Chicago Gets a New Downtown Spire
Sep18

Chicago Gets a New Downtown Spire

The Chicago Spire is like the big mole on Aunt Margie’s chin with the hair growing out of it: Everyone knows all about it, but nobody will talk about it for fear of embarrassment. While the plan to put up a 150-story, 2,000-foot-tall spire on Chicago’s lakefront failed and is only spoken of in hushed tones, a more modest spire has managed to silently climb into the River North Skyline. It’s the spire at the new...

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Near North LDS Chapel Ready to Rise
Sep06

Near North LDS Chapel Ready to Rise

Back in the spring we were the first to tell you that the long-delayed plans to build a new chapel for the Church of Later Day Saints in River North was finally moving forward. Now, with foundation work already underway, the city has given the Mormons permission to go full steam ahead at 822 North Clark Street. Permit issued for new construction New construction: Full building permit for proposed 6-story large assembly use church with...

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Howdy, Neighbor! Two Construction Crews on Adjacent Plots
Jul29

Howdy, Neighbor! Two Construction Crews on Adjacent Plots

The people at 810 North Clark Street aren’t complaining about the construction noise at 816 North Clark Street, or vice versa. That’s because both plots are devoid of residents, and populated only by construction crews. Surely in the history of Chicago construction, it’s happened before that two adjacent properties would be under development by different teams and owners. But in our 13 years chronicling downtown...

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Downtown Mormons Get Help From a Higher Power: A Great Big Crane
Jul27

Downtown Mormons Get Help From a Higher Power: A Great Big Crane

Last month we were the first to show you the renderings and give you the details about the new downtown Chicago chapel being built for the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints. Well, it’s been a busy month at 816 North Clark Street, as you can see from these photos that Near North Spy Tim put in our collection plate.. er.. tip line. They show the progression over the last few weeks from empty lot with a lonely cone to an...

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Here’s What The New Near North Mormon Chapel Will Look Like
Jun03

Here’s What The New Near North Mormon Chapel Will Look Like

A couple of days ago we told you that demolition and construction permits have been issued so that the surface parking lot at 816 North Clark Street could be replaced by a Mormon house of worship.  Since then, we’ve heard from the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints spokeswoman, who provided us with renderings of what the new building will look like. As you can see, it’s quite conservative, with lots of brick...

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