See How Chicago Grows
Nov06

See How Chicago Grows

It’s no secret that Chicago’s Near North side has grown by leaps and bounds over the last five years.  But how do you show that visually? Some people try maps.  Some use charts.  Others write long-winded blog posts that seemingly have nothing to do with the topic at hand. (Guilty!)  But Joe Zekas over at YoChicago! has a better way: A single photograph. Well, it’s actually two photographs.  One taken in 2013, and...

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Chicago’s Christmas Present? A 1,011+ Foot Tall Skyscraper
Nov05

Chicago’s Christmas Present? A 1,011+ Foot Tall Skyscraper

If you want to get the skyscraper nerd in your life a present, erecting the sixth-tallest building in Chicago isn’t a bad place to start. That’s the red ribbon box developers are giving the city, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. The publication reports that construction on One Chicago Square is expected to start in January 2019. This date is mentioned in a larger article about how Sterling Bay has joined JDL...

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Banking on a Lake View in Chicago’s Gold Coast
Jul05

Banking on a Lake View in Chicago’s Gold Coast

If you’ve been using your Independence Day week off to get in a bit of cycling along Chicago’s lakefront path, you might have wondered about the low-rise building going up on the corner of Lake Shore Drive and Banks Street.  What you saw is 61 Banks Street (61 East Bank Street), a hyperluxe apartment building designed by the West Loop’s Booth Hansen for Draper and Kramer. Joe Zekas over at YoChicago! flew by in Air...

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More Residential Development Coming to the Heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast
Jul02

More Residential Development Coming to the Heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast

The ever-changing face of Chicago’s Viagra Triangle district is changing once again. Once known for seedy strip clubs, then more respectable clubs, then trendy night clubs and restaurants, it is slowly becoming a place where people want to stay for more than a few hours. Earlier this year, the Viceroy Hotel opened its doors inside the skin of what was the old Hotel Cedar.  A couple of years earlier, the old Sutton Place Hotel...

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In Case You Missed It: The Viceroy Is Open
Mar21

In Case You Missed It: The Viceroy Is Open

It’s been seven months since we told you about the opening of The Viceroy Chicago (1112 North State Street).  That’s the new name for the recently remodeled Hotel Cedar on the shoulder of Viagra Triangle in the city’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Back in September we noted that opening weekend was quite busy.  Things must still be hopping over there because it’s only now that architecture firm Goettsch Partners has...

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John Hancock Center Latest Name to be Erased from Chicago’s Lexicon
Feb12

John Hancock Center Latest Name to be Erased from Chicago’s Lexicon

Chicago’s venerable John Hancock Center is the latest name to be thrown on the city’s rubbish pile of the past. It joins The Sears Tower, The Amoco Building, Marshall Field’s and other beloved brand names that have been eschewed in recent history.  Strangely, instead of this being a case of big business scrambling to wring every precious dollar from their properties in order to satiate faceless institutional...

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Is Lucien Lagrange The Hand Behind a New Gold Coast Skyscraper?
Feb12

Is Lucien Lagrange The Hand Behind a New Gold Coast Skyscraper?

Skyscraper nerds are clucking about a rendering of a new skyscraper that made the rounds of the internet over the weekend.   And if you love Lucien Lagrange, this one is right up your cobblestone alley. The image shows 30-story tower at 1000 North Dearborn Street (or 70 West Oak, your choice), the northwest corner of West Oak and North Dearborn.  If you’ve ever been shuffled out the back door of the Newberry Library,...

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Change Brewing on North Michigan Avenue
Jan16

Change Brewing on North Michigan Avenue

Permits have been issued for the nearly $10 million transformation of the former Crate and Barrel flagship store on the Magnificent Mile into a new mega Starbucks. INTERIOR & EXTERIOR ALTERATIONS (GROUND THROUGH 5TH FLOOR) FOR SHELL & CORE ONLY TO INCLUDE NEW ROOF DECK OF AN EXISTING FIVE (5) STORY MERCANTILE BUILDING AS PER PLANS. The four-story building at 646 North Michigan Avenue opened in 1990, and it shaped like a (wait...

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The Last Empty Lakeshore Lot in Downtown Chicago Gets Filled In
Jan08

The Last Empty Lakeshore Lot in Downtown Chicago Gets Filled In

The official groundbreaking has been marked for 61 Banks Street, a new residential mid-rise that will rise midly on the corner of East Banks Street and North Lakeshore Drive in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood.  This was the only open, developable land along the lakefront between the Chicago River and Diversey Harbor. The new apartment block is a project of Draper and Kramer, and designed by Booth Hansen in the West Loop.  It...

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Alderman Stalls One Chicago Square Towers
Dec05

Alderman Stalls One Chicago Square Towers

Second Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins has asked that the $700 million One Chicago Square project be scotched from the agenda for the Chicago Plan Commission’s December 21st meeting.  At that meeting, the commissioners could have approved the project, which would have sent it sailing through the rest of city council and on to the construction phase. Citing intense interest, and the sheer size of the project, which would build...

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