Gold Coast Hotel Tower Checks in to City Hall
May23

Gold Coast Hotel Tower Checks in to City Hall

The latest plan to build a hotel tower at 150 East Ontario Street has gotten farther than some of its predecessors: It’s dinging the bell on the counter at the City Clerk’s office. Paperwork for the proposal has been filed at 121 North LaSalle, besting some of the previous five buildings envisioned for this space. March, 2021 rendering of 150 East Ontario. (Via the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly.) The Lucien LaGrange...

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Hotel Tower Planned For 150 East Ontario. Again.
Mar28

Hotel Tower Planned For 150 East Ontario. Again.

If at first, or second, or third, or fourth you don’t succeed, try try again.  That seems to be the motto of the lonely loam at 150 East Ontario Street, which has been trying to sprout a skyscraper since the height of Gold Coast fashion was leg warmers, scrunchies, and chunky Kenneth Jay Lane jewelry underneath your Freezy Freakies. March, 2021 rendering of 150 East Ontario. (Via the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly.) The...

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South Loop Skyscraper Trying to Build Taller Gets a Warning From City Hall
Feb07

South Loop Skyscraper Trying to Build Taller Gets a Warning From City Hall

Chicago’s real estate development community has looked a bit like a Head and Shoulders commercial for the last nine months, scratching its collective noggin about what’s going on at 1400 South Wabash Avenue. 1400 South Wabash Avenue (Base map via Apple Maps) Five years ago, the city approved a 296-foot-tall residential skyscraper designed by Lucien LaGrange for this location.  That was never built.  But then, almost a year...

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Lagrange Points to Stellar Development in Chicago’s Gold Coast Orbit
Oct12

Lagrange Points to Stellar Development in Chicago’s Gold Coast Orbit

In a city awash in value-engineered rectangles on squares, a new project from O.G. Chicago architect Lucien Lagrange is a welcome change.  Nahla Capital has filed paperwork with the city to build 40 West Oak, a new 35-story residential tower on Oak between Clark and Dearborn Streets. October 2019 rendering of 40 West Oak Street It was almost exactly a year ago that we told you the Warren Barr Pavilion’s parking garage was going to...

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Newberry Library Getting a 34-Story Bookend
Oct07

Newberry Library Getting a 34-Story Bookend

For the last 16 years, we’ve gloated every time a surface parking lot was erased from downtown Chicago.  Now it looks like a parking garage is about to meet that Great Urban Planner in the Sky, and we’re not sure how to feel about it. October 2019 rendering of 40 West Oak Street The garage in question serves the Warren Barr Pavilion, the mostly anonymous nursing home with the tony address of 66 West Oak Street in...

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Is Lucien Lagrange The Hand Behind a New Gold Coast Skyscraper?
Feb12

Is Lucien Lagrange The Hand Behind a New Gold Coast Skyscraper?

Skyscraper nerds are clucking about a rendering of a new skyscraper that made the rounds of the internet over the weekend.   And if you love Lucien Lagrange, this one is right up your cobblestone alley. The image shows 30-story tower at 1000 North Dearborn Street (or 70 West Oak, your choice), the northwest corner of West Oak and North Dearborn.  If you’ve ever been shuffled out the back door of the Newberry Library,...

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One Bennett Park Starts… Right Now
Feb25

One Bennett Park Starts… Right Now

If you’re anxiously awaiting the start of construction on One Bennett Park (formerly known as 451 East Grand), the new hybrid condominium and apartment tower planned for Streeterville, your wait is over. Permits haven’t been issued to do anything fun like push dirt around and erect a big freaking crane, but a tip from our very reliable Streeterville Spy Daniel tells us that later this morning we should see the first...

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Big Building Brings Architect vs. Architect Battle to Winnetka
Feb23

Big Building Brings Architect vs. Architect Battle to Winnetka

One of the biggest projects to land in a North Shore downtown in recent years is causing some friction in suburban Winnetka. The Daily North Shore reports on One Winnetka, a Lucien LaGrange-designed office building planned for the center of town.  The building’s French Revival design attempts to fit in with the genteel suburban Chicagoland aesthetic, with its mansard roof, arched display windows, and corner turret.  But the...

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Cross Out XO.  Pencil in Townhomes
Sep15

Cross Out XO. Pencil in Townhomes

The South Loop’s latest townhome development could fill in a long-vacant space that was one supposed to be a stunning feat of architecture. Tonight, South Loop residents got a preview of a proposed townhouse development at 1712 South Prairie Avenue.  That’s the location where the Lucien Lagrange-designed XO condominium buildings were supposed to be erected years ago, before the economy collapsed.  The tower seemed to defy...

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Week Links: June 1, 2012
Jun01

Week Links: June 1, 2012

Lucien Lagrange calls himself a “basket case.” While mass transit companies elsewhere build 100-story buildings and huge shopping malls around its stations, the Tribune wrings its hands over whether the CTA’s new Green/Pink line Morgan Station is too fancy. Another Chicago residential building wants to become a hotel.  900 DeWitt Place, which is tucked behind the John Hancock Center, has filed paperwork with the city...

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