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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Holy Name Cathedral Closed Until At Least August

Parishioners at Holy Name Cathedral got more bad news over the weekend.  Their beloved church will be closed, “until August at the earliest” according to pastor Dan Mayall. The archdiocese’s flagship place of worship was damaged by fire in February, almost exactly a year after it was closed for months when a chunk of woodwork fell from the ceiling. In the weekend bulletin, Mayall explains that it has not yet been...

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