Pix: Inside the new Loews Chicago Hotel
Mar03

Pix: Inside the new Loews Chicago Hotel

Ribbons were cut yesterday at the new Loews Chicago Hotel (455 North Park Drive) in Streeterville, and if you follow our Twitter and Facebook feeds (hint hint), you were among the first to see it happen, because Chicago Architecture Blog photographer Milosh Kosanovich was there. Today, we bring you the rest of his photographs showing the interior of Chicago’s newest hotel, which anchors downtown’s newest skyscraper.  ...

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Streeterville Skyscraper Comes to Life as New Loews Hotel Opens
Mar02

Streeterville Skyscraper Comes to Life as New Loews Hotel Opens

We’ve been following the development of the Loews Hotel tower (435 North Park Drive) in Streeterville since back when it was just a sketch on paper and a pile of dirt. Today, amid much fanfare, the hotel finally opened to the public. Chicago Architecture Blog photographer Milosh Kosanovich was there to document the event. Look for more photos of the hotel’s interior features and finishes soon.     Location: 435...

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How a Poem Inspired the Design of Chicago’s Newest Hotel
Feb23

How a Poem Inspired the Design of Chicago’s Newest Hotel

“Hog butcher to the World, Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler” Inspiration for design comes from any number of sources: music, a solitary walk, perhaps even a dream. You can add poetry to the list. In fact, Chicago’s newest hotel—the Loews Chicago Hotel at 455 North Park Drive in Streeterville—owes much of its design to Carl Sandburg’s Chicago. You’ll even see text from the poem in large...

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Status Update: Laying Loews in Streeterville
Aug20

Status Update: Laying Loews in Streeterville

So, have you seen the Loews Hotel tower lately?  It seems that all the fears people had about this building were unfounded, and we should have just trusted friends-of-the-blog Solomon Cordwell Buenz. The building’s skin is mostly complete, and from a distance you can really get a good sense of what the finished building will look like.  It’s tall.  It’s stoic.  It’s corporate, but still classy.  It’s...

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Status Update: Room With a Water View
Apr08

Status Update: Room With a Water View

So far, all of the photos we’ve seen of SCB’s Loews Tower in Streeterville (435 North Park Drive) have been from the west and south sides. Recently, Streeterville Spy Donald sent in some pictures taken from the lake side of the building, and its positioning makes a whole lot more sense now. You can see how the rooms on the east side of the building  overlook Ogden Slip, and from there, Navy Pier and Lake Michigan.  Those...

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SCB Dishes on Chicago’s New Loews Hotel Tower
Feb10

SCB Dishes on Chicago’s New Loews Hotel Tower

The newest building to sprout in Streeterville’s skyscraper forest is, not surprisingly, designed by friends-of-the-blog, SCB.  The Loews Hotel tower is very tall, remarkably thin, and is really starting to stand out in the crowd. Since the building is rapidly approaching its maximum height, we sent a bunch of questions over to SCB to get the skinny on this new landmark.  Gary Kohn, SCB’s managing principal on the project...

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Status Update: Loews Getting Higher
Sep30

Status Update: Loews Getting Higher

We love seeing your cameraphone pictures from around town.  And when we get two different people in two different neighborhoods taking pictures of the same building under construction, you know there’s something going on. Here are the latest snaps of 435 North Park Drive in Streeterville, more colloquially known as the Loews Hotel Tower.  The photos sent in by our Streeterville Spy and Loop Spy Andy show the tower portion has...

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Status Update: Loews and Behold
Jul29

Status Update: Loews and Behold

Streeterville’s newest skyscraper continues sprouting skyward. The Lowes Hotel tower (435 North Park Drive) has grown talk enough that its possible to get a sense of its visual impact on the area. The building’s main shaft is rising to the east of the tower crane installed a few months ago. The remainder of the building will be of lesser stature and contain ballrooms and meeting rooms and back-of-the-house functions for...

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Status Update: Loews Hotel Tower in Streeterville
Apr01

Status Update: Loews Hotel Tower in Streeterville

The Loews Hotel tower is growing by leaps and bounds.  The plot of land across the street from the Sheraton Hotel and Tower (301 East North Water Street) in Streeterville is a beehive of activity, with much of the foundation taking shape, and the elevator core already rising to the level of Upper North Water Street. When complete, the complex will include 400 hotel rooms, 398 apartment, and 230 parking spaces.  Plus ballrooms, meeting...

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Status Update: A New High For Streeterville’s Loews Hotel Tower
Feb28

Status Update: A New High For Streeterville’s Loews Hotel Tower

The new Loews Hotel going up at 435 North Park Drive now has a tower crane — a significant step towards its climb to 53 stories and 635 feet. We took the photo above just before the crane went up, and then received the photos below from one of our Streeterville Spies just yesterday. When completed, the SCB-designed building will have 398 apartments over 400 hotel rooms.  It is one of only two buildings in the last few years...

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