Big Permit Signals Next Step for 228 East Ontario Construction
Sep23

Big Permit Signals Next Step for 228 East Ontario Construction

At the end of August, we let you know there were finally signs of life for the SMASHotels project slated for 228 East Ontario in Streeterville. That breath of fresh hotel air came in the form of a tower-crane permit. And now, a permit has been issued to put that crane to work. FOUNDATION ONLY FOR A TWENTY-ONE (stories? We’ve heard 22, and 20.), 195 ROOM HOTEL WITH BASEMENT AND ASSOCIATED SITE WORK AS PER PLANS How big is a...

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Construction About to Start on Streeterville Hotel You Forgot About
Aug31

Construction About to Start on Streeterville Hotel You Forgot About

As the Chicago development radar spins, the pings get fainter and fainter until sometimes they practically slip away.  And then suddenly “PING!” a bogie appears on the screen.  Such is the case with 224 East Ontario Street, the Streeterville hotel being developed by SMASHotels just off of the Magnificent Mile. You may remember SMAS from such downtown Chicago hotels as theWit, the Fairfield Inn and Suites...

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Steelers Visit Walter Payton College Prep
Jul17

Steelers Visit Walter Payton College Prep

 ` Just over a year ago, we were waiting patiently for the decision on funding for a new annex to be built at Walter Payton College Prep High School (1034 North Wells Street). As anyone who’s ridden the Brown Line between the Chicago Avenue and Sedgwick stops can attest, the funding was approved, and construction has begun. What’s visible now is mostly just a skeleton, but it’s a steel skeleton. And those are the...

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Another Sliver of a Hotel Slotting Into the Gold Coast
Dec02

Another Sliver of a Hotel Slotting Into the Gold Coast

We knew a new hotel was coming to the Gold Coast/Streeterville borderlands, but what was unveiled today wasn’t exactly what we were expecting.  We’d heard previously through a web site that solicits money from rich foreigners, especially Chinese, to invest in American real estate that a Marriott Autograph Chicago was planned for 224 East Ontario Street.  Now, according to 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly, it’s...

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Controversial High School Expansion Lands at Plan Commission
Jul07

Controversial High School Expansion Lands at Plan Commission

Next week, the Chicago Plan Commission is scheduled to take up the thorny issue of the Walter Payton College Prep High School expansion (1034 North Wells Street). Last October, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel announced the $17 million annex would be built on the site of a school parking lot.  This came while the Chicago Public School system was still smarting from a round of school closings and teacher layoffs. The money for the expansion will...

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