Holy Foods: World’s Best Supermarket Breaks Ground in Downtown Chicago
Apr29

Holy Foods: World’s Best Supermarket Breaks Ground in Downtown Chicago

Why are we so excited about a groundbreaking for a new supermarket in downtown Chicago? It’s not like it’s a pre-Kroger Mariano’s. It’s just Whole Foods: the hallmark of pre-recession soccer mom conspicuous consumption that jumped the shark long before it was munched up by Amazon.com in a cloud of Escalade yoga pants and free range kale chip sippy cups. April 2019 rendering of One Chicago (Courtesy of Goettsch...

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It’s Full Steam Ahead for a 1,011-Foot-Tall Gold Coast Tower
Mar28

It’s Full Steam Ahead for a 1,011-Foot-Tall Gold Coast Tower

Just days after the City of Chicago gave its blessing to an enormous two-tower project across the street from Holy Name Cathedral, stuff is already happening. Site prep for One Chicago Square (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Jody) Gold Coast Spy Jody snapped the picture above, showing where One Chicago Square will start to rise, and that the old parish parking lot has already been half-scoured from the property. Word on the street is that...

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One Small Hole Indicates The Coming of One Chicago Square
Jan09

One Small Hole Indicates The Coming of One Chicago Square

All great Chicago skyscrapers start with humble beginnings.  And One Chicago Square has humbly begun in the parking lot of Holy Name Cathedral. Gold Coast Spy Tom sent in the photograph above showing soil sampling in the parking lot that will have a 1,045-foot-tall skyscraper in it by 2022. Even though soil sampling crews extract dirt from beneath the surface, we like to think of them as planting the seeds of a skyscraper.  They...

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Plans Filed For Soaring Cathedral District Skyscraper, and Holy Name is it Big
Oct11

Plans Filed For Soaring Cathedral District Skyscraper, and Holy Name is it Big

For the third time in recent years, an underutilized Chicago Roman Catholic church parking lot will be replaced by a skyscraper.  This time, it’s across the street from Holy Name Cathedral; and as would seem appropriate for the parking lot of the archbishop, this thing is huge. “Seventy-six stories!” is what the headlines have been crying all day since the plans were filed with the city for what we’re going to...

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Very First Indication That the Holy Name Tower is On Its Way
Jul20

Very First Indication That the Holy Name Tower is On Its Way

We’ve been waiting for years for Holy Name Parish to do something tall and skyscraper-like with the surface parking lot it maintains across the street from its cathedral at 735 North State Street.  We thought it was most likely to come a few years ago when the cathedral suffered a series of unfortunate water and fire incidents with its roof.  But it wasn’t until just this past April that Crain’s Chicago Business...

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Holy Name Property Finally In Play
Apr05

Holy Name Property Finally In Play

We’ve been telling you for years that one of the hottest pieces of property in the city — one just begging to be developed — is the parking lot across the street from Holy Name Cathedral.  And with churches across Chicago unloading real estate left and right, it was only a matter of time before Holy Name Parish followed the lead of Old Saint Pat’s in the West Loop and Assumption Parish in River North and turned its parking...

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Will Tourists Get to Sleep Across from Archbishop Cupich? Don’t Pack Your Bags Yet
Mar19

Will Tourists Get to Sleep Across from Archbishop Cupich? Don’t Pack Your Bags Yet

An interesting article caught our eye when we opened our Crain’s Chicago Business yesterday. There was a piece about a new mixed-use tower coming to 40 East Superior Street in Chicago’s Near North Neighborhood. The article about the so-called Cathedral Tower appeared to be based entirely on a single paragraph on the web site of Symmetry Property Development in New York. Here’s the paragraph: In 2013, SPD signed on to...

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Holy Name Rectory to be Rectified

After years of delays caused by fire, gravity, and money, the project to renovate the rectory at Holy Name Cathedral is finally moving forward. A sign has been posted on the southeast corner of the cathedral about the project.  The architect listed is Jaeger, Nickola & Associates, out in Park Ridge. The current rectory (officially known as the Bishop Timothy J. Lyne Rectory) was built in 1929, and from what I’ve been told,...

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Slice of Life: The Last Light of Lent

As the sun set on Saturday, it turned the front of Holy Name Cathedral (North State Street) honey yellow. Sunset on Saturday marked the start of Easter, and State Street was closed as Cardinal Francis George lit a massive candle from a fire burning in a cauldron on the sidewalk.  Earlier, a gust of wind almost set Father Matt Compton’s vestments alight, startling the...

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Status Update: Holy Name Cathedral

The scaffolding that used to surround the southeast corner of Holy Name Cathedral (735 North State Street) has been taken down and you can now see the fruits of all those years of labor:  The new elevator.  It’s that small annex on the right of this photo one of our readers e-mailed in last week.  The design by Jaeger, Nikola and Associates of Park Ridge emulates the top of the cathedral’s bell tower, though since...

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