Mediawatch: WMVP

A van for WMVP radio, parked appropriately enough, in front of Ditka’s Restaurant (100 East Chestnut...

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Fourth Demolition and Building Update

It looks like demolition work is pretty much done behind Fourth Presbyterian Church (126 East Chestnut Street), across the street from the John Hancock Center (875 North Michigan Avenue). The church is knocking down a bunch of auxiliary buildings in a project called Project Second Century in order to build new, larger, more modern facilities to serve the parish and the local community.  Fourth Presbyterian has earned a lot of respect...

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Slice of Life: Quigley’s Niches

A row of saints secreted in their niches gaze down on Chestnut Street from the building that was until recently Quigley Seminary, built in 1919.  It’s now the headquarters of the Archdiocese of Chicago as the Archbishop Quigley Center. You can read more about the Quigley Center (103 East Chestnut Street)...

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Aftermath of a Skyscraper Fire

Here’s what it looks like at The Plaza on Dewitt (260 East Chestnut Street) a couple of days after a fire on the 36th floor of the 43-story building killed an elderly German woman. If you click to enlarge the photo, you can see the windows have been boarded up on some of the units on the 36th and 37th floors.  Meanwhile, the streets below are clogged with an army of carpet cleaning and other disaster repair service vans....

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Second Skyscraper Fire This Month Kills A Woman

By now you’ve heard about the fire that broke out at the Plaza on Dewitt (260 East Chestnut Street).  Here’s a picture of the aftermath from the outside: According to the Chicago Tribune, the fire on the 36th floor of the 43-story tower killed an elderly woman who lived in the condominium where the fire broke out after midnight.  About a dozen people were hurt. The Trib quotes people at the Chicago Fire...

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North Side Sonic Boom Warning

That noise you’re going to hear this morning (Friday, September 18, 2009) echoing across the Gold Coast and Near North Side is a 21-gun salute at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Chestnut Street.  In the photo above we see Chicago police officers preparing for the event in front of Fourth Presbyterian Church (125 East Chestnut Street).  It’s part of a series of events all week honoring veterans, especially those...

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Join the Culti

Milan fashion house Culti is wasting no time getting its Chicago house in order. Just days after Crain’s (we think) broke the story of Culti coming to a little spot just off the Magnificent Mile, work began gutting whatever used to be in the space between Rochester Big and Tall and the “dental spa” next door on Chestnut Street. Yes, we did write, “Chestnut Street.”  That’s because even though...

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Update: No Nuts on Chestnut

Just a quick update with a new photo showing the now shuttered Nuts on Clark store in Water Tower Place.  As we mentioned last week , other store owners in Water Tower are telling us that the confectionary shut its doors because of the higher rent being asked of it. We’ll miss the warm smells of the place wafting across the street, welcoming us home after a hard day’s slog through the Chicago...

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No More "Nuts" at Water Tower Place

A Chicago institution is closing up shop at its Water Tower Place branch. Today employees of Nuts on Clark were seen packing up the merchandise, taking down the shelves, and disassembling machinery as the historic nut, popcorn, and chocolate shop shuttered its Gold Coast outlet. Employees of other shops in Water Tower Place tell us that Nuts is bailing on its location in the Ritz-Carlton’s port cochere just across from the John...

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Diagrams: Best Buy’s Impact on the John Hancock Center

Last week a resident of the John Hancock Center told me almost breathlessly that the plans were out for the design of the Best Buy going in on the ground floor of the landmark building.  With a mix of fear and indignation she stammered, “it’s going to have neon.” The truth is a lot less awful than it sounds.  I managed to get my hands on a copy of the plans, and they don’t look bad....

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