Harrowing Hancock! Chunk of Big John Impales Mag Mile
Jan10

Harrowing Hancock! Chunk of Big John Impales Mag Mile

We’ve been in a cheesecake-induced coma for most of the extended Christmas holiday, and only just now crawling out from under the cozy warmth of six quilts, two afghans, and a cat. So what greets us as we fire up Netscape Navigator for the first time in a long time? A story in Blockclub Chicago that Big John has a major dandruff problem. Long story short: A piece of the 100-story building’s facade broke off and fell onto...

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Suburban Light Show Lands in Chicago’s Gold Coast
Dec05

Suburban Light Show Lands in Chicago’s Gold Coast

We (among many others) have long bemoaned the transformation of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile from one of the nation’s premiere shopping districts into pretty much a suburban mall — except with more kids banging empty buckets. Now the suburbanization of Chicago’s retail experience has crept into the one remaining outpost of high-end shopping in the city: The Oak Street District. Sure, Oak Street has been in decline for...

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Chicago’s Newest Skyscraper Tops Off
Jul13

Chicago’s Newest Skyscraper Tops Off

Just two years ago, the prime block of downtown Chicago at the corner of State and Chicago was a surface parking lot, a row of time-worn brick buildings, and a really quite good pizza parlor. Old school slices still radiate through the neighborhood from Bella Luna, but the brick buildings are gone, and more importantly, the surface parking lot is gone. One Chicago construction in July, 2021. (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Mike.) In their...

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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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As One Chicago Shapes Up, Cranes Come Down
May02

As One Chicago Shapes Up, Cranes Come Down

It was mid-April when the construction sentinels at YoChicago! told us that the crane was about to come down from the 49-story portion of the One Chicago project. Now Gold Coast Spy Jody has sent in pictures to let us know that the crane has landed. And also sent in some new pictures of the 76-story portion of the two-tower complex. One Chicago under construction in April, 2021. (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Jody.) That 76-story portion...

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Newcastle Adds The Gild to Chicago’s Gold Coast
Apr04

Newcastle Adds The Gild to Chicago’s Gold Coast

Construction crews are digging in for the latest Newcastle apartment building coming to Chicago’s Gold Coast. The Gild will replace a vacant building that was so unremarkable that even the bank that was once in it died of boredom. The Gild under construction in April, 2021. (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Tina.) Gold Coast Spy Tina sent in this photograph showing work at the site, which is across the street from the long tent that...

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Proposed Rush Street Building Includes Batman-Style Parking
Feb06

Proposed Rush Street Building Includes Batman-Style Parking

The on-again, off-again redevelopment of the east side of Rush Street at Viagra Triangle is on again, with a revised plan for 1045 North Rush Street.  That’s the two retail spaces next to Carmine’s restaurant, where the Alfredo sauce is so good it turns back into a brick of cheese if you put the leftovers in your refrigerator overnight. February, 2021 rendering of 1045 North Rush We last told you about plans for this space...

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One Chicago Reaches 50 Stories, and Still Climbing
Dec08

One Chicago Reaches 50 Stories, and Still Climbing

This time last year, we were hoping to see a pair of brand new skyscrapers completed across the street from Holy Name Cathedral when we showed up Christmas 2020 mass.  But that’s not going to happen.  Hardly anyone is going to Christmas mass in person this year at Holy Name, and the skyscraper duo known as One Chicago isn’t finished yet, anyway. One Chicago under construction (Courtesy of YoChicago!) But that doesn’t...

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Plan Commission Approved a Skyscraper That Isn’t a Big Square on Another Big Square
Nov23

Plan Commission Approved a Skyscraper That Isn’t a Big Square on Another Big Square

Do you want a 35-story luxury skyscraper in your neighborhood? Because this is how you get a 35-story luxury skyscraper in your neighborhood. November 2020 rendering of 40 West Oak The Chicago Plan Commission has given its blessing to the construction of a new residential tower at 40 West Oak Street.  The new building was designed by Lucien Lagrange for Nahla Capital, and will replace the Warren Barr Pavilion’s parking garage.  ...

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Residential Tower Gets Clipped in Viagra Triangle
Nov03

Residential Tower Gets Clipped in Viagra Triangle

The intersection of State and Rush Streets used to be known for its clip joints.  Now the latest residential tower proposed for the  cleaned-up neighborhood is getting a clip of its own.   (If you don’t know what a “clip joint” is, ask you dad when mom’s not around.) October 2020 rendering of 1130 North State (via the Office of Alderman Brian Hopkins) Newcastle Limited (Go Magpies!) has scaled back its proposal for 1130...

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