Left For Dead, Cook County Hospital Resuscitated  by Hyatt
Aug03

Left For Dead, Cook County Hospital Resuscitated by Hyatt

Some buildings become neglected. Some become abandoned. And then there’s the former Cook County Hospital, which was neglected, kicked out of the house, mugged, drugged, dumped in an alley, had its shoes stolen, and left for dead behind a Dumpster. But at least it wasn’t torn down. The former Cook County Hospital in March, 2009 It’s that last fact which allows us to tell you that you can now spend the night in the...

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You Called It: New Office Building Coming to the West Loop
Aug02

You Called It: New Office Building Coming to the West Loop

Back in May of this year, we relayed to you a photograph that West Loop Spy Kurt jammed into our tip line showing soil sampling rigs tasting the dirt beneath 609 West Randolph Street. Usually if someone is paying for that kind of work, there’s a reason; and now we know the reason: a 15-story office building Rendering of 609 west Randolph (Va the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly) 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly was the...

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Apartment Building Will Be A Timely Addition to Andersonville
Jul28

Apartment Building Will Be A Timely Addition to Andersonville

If you’ve ever visited Cincinnati, you might have been advised to leave your watch at home.  Not because of thieves, but because there are so many public clocks in that city’s downtown that you don’t need a watch.  The place is loaded with clocks on buildings, atop free-standing posts, even worked into sculptures. There’s never an excuse to be late in the Queen City of the Midwest. In Chicago, alas, if you want...

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South Loop Building’s Amenities Include Its Own Artist
Jul28

South Loop Building’s Amenities Include Its Own Artist

The game of amenity one-upmanship among Chicago’s residential buildings has seen some interesting developments over the years.  Last century, valet parking and private grocery stores were considered the utmost in swish living.  The 2000’s brought us residents-only frivolities like video game machines, poker rooms, and boxing rings. Last decade we saw amenities turn to human-powered services, with valet trash...

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One Chicago Really Glassing Up The Gold Coast
Jul27

One Chicago Really Glassing Up The Gold Coast

A few weeks ago we told you that the first panes of glass were being applied to One Chicago, the two-tower residential complex rising in what used to be Holy Name Cathedral’s parking lot.  Now we have two updated photographs showing the fenestration penetration at the site. July 2020 construction of One Chicago (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Joel) The first comes from Gold Coast Spy Joel, who took this picture from Chicago and...

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Controversial Old Town Hotel Plan Back In Play
Jul27

Controversial Old Town Hotel Plan Back In Play

It’s been over four years since we told you that the city had approved a plan to replace the venerable O’Brien’s restaurant on North Wells Street with a 154-foot-tall hotel.  Now the through-block project is back in City Hall again, with some minor tweaks. June 2016 Drawing of 1520 North Wells According to a new filing with the Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards, the hotel at 1520 North Wells...

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River North Tower Plan Eyeing Hotel Option
Jul27

River North Tower Plan Eyeing Hotel Option

Two years ago, it looked like the AMLI residential chain was going to plant its flag in River North with a new building called AMLI 808.  Since then, the world changed significantly, causing the economy to fall down the stairs, roll out the door, and get run over by a bus. September 2018 rendering of AMLI 808 Now, in what appears to be a bet-hedging move, the developers of the property at 808 North Wells Street have asked the city for...

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CTA to Wicker Park Building: No Fat Bricks
Jul20

CTA to Wicker Park Building: No Fat Bricks

Losing weight is hard.  If it was easy, there wouldn’t be an entire industry built around it.  But you can’t just call up Weight Watchers and ask Marie Osmond to help you knock a few pounds off an overweight building. Rendering of Alcove Wicker Park That was the dilemma faced by Vermillion Wicker Park LLC recently when it got a letter in the mail from the Chicago Transit Authority.  Some smart people did the math...

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Pandemic Not Stopping Chicago’s Loop From Getting a New Skyscraper
Jul19

Pandemic Not Stopping Chicago’s Loop From Getting a New Skyscraper

A location where a grotty brick pile once hulked in The Loop will soon become a shiny new skyscraper, according to the Chicago Tribune.  Mr. Tribb reports that Sterling Bay and Magellan Development plan to break ground next month on a 47-story mixed use tower at 300 North Michigan Avenue. March 2019 rendering of 300 North Michigan Avenue We’ve been telling you about pending skyscraper plans for this location since 2017.  The...

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COVID Forces a Change of Plans in a Proposed Near North Building
Jul18

COVID Forces a Change of Plans in a Proposed Near North Building

Sixty-one West Erie hasn’t been built yet, and it’s already on its third life.  First, it was going to be a 12-story condominium block.  Then a 29-room vacation rental hotel hybrid.  Now, it’s all about apartments. September 2019 rendering of 61 West Erie. (via the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly.) That’s the word from 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly, who writes, “The hotel project is no longer viable...

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