Hotel EMC2 Opens in Downtown Chicago; Smart People Pack Their Bags
Aug01

Hotel EMC2 Opens in Downtown Chicago; Smart People Pack Their Bags

You don’t have to have crazy white hair and a Nobel Prize in physics to stay at downtown Chicago’s newest hotel.  SMASHotels recently swung the doors open at 228 East Ontario Street in Streeterville for Hotel EMC2, welcoming all to its eclectic interior and science-themed accouterments. For those of you who aren’t scienticians, “EMC2” is a nod to the law of mass-energy equivalence.  If all this is new to...

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Streeterville’s Hotel EMC2 Looks Like a Tower of Tetris
Feb14

Streeterville’s Hotel EMC2 Looks Like a Tower of Tetris

The last time we checked in on SMASHotels‘ EMC2 rising at 228 East Ontario Street, it was covered in an unflattering green.  The good news is that it’s since been buttoned up in a nice, tasteful facade of grey.  50 shades of them. Streeterville Spy Paul bellhopped our tip line with new photos of the building, and it appears that most of the exterior work is done.  Through the big square windows you can see construction...

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New Streeterville Hotel Goes Green… Not That Kind of Green!
Sep28

New Streeterville Hotel Goes Green… Not That Kind of Green!

The major buzzword in real estate development for most of the last decade has been green, green, green.  “How green is your building?”  Is the constant question, with the preferred answer being “So green, it’s (LEED} Gold.” But the new EMC2 Hotel by SMASHotels going up 228 East Ontario Street isn’t just environmentally green.  As you can see in the photograph from Streeterville Spy Paul, it’s...

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Marriott Autograph Tops Out in Streeterville
Aug09

Marriott Autograph Tops Out in Streeterville

The latest hotel to wedge itself into a tiny downtown space appears to have topped out. Streeterville Spy Paul sent in the photo above, showing the future Marriott Autograph hotel, designed by Koo and Associates, at 228 East Ontario Street. The last time we checked in on this building, it had a full compliment of gear busily making hay while the sun was shining. Now the climbing forms for the elevator core are gone, though work...

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More Change Planned For the Region’s Number One Tourist Attraction
Jul28

More Change Planned For the Region’s Number One Tourist Attraction

The same people who brought New York its famous High Line have unveiled their latest vision for Navy Pier. As we’ve noted before, renovation and expansion plans for Navy Pier aren’t exactly rare animals.  Sometimes it seems like you can set your clock by the semi-regular parade of proposals that come down the pike and, for the most part, fail to turn into anything real.  But the ‘Pier is getting more serious these...

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Awesome Bird’s Eye View of Streeterville’s Marriott Autograph Hotel
Jun28

Awesome Bird’s Eye View of Streeterville’s Marriott Autograph Hotel

Life is rough for pigeons.  Between shivering through a Chicago winter and dodging rats trying to gnaw your feet off, there’s not a lot good about being a bird in this city.  Except for the whole flying thing.  That’s awesome. And thanks to Streeterville Spy Paul we get to see what the pigeons see when they look down on the construction of the new Marriott Autograph Hotel at 228 East Ontario Street. When complete, it will...

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New Ferris Wheel in Place, Hotel is Next for Navy Pier
May02

New Ferris Wheel in Place, Hotel is Next for Navy Pier

Every few years the phrase “Navy Pier Hotel” pops up in the news. It comes as regularly as the springtime whiting of Lake Michigan, or Forrest Claypool starting a new government job. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced on Sunday that the latest hotel proposal will add 200 rooms to the entertainment and amusement complex, all presumably with lake views. The building, being developed by First Hospitality out of suburban Rosemont...

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Ontario Street Tower Crane Makes its Smashing Debut
Jan14

Ontario Street Tower Crane Makes its Smashing Debut

“What’s that?” you say. “Don’t tower cranes generally erect things rather than smash them to pieces? You’re confusing a tower crane with a wrecking-ball crane.” You got us there. We were having some fun with our words. In actuality, what recently appeared in the sky above 228 East Ontario Street in Streeterville is the tower crane tasked with helping create the new SmasHotel. To wit,...

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Streeterville Hotel About to Go Vertical
Dec22

Streeterville Hotel About to Go Vertical

Streeterville’s newest hotel is just about ready to go from mudpit to rebar. The new hotel being slotted into the narrow space at 228 East Ontario Street has been under construction for some time, with crews working on the foundation, shoring up the basement level with long pipes and lots of wood.  Now word comes that the tower crane for this project will be erected in the first week of the new year. January 4, 2016 is the date...

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New Design, Specs for Hampton Inn in Park West
Sep29

New Design, Specs for Hampton Inn in Park West

The proposal to build a Hampton Inn at 601 West Diversey Parkway, just off Clark Street, has been revived and revised. The previous plan for what is also called The Inn at Lincoln Park was going to be a 16-story hotel with a height of 152 feet and 52 parking spaces.  It was approved back in 2004, and well, we all know what happened to pretty much every project before 2008.  Its planning approval expired in 2010. This current proposal...

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