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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Progress On a Public/Private Partnership Putting Potable Purveyor in Park Pavilion
Feb21

Progress On a Public/Private Partnership Putting Potable Purveyor in Park Pavilion

  It was almost two years ago when we first told you that Chicago’s own tea shop chain, Argo Tea, was going to set up shop in an unusual location — Connors Park.  Tea in the triangle is finally becoming a reality. Construction is underway, completely gutting and rebuilding the park.  For years it was much less than it could be, or should be, for a park in the heart of the Gold Coast.  It was mostly concrete, the shrubs...

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Flagship Starbucks Opened in Gold Coast Yesterday; Serves Booze Tomorrow
Dec05

Flagship Starbucks Opened in Gold Coast Yesterday; Serves Booze Tomorrow

It’s been a few months since we last checked in on the new flagship Starbucks going up in the Gold Coast, and guess what — it’s open! The store at 1003 North Rush Street opened Tuesday, December 4th and brings the coffee chain’s latest design iteration to downtown Chicago. Like the Starbucks stores we’ve written about in Seattle, this one goes heavy on recycled, reclaimed, and reused. The walls are lined...

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New Erection for Chicago’s Viagra Triangle Neighborhood
Dec03

New Erection for Chicago’s Viagra Triangle Neighborhood

The Redevelopment Fairy is aiming her bow at The Hunt Club (1100 North State Street), the venerable steakhouse and watering hole in the heart of Chicago’s Viagra Triangle entertainment district. Surprisingly, the prime chunk of real estate isn’t being turned into swanky condos. Instead, The Hunt Club will evolve into a new, larger, more upscale restaurant called Maple & Ash. Maple & Ash will take up the first two...

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First Look Inside The Esquire Theater’s Del Frisco’s Steak House
Nov13

First Look Inside The Esquire Theater’s Del Frisco’s Steak House

For the third time in two weeks, we’re able to bring you a peek inside a new Chicago commercial establishment before it opens.  This time, it’s the Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House inside the newly renovated Esquire Theater (58 East Oak Street). The transformation of the abandoned theater into multi-tenant retail space has been one of the more controversial conversions we’ve covered here.  A number of...

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Another Retail Tear-Down on Rush Street
Sep04

Another Retail Tear-Down on Rush Street

The retail growth spurt in downtown Chicago’s Oak/Walton/Rush Street corridor continues.  This time it’s 1007 North Rush that will face the proverbial wrecking ball. The owners of the building want to tear it down and start over, turning the property from two clubs and four residences into a single retail outlet. The businesses displaced will be Jilly’s and The Back Room.  Interestingly, the operators of...

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Status Update: Flagship Starbucks
Jun24

Status Update: Flagship Starbucks

Work is progressing nicely on the new flagship Starbucks store at 1003 North Rush Street.  Back in January the original structure there was torn down so the space could be transformed from a Geneva Seal watch store into an upscale version of the ubiquitous coffee shop chain. Starbucks is building six flagship stores around the world, and this will be one of them (the others are in New York, Seattle, Seattle again, Los Angeles, and...

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