Two Cranes Go Boom Boom in the Gold Coast
Mar14

Two Cranes Go Boom Boom in the Gold Coast

Ten days ago, we confided in you our delight about seeing a pair of tower crane stubs planted in the ground of Fifield Companies‘ development in the Gold Coast, The Sinclair. We were assured by a McHugh Construction foreman to watch for both cranes to be fully assembled before last week was over. And sure enough,  Gold Coast Spy Joel sent the photo above into the Chicago Architecture tip line, proving the aforementioned foreman...

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I Hear the Crane A-Coming
Feb02

I Hear the Crane A-Coming

It might not be rolling ’round the bend, but there’s yet another tower crane heading up the street that’ll soon sprout out of the Gold Coast. Monday, the City of Chicago granted a permit to erect a tower crane for No. 9 Walton (9 West Walton Street.) Crews have been doing foundation work here since September, and the plot is finally ready to start building upward.  PHASE 1 FOUNDATION AND INITIAL SET-UP OF A TEMPORARY...

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Restoration Hardware Dazzles with Three Arts Club Building Flagship
Oct05

Restoration Hardware Dazzles with Three Arts Club Building Flagship

With Chicago’s historic Three Arts Club Building as his backdrop, Restoration Hardware Chairman and CEO Gary Friedman welcomed a large Gold Coast crowd to the retailer’s new flagship store at 1300 North Dearborn Street on Friday. Built in 1914 and designed by the architecture firm of Holabird and Roche, the Three Arts Club provided a safe haven for women in Chicago to study music, painting, and drama. Part artist’s...

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Chicago’s Germania Club Building Inches Closer to Landmark Status

I got an e-mail from Alderman Reilly’s office  last week about the Germania Club.  I have to admit, I’ve walked past this building a number of times, but never really noticed it, other than to note that it has one of the nicest, friendliest Starbucks outlets in the area.  Fortunately, others have learned to appreciate the building’s architectural merits, so now it’s headed for landmark status. You can read the...

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Summer Brings New Life to Chicago Retail
Jun28

Summer Brings New Life to Chicago Retail

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything good about Oak Street (or, indeed anything at all), so it is with much delight that I recap some of the recent events that have been happening in the neighborhood. The big news is, of course, the opening of the new Hermès store.  After seeing a raft of other boutiques set sail for other shores, it’s great that this has finally come to fruition.  The old Barneys New York...

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More Acorns Fall From Oak Street

It’s been a painful couple of years documenting the long series of closures that have turned Chicago’s Oak Street into a shadow of its former self.  The economic crisis has hurt boutiques along the street, and the hit keep on coming. The latest bit of bad news — Crain’s Chicago Business notes this week that Liz Claiborne is trying to sublease it’s Lucky Jeans space at 47 East Oak Street.  Liz has been...

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Leveling the Field at Ogden School

Construction is well underway on the new Ogden Elementary School (24 West Walton Street) on State Street. We’ve talked about the demolition and construction of the new school before (hereand here).  The old school is long gone, and foundation work is underway on the new one.  This picture was taken not that long ago when there was still a little snow on the ground.  With Odgen gone, it’s easier to appreciate the the old...

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Status Update: Children’s Memorial Hospital

Yet another update on the new Children’s Memorial Hospital (225 East Chicago Avenue)going up in the Gold Coast.  Though there’s much glazing work to be done, the main parts of the facade are mostly in place.  For the last few weekends, there have been early-morning shipments of large pieces of truck-sized equipment whose labels, to a layman like myself, appear destined for the emergency room or...

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Video and pics: Helicopter Lift at Water Tower Place

Several streets in the Gold Coast were shut down this morning so that new HVAC units could be lifted to the roof of Water Tower Place (845 North Michigan Avenue). The sky crane picked up the HVAC units one at a time from the ball field at nearby Lake Shore Park, ferried them down Chicago Avenue, and then up to the top of the skyscraper.  Getting them over that lip is quite a feat, as it is 1,059 feet high. The original lift was...

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Would The Last Boutique on Oak Street Please Turn Off The Lights?

Another Oak Street boutique is taking advantage of the crummy economy to re-tool. The Yves Saint Laurent store at 51 East Oak Street closed last Friday (January 23, 2010).  Word is that the interior is being completely renovated.  The new design is based on plans from Paris and is intended to upgrade the Chicago location to flagship status. When will that be?  At this time it’s anyone’s guess.  Estimates are running two to...

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