Public Park Privatized in Chicago’s Gold Coast

In the last couple of months, we’ve received two inquiries from people asking what’s going on with Connors Park.  If you’re not familiar with the name, you may know it as the triangle-shaped slice of open space in front of the Sofitel (20 East Chestnut Street), bounded by Rush, Delaware, Chestnut, and Wabash. It’s a very small space (about 17,000 ft²), and features a small pergola, a nice little fountain, a few...

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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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Status Update: 10 East Delaware

It’s starting to look like a real building.  10 East Delaware Place has its balconies in place, a lot of the windows have been installed, and its facade is mostly painted.  It shouldn’t be long until it’s...

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More Accolades for More

The More cupcake shop (1 East Delaware Place) has been heaped with praise over the last year.  Now it has one more accolade. If you’ve ever been there, you’ve noticed how it’s an interesting balance between starkness and warmth — futuristic shelves and homey wood tones. That balance has earned its designers, David Woodhouse Architects, an Honor Award in the Interior Architecture category from the American...

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Status Update: Ten East Delaware

10 East Delaware is moving ahead swiftly. We pulled out the long lens for a close-up of the construction at the top of this building. Look for it in an upcoming edition of our upcoming blog series, “The Tops of...

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Status Update: 10 East Delaware

It looks like 10 East Delaware is almost half way to its planned height of 35 stories on the edge of State Street.  The tower replaces my wife’s favorite restaurant, Jia’s and a 7-Eleven and some other assorted shops. The design is neoclassical and will hopefully look very classy when it’s completed later this...

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