project that will replace the run down old Jewel-Osco at Clark and Division Streets with a shiny new Jewel-Osco plus a 35-story residential tower. We went by the site just a few nights ago and saw construction equipment snuggled up around the base of the neighboring residential block, bathed in the soothing glow of sodium light. Read more about...

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Slice of Life: Former Gino’s East Site Gets Foundation Permit
Oct26

Slice of Life: Former Gino’s East Site Gets Foundation Permit

See what we did there? Seriously though, the Planet-Hollywood-turned-pizza-emporium (those slices? How about eye-sore-ium) Gino’s East site is one step closer to becoming a residential tower, now that the City of Chicago has issued a foundation permit for 167 West Erie Street. Foundation and Podium Superstructure (Levels LL1-9) permit to include parking (131 spaces), 1st floor retail and associated site work. A demolition permit...

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New Skyscraper Could Hover Over Hubbard’s Cave
Oct26

New Skyscraper Could Hover Over Hubbard’s Cave

Another skyscraper is in the works that may help insulate downtown Chicago from the noise and chaos of the Kennedy Expressway. A new 38-story building has been proposed for the block between North Union Avenue and North Halsted Street, north of the Union Pacific rail lines.  According to an e-mail blast from 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly’s office, the plot in question bears the addresses 347 North Halsted Street and 346...

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Mainstream Movie Theater Finally Really Returning to The Loop
Oct26

Mainstream Movie Theater Finally Really Returning to The Loop

It’s been more than a decade since the last mainstream movie theater closed in The Loop.  Since then, people who live in the neighborhood have had to go to Streeterville, North Michigan Avenue, or more recently, the South Loop for their filmed entertainment. Now after years of promises and anticipation it seems that the dream of big-screen Dolby-enhanced Hollywood fare is finally about to debut at Block 37.   How can we tell?...

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