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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A Whiff of Construction No. 9
Sep01

A Whiff of Construction No. 9

It’s Thursday, and time to check in again with the progress being made at No. 9 Walton, the building that Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture designed for JDL Development at 9 West Walton Street. The Gold Coast tower is quietly rising next to its sister property and block-mate, Walton on the Park at 2 West Delaware Place. Though “quietly” may not be the word you would use if you live nearby, like Gold Coast Spy Tim who...

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It’s a Race to the Top on Wells Street
Aug30

It’s a Race to the Top on Wells Street

If you love a good construction site, then Wells Street is the place to be. We’ve shown you this area before, back when it was just foundations on either side of North Wells Street between Erie and Ontario. Now that 167 West Erie and its neighbor across the street, 640 North Wells are both well on their way toward completion, it makes for a much more compelling scene, captured by Joe Zekas of YoChicago!. 167 is a 39-story...

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No. 9 Walton Strives to be a Ten
Aug24

No. 9 Walton Strives to be a Ten

Just a couple of days ago we told you that the hyper-lux condo pile going up at 9 West Walton Street was given permission to climb an extra two stories. Now Gold Coast Spy Brian has deposited a photo in our tip line showing how far the building is progressing. Right now it looks like it’s about even with the amenities deck at 10 East Delaware, across the street. That would put it right about six stories tall. Only 31 more to go!...

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9 West Walton Will Get To Reach New Heights
Aug19

9 West Walton Will Get To Reach New Heights

The ultra-luxe condominium building going up at 9 West Walton Street in Chicago’s Gold Coast will be able to continue going up, a little farther than originally planned. Back in June, we were the first to tell you that No. 9 Walton developer JDL Development petitioned the city for permission to add another two stories on to the already-under-construction skyscraper.  The result will be a 37-story building 456 feet tall, up from...

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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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Gold Coast Tower Already Under Construction Asks to Grow Taller — Again
Jun24

Gold Coast Tower Already Under Construction Asks to Grow Taller — Again

  It’s not unheard of for the developer of a Chicago skyscraper to ask the city for permission to build a little taller after the plans have already been filed and approved.  It is unusual, however, for a developer to ask for more height after the building is already substantially under construction. That’s what’s happening over at No. 9 Walton, where JDL Development wants to add an additional two stories to its...

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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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1000 South Clark Ready to be Occupied
May19

1000 South Clark Ready to be Occupied

It’s been a little over two years since we broke the news that a new residential tower would rise at 1000 South Clark Street.   Back then we got a lot of blow-back from angry NIMNYs who said it wouldn’t happen.  Tell that to the people who started moving in to the Hartshorne Plunkard-designed building this past February. Yesterday we got a note from Lendlease (It’s one word now, apparently) that the building is about...

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