Controversial Old Town Hotel Plan Back In Play
Jul27

Controversial Old Town Hotel Plan Back In Play

It’s been over four years since we told you that the city had approved a plan to replace the venerable O’Brien’s restaurant on North Wells Street with a 154-foot-tall hotel.  Now the through-block project is back in City Hall again, with some minor tweaks. June 2016 Drawing of 1520 North Wells According to a new filing with the Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards, the hotel at 1520 North Wells...

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Say Goodbye to Another Old Slice of Old Town
May15

Say Goodbye to Another Old Slice of Old Town

North Wells Street, the heart of Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood, is getting something new.   The City of Chicago has approved the construction of a six-story mixed-use block to be slotted in at 1435 North Wells. ERECT NEW 6-STORY +BASEMENT, 50 UNIT APARTMENT BUILDING WITH GROUND FLOOR RETAIL, 2 STAIR PENTHOUSE ENCLOSURES & FRONT 2ND FLOOR ROOF DECKS PER PLANS. The new building replaces Bistrot Margot, one of the...

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Controversial Old Town Hotel Project Approved
Jun17

Controversial Old Town Hotel Project Approved

A controversial hotel project proposed for 1520 North Wells Street in Old Town has been approved by the Chicago Plan Commission. If you subscribe to our Twitter or Facebook feeds, you were among the first to know about the approval in City Hall Thursday morning.  The project will raze a surface parking lot, the O’Brien’s Restaurant, and another building next door in favor of a 13-story hotel with 190 rooms facing Wells...

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A Look at the Hotel That Will Change the Face of Old Town
Mar30

A Look at the Hotel That Will Change the Face of Old Town

An Old Town surface parking lot, a combo residential/retail building, and an iconic neighborhood watering hole are all on the chopping block as plans have been filed with the city to replace all three with a single hotel. Plans were recently filed with the city by Wellstel, LLC showing the Pappageorge Haymes-designed building replacing the commercial/residential building at 1520 North Wells, and the O’Brien’s Restaurant at...

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