Essex on the Park Eclipses Nearby Hilton Chicago 
Mar26

Essex on the Park Eclipses Nearby Hilton Chicago 

It’s only been a month since we last checked in on the construction of Essex on the Park (800 South Michigan Avenue), and the thing is sprouting like spring tulips in a Michigan Avenue median.  Eventually.  We promise they will. As for the Essex, since the end of February it’s put on a dozen floors as it climbs to an eventual 56-stories in height.  This time last month, it was the same height as the Hilton Chicago (720...

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With its Tower Underway, Construction at Essex on the Park Turns Inn-ward
Feb20

With its Tower Underway, Construction at Essex on the Park Turns Inn-ward

The Essex on the Park development across the street from Grant Park is about to enter the fix-the-hotel phase of the project. Ten months ago, Oxford Capital and Quadrum Global were given construction permits by the city to start work on the new 56-story residential tower that is rising next to the time-worn hotel.  As you can see in the photo below, taken by YoChicago!‘s Joe Zekas from One Grant Park, work on the skyscraper is...

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Essex on the Park Ready to Take Off
Jul07

Essex on the Park Ready to Take Off

The latest skyscraper to change Chicago’s skyline has been given permission to take off. Essex on the Park (808 South Michigan Avenue) has been given its papers and can now grow to its anticipated height of 620 feet, right across the street from Grant Park. FULL BUILDING PERMIT (FOUNDATION PERMIT ISSUED UNDER 100684545) FOR A PROPOSED 56 STORY 479 DWELLING UNITS RESIDENTIAL BUILDING; 84 PARKING SPACES; GROUND FLOOR RETAIL; ALL...

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Grant Park About To Get Another Border Skyscraper
Apr04

Grant Park About To Get Another Border Skyscraper

The already impressive collection of architecture that lines Chicago’s Grant Park is about to get another trophy in the case. The City of Chicago has issued its first building permits for the tower expansion of the aging Essex Inn. FOUNDATION AND CONCRETE STRUCTURE UP TO THE UNDERSIDE OF THE 6TH FLOOR FOR A PROPOSED 56 STORY 479 DWELLING UNIT RESIDENTIAL BUILDING; 84 PARKING SPACES; GROUND FLOOR RETAIL; ALL AS PER PLANS While...

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New 56-Story Michigan Avenue Tower Gets Money, Gets Busy
Jan03

New 56-Story Michigan Avenue Tower Gets Money, Gets Busy

This morning it was announced that the developers of Essex On The Park, the new 56-story apartment building in the South Loop landed a $170 million loan to begin construction of the luxury tower. Almost simultaneously, work crews showed up at 808 South Michigan Avenue to put up scaffolding and barriers so that demolition, and eventually construction, can begin. Essex on the Park was designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture and is...

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City Gives its OK to a Third Huge South Loop Skyscraper
May23

City Gives its OK to a Third Huge South Loop Skyscraper

The south side of Grant Park is going to add another strikingly tall skyscraper to its border and help balance out the north-south heigh discrepancy. The Chicago Plan Commission has approved the vertical expansion of the Essex Inn at 800 South Michigan Avenue.  The plan designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture for Oxford Capitol and Quadrum Global calls for adding a 57-story, 575-foot-tall apartment tower just south of the main...

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Two Downtown Chicago Hotel Developments Up For Approval This Week
May16

Two Downtown Chicago Hotel Developments Up For Approval This Week

You can’t spell “hotel” without the word “hot,” and that describes downtown Chicago’s hospitality market.  From office building conversions to new construction, it seems like every developer with a dollar and a dream is eager to put a mint on your pillow. Two downtown hotel projects go before the Chicago Plan Commission this Thursday morning.  One highly anticipated.  The other… flying under...

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Work to Resume at Stalled Michigan Avenue Hotel Conversion
May09

Work to Resume at Stalled Michigan Avenue Hotel Conversion

The transformation of the North Michigan Avenue corridor between the Chicago River and Millennium Park is about to get kicked up a notch.  Long-stalled work on the building at 168 North Michigan Avenue is expected to resume soon. A trio of dead permits have been reinstated allowing construction crews to fix the exterior terra cotta on the 12 (should be 16) story building.  Right now the building’s exterior is a pockmarked mess...

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Essex Inn Wants to Fill In A Michigan Avenue Streetwall Gap
Sep21

Essex Inn Wants to Fill In A Michigan Avenue Streetwall Gap

Architecture books, tour guides, and teachers like to talk about Chicago’s “streetwall” — the line of stately buildings flush against Michigan Avenue staring at Grant Park.  But there are some notable gaps in this architectural wonder.  One of those may soon be filled in. South Loop Spy David hit the tip line to let us know that the Essex Inn is asking the city for permission not only to renovate, but to expand.  He...

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