A Fine Frenzy on Franklin
Feb02

A Fine Frenzy on Franklin

There are no construction permits for the future skyscraper at 151 North Franklin just yet, but much work is underway getting the site ready for groundbreaking. Loop Spy Mike sent in the photograph above showing workers scurrying all over the now vacant lot at the corner of North Franklin and West Randolph Streets where until recently a terrible Walgreens and an awesome Chinese restaurant stood. Most interesting is the southeast...

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The Viceroy Prepares to Crown the Gold Coast
Feb02

The Viceroy Prepares to Crown the Gold Coast

Downtown Chicago’s newest boutique hotel is about to plant roots in the city’s Gold Coast.  Foundation permits have been issued for the Viceroy Hotel, a Frankensteinian effort to save the old Hotel Cedar (1118 North State Street). Foundation, first floor slab and columns through the underside of the second floor for a proposed 18 story hotel- 1118 NORTH STATE STREET Salvage crews have been working since October pulling the...

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I Hear the Crane A-Coming
Feb02

I Hear the Crane A-Coming

It might not be rolling ’round the bend, but there’s yet another tower crane heading up the street that’ll soon sprout out of the Gold Coast. Monday, the City of Chicago granted a permit to erect a tower crane for No. 9 Walton (9 West Walton Street.) Crews have been doing foundation work here since September, and the plot is finally ready to start building upward.  PHASE 1 FOUNDATION AND INITIAL SET-UP OF A TEMPORARY...

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