Construction About to Start on Streeterville Hotel You Forgot About
Aug31

Construction About to Start on Streeterville Hotel You Forgot About

As the Chicago development radar spins, the pings get fainter and fainter until sometimes they practically slip away.  And then suddenly “PING!” a bogie appears on the screen.  Such is the case with 224 East Ontario Street, the Streeterville hotel being developed by SMASHotels just off of the Magnificent Mile. You may remember SMAS from such downtown Chicago hotels as theWit, the Fairfield Inn and Suites...

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Church and Developer Team Up For River North Skyscraper
Aug28

Church and Developer Team Up For River North Skyscraper

Assumption Catholic Church (323 West Illinois Street) is already a semi-frequent haunt of this blogger.  Now there’s another reason besides the 12:10 weekday mass to stop by — the church is going to sprout a skyscraper. 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly broke the news in an e-mail to his constituents late yesterday.  The John Buck Company and Assumption Church are teaming up to turn Assumption’s surface parking lot into a...

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Wabash Art Gets The Green Light — and Blue and Orange and Yellow…
Jul28

Wabash Art Gets The Green Light — and Blue and Orange and Yellow…

The ambitious and inspirational art project that seeks to line the underside of the CTA L tracks on Wabash Avenue with multi-colored lights is going to get a test.  Thanks to almost $60,000 donated by nearly a thousand people through a Kickstarter campaign, the CTA and CDOT will allow artists Jack Newell and Seth Unger to install light tubes on a small test section of the street. The plan is to install the test between Monroe and...

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