Gold Coast Hotel Tower Checks in to City Hall
May23

Gold Coast Hotel Tower Checks in to City Hall

The latest plan to build a hotel tower at 150 East Ontario Street has gotten farther than some of its predecessors: It’s dinging the bell on the counter at the City Clerk’s office. Paperwork for the proposal has been filed at 121 North LaSalle, besting some of the previous five buildings envisioned for this space. March, 2021 rendering of 150 East Ontario. (Via the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly.) The Lucien LaGrange...

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Hotel Tower Planned For 150 East Ontario. Again.
Mar28

Hotel Tower Planned For 150 East Ontario. Again.

If at first, or second, or third, or fourth you don’t succeed, try try again.  That seems to be the motto of the lonely loam at 150 East Ontario Street, which has been trying to sprout a skyscraper since the height of Gold Coast fashion was leg warmers, scrunchies, and chunky Kenneth Jay Lane jewelry underneath your Freezy Freakies. March, 2021 rendering of 150 East Ontario. (Via the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly.) The...

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New Hotel Opens on Navy Pier
Mar18

New Hotel Opens on Navy Pier

Since the South of France is not going to happen for you this Spring, maybe it’s time to consider a little post-COVID staycation action. To that end, a new hotel, called Sable at Navy Pier has opened — you guessed it — at Navy Pier. And unlike those gasthauses that proudly proclaim “Mag Mile” in their titles even though they’re actually half way to Sheridan, this hotel is actually on Navy Pier. Image of Sable...

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Video: Legat’s Hyatt Place Wicker Park Roof and Sky Lobby
Feb20

Video: Legat’s Hyatt Place Wicker Park Roof and Sky Lobby

We haven’t written about Legat Architects in a while.  Not because the West Loop wonders aren’t doing a great job.  But because we no longer live next door, and had to find somewhere else to sharpen our pencils. In between emptying our shavings, Legat had time to put together a video showing off its design for the sky lobby and rooftop at the Hyatt Place Chicago/Wicker Park.  It’s a very sunny presentation, and...

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Another Hotel Coming to Downtown Chicago
Oct26

Another Hotel Coming to Downtown Chicago

The tourists are few and far between these days, but there are plenty of people who are getting ready for the outstaters to flood back into town.  Among them, Praia Management Group, which wants to open a new hotel at 862 North Orleans Street. October 2020 rendering of 862 North Orleans The Chicago Plan Commission has approved what is listed in the paperwork as “Stob Hotel.”  It’s a brand we have not heard of before, and...

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Aqua: Before and After COVID
Sep19

Aqua: Before and After COVID

We’ve all seen, read about, or stumbled across the restrictions placed on Chicago due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s another illustration of how things have changed. A before-and-after look at the pool deck at the Aqua tower. The Aqua pool deck, before and after COVID-19 restrictions (Base photos courtesy of YoChicago!) As a former Aqua resident, I often thought the pool deck was unnecessarily festooned with deck chairs,...

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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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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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Atari-Themed Hotel Paddles Toward Chicago.  But Will the Joy Stick?
Jan24

Atari-Themed Hotel Paddles Toward Chicago. But Will the Joy Stick?

If you were the kind of kid who watched WGN-TV and saw commercials for hotel rooms with hot tubs next to a leopard-skinned bed and thought to yourself, “Adults are so silly.  They’re going to get water all over that red shag carpet!” then the hotel of your dreams is coming to Chicago.  True North Studio has announced plans to open an Atari-themed hotel in the Windy City. The Atari-themed hotel will look absolutely...

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