It’s Going to be Huge: Details and Diagrams of 451 East Grand
Sep15

It’s Going to be Huge: Details and Diagrams of 451 East Grand

  It’s big.  Really big.  Really quite big.  The biggest building to hit North Lake Shore Drive since… well… ever.  We’re talking about Realted Midwest’s 451 East Grand Avenue, the new residential tower designed by New York’s Robert A. Stern & Associates, and proposed to be built right behind Related’s first Chicago tower, the ever-so-shiny 500 Lake Shore Drive. While it’s true...

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Status Update: A Crane in its Place
Sep02

Status Update: A Crane in its Place

A new crane has gone up on the tiny block-and-a-half-long street known as East Wacker Place, and until just a few years ago known as East South Water Street. For those of you abnormally into cranes (you know who you are), it’s a Palfinger PSM 200-8.  The tower is Linden Comansa. Loop Spy Ryan sent in this photo of the crane rising at number 66, where GDS Companies is putting up a 26-atorty Hilton Garden Inn.  This will be a...

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Status Update: Big Places in Tiny Spaces
Jul24

Status Update: Big Places in Tiny Spaces

Construction crews continue working at 66 East Wacker Place, trying to jam a 26-story Hilton Garden Inn into a space only slightly larger than a mouse.  Thanks to Loop Spy Daniel for sending in this picture of the progress. The developer, GDS Companies, and its architect, GREC Architects, see no problem with the plan to stuff the limited-service hotel in the limited space between the 17th Church of Christ, Scientist and the Chicago...

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Status Update: Eight Pounds of Hotel in a Five Pound Bag
Jun23

Status Update: Eight Pounds of Hotel in a Five Pound Bag

If you think riding the Red Line north at noon on a Friday when the Cubs are playing is a tight squeeze, you should see what they’re doing down at 66 East Wacker Place. That’s where GDS Companies has construction crews trying to put up a Hilton Garden Inn in a space that we used to think was just a narrow back alley, but turns out to be just the right size for a 26-story hotel, according to the plans drawn up by GREC...

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Status Update: The Tiny Alley That Will Soon Be A Hilton Garden Inn
Mar17

Status Update: The Tiny Alley That Will Soon Be A Hilton Garden Inn

Move over GEMS Academy, there’s a new contender for the title of “Chicago’s most cramped construction site.” GDS Companies has begun work on a new Hilton Garden Inn below street level at 66 East Wacker Place. The 26-story limited service hotel designed by GREC Architects is being squeezed into the tiny space between the Seventeenth Church of Christ and the Chicago Motor Club building.  It will be the third...

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