Swissôtel’s Awkward Protrusion to Get Bigger
Aug28

Swissôtel’s Awkward Protrusion to Get Bigger

Since Lakeshore East is in the news this week, here’s a little nugget of neighbor news: The Swissôtel at 323 East Wacker Drive is getting a small expansion. If you’ve ever walked by the hotel, you may have noticed the awkward outdoor seating area next to the slightly-less-awkward annex that houses The Palm restaurant. That outdoor seating area is going away, to be replaced by an annex to the annex to the hotel in order to...

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♫ Lakeshore East / It Has a Plan / I-J-K-L-O ♫
Aug27

♫ Lakeshore East / It Has a Plan / I-J-K-L-O ♫

Channel your inner four-year-old, and sing along. Lakeshore East, it has a plan I – J – K – L – O And to this plan, were drawn some NIMBYS I – J – K – L – O With a “view” “view” here And a “school” “school” there Here a critic, there a critic Everyone’s a civic cynic Lakeshore East, it has a plan I – J – K – L...

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The Mill Gets Planed: Milwaukee Avenue Tower Loses 13% of its Units
Aug22

The Mill Gets Planed: Milwaukee Avenue Tower Loses 13% of its Units

Plans for a new residential tower along the Kennedy Expressway have been cut back.  The Mill, a project designed by Antunovich Associates for Tandem, is being trimmed from 226 residences to 196. The Chicago Department of Planning and Development has approved the developer’s request for the change at 734 North Milwaukee Avenue, plus an accompanying reduction in the number of parking spaces.  See below for the revised diagrams...

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110 North Wacker Ready to Go Vertical, Welcome Chicago Sparrows
Aug21

110 North Wacker Ready to Go Vertical, Welcome Chicago Sparrows

The Wacker Drive canyon is about to get a new cliff.  Gound-level foundation work is underway at 110 North Wacker, after weeks of demolition, clearing, and caisson work. Loop Spy Chris drilled a few recent pictures into our tip line showing work over the last few days.  You can see concrete being poured on the south end of the worksite, topping rebar from the caissons sticking out of the ground in nice, square trenches.  It’s a...

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Another Crane Moving Out of Lincoln Park
Aug20

Another Crane Moving Out of Lincoln Park

It was just about a month ago that the south tower crane pulled out of the Lincoln Common project at 2335 and 2345 North Lincoln Avenue.  Today, the north tower crane begins its long adieu. Lincoln Common, you’ll remember is the redevelopment of the property that used to be Children’s Memorial Hospital.  That hospital decamped for Streeterville a decade ago, and its ugly bulk was removed from the Lincoln Park skyline....

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It’ll Be Subarus, Not Servers for One South Loop Block
Aug14

It’ll Be Subarus, Not Servers for One South Loop Block

Yesterday we were gishing to bring you the news of three new hotels opening up within a single building in the South Loop.  Today, it is with melancholy and infinite sadness we report that another building on the same block will not be built. The development pumpkin was smashed in a letter to the City of Chicago from lawyers for McHugh Construction.  McHugh is the muscle behind the siamese dream of a hotel at 123 East Cermak Road,...

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Chicago’s Lesser-Known Downtown Riverwalk To Be Spruced Up
Aug13

Chicago’s Lesser-Known Downtown Riverwalk To Be Spruced Up

Back when we first started publishing this publication, coming home to Lakeshore East after a late night of community meetings often meant dodging rats along the south bank of the Chicago River, then squishing through mud to thread a passage between walls of rusting corrugated steel, a city auto impound lot, and weed-choked lots. The “old” Riverwalk has improved since then.  Seeds have been planted for various businesses...

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Three Hotels Open In One South Loop Building
Aug13

Three Hotels Open In One South Loop Building

As the area around McCormick Place undergoes its largest transformation in years, a trio of new hotels has opened — all in the same building at 123 East Cermak Road. Hilton planted three of its flags on the southwest corner of East Cermak Road and South Indiana Avenue, directly across the street from the massive convention center’s West Building. Chicago has seen double-decker hotel buildings before, but this triple-decker...

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Survey: Lincoln Yards Neighbors Want More Roads, Bridges, Transit
Aug09

Survey: Lincoln Yards Neighbors Want More Roads, Bridges, Transit

As the enormous Lincoln Yards master plan from Sterling Bay trudges through step two of a nine-step approval process, neighbors have been given a chance to weigh in via the interwebs. Second Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins published the results of an online poll about the project which will bring up to 5,000 new residences, an extension of The 606, and an as-yet-to-be-determined amount of office and hotel space to the Goose Island area....

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Rahm’s “Meigs Moment:” Not-Yet-Approved Obama Center Leaving a Premature Scar on Jackson Park
Aug08

Rahm’s “Meigs Moment:” Not-Yet-Approved Obama Center Leaving a Premature Scar on Jackson Park

Remember in 2003 when former mayor Richard M. Daley bulldozed Meigs Field in the middle of the night?  It was an act of hubris that cost the city $33,000 in federal fines and a million dollars in misspent airport funds.  At the time, the Chicago Tribune wrote, “The issue is Daley’s increasingly authoritarian style that brooks no disagreements, legal challenges, negotiations, compromise or any of that messy give-and-take...

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