The 46-Story Loop Skyscraper No One is Talking About
Dec16

The 46-Story Loop Skyscraper No One is Talking About

A city-enforced clock is ticking on a new residential tower planned for a vacant plot of land just off of Michigan Avenue.  Thirteen years ago we reported that 210 North Stetson was going to be a 74-story SCB-designed Mandarin Oriental Hotel.  That idea was scotched when the economy ate itself. In 2017 a couple of our City Hall sources whispered to us that a developer was sniffing around this property for use as a residential...

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Residential Tower May Be On Tap For Former Mandarin Oriental Space
Sep26

Residential Tower May Be On Tap For Former Mandarin Oriental Space

Eleven years after the Chicago architecture world was dazzled by SBC’s design for a Mandarin Oriental hotel tower just behind Michigan Plaza, there are signs once again that something might be happening there. It was 2006 that plans were revealed for a 74-story, 900-foot-tall building that would house 250 hotel rooms, 150 luxury condominiums, and 100 über-luxe palaces in the sky branded as The Mandarin Oriental Residences. When...

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Chicago Neverbuilt: The Oriental Near Lakeshore East
Jul25

Chicago Neverbuilt: The Oriental Near Lakeshore East

Not all vacant lots in Chicago are the same. Sure, they all have weeds. Most have the crushed bricks of architectural dreams past. And a few have the spicy goodness of thorium as a hidden treat. But there are certain vacant lots that are — for lack of a better term — sexier than others. They have the power to make architects dream of the glittering tower they’d design for it; to make developers imagine their empires expanding;...

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A Stirring at the Dead Mandarin Oriental Project in The Loop
Jan18

A Stirring at the Dead Mandarin Oriental Project in The Loop

Remember the Mandarin Oriental Tower Chicago?  The 74-story luxury hotel designed by SCB that was going to fill in the last vacant lot in the Illinois Center? It’s been years since the project with a vanity address of 213 North Michigan Avenue (it’s actual real address would have been 130 East Lake Street) failed to happen. And years since anything at all has happened in that location other than it being used as a parking...

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Quickie: Unbuilt Mandarin Oriental Faces Foreclosure
Feb22

Quickie: Unbuilt Mandarin Oriental Faces Foreclosure

Crain’s Chicago Business (naturally) reports that the as-yet-unbuilt Mandarin Oriental Hotel is now the subject of a foreclosure suit. The 74-story building was to go in the vacant slot on Stetson Place in the Illinois Center.  In spite of its location, it planned to use a Michigan Avenue...

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