833 North Clark A Rebar Reality
Nov18

833 North Clark A Rebar Reality

We’ve been following the development of 833 North Clark for years now.  From the first time it landed at the city clerk’s office on paper to the very odd community meeting where the majority of attendees were elderly people who thought they were going to be evicted from a nearby building and then left en masse when they figured out what was going on to groundbreaking to… today! Today we have a status update on the...

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Lowly Loop Garage to Put On Its Big Boy Hotel Pants
Nov16

Lowly Loop Garage to Put On Its Big Boy Hotel Pants

Want to make a Chicago architecture fan look like a confused cocker spaniel?  Tell them that there are more than a dozen buildings downtown that were designed to be extended vertically.  We’ve been telling you this for years in this blog, but few people believed us until 300 East Randolph suddenly went from 33 to 57 stories in 2009. Another one of the city’s vertically aspirational buildings is the Government Center...

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Jewel Roughed as Market Moves for Sinclair
Nov03

Jewel Roughed as Market Moves for Sinclair

It was just a few days ago we told you that demolition crews were poised to take a bite out of the former Jewel-Osco supermarket at 1200 North Clark Street.  Well, they’re certainly not wasting any time. Gold Coast Spy Joel hit the ol’ tip line with the photo above showing how quickly it’s possible to turn a grocery store into a cleanup on aisle infinity.  Those wide column-free spans aren’t just good for...

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Status Update: 1000 South Clark Street Nears Home Stretch
Sep29

Status Update: 1000 South Clark Street Nears Home Stretch

Now that 1000 South Clark Street has topped out, construction crews have set about the task of making it hospitable for residents before the spring thaw is upon us. Just over a year after work began, the Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture design has reached its ultimate height of 29 stories. Now the work begins on turning those floors into the 469 units JDL Development plans to deliver to the South Loop starting in February, 2016. Those...

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New Design, Specs for Hampton Inn in Park West
Sep29

New Design, Specs for Hampton Inn in Park West

The proposal to build a Hampton Inn at 601 West Diversey Parkway, just off Clark Street, has been revived and revised. The previous plan for what is also called The Inn at Lincoln Park was going to be a 16-story hotel with a height of 152 feet and 52 parking spaces.  It was approved back in 2004, and well, we all know what happened to pretty much every project before 2008.  Its planning approval expired in 2010. This current proposal...

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Clean-Up On All Aisles
Sep16

Clean-Up On All Aisles

Would you like to haul your rubble away in paper or plastic? Eager Gold Coasters have been waiting to ask that question for months, and now may finally be the time. On Tuesday the 8th, the City of Chicago issued a demolition permit for 1210 North Clark Street that reads, simply, “WRECK AND REMOVE A 1 STORY BRICK BUILDING.” Of course, that would be the site of the shuttered-since-June Jewel-Osco store at Clark and Division....

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833 North Clark Begins Foundation Work
Aug31

833 North Clark Begins Foundation Work

  Two weeks ago, we told you about the permits issued for 833 North Clark Street on the near north side. At the time, we noted it had been a substantial length of time since the ceremonial groundbreaking had taken place, and that only minor work had started to clear some landscaping and clean out the parking lot. Well, 833 North Clark is inactive no longer. Case Foundation crews are out there digging holes like a North Shore...

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Lincoln Park Zoo Greenlit for New Education Center
Feb20

Lincoln Park Zoo Greenlit for New Education Center

The Lincoln Park Zoo is going to build a new education center. Yesterday the Chicago Plan Commission approved the zoo’s request to build “a second story addition above the existing first floor area of an existing one and two story building.” Sharon Dewar, director of public relations for the zoo, sent along this description: The new Education Center will impact the future of informal education for cultural...

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This is Not the Design of the New Loop Hotel Tower
Dec01

This is Not the Design of the New Loop Hotel Tower

Skyscraper enthusiasts had their hopes lifted, then quickly dashed, by an article in Crain’s Chicago Business last week.  It was about Garvey Court (201 North Clark Street), the hoboriffic food court that has the same name as the stinky subterranean stub of a street it borders. According to Crain’s, and Cook County records, there’s a plan afoot to demolish the foodie nightmare and replace it with a hotel....

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Jewel Tower Scans With Plan Commission, Heads to City Hall’s Express Checkout
Nov20

Jewel Tower Scans With Plan Commission, Heads to City Hall’s Express Checkout

Just hours after the general public was given its first taste of the proposed new skyscraper and supermarket planned for the Gold Coast, the Chicago Plan Commission scanned it, threw it in a plastic bag and sent it off to the full city council for its rubber stamp of approval. It was just 44 hours and 18 minutes earlier that a packed crowd of neighbors gathered at the Thompson Hotel to see pictures of the proposed development at 1200...

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