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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Architecture Party at the Water Tower!  No, Really.
Aug26

Architecture Party at the Water Tower! No, Really.

If you’ve looked at the “Hang in there, kitty!” calendar tacked to your cubicle partition you may have noticed that posted in proximity to the perilously pendulous puss is a fat red circle around Saturday, September 14th. As a good student of Chicago architecture, we don’t have to tell you what that day means.  But in case you spent the majority of freshman history class doodling cranes and girders protruding...

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Things Look Serious for New Gold Coast Apartment Building
Aug19

Things Look Serious for New Gold Coast Apartment Building

It was just a few months ago that Newcastle Limited bought all of the properties it needs to put up a new apartment building at 1200 North State Parkway on the northwest corner of State and Division.  And photos from Gold Coast Spy Brian show what can only be described as progress. Heavy machinery at 1200 North State (August 2019, courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Brian) In the photo above, you can see a soil sampling machine parked on the...

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Persistent Perimeter Pounding Perturbs Petite Pizza Parlor
Aug01

Persistent Perimeter Pounding Perturbs Petite Pizza Parlor

Let’s hope the machines building One Chicago don’t have bad breath, because they’re all up in Bella Luna’s grill. Foundation work at One Chicago, with Bella Luna in the foreground. (August 2019, courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Mike.) The photograph above was sent in by Gold Coast Spy Mike.  It shows the towering machines construction crews are using to sink caissons into the earth immediately behind the...

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Checking in on The Sinclair’s Little Brother
Jul15

Checking in on The Sinclair’s Little Brother

When the residential tower at 1200 North Clark known as The Sinclair went up four years ago, people were dazzled by its size, scope, and the fact that combined with other regenerative projects in the area, it was going to transform a semi-gritty corner of Chicago.  But what most people didn’t notice in all the hullabaloo  is that The Sinclair plan came with a little buddy across the street at 1201 North Clark.  That project is...

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Digging In For One Chicago’s Two New Towers
Jun24

Digging In For One Chicago’s Two New Towers

One Chicago (the buildings, not the futures exchange) is one of the projects we’re watching more closely these days.  Which is why we’re happy to report that progress is… progressing. The city block across the street from Holy Name Cathedral has been denuded of the three brick buildings which once nestled together along the Dearborn Street side, and three surface parking lots have also been scraped away, leaving...

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Chicago’s Growth Spurt Hits A Gold Coast Corner
Jun17

Chicago’s Growth Spurt Hits A Gold Coast Corner

Another new development is coming to the area surrounding the Gold Coast’s Viagra Triangle. The tony ‘hood is not immune from the wave of redevelopment sweeping over the core of Chicago.  Old restaurants are making way for new hotels.  Venerable greystones are yielding to hyperluxe condo blocks.  And the places that crooners once sang about have long since taken their bows. Next on the chopping block: The...

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Holy Foods: World’s Best Supermarket Breaks Ground in Downtown Chicago
Apr29

Holy Foods: World’s Best Supermarket Breaks Ground in Downtown Chicago

Why are we so excited about a groundbreaking for a new supermarket in downtown Chicago? It’s not like it’s a pre-Kroger Mariano’s. It’s just Whole Foods: the hallmark of pre-recession soccer mom conspicuous consumption that jumped the shark long before it was munched up by Amazon.com in a cloud of Escalade yoga pants and free range kale chip sippy cups. April 2019 rendering of One Chicago (Courtesy of Goettsch...

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It’s Full Steam Ahead for a 1,011-Foot-Tall Gold Coast Tower
Mar28

It’s Full Steam Ahead for a 1,011-Foot-Tall Gold Coast Tower

Just days after the City of Chicago gave its blessing to an enormous two-tower project across the street from Holy Name Cathedral, stuff is already happening. Site prep for One Chicago Square (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Jody) Gold Coast Spy Jody snapped the picture above, showing where One Chicago Square will start to rise, and that the old parish parking lot has already been half-scoured from the property. Word on the street is that...

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