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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Down-Zoning Requested to Put Up Small Hotel In Near North
Jan20

Down-Zoning Requested to Put Up Small Hotel In Near North

It’s not unusual to see zoning requests filed with the city where a developer wants to reduce the zoning density of a parcel.  But almost always it’s so that the chunk of land in question can be combined with a neighboring property and then the whole shebang gets an enormous skyscraper dropped on it like a bookbag on the last day of school.  That’s not what’s happening at 61 West Erie Street. September 2019...

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Change Coming to the Corner of State and Wacker
Dec18

Change Coming to the Corner of State and Wacker

If you were hanging around western Turkey 2,500 years ago and big into philosophers, you might have heard Heraclitus say something along the lines of “change is the only constant in life.”  The young Greek philosopher must have been inspired by astral projecting himself into modern-day Chicago, because it is absolutely true that the only thing that doesn’t change in downtown Chicago is the fact that downtown...

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5 Chicago Buildings to be Thankful for This Thanksgiving
Nov23

5 Chicago Buildings to be Thankful for This Thanksgiving

A lot of people aren’t going to work this week, so chances are you’re not reading this.  If you’ve buried your nose in your phone rather than listen to Uncle Earl lecture your mom — again — about how if it doesn’t say “USA” on the package, the turkey came from China, then read on to understand why there are so many architectural reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving. John Hancock Center at...

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Abandoned Two-Story School To Become Eight-Story Hotel
Nov18

Abandoned Two-Story School To Become Eight-Story Hotel

Back when Chicago’s Immaculate Conception parish and Saint Joseph parish were individual communities, there was a school on the corner of Orleans and Hill Streets, next to Cabrini Green.  Saint Joseph School at 1035 North Orleans Street closed almost a decade ago, but a real estate developer is trying to re-open it as a hotel. 1035 North Orleans Street (via Apple Maps) The conversion involves adding six stories on top of the...

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Hilton Finds a Way to Land Two New Hotels in The Loop
Oct07

Hilton Finds a Way to Land Two New Hotels in The Loop

After a feeding frenzy that lasted a few years, recently there has been a slight downtick in the ferocity of the development of new hotels in downtown Chicago.  It looks like developers are getting their second wind. 226 West Jackson Boulevard Hilton is the latest brand out of the gate with plans to put mints on pillows in The Loop.  It wants to plant two flags at 226 West Jackson Boulevard.  You may know it as the former...

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Fulton Market “Technology Center” Moving Forward
Oct01

Fulton Market “Technology Center” Moving Forward

Plans for a new building in Chicago’s Fulton Market District have been filed with the city. The so-called “City Technology Center” is planned for 1101 West Carroll Avenue.  That’s a half-block north of Fulton Market, bounded by North May Avenue on the west, and North Aberdeen on the east. Diagram of 1101 West Carroll Avenue The project calls for a new 18-story office and hotel building with a...

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Get the Crowbar: New Hotel Skyscraper to be Wedged into River North
Sep18

Get the Crowbar: New Hotel Skyscraper to be Wedged into River North

The River North skyscraper frenzy of a few years ago has cooled off a bit, but there’s still some spicy meatballs in the development pipeline. Diagram of 808 North Cleveland (September 2019) A developer wants to put up a new 25-story tower at 808 North Cleveland Avenue.  If you’re not sure exactly where that is, it’s on Chicago Avenue across the street from The Montgomery. Intriguingly, this isn’t another condo...

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No More Condos, New North Building Has a New Plan: Airbnb-Style Hotel
Sep16

No More Condos, New North Building Has a New Plan: Airbnb-Style Hotel

If you were worried that you wouldn’t be able to afford to lay your head in the swishy new luxury condominium building planned for 61 West Erie Street, there’s good news.  You may be able to pay by the day. September 2019 rendering of 61 West Erie. (via the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly.) According to 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly, LG Development has ditched its plan to put up a 12-story residential block, and is...

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Michigan Avenue Eyesore to be Replaced by Homes and Hotel Tower
Jul22

Michigan Avenue Eyesore to be Replaced by Homes and Hotel Tower

The northwest corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Place has never been very much.  In fact, its glory days were probably before there was a Chicago, when it was the reedy home to minnows, snails, and the occasional soggy moccasin lost in the mud. Now it looks like the old brick warehouse-turned-office/retail building that squats on that corner today will make way for a 523-foot tall skyscraper designed three blocks away by bKL...

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