No More Condos, New North Building Has a New Plan: Airbnb-Style Hotel
Sep16

No More Condos, New North Building Has a New Plan: Airbnb-Style Hotel

If you were worried that you wouldn’t be able to afford to lay your head in the swishy new luxury condominium building planned for 61 West Erie Street, there’s good news.  You may be able to pay by the day. September 2019 rendering of 61 West Erie. (via the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly.) According to 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly, LG Development has ditched its plan to put up a 12-story residential block, and is...

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Astrolab Condos Ready to Rock It
Jan23

Astrolab Condos Ready to Rock It

You can trade your pencils for pens on this one.  The modest Near North condominium block marked down for 61 West Erie Street is a “go.”  The Chicago Plan Commission recently gave it the green light. There were a few stumbling blocks along the way, but nothing that LG Development couldn’t be solve with a few more aggressive setbacks, and a fat sack of cash to help illuminate Erie Park and its riverwalk. We call it...

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Old Astrolab Building Lost In Space
Mar14

Old Astrolab Building Lost In Space

As much as people in Los Angeles hate to admit it, Chicago was once the movie capital of the world.  That was back before 3D.  Before THX.  Before color and sound.  Even though Hollywood is the undisputed leader in filmed entertainment these days, some bits of the industry still remain in the Windy City.  Except one. Last week, demolition began at 61 West Erie Street, the former Astrolab Building.  This was the location of a film...

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New Near North Condo Building Should Be Named for its Movie History, But Probably Won’t
Feb08

New Near North Condo Building Should Be Named for its Movie History, But Probably Won’t

There’s a new plan afoot to build a condominium building at 61 West Erie Street.  You may know it as the square, yellow brick building next to Walgreens with more ivy than windows on its exterior. You may also remember that a while back a plan was floated by MCZ Development to tear down the existing building and build a mini condo block designed by HPA Architecture.  It would have had eight residences in its ten floors. Now...

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