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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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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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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