Up High in the South Loop: NEMA Towers Over All
Nov26

Up High in the South Loop: NEMA Towers Over All

In 29 days, Santa comes to town, and the fat old elf will have a few more obstacles to navigate his sleigh around. Among them is NEMA Chicago, the 76-story residential tower going up on the south end of Grant Park — one of Mr. Claus’ favorite landing areas. I need an oxygen tank and a lurpy dog with a barrel of brandy around his neck to climb the Montrose Harbor sledding hill, but Joe Zekas from YoChicago! hitched up his...

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It’ll Be Subarus, Not Servers for One South Loop Block
Aug14

It’ll Be Subarus, Not Servers for One South Loop Block

Yesterday we were gishing to bring you the news of three new hotels opening up within a single building in the South Loop.  Today, it is with melancholy and infinite sadness we report that another building on the same block will not be built. The development pumpkin was smashed in a letter to the City of Chicago from lawyers for McHugh Construction.  McHugh is the muscle behind the siamese dream of a hotel at 123 East Cermak Road,...

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McHugh Hits McPier a Clatter, Gets Blessing For Bonnie Little Lodge
Sep22

McHugh Hits McPier a Clatter, Gets Blessing For Bonnie Little Lodge

If you're part of our Twitter or Facebook feeds, then you were among the first to know that this past week the Chicago Plan Commission approved McHugh Construction's plan to build a new hotel, data center, and retail space at 111 East Cermak Road in the South Loop. Chicago Architecture Blog reporter reporter Mary Chmielewicz live-tweeted the Commission's decision which will see an Antunovich Associates-designed 25-story tower rise on...

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McHugh’s McCormick-Area McHotel Clears a McHurdle
Sep05

McHugh’s McCormick-Area McHotel Clears a McHurdle

The Chicago Landmarks Commission has approved McHugh Development’s plan to build a 27-story hotel with attached retail space at the corner of South Michigan Avenue and East Cermak Road in the South Loop.  It’s the first of several approvals needed before construction can start on the hotel at 121 East Cermak Road. It’s proposed to have 650 rooms, a height of 320 feet, and 31,000 square feet of attached retail space....

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