Helicopters vs. High Rises: Round 63

The ongoing tug-of-war between Children’s Memorial Hospital (225 East Chicago Avenue) and the usual north side NIMBYs will move two steps forward this week. For those joining this soap opera already in progress, CMH is spending a frightening amount of money building  a new state-of-the-art facility in the Gold Coast to replace its aging property in Lincoln Park.  That building includes a helipad on the roof that will hopefully...

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Retail Roundup at Lakeshore East

It’s been a little more than a decade since the process began to transform Chicago’s downtown golf course into a residential community of 50,000 people.  During most of that time, residents have been told  to keep the faith — that retail is coming.  Really. It looks like this is the summer that the promises actually come true. Sure, there’s been a Fifth/Third bank in The Shoreham (400 East South Water Street)...

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More Info About Lakeshore East’s Newest Skyscraper

Magellan Development isn’t wasting any time getting its newest Lakeshore East project off the ground. You could see dirt turn for the temporarily-named “Building A” (345 East Wacker Drive) as soon as next week (May 16-20), as soil sampling gets underway. Image courtesy of Brininstool, Kerwin and Lynch You may remember from our earlier coverage that Building A is the planned residential skyscraper to be built just...

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Chicago to Get One of Six Starbucks Flagship Stores
May12

Chicago to Get One of Six Starbucks Flagship Stores

“We really want to send a new message. Especially in this neighborhood, and this city; and this is the place to do it.” -Dean Klein, Starbucks I’m not one who supports the baseless speculation that goes on in blogs.  It’s a big part of what separates blogging from real journalism.  But every once in a while I’ll go off the deep end, as I did a couple of weeks ago when we did our story about 1003 North...

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Ritz or Roast? Is This The New Rush Street Starbucks?

As the retail chess match on Oak Street starts to settle down a little, more pressure is being put on Rush Street to pick up the slack. The bad economy forced a lot of changes in Chicago’s premiere boutique shopping zone.  Those who could, traded up.  Others faded away.  Still there are lots of stores, both home grown and international, that would like a slice of what’s going on in 60611.   At first, the overflow landed on...

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Status Update: The Shops at Lakeshore East

It looks like the long-awaited supermarket at Lakeshore East is inching closer to reality. When I moved to LSE in January, 2004 the leasing agents were all excited about the supermarket that would open “within months.” I continued shopping with Peapod, and by the time I left in 2007, there was still nothing but a mud hole where the store was supposed to go. Today I stopped by to see if anything had changed in the year...

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More Details About the New Roosevelt University Skyscraper
Jan07

More Details About the New Roosevelt University Skyscraper

A meeting was held today to provide the public with more information about the new skyscraper that Roosevelt University is building in the Loop (421 South Wabash Street).  You can read more about the new Roosevelt University “vertical campus” building here. Nothing earth-shattering came out of the information session, but there was one thing that came up that we failed to notice before — the building is only shiny...

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Northern Illinois Food Bank Needs a New Building

With the economy squeezing many families tighter and tighter, more and more people are turning to food banks for help. The demand has gotten so great that the Northern Illinois Food Bank is raising money to build an entire new building to help meet the needs of 287,000 poor people in the 13 counties of northern Illinois. T-60 Productions, run by Emmy award-winning journalist Tony Gnau (my former colleague),  has put together a...

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Status Update: Almost Done at 930 North Rush

We’ve been following the lot at the corner of Rush and Walton streets for a while  here, here, here and here) as it was transformed from a condemned Gino’s East pizza restaurant into what is almost but not quite yet the district’s latest retail boutique. Today 930 North Rush Street looks pretty good, and went up in what felt like record time once construction finally began. The wood, glass, and steel exterior...

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Status Update: 930 North Rush

it’s hard to tell from this CrappyCameraPhone™ picture, but there’s a welder working on the steel beams that form the third floor of the new 930 North Rush Street.  The former Gino’s East location, shut down by the city’s health department years ago, is finally being replaced by something. It’s supposed to be upscale retail, of the sort that has fled the mallification of Michigan Avenue for the side...

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