West Loop Goes From Zero to Two Hotels Overnight
Oct17

West Loop Goes From Zero to Two Hotels Overnight

It’s kind of strange to think of it, but until just a few days ago, there was no hotel in theWest Loop.  The neighborhood smack in the middle of all things Chicago has seen tremendous development in the last ten years, but until the Hampton Inn/Homewood Suites hotel sandwich opened at 108 North Jefferson Street, you had to go to another neighborhood to lay your head. Now, to be clear, we’re talking about the actual West...

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Hotels On Jefferson Are A Movin’ on Up
Feb09

Hotels On Jefferson Are A Movin’ on Up

The hotel sandwich that construction crews are assembling at 108 North Jefferson Street has its foundation in the ground, and is reaching for the stars (apologies to the late Casey Kasem).  West Loop Spy Kurt hit the tip line with a new set of photographs showing the progress of what will eventually be one hotel squatting… sitting… perched on top of another hotel. The project designed by VOA replaces a previous idea for...

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Homewood Suites/Hampton Inn Begins Stocking New Glassware
Dec29

Homewood Suites/Hampton Inn Begins Stocking New Glassware

No, we haven’t been given special access to the hospitality services at the new combination Homewood Suites/Hampton Inn going up at 108 North Jefferson Street in the West Loop. But what’s clear to anyone passing by are the new windows that have been installed along the building’s 6th (5th?) floor. While differing slightly from the all-glass facades of so many Chicago structures being built, glass is glass here at...

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Concrete is the Key to Building a Hotel Sammitch
Oct06

Concrete is the Key to Building a Hotel Sammitch

Every cook knows that when building a sandwich, condiments are for more than flavor.  Mayonnaise on your bread keeps the tomato juice from making it soggy.  A strategically placed dollop of brown mustard adds friction and makes different types of meat adhere to each other better. Something similar is happening over at 108 North Jefferson Street where Dagwoods in hard hats are letting the concrete flow like vinegar in a ketchup factory...

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Homewood-Hampton Begins Rising Above Jefferson Street
Sep22

Homewood-Hampton Begins Rising Above Jefferson Street

Due to its geographic proximity to our West Loop bureau, the combination Homewood Suites-Hampton Inn being erected at 108 North Jefferson Street has become something of an office pet here at The Chicago Architecture Blog. Wandering a block north during lunch hour makes for a nice little break from the everyday routine. Plus, if we snap a few photos, that lunch bill instantly becomes a nice write-off. Recently, we upsized our combo...

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Status Update: Homewood-Hampton Taking Shape in West Loop
Jul09

Status Update: Homewood-Hampton Taking Shape in West Loop

When Gotham City found itself in trouble, it’d illuminate the Bat Signal, alerting Batman all was not well with the world. Here at The Chicago Architecture Blog, we look to the sky for signs of construction, not trouble. In our city, we have Progress, with a capital P, which rhymes with C, and that stands for Construction. And nothing points the way to an exciting construction project like a big honking crane stretching for the...

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Status Update: This Crane’s Chicago Business
Jul07

Status Update: This Crane’s Chicago Business

The hotel sammitch being built on the west side of downtown Chicago should soon make its mark in the city’s skyline. West Loop Spy Kurt sent in this photo of the crane for 108 North Jefferson going about its business of building Chicago’s latest hotels — a VOA-designed 23-story combination Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites. Construction work has been underway since at least April, but Kurt tells us that the official...

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Status Update: 108 North Jefferson Gets its Foundation On
Apr09

Status Update: 108 North Jefferson Gets its Foundation On

On Easter Monday we told you that the city had issued a foundation permit for the hotel sammitch planned for 108 North Jefferson Street in the West Loop. Well, quick like a bunny, The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell hopped over to check it out.  Lo and behold, work is well underway. When it’s complete, the building will have a Hampton Inn and a Homewood Suites hotel.  It will rise 250 feet and 23 stories into the...

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Getting Ready to Turn Dirt at 108 North Jefferson
Apr06

Getting Ready to Turn Dirt at 108 North Jefferson

The long-awaited transformation of the gravel and dirt parking lot at 108 North Jefferson Street into a hotel sandwich is finally starting.  A few days ago permits were issued to begin the foundation work, described thusly: Foundations systems only for proposed 24-story Hotel with above ground parking on 2nd and 3rd floors, 5th floor amenities, 336 rooms on floors 6-23 and roof top restaurant The developer is Jupiter Realty.  You may...

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Hotel Sandwich Proposed for the West Loop
May13

Hotel Sandwich Proposed for the West Loop

For a simple parking lot, the space at 108 North Jefferson Street goes through more mood swings than Robin Williams on a Starbucks jag. When we first met the property, it was going to be the home of a shiny new condo block. When the market tanked, gears shifted and it was pegged as an apartment building. As the recession dragged on, it was re-imagined as a modest office tower. And now it has finally made the transition to the newly...

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