A Tower Crane Sprouts in River North
Feb04

A Tower Crane Sprouts in River North

It’s been a weird winter in Chicago. Our most recent weather event, as the Northeast dug out of double-digit snowfall, was a thunderstorm. And that sort of meteorological mayhem can wreak havoc in strange ways. Like tricking plant life into thinking spring has arrived. Which is exactly what appears to be happening in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. At 167 West Erie Street, general contractor Linn-Mathes has planted...

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It’s a Demolition Derby on Wells Street
Dec09

It’s a Demolition Derby on Wells Street

One way skyscraper nerds measure the vitality of a city is by the number of construction cranes in the air at the same time.  But before the cranes can rise, the old buildings must fall; and that’s what’s happening on North Wells Street. There is not one, but two buildings being reduced to rubble on Wells between West Ontario and West Erie Streets.  River North Spy Mike hit our tip line with photos of both of them. The...

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Slice of Life: Former Gino’s East Site Gets Foundation Permit
Oct26

Slice of Life: Former Gino’s East Site Gets Foundation Permit

See what we did there? Seriously though, the Planet-Hollywood-turned-pizza-emporium (those slices? How about eye-sore-ium) Gino’s East site is one step closer to becoming a residential tower, now that the City of Chicago has issued a foundation permit for 167 West Erie Street. Foundation and Podium Superstructure (Levels LL1-9) permit to include parking (131 spaces), 1st floor retail and associated site work. A demolition permit...

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Gino’s East About to be Sliced Out of River North
Jul14

Gino’s East About to be Sliced Out of River North

It may not be an official Chicago landmark, but it’s certainly a cultural touchstone for tourists and locals who have so often given the instructions “When you see the giant pizza slices, you’re there.” The former Gino’s East pizza restaurant at 167 West Erie Street will soon be sliced and chewed into non-existance by a demolition crew and their mechanical masticators.  The Chicago Architecture...

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