Dirt Moving for New Near North Hotel
Sep18

Dirt Moving for New Near North Hotel

One of our more alert readers noticed that earth movers have started moving earth at the northwest corner of Clark and Huron Streets.  Clark and Huron is a former surface parking lot that has tried to better itself a number of times in the last decade, with the wheel of fortune finally landing on a 215-room hotel late last year. Near North Spy Jody checked in to our tip line with pictures of 100 West Huron, or at least the ruckus and...

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Astrolab Condos Ready to Rock It
Jan23

Astrolab Condos Ready to Rock It

You can trade your pencils for pens on this one.  The modest Near North condominium block marked down for 61 West Erie Street is a “go.”  The Chicago Plan Commission recently gave it the green light. There were a few stumbling blocks along the way, but nothing that LG Development couldn’t be solve with a few more aggressive setbacks, and a fat sack of cash to help illuminate Erie Park and its riverwalk. We call it...

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Lux Retail Acorn About to Germinate on Oak Street
Dec21

Lux Retail Acorn About to Germinate on Oak Street

Just as the greystone two-flats in Chicago’s neighborhoods are gradually being replaced with more modern versions of themselves, the tony walk-ups of Chicago’s Gold Coast are being swapped out with glittering boxes of luxury and utility. The newest high-end retail box about to arrive on the shore of Lake Michigan is at 57 East Oak Street. This building, and its neighbor at number 59, were torn down a few months ago after...

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100 West Huron is Back and Better Than Ever
Oct10

100 West Huron is Back and Better Than Ever

If you’ve been eager to see the surface parking lot at 100 West Huron Street turned into something better, but you’ve been holding out for a new design, well there’s good news. The proposed hotel for the corner of Huron and Clark is back again with a brand new look! 100 West Huron started as an Akara Partners condominium project in the heady days of 2014, way back when people were still dumping buckets of ice on one another and...

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New Lake View Building Is Ideal for Railfans
Oct04

New Lake View Building Is Ideal for Railfans

If your commute involves riding one of the northern L’s, you may have wondered what they’re going to do with that tiny slip of land south of Belmont Avenue, right next to the Belmont station, the answer shouldn’t surprise you: They’re going to stuff a building in there. And by “they,” we mean GW Properties in Goose Island, which plans to wedge a six-story mixed-use building in at 945 West Belmont...

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Wrigleyville’s Embattled Boutique Bunkhouse Bounces Back as Hipster Hotel
Jul25

Wrigleyville’s Embattled Boutique Bunkhouse Bounces Back as Hipster Hotel

3469 North Clark Street is the location of a proposed small boutique hotel that’s brought the Wrigleyville neighborhood lots of drama. Money woes and bankruptcy courts have left the place in limbo. Now it appears that work is ready to start again. A developer by the name of MR Clark 3473 Operating LLC is asking the city for permission to start construction. MR Clark uses the same toothbrush as Horizon Realty Group. Horizon has a...

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Chicago Lands Just One Firm in This Year’s Architecture Top 25
Jul14

Chicago Lands Just One Firm in This Year’s Architecture Top 25

Chicago, once a world powerhouse of manufacturing, literature, film, music, and video games can now add architecture firms to its list of industries in which it was once a leader. The city of Burnham, Sullivan, Mies, and occasionally Wright is barely a blip in the Architectural Record annual ranking of the world’s Top 300 Architecture Firms. Chicago-based Perkins+Will is saddled with the task of waving the flag for the Windy...

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Full Steam Ahead for the Hampton Inn at Loyola Station
Apr20

Full Steam Ahead for the Hampton Inn at Loyola Station

The hotel to be built down the street from the CTA’s Red Line Loyola station has been given a go-ahead from the Chicago Plan Commission.  The NORR-designed Hampton Inn at 6566 North Sheridan Road is envisioned as six stories tall with 145 rooms over ground floor retail space. While members of the commission were pleased with the hotel’s transit-oriented design, there was some question about its paltry parking plans.  44th...

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