Loop Plot Zoned For a 600-Foot Tower Getting a 140-foot Hotel
Jun02

Loop Plot Zoned For a 600-Foot Tower Getting a 140-foot Hotel

There was a time when we’d sit in the Starbucks in the Hotel Allegro, write stories about architecture, and gaze through the rain wondering what might become of the surface parking lot next to the wonderful Randolph Tower (188 West Randolph Street). 180 West Randolph Street The wondering is now over, as 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly has told his constituents that the West Loop’s Convexity Properties wants to put up a...

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110 West Huron Now Home2 a New Hotel
May13

110 West Huron Now Home2 a New Hotel

If you left your car in the parking lot at 110 West Huron 14 months ago, don’t bother looking for it. There’s a hotel there now. The mouthful Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago River North was completed early this year at 110, moving another downtown Chicago surface parking lot into the trash bin of our minds. Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago River North (Courtesy of Mortenson) The owner and lead developer of this project was...

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Will the Third Time be the Charm for This Michigan Avenue Hotel Tower?
Mar28

Will the Third Time be the Charm for This Michigan Avenue Hotel Tower?

As Chicago’s hotel boom continues, yet another lodging option may be coming to the Magnificent Mile. Construction equipment at 150 East Ontario (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Thomas) Gold Coast Spy Thomas sent in the photograph above showing soil sampling going on at 150 East Ontario — That’s a half-block off North Michigan Avenue, just behind the Burberry flagship store. People have been trying to build hotels on that...

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23-Story Hotel Tower For Chicago’s Restaurant Row
Mar13

23-Story Hotel Tower For Chicago’s Restaurant Row

If you love eating in Chicago’s Restaurant Row, you may soon get a chance to sleep there, too. A New York developer wants to build a 23-story hotel tower between the city’s beloved Alhambra Palace restaurant, and extremely competent food, wine and music joint, City Winery. 1234 West Randolph would be a skosh over 304 feet tall with 289 rooms, and both a pool and a bar on the roof. If you want to sleep there, get a Lyft or...

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Chicago Exports: Goettsch Completes the Grand Hyatt Bogotá
Dec04

Chicago Exports: Goettsch Completes the Grand Hyatt Bogotá

Today we continue a series of reports we call “Chicago Exports.” So much of the world’s great architecture is designed right here in Chicago by Chicagoans, but it’s not built in Chicagoland so it goes unseen by the hometown crowd. That’s why we are featuring the great works produced by Chicago architects continuing the city’s proud legacy as the birthplace of the skyscraper, and a global center of architecture. Loop architecture firm...

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O, My — Combo Tower to Finish Lakeshore East Puzzle, Expand Pedway
Oct01

O, My — Combo Tower to Finish Lakeshore East Puzzle, Expand Pedway

If you’ve ever spent a rainy winter’s eve listening to gospel music on a distant AM radio station, drinking Mr. Pibb out of a Mason jar while putting together a Nancy Drew jigsaw puzzle from Goodwill because your girlfriend left you and took both the dog and the TV remote, then you know the satisfaction that can be found in finally fitting that last cardboard squiggle in place, sealing the edges with your index finger, and...

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Swissôtel’s Awkward Protrusion to Get Bigger
Aug28

Swissôtel’s Awkward Protrusion to Get Bigger

Since Lakeshore East is in the news this week, here’s a little nugget of neighbor news: The Swissôtel at 323 East Wacker Drive is getting a small expansion. If you’ve ever walked by the hotel, you may have noticed the awkward outdoor seating area next to the slightly-less-awkward annex that houses The Palm restaurant. That outdoor seating area is going away, to be replaced by an annex to the annex to the hotel in order to...

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Three Hotels Open In One South Loop Building
Aug13

Three Hotels Open In One South Loop Building

As the area around McCormick Place undergoes its largest transformation in years, a trio of new hotels has opened — all in the same building at 123 East Cermak Road. Hilton planted three of its flags on the southwest corner of East Cermak Road and South Indiana Avenue, directly across the street from the massive convention center’s West Building. Chicago has seen double-decker hotel buildings before, but this triple-decker...

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Moxy Hotel Gets Ready to Take a Bow in River North
Apr09

Moxy Hotel Gets Ready to Take a Bow in River North

We’re just a month away from the opening of the Moxy Hotel (530 North LaSalle) on the northwest corner of LaSalle and Grand, and workers are busy… working. River North Spy Joel dunked the photo above into our tip line showing the hotel’s logo being installed on the corner. This is the third Moxy to open in the United States.  There’s already a bunch in Europe.  It has 156 guest rooms in 62,000 square feet of...

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Goettsch Partners Completes Hainan Project
Feb13

Goettsch Partners Completes Hainan Project

Today we continue a series of reports we call “Chicago Exports.” So much of the world’s great architecture is designed right here in Chicago by Chicagoans, but it’s not built in Chicagoland so it goes unseen by the hometown crowd. That’s why we are featuring the great works produced by Chicago architects continuing the city’s proud legacy as the birthplace of the skyscraper, and a global center of architecture. There has been much...

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