Marriott Marquis Makes Its Beds at McCormick Place
Apr14

Marriott Marquis Makes Its Beds at McCormick Place

It still doesn’t look like a hotel, yet, but work continues toward that very end on the Goettsch Partners-designed Marriott Marquis Chicago in the Prairie Avenue District. ** The 39-story hotel tower broke ground back in July. It’s bringing 1206 guest rooms and 90,000 square feet of meeting space to the expanding McCormick Place campus, perfect for visiting Big East teams playing DePaul at the McCormick Place Event Center...

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McCormick Place Event Center Ups Its Game
Apr13

McCormick Place Event Center Ups Its Game

Clark Construction continues to take its game to the next level, as crews progress on the McCormick Place Event Center. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the 300,000-square-foot Event Center is just one part of the project to turn the McCormick Place campus into a major entertainment district, which includes adding hotel rooms, offices, and retail space to the Prairie Avenue District. (Or is it McCormick Square?) We’re...

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Prairie Court Not Yet Brought To Order In Prairie District
Jan22

Prairie Court Not Yet Brought To Order In Prairie District

We spent a good bit of time around the Prairie Avenue District over the past week or so. Once we finished gawking at the big equipment along Cermak Road, we headed back north a bit, to the intersection of Prairie Avenue and 18th Street, to see what, if anything, was happening with the new Prairie Court townhome development. It should come as no big surprise to find a rather large lot of nothing. Well, not exactly nothing. There are...

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Marriott Making its Marquis in Chicago
Jan21

Marriott Making its Marquis in Chicago

Work is progressing on the new Marriott Marquis Chicago hotel, at 2121 South Prairie Avenue in the Prairie Avenue District. Slated for completion in 2017, the 39-story tower will provide 1,209 guest rooms and over 90,000 square feet of meeting space. The McPier development will be directly connected to McCormick Place, and features the renovation of the American Book Company building at 330 East Cermak Road. When we last visited,...

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Marriott Marquis Chicago Plants Roots in Prairie District
Aug12

Marriott Marquis Chicago Plants Roots in Prairie District

The new Marriott Marquis Chicago broke ground in the South Loop’s Prairie District back in July, and since then, construction crews have stopped breaking it, and are now drilling, digging, scooping, and shaking that same ground to its very core. Located at 2121 South Prairie Avenue, the newest addition to the McCormick Collection will be directly connected to McCormick Place, offering the ultimate convenience for guests and...

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Golub Townhome Development to Begin Demolition And Pre-Construction
Feb17

Golub Townhome Development to Begin Demolition And Pre-Construction

The former XO Condo Development at 1712 South Prairie in the South Loop will re-emerge as a pricey condominium complex in about 18 months. The new Golub Town Home Development, designed by Sullivan Goulette & Wilson, will begin pre-construction activities in the next few weeks. A status report on Golub and several other pending developments were on a busy schedule at the Prairie District Neighborhood Association (PDNA) community...

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McPier Plan Progresses as Prairie People Press Parking, Pileups and Pocket Parks Points
Aug25

McPier Plan Progresses as Prairie People Press Parking, Pileups and Pocket Parks Points

  The scaled-back plan to build a new hotel, a data center, and an arena on the edge of the Prairie Avenue District is marching forward, with proposals for two of the three components already in McPier’s hands. This past Friday was the deadline for companies to submit their proposals to the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (“McPier”) for the new Marriott Marquis hotel and the Events Center.  Earlier...

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McPier Is Still Trying To Sell Its “Elevate Chicago” Expansion to Neighbors
Apr14

McPier Is Still Trying To Sell Its “Elevate Chicago” Expansion to Neighbors

If this was a high school literature class, you might say that the snow falling outside Second Presbyterian Church tonight was foreshadowing the chilly reception developers would receive inside the church, like some lakeside Emily Bronte novel. Residents of the South Loop and nearby neighborhoods gathered at a Prairie District Neighborhood Association event outlining the latest version of the McCormick Place expansion plan. The plan...

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Preservation and McPier Learn To Live Together in the South Loop
Apr04

Preservation and McPier Learn To Live Together in the South Loop

When the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority announced plans for a half-billion dollar expansion from its lakeside perch into the surrounding neighborhood, it was as if a pack of rabid wolves was let loose in the South Loop. At public meetings, people howled and shouted about property values, traffic, and most importantly—historic preservation.  They didn’t mind the convention center complex oozing into the many, many...

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McPier Contracts McCormick Expansion, Motor Row Boutique Hotel to Wait
Jan29

McPier Contracts McCormick Expansion, Motor Row Boutique Hotel to Wait

  The organization that runs, and wants to expand, Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center has released its Plan B, after the original expansion plan unveiled last year ran into legal challenges. At a presentation earlier this week, executives and architects outlined how they’re going to get out of the current courtroom impasse, and get the expansion rolling. The new proposal shuffles some buildings around, and postpones the...

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