West Erie Street Demolitions Slightly Less of a Mystery
Jan24

West Erie Street Demolitions Slightly Less of a Mystery

Last week we told you that demolition work is underway on 16 and 22 West Erie Street, just behind what is now the Eurostars Magnificent Mile Hotel, a hotel that is three-and-a-half blocks away from the Magnificent Mile, and four-thousand miles away from Europe. 16 and 22 West Erie Street. Pay no attention to the man sipping coffee on the stoop. (Via Apple Maps) At one time, numbers 14, 16, and 22 West Erie were part of a plan to build...

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Erie Street Demolition Where A Hotel Expansion Was Planned
Jan18

Erie Street Demolition Where A Hotel Expansion Was Planned

If you worry about the future of downtown Chicago’s distinguished red stone buildings, don’t take a walk down Erie Street. A half block west of State Street, two of the old red ladies are now being torn down: Number 16 and Number 22. 16 (right) and 22 (left) West Erie Street. Pay no attention to the man sipping coffee on the stoop. (Via Apple Maps) People have been athirst to rubbleize these buildings for a number of...

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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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Dana Hotel’s Erie Backside Expansion Plan
Apr03

Dana Hotel’s Erie Backside Expansion Plan

We’ve long been a fan of the Dana Hotel (660 North State Street).  Even before its rooftop lounge was the staging area for drinks before my clandestine, not-exactly-authorized wedding at Holy Name Cathedral, it was one of our favorite turn-of-the-century projects.  Mostly because it cleaned up a really terrible flophouse that had the even worse address of 666 North State Street, but kept the S.R.O.’s name in a nod to...

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