The Sinclair Lays Groundwork in the Gold Coast
Feb25

The Sinclair Lays Groundwork in the Gold Coast

Heavy machinery continues to batter the soil where the Gold Coast Jewel-Osco store once stood, making way for…the new Gold Coast Jewel-Osco, along with its attached 35-story tower, of course. The Sinclair will soon rise up from this very lot at 1201 North LaSalle Street. Fifield Companies is building a 390-unit apartment tower designed by friends-of-the-blog Solomon Cordwell Buenz. If you’re a resident of the area,...

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720 North LaSalle Foundation Work Deepens
Aug31

720 North LaSalle Foundation Work Deepens

  It wasn’t all that long ago you could get a shower and room at 720 North LaSalle Street. What was once a Howard Johnson Inn, consider by many to be a hole-in-the-wall establishment for weary travelers seeking cheap accommodations, is now a hole-in-the-ground future residential tower by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture. Revcon Construction crews made short work of the caisson drilling, and now foundation work continues...

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Loop Office Building Going Residential
Aug06

Loop Office Building Going Residential

The shift in Chicago’s Loop from nearly exclusively office building to a more mixed-use neighborhood continues, aided by sky-high hotel rates and demand for living in the city’s downtown.  So it shouldn’t be surprising that after several office buildings have recently been converted into hotels, now we have an office building that’s going to become apartments. FitzGerald Associates sent over a press release...

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Status Update: San Francisco Company Reviving New York Building in Downtown Chicago
Mar03

Status Update: San Francisco Company Reviving New York Building in Downtown Chicago

The conversion of the former New York Life Insurance Building in The Loop continues apace. It is just the latest in a series of projects converting office buildings into hotels downtown. So many, in fact, that this project and the Hyatt Centric conversion stand back-to-back, and can be confused for one great big hotel conversion project if you’re not careful. Our Daniel Schell was careful when he rang the bell at 39 South...

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Smoking Hot Model: 720 North LaSalle
Jan14

Smoking Hot Model: 720 North LaSalle

Before you know it, the Howard Johnson motel in downtown Chicago will be gone, replaced by a new residential tower.  For those of you who can’t wait to see what the finished product will look like, here is a model of the tower known as 720 North LaSalle.  The model inside the offices of friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture shows both the private greenspace on the roof of the parking/retail podium as well as the new quasi-public...

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Status Update: The Location of 805 North LaSalle
Aug22

Status Update: The Location of 805 North LaSalle

Have you noticed the signs around the construction site at 805 North LaSalle Street?  They’re not so much signs as giant ransom notes spelling out “Location” like a 1980’s art director who’s just fired up MacWrite for the first time. San Francisco font aside, what developer Smithfield Properties is trying to accomplish here is a great idea.  It calls the concept “affordable luxury.”  We call...

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Kimpton Goes All Loopy Again
Jul23

Kimpton Goes All Loopy Again

Rapidly-expanding San Francisco hotel chain Kimpton is once again active in Chicago’s Loop. Loop Spy Ryan sent in this photograph of work starting on the boutique hotelier’s new project at 39 South LaSalle Street.  You may already know Kimpton most recently from its new Hotel Palomar in the Near North neighborhood.  It is also the brand behind the Hotels Monaco, Allegro, and Burnham in the Loop. The 1894 office building...

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Status Update: Chicago Riverwalk Construction
May20

Status Update: Chicago Riverwalk Construction

It’s a busy week for the Chicago Riverwalk project. Loop North News reports that caisson work is underway on the project that will transform the south side of the Chicago River into a public play space. It also quotes CDOT construction manager Oswaldo Chavez as saying that all of the sheet pilings that will anchor the riverwalk to the river bed between State and LaSalle Streets will be installed this week. These photos showing...

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Another River North Tower to Replace Another River North Landmark
May12

Another River North Tower to Replace Another River North Landmark

Another crane may rise along the LaSalle Street corridor soon, and River North may lose another unofficial landmark. Just two blocks south of where Magellan Development wants to put up a 38-story residential tower to replace the Howard Johnson’s, it wants to put up a 39-story residential tower to replace the former Gino’s East pizzeria and Mitchell’s soda shop. Early this year, Gino’s moved down the street to...

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Dishing Up River North’s HoJo Tower
Apr02

Dishing Up River North’s HoJo Tower

If you read any of our three, count’em—three, social media channels earlier today, then you were promised more information on the new residential skyscraper proposed for 720 North LaSalle Street.  Or as we’re going to call it for now— The HoJo Tower. We call it that because it doesn’t currently have a better public name, and because if built, it will replace the Howard Johnson motor lodge in the heart of downtown...

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