No. 9 Walton Digs Deep. Really Deep.
Mar02

No. 9 Walton Digs Deep. Really Deep.

No. 9 Walton, the Hartshorne Plunkard Architects-designed luxury condo tower JDL Development is constructing at 9 West Walton Street in the Gold Coast, is in the midst of a serious excavation undertaking, and we have the scoop. Actually, Lend Lease and Lindahl Brothers have the scoop. And they’re putting it to good use. We stopped by to check out progress on the 35-story, 67-condo tower, and found crews pulling truckloads of...

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No. 9 Walton Begins Moving Earth to Create Heaven
Sep28

No. 9 Walton Begins Moving Earth to Create Heaven

Everyone loves skyscrapers. Everyone loves fancy homes. Put the two together, and what do you have? The kind of residence most of us dream of building for ourselves, if we had the means. Which is exactly what developer James Letchinger, of JDL Development, is doing at 9 West Walton Street in the Gold Coast. He’s constructing a tower so magnificent, he plans on living there himself. No. 9 Walton will be a 35-story tower featuring...

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Facelift Envisioned for Gold Coast Building You Didn’t Even Know Was Important
Apr01

Facelift Envisioned for Gold Coast Building You Didn’t Even Know Was Important

  If you follow the high-stakes game of Gold Coast Musical Chairs that plays out in the real estate pages of Crain’s Chicago Business, then you’ve probably heard that Urban Outfitters is moving out of its longtime home at 935 North Rush Street, and ultra-lux boutiques Versace and Dior are moving in.  But what you may not have heard is that the building may get a whole new look. Marketing materials offered by Cushman...

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No. 9 Walton Just Got Real [updated]
Mar25

No. 9 Walton Just Got Real [updated]

Yesterday we told you about No. 9 Walton (9 West Walton Street), the thumbnail sketch of a luxury skyscraper planned for Chicago’s Gold Coast.  At the time we posited that it was still a long way from web site to reality and party hats and streamers were not yet in order.  But it turns out that a trip to Party City may be closer than we thought. Upon seeing yesterday’s article, The Chicago Architecture Blog’s...

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Another Skyscraper Floated for Chicago’s Gold Coast
Mar24

Another Skyscraper Floated for Chicago’s Gold Coast

The construction of 4 East Elm Street happening right now is something of a watershed moment for the Gold Coast. Before that tower, it had been half a decade since the last residential skyscraper went up in the tony neighborhood. Now, hot on the heels of 4 East Elm is a new proposal being floated by JDL Development. It goes by the dandy name “No. 9 Walton.” Whether this is intended to evoke the glamor of the Chanel No. 9...

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 3
Nov19

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 3

  An orderly row of Christmas wreaths has been deployed in the arched windows that line the second floor of the Drake Hotel (140 East Walton Place) on the Magnificent Mile in the city’s Gold Coast. The Drake was one of the early homes of what we now know as WGN radio.  In 1922, ‘GN was still called WDAP, and it relocated to the Drake because a of tornado damage at its previous home, down the street at the Wrigley Building...

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Positive Progress Pushes Patagonia

Our Gold Coast Spy sends us a visual update on the new Patagonia store going in at 48 East Walton Street in Chicago’s Gold Coast.  From the outside, things look pretty complete.  Might it be open in time for Black Friday? It’s interesting to note that Chicago has developed something of a cold weather clothing belt on the Gold Coast.  In the last few years, The North Face, Columbia, Burton, and Patagonia have all opened up...

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Elysian Chicago Officially Opens

One of the Gold Coast’s most anticipated buildings is officially open. The hotel portion of the Elysian Chicago (11 East Walton Street) opened Wednesday (December 9, 2009).  We’ve been invited to a lot of building openings lately, but somehow were left off the guest list of this one. Nevertheless, here is a video that the Elysian PR folk put out.  For some reason it has no...

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Construction Sites Vie For Luxury Supremacy

There’s an interesting things that the developers of luxury buildings do in Chicago (and likely elsewhere): They try to out-do each other’s scaffolding. Now that the foundation work appears mostly done at the Ritz-Carlton Residences (664 North Michigan Avenue), there is proper scaffolding over the temporary sidewalk that pedestrians use on the west side of Michigan Avenue. But the Ritz has trumped the other lux developers...

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Status Update: Walton on the Park

We’ve been following the construction of Walton on the Park (900 North State Street) for a while not (here and here).  Glass is moving up the sides of the building, but there’s still plenty of work to be done at the...

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