808 Wells is Back — Shorter, Wider, and With a New Name: AMLI 808
Oct02

808 Wells is Back — Shorter, Wider, and With a New Name: AMLI 808

If you don’t remember us reporting on 808 Wells years ago, that’s OK.  This one’s been a long time coming. We last mentioned 808 more than two years ago, when a sales office popped up in the Near North neighborhood. Now called “AMLI 808,” the apartment building has appeared in the Chicago City Clerk’s office, which means its developers are serious about moving forward. This time around, it’s...

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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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Alderman Stalls One Chicago Square Towers
Dec05

Alderman Stalls One Chicago Square Towers

Second Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins has asked that the $700 million One Chicago Square project be scotched from the agenda for the Chicago Plan Commission’s December 21st meeting.  At that meeting, the commissioners could have approved the project, which would have sent it sailing through the rest of city council and on to the construction phase. Citing intense interest, and the sheer size of the project, which would build...

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Holy Name Tower Gets a Name, Little Opposition
Oct24

Holy Name Tower Gets a Name, Little Opposition

Two weeks ago we told you about a proposal to fill the surface parking lot across the street from Holy Name Cathedral with a shiny new dual-skyscraper project.  Now we know a little more about it. About a dozen dozen people turned out for a public meeting about the $700 million complex, which is being called One Chicago Square (1 West Chicago Avenue).  The people in attendance at the event hosted by 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins...

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Cedar Street’s Bush Temple Restoration Apparently a Success
Jun20

Cedar Street’s Bush Temple Restoration Apparently a Success

It’s been 88 years since the song Happy Days Are Here Again first started crackling over the airwaves of Chicago’s early radio stations.  Back then, Chicago was a city of music and J.E.O. Pridmore’s Bush Temple of Music was a showcase of the city’s piano industry.  It later fell into disrepair, but an innovative re-imagining of the building has brought it back to life. Cedar Street Companies is being honored by...

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Alderman Kills Hotel Expansion, Points Finger at Hotel
May01

Alderman Kills Hotel Expansion, Points Finger at Hotel

Serial hotel killer Brendan Reilly has struck again. The 42nd Ward alderman just clamped a giant neon No Vacancy sign on plans to expand the Gold Coast’s Hotel Dana along East Erie Street. The plan would have added 178 rooms to the 26-story hotel in a 15-story addition.  In doing so, several early-century residences would have been wiped out. Mr. Reilly’s main reason for telling Dana to go pound sand is because it is...

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No. 9 Walton Peeks Out, Says “Hai, Guyz!”
Feb22

No. 9 Walton Peeks Out, Says “Hai, Guyz!”

The recent warm weather reminds us that pretty soon everything from tulips to turtles across Chicago will soon be peeking out of their winter hibernation and stretching toward the sun. Not waiting for an invitation is No. 9 Walton, the über-swish condo block that will soon function as Astor Street-in-the-sky.  Joe Zekas from YoChicago! sent in these photos of ol’ 9 peeking out from behind the 39-story Walton on the Park. Number...

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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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Day Ends In “Y”; New Renovation Ready For Fulton Market
Dec27

Day Ends In “Y”; New Renovation Ready For Fulton Market

A quick glance at the calendar reveals that today is Tuesday. Which ends with the letter “y.” Which means it must be time for another industrial renovation project to get underway in Chicago’s former meatpacking district. Today’s permit is for the deliciously ornate Fulton Central Market Building at 936 West Fulton Market. EXISTING 2 STORY MEAT PACKING BUILDING WITH BASEMENT STEEL & MASONRY STRUCTURE....

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