Why Fix It? City to Pave  Over its Gold Coast Problem
Oct09

Why Fix It? City to Pave  Over its Gold Coast Problem

If you’ve been hoping for the last decade that the City of Chicago might finally get around to repairing and re-opening the tunnels beneath the intersection of Michigan and Oak Street, forget it.  It’s not gonna happen. It’s been about ten years since the pedestrian conveniences were shuttered.  Each day hundreds of commuters used them to cross the intersection without having to stand on the corner waiting for a walk...

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The Sinclair is Now Officially Open for Business
Sep28

The Sinclair is Now Officially Open for Business

One of the most dramatic transformations in recent Gold Coast history has been pulled off by Fifield Companies, Jewel-Osco, and SCB. The Sinclair (1201 North LaSalle Street) had its grand opening this week, welcoming an estimated 1,201 guests to the new residential tower that now stands where a vaguely scary, certainly run-down Jewel-Osco glowered just a few years ago. Even the Gold Coast has gritty corners, and this was one of the...

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Viceroy Hotel Opens Its Doors in Chicago’s Gold Coast
Sep05

Viceroy Hotel Opens Its Doors in Chicago’s Gold Coast

The Hotel Cedar is dead, long live the Viceroy. Word on the street is that opening weekend was busy at the Viceroy Hotel (1112 North State Street), the location of the former Hotel Cedar. For years developers tried to turn the run-down brick pile into a chic new place for well-heeled tourists and locals to lay their heads, but faced opposition from NIMBY groups, and also neighbors with legitimate concerns about traffic and parking. A...

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No. 9 Walton Getting Yet Another Height Boost — And More
Aug21

No. 9 Walton Getting Yet Another Height Boost — And More

It might be time for the construction barriers surrounding No.9 Walton (9 West Walton Street) to be re-painted with the slogan “Here we grow again!” For the third time since it was first approved by the city, the skyscraper is going to get taller. Back in 2006, when toner first fused to paper on this project, it was going to be a respectable addition to the corner of State and Walton, joining its little sister Walton on...

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A Familiar Name Returns to Gold Coast Hospitality
Jul31

A Familiar Name Returns to Gold Coast Hospitality

Sometimes things are better just left alone.  Is Marshall Field’s better now that it’s Macy’s?  Are White Hen Pantries better now that they’re 7-Elevens?  Is First Chicago better now that it’s Chase?  The answer to all three is “no.” (Seriously, Chase’s web site goes down more often than a West Virginia coal miner.) But it’s hard for big corporations to admit that things should be...

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Viceroy Hotels Closing In On a Gold Coast Opening Date
Jun01

Viceroy Hotels Closing In On a Gold Coast Opening Date

Viceroy Hotels has announced that it will open its new Chicago flag this coming September, dodging the summer tourist season, but still getting up and running in time for the big Christmas shopping season. Chicago’s Viceroy will be the chain’s first hotel in the region.  It replaces the old Hotel Cedar at 1112 North State Street on Viagra Triangle with a new 18-story glass tower designed by Goettsch Partners in The Loop....

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Historic Former Lawson YMCA Finally Gets a Rehab Plan
May25

Historic Former Lawson YMCA Finally Gets a Rehab Plan

One of the Gold Coasts oldest, and most loved, Art Deco skyscrapers is going to get a little love, without diverting from its mission. Paperwork has been filed with the city to renovate the building now known as Lawson House.  For decades its stood alone as a landmark in the neighborhood skyline, and its neon YMCA sign perched on the roof guided many a resident through the night. The Y moved its headquarters from Lawson to the Near...

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Gold Coast’s Last Lake Shore Drive In-Fill Gets Filled In
May25

Gold Coast’s Last Lake Shore Drive In-Fill Gets Filled In

Sixteen months after we told you that the last non-park undeveloped space along North Lake Shore Drive between the Chicago River and Diversey Harbor is finally going to be filled in, we have achieved paperwork. Plans for a new building to be erected at 59 East Banks Street were filed with the city yesterday.  The Booth Hansen design is an eight story building with 58 homes and 42 parking spaces.  It’s hard to tell from the...

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Alderman Kills Hotel Expansion, Points Finger at Hotel
May01

Alderman Kills Hotel Expansion, Points Finger at Hotel

Serial hotel killer Brendan Reilly has struck again. The 42nd Ward alderman just clamped a giant neon No Vacancy sign on plans to expand the Gold Coast’s Hotel Dana along East Erie Street. The plan would have added 178 rooms to the 26-story hotel in a 15-story addition.  In doing so, several early-century residences would have been wiped out. Mr. Reilly’s main reason for telling Dana to go pound sand is because it is...

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Alderman Says There’s No Vacancy For a 60-Story Tower at Superior and Wabash
Apr10

Alderman Says There’s No Vacancy For a 60-Story Tower at Superior and Wabash

Chicago vice-mayor, and serial hotel killer, Brendan Reilly has struck again.  The 42nd Ward Alderman has axed a plan by New York’s Symmetry Property Development to put up a 60-story SOM-designed hotel and residential tower named The Carillon on West Superior Street and North Wabash Avenue, just behind Holy Name Cathedral. In a letter to his constituents, he says there’s simply too much congestion in that location, and the...

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