Status Update: 4 East Elm Tops Out
Oct09

Status Update: 4 East Elm Tops Out

4 East Elm, the luxury condo tower from Chicago’s own Convexity Properties, has topped out at, you guessed it, 4 East Elm Street. Kelly over at @properties, the firm providing marketing and sales support for the project, sent a note letting us know things are moving along as planned. The LEED-certified 24-story Gold Coast building by friends-of-the-blog Solomon Cordwell Buenz will have just 35 condominiums, but don’t think...

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Alderman Reilly Against Latest Park Privatization Plan
Jun29

Alderman Reilly Against Latest Park Privatization Plan

For the last few months we’ve been following the growing concern in the Gold Coast over the future of Mariano Park. For those of you unfamiliar with that particular sliver of Chicago, it’s the space bounded by North State Street, North Rush Street, and East Bellevue Place that puts the “triangle” into Viagra Triangle. From early spring into the late fall, it is the hub of the neighborhood.  A lively place where...

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Status Update: Hunting in an Urban Outfit
Jun09

Status Update: Hunting in an Urban Outfit

If you’re hunting for the Hunt Club in Viagra Triangle this summer, put away the harpoon.  It’s been replaced by a new building that will soon be the new location of the Gold Coast’s Urban Outfitters at 1100 North State Street. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell put on his pith helmet safaried by recently to see how the transformation has gone, and it’s really quite amazing.  The new...

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Status Update: Four East Elm
May29

Status Update: Four East Elm

It’s not yet a soaring tree in Chicago’s skyscraper forest, but 4 East Elm is slowly growing as erection continues on the edge of the city’s Viagra Triangle district. The Chicago Architecture Blog‘s Daniel Schell stopped by to fix the cable recently and found that so far, it’s just a lot of poured concrete for the parking garage. But a firm, thick base is needed for this new member of the neighborhood....

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A Gold Coast Groundbreaking at State and Elm [u]
Sep16

A Gold Coast Groundbreaking at State and Elm [u]

  Construction of a new residential tower is underway in Chicago’s Gold Coast. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for 4 East Elm (1147 North State Street/4 East Elm Street) earlier today. Designed by friends-of-the-blog, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, the 335-foot-tall, 27-story tower will feature just 35 residences. And instead of being a square, the western side of the building is angled inward, providing those rooms with views...

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Modern Blue Glass Tower Coming To Stuffy Gold Coast Locale
Jan17

Modern Blue Glass Tower Coming To Stuffy Gold Coast Locale

In an area populated with buildings from the era when Michigan Avenue was compared with the Champs-Élysées; where mansard roofs, fake and real, compete for sunlight with century-old storefronts and lakeshore mansions; where the federal government established an historic district because of its period architecture; an interloper is about to arrive. Yesterday, the Chicago Plan Commission approved the construction of a 25-story blue...

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Approval Expected For New Gold Coast Residential Tower
Jan14

Approval Expected For New Gold Coast Residential Tower

This week we should find out if Chicago’s Gold Coast will get a new condominium tower. The Chicago Plan Commission is scheduled to take up the plan for 1149 North State Street, a proposed 25-story building at the corner of State and East Elm Street.  Although the two-story brick retail building immediately to the north is considered part of the property, it is actually owned by another company and it will not be torn down to...

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Alderman Reilly: Cedar Hotel Tower is an Ex-Parrot
Dec17

Alderman Reilly: Cedar Hotel Tower is an Ex-Parrot

If you’ve ever wondered if there was even a sliver of a chance that the 20-story Cedar Hotel expansion approved by former 42nd Ward Alderman Burt Natarus might become a reality, the current 42nd Ward Alderman wants you to know in no uncertain terms: Not on his watch. Alderman Brendan Reilly sent out an e-mail to his constituents today which, in part, addresses repeated moaning that the mammoth erection on Viagra Triangle might...

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Status Update: The Thompson Chicago in the Gold Coast
May02

Status Update: The Thompson Chicago in the Gold Coast

Work continues at The Thompson Chicago, the city’s soon-to-be newest hotel. It’s actually the former Sutton Place Hotel (21 East Bellevue Place), perched on the corner of North Rush Street and East Bellevue Place in the Gold Coast. The Sutton Place sign remains affixed to the wall outside. The 246-room, 23-story tower was built in 1987. Last year, the Thompson Hotels chain took over management duties. Locally, Thompson...

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Status Update: Maple & Ash – The New and Improved Hunt Club
Apr04

Status Update: Maple & Ash – The New and Improved Hunt Club

Chicago’s landmark Hunt Club is gone (1100 North State street).  Right now, it’s just a shallow pit filled with bricks and memories. Soon to rise in this space is an oversized three-story building.  The Hunt Club name will go away, and be replaced by “Maple and Ash” — a reference to woods used to cook some of the food.  Maple and Ash will take up the first two floors of the building.  The third floor will...

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