I Hear the Crane A-Coming
Feb02

I Hear the Crane A-Coming

It might not be rolling ’round the bend, but there’s yet another tower crane heading up the street that’ll soon sprout out of the Gold Coast. Monday, the City of Chicago granted a permit to erect a tower crane for No. 9 Walton (9 West Walton Street.) Crews have been doing foundation work here since September, and the plot is finally ready to start building upward.  PHASE 1 FOUNDATION AND INITIAL SET-UP OF A TEMPORARY...

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No. 9 Walton Begins Moving Earth to Create Heaven
Sep28

No. 9 Walton Begins Moving Earth to Create Heaven

Everyone loves skyscrapers. Everyone loves fancy homes. Put the two together, and what do you have? The kind of residence most of us dream of building for ourselves, if we had the means. Which is exactly what developer James Letchinger, of JDL Development, is doing at 9 West Walton Street in the Gold Coast. He’s constructing a tower so magnificent, he plans on living there himself. No. 9 Walton will be a 35-story tower featuring...

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Walton No. 9 Ready For Launch
Jul28

Walton No. 9 Ready For Launch

Well, that was fast. The luxury condominium tower planned for 9 West Walton Street has gone from rumor to building permit in just five months, which must be some kind of record.  That’s even faster than River Point, which had the personal backing of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.  That’s faster than Wolf Point West, which cruised to reality on half-century-old zoning. The city of Chicago churned out the first permits a few days ago:...

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Walton No. 9 Is Alive
Jul06

Walton No. 9 Is Alive

There’s nothing like the smell of fresh diesel smoke in the morning.  Especially when that smell comes from a big yellow digger freshly delivered to the site of a future skyscraper. Gold Coast Spy Brian pinged our TIP LINE with the photograph above.  He snapped it this morning at the site of what will eventually become No. 9 Walton (9 West Walton Street).  At 35 stories and just over 400 feet tall, it’s not going to be the...

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Number Nine Caught on Video
Jun23

Number Nine Caught on Video

  These days it’s not enough to have a slick brochure or strategically-placed billboards or windows covered with beautiful architecture pictures from Artefaqs. Today, every new building has to have a video.  And today a little birdie hit our tip line to let us know that the latest Chicago building to get its just-under-five-minutes of fame is No. 9 Walton (9 West Walton Street). Development company JDL has put together a...

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New River North Skyscraper Meets Little Resistance from City, Neighbors
May13

New River North Skyscraper Meets Little Resistance from City, Neighbors

No rude waiters slinging insults and cheese fries. No bobby-soxers dancing on counter tops, shaking their… milkshakes. Just a roomful of River North locals curious to see 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly introduce the new apartment tower slated to take over Ed Debevic’s space at 640 North Wells Street. If there were any of Ed’s supporters ready to chain themselves to their favorite booth, they must have been too...

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