Chestnut Place Cracks Retail on State Street
Aug30

Chestnut Place Cracks Retail on State Street

One of the most difficult balancing acts in urban planning is retail versus residential. More people means more retail can thrive. But too much retail means retail failure, and less of an incentive for people to arrive. It’s the cycle of life. Well, all those new residential developments in the Gold Coast and Near North neighborhoods must mean great things for the submarket’s retail desirability, because even old buildings...

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Big Bowl Building Bids to Be Bigger, Better, Blockier
May18

Big Bowl Building Bids to Be Bigger, Better, Blockier

If you have a craving for Cantowanvietapanese food in the Gold Coast, better head to Big Bowl soon.  It’s closing at the end of July.  That’s the word from a text message to our tip line from Loop Spy Daniel.  It jibes with a petition that the Chicago Plan Commission is scheduled to hear this week that seeks to rebuild the building at 1121 North State Street.  The new one will be called State and Cedar. The Applicant is...

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Ugly Building Hides Immersive Art
Jan30

Ugly Building Hides Immersive Art

If you want to experience the immersive serenity and visual inspiration of a frescoed grotto, you don’t have to travel all the way to Italy.  You just have to get past the security guard at the Chestnut Place Apartments (850 North State Street). That’s because just past his diminutive airlock is an antechamber decorated like a frescoed church.  Follow the fake inlaid marble floors one way to the  leasing office, the other...

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