More Residential Development Coming to the Heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast
Jul02

More Residential Development Coming to the Heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast

The ever-changing face of Chicago’s Viagra Triangle district is changing once again. Once known for seedy strip clubs, then more respectable clubs, then trendy night clubs and restaurants, it is slowly becoming a place where people want to stay for more than a few hours. Earlier this year, the Viceroy Hotel opened its doors inside the skin of what was the old Hotel Cedar.  A couple of years earlier, the old Sutton Place Hotel...

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Viceroy Hotel Opens Its Doors in Chicago’s Gold Coast
Sep05

Viceroy Hotel Opens Its Doors in Chicago’s Gold Coast

The Hotel Cedar is dead, long live the Viceroy. Word on the street is that opening weekend was busy at the Viceroy Hotel (1112 North State Street), the location of the former Hotel Cedar. For years developers tried to turn the run-down brick pile into a chic new place for well-heeled tourists and locals to lay their heads, but faced opposition from NIMBY groups, and also neighbors with legitimate concerns about traffic and parking. A...

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Viceroy Hotels Closing In On a Gold Coast Opening Date
Jun01

Viceroy Hotels Closing In On a Gold Coast Opening Date

Viceroy Hotels has announced that it will open its new Chicago flag this coming September, dodging the summer tourist season, but still getting up and running in time for the big Christmas shopping season. Chicago’s Viceroy will be the chain’s first hotel in the region.  It replaces the old Hotel Cedar at 1112 North State Street on Viagra Triangle with a new 18-story glass tower designed by Goettsch Partners in The Loop....

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As Chicago’s Viceroy Hotel Climbs, Some Have to Take the Stairs
Jul18

As Chicago’s Viceroy Hotel Climbs, Some Have to Take the Stairs

The hub of Gold Coast activity known as Viagra Triangle is abuzz these days not just with the rumble of exotic sports cars and 19-bar espresso machines, but with construction crews putting together the neighborhood’s newest skyscrapers. Among them is the one rising at 1118 North State Street, the property formerly known as the Hotel Cedar and sometimes known as the Cedar Hotel.  Well, that confusion is behind us since the new...

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Viceroy Hotel Construction Looks Up
Mar28

Viceroy Hotel Construction Looks Up

It’s easy to be a crane enthusiast in Chicago these days. Gone are the days when the erection of a new crane was as rare as a Cubs win. These days construction cranes crowd the skyline like food trucks outside Chase Tower. The next one to go up is on the Gold Coast, where a permit has been issued for a “FREE STANDING LIEBHERR 316 EC-H 12 LITRONIC TOWER CRANE.” The specifications aren’t important to most people,...

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The Viceroy Prepares to Crown the Gold Coast
Feb02

The Viceroy Prepares to Crown the Gold Coast

Downtown Chicago’s newest boutique hotel is about to plant roots in the city’s Gold Coast.  Foundation permits have been issued for the Viceroy Hotel, a Frankensteinian effort to save the old Hotel Cedar (1118 North State Street). Foundation, first floor slab and columns through the underside of the second floor for a proposed 18 story hotel- 1118 NORTH STATE STREET Salvage crews have been working since October pulling the...

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Chopping Up a Cedar In Chicago’s Gold Coast
Dec09

Chopping Up a Cedar In Chicago’s Gold Coast

  Surgeons with jackhammers are busy at work at 1118 North State Street, where the former Cedar Hotel (or “Hotel Cedar,” depending on how you read the sign) is the latest building in Chicago to get a façade-ectomy.  Two years from now this will be an 18-story glass Viceroy Hotel, with the 1924 Cedar’s brick-and-stone facade pasted on the front of the lower levels. This is hardly Chicago’s first exercise in...

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After a Decade of Lumbering Progress, Cedar Gets Axed by Viceroy
Aug21

After a Decade of Lumbering Progress, Cedar Gets Axed by Viceroy

The Cedar Hotel (or Hotel Cedar, depending on how you read its sign) is finally going to be brought into the 21st century. The red brick building at 1118 North State Street has served mostly as a bar for the greater part of a decade. The Chicago Plan Commission has approved a proposal to turn it into a Viceroy Hotel. Until recently, Chicago already had a Viceroy Hotel — the S.R.O. on Union Park that was recently renovated at a cost of...

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Viceroy, SLS Both Promising Chicago Hotels by 2017
Jul29

Viceroy, SLS Both Promising Chicago Hotels by 2017

  People who talk big are sometimes told to “put it in writing.”  Well, two hotel chains have done that, and they’re both targeting 2017 to plant their flags in Chicago. Unfortunately, the “writing” isn’t in the form of building permits… yet. In fact, so far it mostly amounts to boosterism. But even boasting in print costs money, so someone has to be clued in before spending thousands of...

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Alderman Reilly: Cedar Hotel Tower is an Ex-Parrot
Dec17

Alderman Reilly: Cedar Hotel Tower is an Ex-Parrot

If you’ve ever wondered if there was even a sliver of a chance that the 20-story Cedar Hotel expansion approved by former 42nd Ward Alderman Burt Natarus might become a reality, the current 42nd Ward Alderman wants you to know in no uncertain terms: Not on his watch. Alderman Brendan Reilly sent out an e-mail to his constituents today which, in part, addresses repeated moaning that the mammoth erection on Viagra Triangle might...

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