Marriott Making its Marquis in Chicago
Jan21

Marriott Making its Marquis in Chicago

Work is progressing on the new Marriott Marquis Chicago hotel, at 2121 South Prairie Avenue in the Prairie Avenue District. Slated for completion in 2017, the 39-story tower will provide 1,209 guest rooms and over 90,000 square feet of meeting space. The McPier development will be directly connected to McCormick Place, and features the renovation of the American Book Company building at 330 East Cermak Road. When we last visited,...

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American Book Company Building Begins A New Chapter
Jan20

American Book Company Building Begins A New Chapter

Seems like only yesterday we had to tell folks about the demise of another century-plus-old Chicago building. And we wouldn’t blame you if you’re getting tired of hearing about the demolition of the city’s built environment. So how about today, we turn our attention to one Chicago relic, which once seemed headed toward certain doom, now being rehabbed and reborn in Chicago’s Prairie Avenue District. At 330 East...

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Marriott Marquis Chicago Plants Roots in Prairie District
Aug12

Marriott Marquis Chicago Plants Roots in Prairie District

The new Marriott Marquis Chicago broke ground in the South Loop’s Prairie District back in July, and since then, construction crews have stopped breaking it, and are now drilling, digging, scooping, and shaking that same ground to its very core. Located at 2121 South Prairie Avenue, the newest addition to the McCormick Collection will be directly connected to McCormick Place, offering the ultimate convenience for guests and...

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McHugh Outlines its Plan for a new Hotel and Retail Space Connected to McCormick Place
Sep15

McHugh Outlines its Plan for a new Hotel and Retail Space Connected to McCormick Place

It was a packed house at tonight’s meeting hosted by the Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance, where McHugh Construction’s detailed its plans for a proposed hotel and retail complex at 111 East Cermak Road on Monday evening at Hyatt McCormick Place. Lead architect Joe Antunovich provided commentary and color, describing the development as “a landmark project in our city.” In fact, the Landmark Commission has already had its...

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McPier Plan Progresses as Prairie People Press Parking, Pileups and Pocket Parks Points
Aug25

McPier Plan Progresses as Prairie People Press Parking, Pileups and Pocket Parks Points

  The scaled-back plan to build a new hotel, a data center, and an arena on the edge of the Prairie Avenue District is marching forward, with proposals for two of the three components already in McPier’s hands. This past Friday was the deadline for companies to submit their proposals to the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (“McPier”) for the new Marriott Marquis hotel and the Events Center.  Earlier...

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New Pictures of the McCormick Place Event Center/DePaul Arena
Jun10

New Pictures of the McCormick Place Event Center/DePaul Arena

As the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority continues acquiring land, getting permits, and doing the things necessary to pull off its latest ambitious expansion plan, one of its partners is touting a new set of drawings of part of the project. DePaul University has released several new pictures of the proposed Events Center portion of the project, often called the “DePaul Arena.”  DePaul is chipping in $70 million...

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Preservation and McPier Learn To Live Together in the South Loop
Apr04

Preservation and McPier Learn To Live Together in the South Loop

When the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority announced plans for a half-billion dollar expansion from its lakeside perch into the surrounding neighborhood, it was as if a pack of rabid wolves was let loose in the South Loop. At public meetings, people howled and shouted about property values, traffic, and most importantly—historic preservation.  They didn’t mind the convention center complex oozing into the many, many...

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McPier Contracts McCormick Expansion, Motor Row Boutique Hotel to Wait
Jan29

McPier Contracts McCormick Expansion, Motor Row Boutique Hotel to Wait

  The organization that runs, and wants to expand, Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center has released its Plan B, after the original expansion plan unveiled last year ran into legal challenges. At a presentation earlier this week, executives and architects outlined how they’re going to get out of the current courtroom impasse, and get the expansion rolling. The new proposal shuffles some buildings around, and postpones the...

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Convention Center Expansion Stymied, McPier Turns to Plans B, C, D…
Jan26

Convention Center Expansion Stymied, McPier Turns to Plans B, C, D…

  Not all Chicago aldermen are equally communicative with their constituents.  Some send out updates almost daily.  Some are creatures of weekly habit. Some… less so. So it was with a certain amount of surprise that we received news that Third Ward Alderman Pat Dowell called a public meeting for Tuesday.  This is a ward with a newsletter that hasn’t been updated since just after Thanksgiving, and a web site telling...

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McPier OK’s Pelli Clarke Pelli’s DePaul Demon Dome Design
Sep23

McPier OK’s Pelli Clarke Pelli’s DePaul Demon Dome Design

  The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority has approved a design for the new McCormick Place Event Center put forth by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. The design was one of six submitted to McPier as it tries to build a new sports arena/event center, a 1,200-room Marriott Marquis hotel, and a smaller boutique hotel in the South Loop by 2016.  The Authority’s board voted unanimously to grant the $7.2 million design...

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