A Stirring at the Dead Mandarin Oriental Project in The Loop
Jan18

A Stirring at the Dead Mandarin Oriental Project in The Loop

Remember the Mandarin Oriental Tower Chicago?  The 74-story luxury hotel designed by SCB that was going to fill in the last vacant lot in the Illinois Center? It’s been years since the project with a vanity address of 213 North Michigan Avenue (it’s actual real address would have been 130 East Lake Street) failed to happen. And years since anything at all has happened in that location other than it being used as a parking...

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787-Foot-High Hopes Dashed in Streeterville

This wasn’t supposed to happen.  This lot on the corner of North Fairbanks Court and East Ohio Street was just a parking lot when I moved to Chicago.  Then the parking lot was torn up and a big pit made for the construction of a 787-foot-tall, 58-story residential skyscraper called 560 North Fairbanks.  Then the housing market collapsed, and the pit was filled in, smoothed out, and given a nice fresh coat of...

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Quickie: New Tower for Oak Park Nixed

According to Crain’s Chicago Business , the proposed 14-story tower to be built near the intersection of Lake Street and Harlem Avenue in Oak Park is off.  Like so many other projects, this one looks like a victim of the bad economy.

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R.I.P.: Park Michigan

It’s game over for the Park Michigan.  We hear that the svelte tower that was supposed to rehab the old YWCA on Michigan Avenue at 9th street (official address is 830 South Michigan Avenue) is dead.  The idea was to rehab the historic Y and add the condo tower behind it in order to make the project profitable.  But it’s just not happening and the property is up for sale again. In the end, what killed it?  We’re not...

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