Status Update: Children’s Memorial Hospital

This is probably the six zillionth status update we’ve done for the new Children’s Memorial Hospital (225 East Chicago Avenue). But I happened to be in a hospital and managed to snap this picture of the back side of the new building.  Looks pretty good so far.  You can see the area on the left setback where the green roof and play area will be, and how the building cantilevers over its right side at the same...

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New Children’s Hospital is Hanging Out

In what may be the first of many “Look ma! No hands!” moments around the new Children’s Memorial Hospital, the building has begun its horizontal expansion over the alley to its east. We’ve done a number of status updates on the hospital at 225 East Chicago Avenue (here, here, here, here, here, and here), but with this horizontal movement, the facade being attached and even some glass going up, it’s...

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More on the Leonidas Chocolate Opening

A couple of weeks ago we noted the impending opening of a Leonidas chocolate shop at 59 East Chicago Avenue. One of our readers wrote in to let us know that this isn’t the first Leonidas in Chicago.  A Chicago Tribune article shows that there was once one on LaSalle Street back in the 1990’s.  We haven’t been able to track down why or when it closed, but at least it’s coming back to the...

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Another Chocolate Shop Coming to Chicago

Leonidas has put up a sign in the vacant space at the base of The Chicagoan promising to bring Belgian chocolate delicacies to downtown Chicago.  It’s opening in what was formerly a Bank of America branch at 59 East Chicago Avenue.  The store is expected to open in time for Christmas with a selection of choccies imported from Brussels. This is the second Leonidas location in the United States.  The other is...

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Not Much Information: That Honkeytonk Place

From the Not Much Information file: Remember that honkeytonk-looking joint on the corner of Chicago Avenue and Dearborn Street?  Remember how it closed about a year ago?  Well, it’s back — this time as a...

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Status Update: Children’s Memorial Hospital

The new Children’s Memorial Hospital (officially, The Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Memorial Hospital of Chicago) continues its growth spurt at 225 East Chicago Avenue.  The steel frame of the building is rising at what seems like a remarkable speed.  In this photo, it’s up to the 12th floor, but by the time you read this (most of our articles are written a couple of days in advance), it will...

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Start Spreadin’ the News on Michigan Avenue

Last week we noted the disappearance of two of the city’s higher-profile newsstands.  The kiosk on the corner of Chicago and Michigan Avenues and the one at the corner of State and Division Streets in front of the Washington Mutual at 1200 North State Parkway both disappeared last week to be replaced with fresh pads of gleaming concrete. A note tacked to a light pole on Chicago Avenue noted that the kiosk would return, and...

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Kiosks Vanish in the Gold Coast

Editor’s note:  This article was scheduled to run on Monday, but since Crain’s moved its version tonight, I pushed this up as well.—————-One of the few 24-hour stores in downtown Chicago is gone.  Not just closed — but actually GONE. This past Wednesday (July 15th), city crews dismantled the newspaper kiosk on the corner of Michigan and Chicago Avenues next to the...

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Status Update: Children’s Memorial Hospital

Here’s a look at how far the new Children’s Memorial Hospital on Chicago Avenue is coming along.  The elevator core is rising quickly, and the steel isn’t far behind.  Already there’s steel in place for portions of the first and second...

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Status Update: Children’s Memorial Hospital

Things are moving along quickly at the new Children’s Memorial Hospital on Chicago Avenue.  Since the tower crane went up a few weeks ago.  The elevator core is now up to about the fifth floor and the rest of the building can’t be too far...

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