Restoration of the Village Theater Facade in Old Town Looks Pretty Spiffy
Sep17

Restoration of the Village Theater Facade in Old Town Looks Pretty Spiffy

It’s been a very long time since Old Town’s Village Theater stopped entertaining people and became a hulking presence lurking a Starbucks’ throw from the lovely and historic Germania Club next door.  Now we’re getting a look at the results of a project to restore that facade to its former splendor. September 2019 construction of Fifteen Fifty on the Park (provided) In the photograph above you can see that...

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A Close Look at the Demolition of the Tribune Tower
Sep04

A Close Look at the Demolition of the Tribune Tower

We really don’t know how to feel about this. Streeterville Spy Joel sent in the photographs on this page showing the demolition happening at the once and future Tribune Tower. September 2019 Tribune Tower renovation (Courtesy of Streeterville Spy Joel.) You can see all kinds of work being done.  Walls are being torn down, balconies are being put up, and there’s a tailings pile from some presumably tracked machine...

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Awkward Crane Yoga Behind Trib Tower
Apr12

Awkward Crane Yoga Behind Trib Tower

The transformation of the treasured, historic, landmark Tribune Tower from the offices of a once-mighty media empire into 163 luxury condominiums continues in Streeterville. Some of the world’s most influential writers once parked here. Or at least their bosses did. (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!) The most visible sign of this recently showed up in the parking lot ’round back. That’s where Joe Zekas of YoChicago!...

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New Pix of New Building Next to Lincoln Park’s Village Theater
Mar18

New Pix of New Building Next to Lincoln Park’s Village Theater

Ordinarily, we love old buildings. It took a while for us to develop an appreciation for the Mid-century Modern aesthetic, and even certain brutalist forms are starting to seem less tacky these days. But when demolition permits were issued for the dump-o-riffic diner building on the corner of North and Clark across from the Chicago History Museum, not a tear dropped on our battle-scarred MacBook Air’s keyboard. And that’s...

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A Look at the Plans for the Tribune Tower Redevelopment
Apr23

A Look at the Plans for the Tribune Tower Redevelopment

In a matter of weeks, the Tribune Tower will become just another chapter in the  Chicago Tribune’s proud 171 year history, as parent company Tronc uproots Chicagoland’s paper of record from its home of nearly a century. With the Trib decamps for Prudential Plaza across the river, Los Angelino developer CIM Group can begin work turning the beloved landmark into 163 swishy condominiums for Chicagoans with thicker wallets...

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Gasp-Worthy Proposal Unveiled for Chicago’s Second-Tallest Skyscraper
Apr16

Gasp-Worthy Proposal Unveiled for Chicago’s Second-Tallest Skyscraper

As the kids say these days: “Oh. My. God.” That was the reaction — positive and negative — to the proposed new skyscraper unveiled tonight at a public meeting at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. Development duo CIM Group and Golub & Co. pulled the sheet off of a stunning new skyscraper proposal that, at 1,422 feet, would be the second-tallest building in Chicago.  It’s planned for the surface parking lot behind the...

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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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Tribune’s Love-Hate Relationship With Itself Lands Trib Tower In Court
Apr09

Tribune’s Love-Hate Relationship With Itself Lands Trib Tower In Court

One of the truisms of life is that wherever there is a real estate developer, there’s a lawyer.  Lawyers and real estate go together like Han Solo and Chewbacca.  Like peanut butter and kids with peanut allergies.  Like politicians and sacks of money with dollar signs written on them. If you thought the sale of Tribune Tower (435 North Michigan Avenue) to CIM Group was going to go through without drama, then you don’t know...

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Old Buildings On The Way Out in Old Town
Feb26

Old Buildings On The Way Out in Old Town

Last week we told you that sales are now underway at Fifteen Fifty on the Park (1550 North Clark Street), the vintage-inspired building that will cap Clark Street in Old Town.  Just days later, the city issued demolition permits for the buildings that are in the way. What’s going away is an unremarkable one-story diner, and an even less interesting two-story retail building.  But it’s the first sign that dirt is getting...

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Sales Start at Vintage-Looking New Building in Old Town
Feb19

Sales Start at Vintage-Looking New Building in Old Town

The building that will save the Village Theater while killing a neighborhood diner is looking for residents. Fifteen Fifty on the Park will occupy the southwest corner of North Avenue and Clark Street in Old Town. The building, designed by the Gold Coast’s SCB, features a classic look to blend in with the other buildings fronting this portion of Lincoln Park.  In some ways, it is reminiscent of 15 East Oak, the Barneys New York...

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