353 West Grand Gussied Up and Ready for the Chicago Plan Commission
Sep24

353 West Grand Gussied Up and Ready for the Chicago Plan Commission

River North’s next de-luxe apartments in the sky-ay-ay may rise at 353 West Grand.  The project, which has been in the works since 2013, is finally ready to head to the Chicago Plan Commission for a vote. Canada’s Onni Group is trying to turn the space that used to be the Clark and Barlow hardware store into a 38-story residential tower with 356 new homes. The first version of the project, unveiled in 2015, was a 32-story...

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We’ll Soon See Michigan Avenue’s Huge New Skyscraper
Apr09

We’ll Soon See Michigan Avenue’s Huge New Skyscraper

Remember a few months ago when Alderman Reilly knocked over a pot of beans about the new skyscraper coming to Michigan Avenue?  Back then, all we knew was that the planned building could be as much as 1,388 feet tall, making it the third-tallest in Chicago.  And at the time, we put together a graphic illustrating what a skyscraper that tall might look like rising out of the Tribune Tower’s parking lot: We also predicted that the...

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Chicago’s Vista Tower Loses Its 83rd Floor So People Won’t be “Afraid for Their Safety”
Jul17

Chicago’s Vista Tower Loses Its 83rd Floor So People Won’t be “Afraid for Their Safety”

It’s not uncommon for a major construction project to change after it’s already started.  Look at Wolf Point West, which had its 43rd and 45th floor setbacks moved to the 45th and 46th floors, creating two more residences.  Or the Skinner West Elementary School addition which is gaining a floor, long after just three were approved by the city. In the case of Jeanne Gang’s spectacular 95-story Vista Tower going up at...

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Alderman Kills Hotel Expansion, Points Finger at Hotel
May01

Alderman Kills Hotel Expansion, Points Finger at Hotel

Serial hotel killer Brendan Reilly has struck again. The 42nd Ward alderman just clamped a giant neon No Vacancy sign on plans to expand the Gold Coast’s Hotel Dana along East Erie Street. The plan would have added 178 rooms to the 26-story hotel in a 15-story addition.  In doing so, several early-century residences would have been wiped out. Mr. Reilly’s main reason for telling Dana to go pound sand is because it is...

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New Hubbard Street Hotel’s Coming-Out Party Next Week
Jun13

New Hubbard Street Hotel’s Coming-Out Party Next Week

Two months ago we first told you about plans for a new hotel at 430 North LaSalle Street, on the edge of the Near North nightlife district.  Now that hotel is going to have a coming-out party. 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly sent out the news to his constituents on Friday afternoon, stating that PG Development will present its plans to the public on Monday, June 20th. Reilly lists the hotel as 18 stories with 199 rooms, just as we...

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