South Loop Won’t Be Saddled with Another Parking Lot
Apr10

South Loop Won’t Be Saddled with Another Parking Lot

What’s up with all the parking lot news lately? Two weeks ago we told you that demolition is underway in the parking lot across the street from Holy Name Cathedral to make way for One Chicago Square. Then last week we told you that the parking lot at 450 North LaSalle is destined to become an office building. Then two days ago we wrote about two parking lots in River North that will soon be pining for the fjords. Now another...

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Three Hotels Open In One South Loop Building
Aug13

Three Hotels Open In One South Loop Building

As the area around McCormick Place undergoes its largest transformation in years, a trio of new hotels has opened — all in the same building at 123 East Cermak Road. Hilton planted three of its flags on the southwest corner of East Cermak Road and South Indiana Avenue, directly across the street from the massive convention center’s West Building. Chicago has seen double-decker hotel buildings before, but this triple-decker...

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The Sinclair is Now Officially Open for Business
Sep28

The Sinclair is Now Officially Open for Business

One of the most dramatic transformations in recent Gold Coast history has been pulled off by Fifield Companies, Jewel-Osco, and SCB. The Sinclair (1201 North LaSalle Street) had its grand opening this week, welcoming an estimated 1,201 guests to the new residential tower that now stands where a vaguely scary, certainly run-down Jewel-Osco glowered just a few years ago. Even the Gold Coast has gritty corners, and this was one of the...

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McHugh’s Hiltons Break Ground in the South Loop
Jan31

McHugh’s Hiltons Break Ground in the South Loop

It’s been almost three years since we first told you about McHugh Construction’s plans to turn an under-utilized lot near its South Loop headquarters into a new hotel, and now that dream is officially a reality. An official groundbreaking ceremony was held this past Friday for the building at 123 East Cermak Road, which will contain — count ’em — three Hilton-flagged hotels: The Hilton Garden Inn Chicago McCormick...

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Circle Interchange Making Concrete Progress This Week
Aug25

Circle Interchange Making Concrete Progress This Week

The process of detangling Chicago’s Jane Byrne Interchange moves into a new phase this week. McHugh Construction has announced that work on the structural steel portion of the project is complete, and now the concrete road deck will be poured. McHugh Construction shared the photo above showing one of the ramp decks ready for concrete. Several smaller portions of the project have already been completed, like new bridges for...

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Two Cranes Go Boom Boom in the Gold Coast
Mar14

Two Cranes Go Boom Boom in the Gold Coast

Ten days ago, we confided in you our delight about seeing a pair of tower crane stubs planted in the ground of Fifield Companies‘ development in the Gold Coast, The Sinclair. We were assured by a McHugh Construction foreman to watch for both cranes to be fully assembled before last week was over. And sure enough,  Gold Coast Spy Joel sent the photo above into the Chicago Architecture tip line, proving the aforementioned foreman...

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The Sinclair Doubles Down On Building Upward
Mar04

The Sinclair Doubles Down On Building Upward

It was a busy day for work toys for McHugh Construction at The Sinclair.

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Madhouse on Madison Adding Off-Ice Offices
Feb26

Madhouse on Madison Adding Off-Ice Offices

If you’ve attended a Chicago Bulls or Chicago Blackhawks game this winter, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the edifice being constructed next to the United Center. If you’ve also noticed that said construction site has taken over the lot where you used to park for said sports events, and you wish to lodge a complaint with whoever kicked you out of that lot, look no further than the two home teams themselves. The brand...

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The Sinclair Lays Groundwork in the Gold Coast
Feb25

The Sinclair Lays Groundwork in the Gold Coast

Heavy machinery continues to batter the soil where the Gold Coast Jewel-Osco store once stood, making way for…the new Gold Coast Jewel-Osco, along with its attached 35-story tower, of course. The Sinclair will soon rise up from this very lot at 1201 North LaSalle Street. Fifield Companies is building a 390-unit apartment tower designed by friends-of-the-blog Solomon Cordwell Buenz. If you’re a resident of the area,...

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Slice of Life: New Navy Pier Ferris Wheel Comes Full Circle
Feb19

Slice of Life: New Navy Pier Ferris Wheel Comes Full Circle

We told you the story of the New Navy Pier Ferris Wheel back in June. Part of Navy Pier’s $300 million upgrade, the new Ferris Wheel has been slowly coming around, construction-wise, since December. Nearly 50 feet taller than the old wheel that took its last turn in September, the new attraction is expected begin taking Navy Pier visitors for a spin this summer. If, it turns out, you find you prefer the old Ferris Wheel to the...

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