New Michigan Avenue Apple Store Gets Full Construction Permit
Oct31

New Michigan Avenue Apple Store Gets Full Construction Permit

It’s time for construction on the new Apple Store at 401 North Michigan Avenue to go full steam ahead. The city has issued a “full building permit for proposed 1-story retail space addition.” Previously, though the site looked busy, progress was restricted to certain phases of the project. Back in March, work was permitted on the foundations. Then in April, the elevator shaft got a green light. A month later, full...

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More Pix Inside Chicago’s Only Egyptian Revival Building
Oct28

More Pix Inside Chicago’s Only Egyptian Revival Building

Two months ago we brought you the good news that the lobby of the Reebie Storage Building at 2325 North Clark Street was being renovated, preserving its exquisite Egyptian Revival architecture. Now we’ve got a few post-renovation photographs to share with you. The Lincoln Park building was renovated because the New Elephant Resale Shop moved in to part of the lobby space. The store opened in September, and manager Heidi Olson...

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A Better Look at State Street’s Newest Retail Building
Oct10

A Better Look at State Street’s Newest Retail Building

A few days ago Tishman Realty announced that it had signed Champs Sports as the anchor tenant for the renovated building at 100 South State Street. In a previous life, 100 South State was the Amalgamated Bank Building – a dark glass cube that sat lurking on the southwest corner of State and Monroe. It was bad enough that the building got hardly any sunshine because of its towering neighbors, the Palmer House Hilton, The Citadel...

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Margie’s Candies Building Sold for Redevelopment
Sep14

Margie’s Candies Building Sold for Redevelopment

It’s the news that put lumps in throats across Chicagoland — The building at 1960 North Western Avenue that’s housed Margie’s Candies since 1921 has been sold.  To redevelopers.  With big plans. Now, before you blow your coolant over the loss of yet another Chicago icon, this is not an Eli’s/Dominick’s/Goldblatt’s/Red Streak situation.  Margie’s isn’t going anywhere.  That’s the...

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Ricketts’ New Hotel Honors Wrigley Field Architect
Sep14

Ricketts’ New Hotel Honors Wrigley Field Architect

We now know the name of the new hotel the Ricketts family has been developing next to Wrigley Field.  And it gets two thumbs up from architecture enthusiasts who don’t want to use the cliché “home run.” The new hotel is going to be called Hotel Zachary, in honor of Aurora-born architect Zachary Davis who designed both Wrigley Field and Comiskey Park.  He was known as the Frank Lloyd Wright of Baseball for his...

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Chestnut Place Cracks Retail on State Street
Aug30

Chestnut Place Cracks Retail on State Street

One of the most difficult balancing acts in urban planning is retail versus residential. More people means more retail can thrive. But too much retail means retail failure, and less of an incentive for people to arrive. It’s the cycle of life. Well, all those new residential developments in the Gold Coast and Near North neighborhoods must mean great things for the submarket’s retail desirability, because even old buildings...

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Lincoln Park Architectural Gem Will Let You Shop Like an Egyptian
Aug23

Lincoln Park Architectural Gem Will Let You Shop Like an Egyptian

  You will soon have a chance to admire Chicago’s favorite Egyptian Revival building like never before. The Reebie Storage Building at 2325 North Clark Street in Lincoln Park has been turning heads since it opened in 1922. The warehouse was designed by George Kingsley, and its ornamentation executed by Fritz Albert. For those of you who don’t read a lot of inter-war novels or watch a lot of Antiques Roadshow on PBS or...

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Plan Commission Goes All in On Latest Navy Pier Plan
Aug19

Plan Commission Goes All in On Latest Navy Pier Plan

  Thanks to a vote from the Chicago Plan Commission, your next trip to Navy Pier could involve a little bit of ice skating, a stroll above the waves of Lake Michigan, and an overnight stay. Commissioners yesterday approved the latest $140 million+ plan to renovate and improve Chicago’s number one tourist attraction.  Among the items given the go-ahead from the plan overseen by New York’s James Corner Field Operations:...

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Architect Bertrand Goldberg About to Take Another One on the Chin
Aug19

Architect Bertrand Goldberg About to Take Another One on the Chin

It’s been a rough couple of years for the late architect and Chicago native,  Bertrand Goldberg. First, and most prominently, his Prentice Women’s Hospital at 333 East Superior Street in Streeterville was ruthlessly demolished to make way for yet another blue glass tower-on-a-podium. Then his Walton Gardens office building at 935 North Rush Street in the Gold Coast was divided and renovated so intensely that it’s...

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New Christian Dior Store About To Energize Former Bertrand Goldberg Recording Studio
Aug15

New Christian Dior Store About To Energize Former Bertrand Goldberg Recording Studio

  The positively horizontal, vaguely industrial, commercial building at 935 North Rush Street is about to start a new chapter in its already interesting life. Most recently, it was an Urban Outfitters location. But U.A. moved up the street to 1100 North State Street a few years ago. Now permits have been issued to start construction on the second of two new tenants to fill the retail space: a new Christian Dior store. 931 N. Rush...

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