Grant Park About To Get Another Border Skyscraper
Apr04

Grant Park About To Get Another Border Skyscraper

The already impressive collection of architecture that lines Chicago’s Grant Park is about to get another trophy in the case. The City of Chicago has issued its first building permits for the tower expansion of the aging Essex Inn. FOUNDATION AND CONCRETE STRUCTURE UP TO THE UNDERSIDE OF THE 6TH FLOOR FOR A PROPOSED 56 STORY 479 DWELLING UNIT RESIDENTIAL BUILDING; 84 PARKING SPACES; GROUND FLOOR RETAIL; ALL AS PER PLANS While...

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City Gives its OK to a Third Huge South Loop Skyscraper
May23

City Gives its OK to a Third Huge South Loop Skyscraper

The south side of Grant Park is going to add another strikingly tall skyscraper to its border and help balance out the north-south heigh discrepancy. The Chicago Plan Commission has approved the vertical expansion of the Essex Inn at 800 South Michigan Avenue.  The plan designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture for Oxford Capitol and Quadrum Global calls for adding a 57-story, 575-foot-tall apartment tower just south of the main...

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Two Downtown Chicago Hotel Developments Up For Approval This Week
May16

Two Downtown Chicago Hotel Developments Up For Approval This Week

You can’t spell “hotel” without the word “hot,” and that describes downtown Chicago’s hospitality market.  From office building conversions to new construction, it seems like every developer with a dollar and a dream is eager to put a mint on your pillow. Two downtown hotel projects go before the Chicago Plan Commission this Thursday morning.  One highly anticipated.  The other… flying under...

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Essex Inn Shows Off New Tower to South Loop Community
Mar01

Essex Inn Shows Off New Tower to South Loop Community

High rises were on everyone’s minds at a community meeting in the South Loop hosted by the Near South Planning Board Monday night at the Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue. You may even want to refer to the Hilton as the “gracious host,” because one item on the agenda pertained to the ambitious plans of the hotel’s next-door neighbor. The Essex Inn, at 800 South Michigan Avenue, wants a room upgrade. Not...

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