Pix and Video: One Chicago Construction Update
Mar04

Pix and Video: One Chicago Construction Update

March is finally here.  And while you’re waiting for the tulips to sprout along Michigan Avenue, and the daffodils to sprout in Lincoln Park, check out what’s sprouting on the southwest corner of Chicago and State: The pair of skyscrapers known as One Chicago. One Chicago under construction in March 2020 (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!) Joe Zekas from YoChicago! brings us these images, showing construction progress,...

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Wayback Wednesday: Connors Park Construction
Feb19

Wayback Wednesday: Connors Park Construction

Today we crank the Wayback Machine back seven years to February 19, 2013. Here we find ourselves at the triangle formed by East Chestnut Street, North Wabash Avenue, and North Rush Street. Better known as Connors Park. Connors Park rehabilitation, February 2013. (File) Or at least it was when these pictures were taken. Today it’s mostly known as the location of an Argo Tea house, which you can see in the early days of its...

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That’s One Chicago You’ve Got Growing There
Jan14

That’s One Chicago You’ve Got Growing There

If you went to midnight mass at Holy Name Cathedral on Christmas Eve, you may have noticed two things. First, the absence of the traditional phalanx of public servants, from the mayor and police chief on down. And second, the complete lack of parking across the street. For the first item, why Chicago’s pols choose not to make themselves visible to the city’s largest voting bloc is beyond the scope of what we do here. The...

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Here’s What it Looks Like Under Chicago’s Newest Skyscraper
Jan09

Here’s What it Looks Like Under Chicago’s Newest Skyscraper

Real estate folk are always trying to “get in on the ground floor” of the next big thing. The next big thing in the Gold Coast is One Chicago. And the person in on the ground floor is Joe Zekas from YoChicago!. But he’s not just in on the ground floor. He was deep underground in the coffer dam in the northwest corner of this project recently. Donning hardhat, he channeled his inner James Brown to get down and get...

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Are You Ready To Soft Rock? 1212 North State Plan Is Aggressively Understated
Dec11

Are You Ready To Soft Rock? 1212 North State Plan Is Aggressively Understated

If you were worried that the new building planned for the corner of State and Division was going to be some kind of flashy attention-getter, or perhaps interesting in any way at all, fret not.  The needle on the mediocrity meter is not going to move on this one. December 2019 rendering of 1212 North State (via Newcastle) A new plan has been unveiled for what is being called 1212 North State. To be sure, the building that...

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Gold Coast SRO Marks its Twain Between Old and New
Nov06

Gold Coast SRO Marks its Twain Between Old and New

We’re huge fans of affordable housing.  Possibly because in the past we’ve been poor: sold blood to pay the rent poor, lived in the windowless basement of a 7-Eleven poor, taped used cardboard boxes together for furniture poor, etc.  And while all that is (hopefully) behind us now, we’re haunted by the fact that the majority of Americans are just an unexpected medical bill away from living under a bridge. So any time...

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Clark Street Building’s Vertical Expansion Expanding Vertically
Nov05

Clark Street Building’s Vertical Expansion Expanding Vertically

It’s been a couple of months since we last checked in on the construction progress at 1201 North Clark Street.  Recently Gold Coast Spy Joel ambled by and took the picture below so we can all get caught up. 1201 North Clark under construction (Courtesy of Gold Cost Spy Joel) You can clearly see the distinction between the now gutted original four-story brick-clad building, and the four stories being added to its top.  The...

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By a Thousand Cuts: Another Tiny Slice of Gold Coast History to be Chopped
Nov04

By a Thousand Cuts: Another Tiny Slice of Gold Coast History to be Chopped

If you walk down the Oak Street Retail Corridor your eye may be caught by fancy brand names, people with impossibly polished skin, and the place where Governor Blagojevich used to get his famous hair famously cut before now getting clipped at a federal pokey in Colorado.  But if you look beyond what is commonly seen to what is not commonly seen, you will see two things: architecture and history. 113 East Oak Street (July 2007) The...

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Gold Coast Bookstore: 1, Real Estate Developers: 0
Sep04

Gold Coast Bookstore: 1, Real Estate Developers: 0

If you’re itching to use that new Moleskine notebook you got at the back-to-school sale to make a list of things that will never happen, you can jot this down:  A 39-story building at 1130 North State Street. That’s where a real estate developer wanted to put up an apartment tower, replacing 50% of the remaining Barnes & Noble book stores in Chicago. April 2019 rendering of 1130 North State Street The building was...

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Old Cook County Hospital Building Gets a $3 Million Preservation Boost
Sep03

Old Cook County Hospital Building Gets a $3 Million Preservation Boost

You can do lots of things with money.  You can help someone in need.  You can buy a cat.  And with enough of it, you can save the old Cook County Hospital Building. The former Cook County Hospital (March 2009) A big step in the direction of saving that structure is coming from the State of Illinois, which has chosen the vacant hospital building to receive three million dollars in tax credits for its rehabilitation. The money comes...

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