Status Update: 2950 North Sheridan Now Underway
Oct09

Status Update: 2950 North Sheridan Now Underway

When we visited the site of the new, curvy residential tower at 2950 North Sheridan Road two weeks ago, it looked more like a campground than construction zone. In these urban environs, stumbling upon a heaping mound of firewood isn’t commonplace. But of course, what those neatly-stacked logs symbolized was the clearing of land for the next Lake View East neighborhood project by architect Booth Hansen. Wirtz Realty is building...

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Zombie High Rise Ready to Muscle in on Sheridan’s Lake View
May11

Zombie High Rise Ready to Muscle in on Sheridan’s Lake View

Word from Snuffy (Really?  “Snuffy?”) via our Tip Line is that a residential tower planned for Lake View East is back from the dead. 2950 North Sheridan was approved by the city back in September of 2008.  Like so many buildings of its era, it was mothballed when the economy fudged its Huggies.  Last year, Wirtz Realty Corporation asked the city for a one-year extension on its planning permission.  That wish was granted....

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Full Steam Ahead for the Hampton Inn at Loyola Station
Apr20

Full Steam Ahead for the Hampton Inn at Loyola Station

The hotel to be built down the street from the CTA’s Red Line Loyola station has been given a go-ahead from the Chicago Plan Commission.  The NORR-designed Hampton Inn at 6566 North Sheridan Road is envisioned as six stories tall with 145 rooms over ground floor retail space. While members of the commission were pleased with the hotel’s transit-oriented design, there was some question about its paltry parking plans.  44th...

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New Loyola University Hotel Up for Approval
Mar17

New Loyola University Hotel Up for Approval

We should find out this week if the City of Chicago’s zoning board will give its stamp of approval to Loyola University’s plan to build a new Hampton Inn at 6566 North Sheridan Road, across the street from the Campion Hall dorm. Right now that location is a vacant lot. The Hampton Inn Loyola Station would be six stories tall and have 145 rooms over ground floor retail space. The guest pick-up and drop-off area faces...

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Sheridan Road Mansions
Dec16

Sheridan Road Mansions

The recent Open House Chicago event provided thousands of people, including me, the opportunity to step inside incredible spaces and step back in time. The two Sheridan Road Mansions I visited, the Downey and Gunder houses, provided a view of life a century ago. Along with their sprawling lots and surviving coach houses, it was a happy reminder of preservation gone right. Today, both mansions are Chicago Landmarks owned by the Chicago...

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Slice of Life: Where Eagles Stack
Aug14

Slice of Life: Where Eagles Stack

Three of many eagles stacked atop one another which adorn the doorways of the Ettleson Building (3837 North Broadway) in Lake View East. 23 stacked eagles currently mark the southern and eastern edges of this building’s facade, with a number of much larger birds, wings spread, holding up the cornice.  It appears that over the years a number of vertical ranks of eagles have been lost from the Harry Waterman-designed building.  It...

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A Frank Lloyd Wright Building in Chicago Where You Might Lay Your Head
Apr12

A Frank Lloyd Wright Building in Chicago Where You Might Lay Your Head

Few people will ever have the chance to live in a Frank Lloyd Wright home. But thanks to a Chicago billionaire, a lot more people will get the chance to at least sleep in one. The Emil Bach House (7415 North Sheridan Road) in Rogers Park is undergoing an extensive restoration. When it’s done it will be used for private events, and also welcome overnight guests. The house is being renovated by Tawani Enterprises. Its C.E.O. is...

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Slice of Life: Landscaping Out Of Control

Pick your poison: “At some point you’re going to have to give in and tip the gardener.” “One day Sigma Nu’s botany experiment went horribly wrong.” “Boy, Northwestern will do anything to be considered part of the Ivy League.” Spotted at the Sigma Nu house (2335 Sheridan Road, Evanston) at Northwestern...

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Quickie: Chicago Lodge Could be Razed

Crain’s Chicago Business reports that the Chicago Lodge has been bought.  The motel on Foster Avenue near the lakefront is considered an eyesore by some.  The buyer is none other than the Dominick’s grocery store next door. So, does this mean redevelopment?  Perhaps more retail opportunities?  Crain’s thinks the motel is going to be replaced by a new upscale Dominick’s.  Considering the way the economy is these...

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