Status Update: The Ogden School

If you enjoyed the simple lines and literary details of the William B. Ogden School, then cherish those memories.  It’s gone now.  Just a pile of bricks.  As we told you back in June, the new Ogden Elementary School (24 West Walton Street) should be ready for students by January,...

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Status Update: Almost Done at 930 North Rush

We’ve been following the lot at the corner of Rush and Walton streets for a while  here, here, here and here) as it was transformed from a condemned Gino’s East pizza restaurant into what is almost but not quite yet the district’s latest retail boutique. Today 930 North Rush Street looks pretty good, and went up in what felt like record time once construction finally began. The wood, glass, and steel exterior...

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A Date With Marc Jacobs

New signs have gone up at the Elysian Chicago (11 East Walton Street) at the corner of Walton and Rush streets in the Gold Coast.  Click on the CrappyCameraPhoneâ„¢ picture above and you’ll barely be able to read the declaration “Marc Jacobs Opening Spring 2010” in the windows.  That’s news to us.  Last we heard, MJ was slated for Fall, 2009.   Of course, the hotel itself still has signs up...

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Unfurling at The Elysian

New banners have been unfurled over the second floor windows at the Elysian Chicago, 11 East Walton Street. The signs promise that the hotel will open in “Summer 2009,” wrapping up a closely watched construction process for this highly anticipated property. For those who don’t remember, this was formerly the location of a run down 7-Eleven that was a staple of the neighborhood vagrants. But don’t worry —...

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Status Update: Walton on the Park (2)

Walton on the Park continues to grow.  Now that the parking garage is done, the building is growing quite quickly and starting to take on its final skyscraper...

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Sticking Bricks Together at the Old Gino’s East

After nearly a year as one of Chicago’s most prominent vacant lot, workers are plowing ahead with earnest on 930 North Rush. The retail development on the corner of Rush and Walton was formerly the location of Gino’s East Pizza, which was torn down several years ago.  After that it was used as a storage lot for construction equipment from the Elysian Chicago skyscraper going up across the street. Now that the Elysian...

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Status Update: Elysian Stands Proud and Tall

It’s tapering off!  It’s tapering off!  That means there’s reason to believe that The Elysian Chicago is going to top out soon.  When construction started we knew it was going to reach 700 feet, but didn’t envision how it would absolutely tower over everything else in the neighborhood. Not that it’s a bad thing — the podium surrounding the roundabout driveway and the setbacks keep the...

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Gaylord Finally Opens

It’s been one of the longest restaurant sagas we’ve seen in a while.  A year ago the Gaylord Indian restaurant moved to Walton Street from Clark Street, but only opened two weeks ago. Gaylord got very good reviews at its old location, and something in the back of my mind tells me that the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Vettel called it the best Indian food in Chicago; but I might be imagining that. Either way, it picked...

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Another Boutique Fleeing the Gold Coast

In the last few years a number of Near North and Gold Coast boutiques have fled the heart of the city to seek their fortunes in Old Town, Bucktown, Wicker Park, and elsewhere.  The latest one pulling up stakes is Battaglia Footwear. The Walton Street shop was a nice fit for the area, but is seeking greener pastures to the north.  It’s a shame because it got rave reviews on Yelp and elsewhere.  More of a shame is...

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