Loop Plot Zoned For a 600-Foot Tower Getting a 140-foot Hotel
Jun02

Loop Plot Zoned For a 600-Foot Tower Getting a 140-foot Hotel

There was a time when we’d sit in the Starbucks in the Hotel Allegro, write stories about architecture, and gaze through the rain wondering what might become of the surface parking lot next to the wonderful Randolph Tower (188 West Randolph Street). 180 West Randolph Street The wondering is now over, as 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly has told his constituents that the West Loop’s Convexity Properties wants to put up a...

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Details of Union Station Renovation Show Potential, Complexity
Dec05

Details of Union Station Renovation Show Potential, Complexity

We’re learning more of the nitty-gritty details involved in the Union Station redevelopment recently approved by the City of Chicago. A lot of it is just numbers and trivia, but a few things stand out. The former Harvey House at Union Station will be renovated into a new entrance to the Great Hall from South Clinton Street.  But it will also have plenty of leasable retail space.  Hopefully this space will end up being another...

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Union Station Redev Dumps Ugly Hat, Gains Pretty Tower
Sep12

Union Station Redev Dumps Ugly Hat, Gains Pretty Tower

The latest plan to turn Chicago Union Station into more than what it currently is has a lot of people breathing a sigh of relief. Riverside Investment and Development, and Convexity Properties dished their new plan for the historic property last night, and it’s a significant improvement over what was previously on offer. The June version of this project featured an ugly, square hat sitting on top of the the city’s best...

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Devs Try To Get Union Station Project Back On Track
Sep04

Devs Try To Get Union Station Project Back On Track

Remember back in June when plans to redevelop Union Station came out and you were all, “Haven’t we been to this dance before?”  Well, you were right to be skeptical. Riverside Investment and Development, and Convexity Properties are back with a new redevelopment plan for Union Station.  A move necessitated by 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly, who roundfiled the previous proposal. In that plan, a seven-story glass...

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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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How Are Things Going Over at 4 East Elm?
Sep20

How Are Things Going Over at 4 East Elm?

If you happened to bit sitting in Mariano Park over the weekend and started to wonder how things are going at 4 East Elm, we have the answer. @properties sent over information that things are going just swimmingly at the luxury condo block on the northern edge of Viagra Triangle. Of the 35 condominiums in the building, all but six have been sold. That’s 83% sold, if you’re reading this too early in the morning to do the...

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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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Status Update: 4 East Elm Tops Out
Oct09

Status Update: 4 East Elm Tops Out

4 East Elm, the luxury condo tower from Chicago’s own Convexity Properties, has topped out at, you guessed it, 4 East Elm Street. Kelly over at @properties, the firm providing marketing and sales support for the project, sent a note letting us know things are moving along as planned. The LEED-certified 24-story Gold Coast building by friends-of-the-blog Solomon Cordwell Buenz will have just 35 condominiums, but don’t think...

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