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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The Plan to Neuter Newberry Plaza
Nov03

The Plan to Neuter Newberry Plaza

What happens when you take the “plaza” out of Newberry Plaza?  People who live in that Gold Coast condominium tower are about to find out. Loop North News reports there is a plan to turn the plaza on the east side of this building into a three-story commercial building.  The project would face Viagra Triangle at the intersection of North State Street and East Bellevue Place. Currently, that area is an open circular driveway with...

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Le Colonial’s Former Colony Under Siege
Oct26

Le Colonial’s Former Colony Under Siege

It’s been a very long time since we would stand in the shadows outside of 937 North Rush Street and startle passing tourists who only noticed us out of the corners of their eyes.  Good times. Back then, 937 was the home of Le Colonial, one of the Gold Coast’s social touchstones.  A frequent haunt of shopgirls and their clients, ladies who lunch, and people trying to channel their inner Graham Greene or Somerset Maugham over...

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Divide and Conquer: Slicing Up Barneys to Make Oak Street Even More Boring
Sep08

Divide and Conquer: Slicing Up Barneys to Make Oak Street Even More Boring

It was just over a decade ago that luxury retailer Barneys New York opened its new Chicago flagship store at 15 East Oak Street. The international retail press fawned. Customers oohed and aahed. And as the city coped with what we thought was the worst recession in our lifetimes, this building was seen as a sign of confidence in Chicago’s retail market, and that the Windy City was more than the capitol of just another “hay...

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Photo Update: One Chicago
Aug17

Photo Update: One Chicago

Remember when you were a little kid playing with your Tonka trucks and Erector set and pretending you were building something monumental? These guys don’t have to pretend. Here’s the latest One Chicago construction photo update from...

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One Chicago Has So Much Glass
Aug09

One Chicago Has So Much Glass

There’s a race going on at the corner of State Street and Chicago Avenue. Across from Holy Name Cathedral, it seems like two teams of construction workers are in a competition. The concrete people, pouring floors; and the glaziers trying to glass them in. One Chicago under construction (Courtesy of YoChicago!) That’s an obtuse way of saying that the windows of One Chicago seem to be going up awfully quickly. Much more...

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1200 North State is Gone. Long Live 1200 North State
Aug09

1200 North State is Gone. Long Live 1200 North State

If your muscle memory keeps bringing you to the corner of State and Division when you need to use a cash machine, you really should stop that. The Chase bank at 1200 North State Parkway closed months ago. And as we can see in this photograph from Gold Coast Spy Joel, the building is gone now, too. 1200 North State under construction (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Joel) In its place will rise an 11-story residential building designed by...

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Lots of Progress at the Clark and Division Residential Topper
Aug09

Lots of Progress at the Clark and Division Residential Topper

A lot has changed at the corner of Clark and Division Street since the days when the only reason a lot of people went there was in search of a flop house, an after-hours bar, or they accidentally got off the Red Line a stop too early or too late. The CTA rebuilt the L station, Fifield rebuilt the Jewel-Osco, and several neighboring buildings are also being rebuilt. 1201 North Clark under construction (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Joel)...

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