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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One Chicago Really Glassing Up The Gold Coast
Jul27

One Chicago Really Glassing Up The Gold Coast

A few weeks ago we told you that the first panes of glass were being applied to One Chicago, the two-tower residential complex rising in what used to be Holy Name Cathedral’s parking lot.  Now we have two updated photographs showing the fenestration penetration at the site. July 2020 construction of One Chicago (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Joel) The first comes from Gold Coast Spy Joel, who took this picture from Chicago and...

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You Stay Glassy, One Chicago
Jun10

You Stay Glassy, One Chicago

The first panes of glass are in place at One Chicago, the pair of residential towers rising in what used to be Holy Name Cathedral’s parking lot. June 2020 photo of One Chicago under construction (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Mike) Gold Coast Spy Mike sent us this demonstration of the fenestration situation by slotting it through our tip line. You may ask yourself, “Self, isn’t it a little early to put up windows on...

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The Pillaging of Oak Street: A Visual Tour
May31

The Pillaging of Oak Street: A Visual Tour

Last night, Chicago’s toniest shopping district rang with the sounds of shouting thugs, cracking glass, and a U-Haul truck used as a battering ram. While people in other parts of Chicago and the nation protested for justice, the bands of smash-and-grab thieves that habitually prey on 60611 used the police distraction to ramp up their barbarism and ransacked the neighborhood. By way of background, there are bands of hoods who...

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