It’s Not the Bat Signal Shining Over the South Loop Tonight
Mar20

It’s Not the Bat Signal Shining Over the South Loop Tonight

For the past couple of nights, there’s been a red glow in the night sky over the South Loop.  It isn’t some new super hero in tight pants and cape looking for trouble.  It’s the new Marriott Marquis hotel at McCormick Place. The hotel is going to open this fall, but wants to make a splash early, so the red display is intended to get your attention and remind you that there’s a new skyscraper in town.  When it...

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New McCormick Place Marriott Won’t Miss Out on Rooftop Bar Trend
Nov28

New McCormick Place Marriott Won’t Miss Out on Rooftop Bar Trend

Whether it’s the neighborhood-friendly Hotel Godfrey in River North, or the new über-luxe hostelries squeezing in along the river, it seems like these days every new Chicago hotel wants to have a rooftop bar.  Aside from being a money-printing machine, they’re also a publicity bonanza in an era when every second of everyone’s lives is being snapbooked and facechatted to a salivating internet. The new Marriott...

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McCormick Place Events Center Breaks Ground
Nov17

McCormick Place Events Center Breaks Ground

The Don’t-Call-It-The-De-Paul-Arena officially broke ground Monday, with city leaders promising the McCormick Place expansion and the new hotel being built across the street will transform the South Loop. For half a century the millions of conventioneers visiting Chicago have existed in two bubbles: The McCormick Place convention center complex in the far South Loop where they spent their days shaking hands and filling tote...

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Marriott Marquis Chicago Plants Roots in Prairie District
Aug12

Marriott Marquis Chicago Plants Roots in Prairie District

The new Marriott Marquis Chicago broke ground in the South Loop’s Prairie District back in July, and since then, construction crews have stopped breaking it, and are now drilling, digging, scooping, and shaking that same ground to its very core. Located at 2121 South Prairie Avenue, the newest addition to the McCormick Collection will be directly connected to McCormick Place, offering the ultimate convenience for guests and...

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Status Update: Marriott Marquis McCormick Place
Apr09

Status Update: Marriott Marquis McCormick Place

Demolition crews are pretty close to running out of stuff to demolish to make way for the new Marriott Marquis McCormick Place anticipated for the southwest corner of South Prairie Avenue and East Cermak Road. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell skittered by recently and for the most part, it looks like the land on that block has been scraped clean except for the American Book Company Building (330 East Cermak Road),...

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Moving History in the South Loop
Nov11

Moving History in the South Loop

Moving sucks.  Along with a wedding and a death in the family, it’s one of the most stressful events in a person’s life.  Sometimes it helps to have a professional help you out. Especially when that professional has 240 wheels at his disposal. The big event in the South Loop this rainy day was Wolfe House and Building Movers, quite literally, moving house.  The historic Rees House ever-so-slowly crawled from 2110 South...

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McPier Plan Progresses as Prairie People Press Parking, Pileups and Pocket Parks Points
Aug25

McPier Plan Progresses as Prairie People Press Parking, Pileups and Pocket Parks Points

  The scaled-back plan to build a new hotel, a data center, and an arena on the edge of the Prairie Avenue District is marching forward, with proposals for two of the three components already in McPier’s hands. This past Friday was the deadline for companies to submit their proposals to the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (“McPier”) for the new Marriott Marquis hotel and the Events Center.  Earlier...

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