Here Comes The Oriental Theater Hotel
Jul11

Here Comes The Oriental Theater Hotel

The upper levels of the Oriental Theater Building at 32 West Randolph Street have been a question mark for some time now.  Some believed they were going to become student housing.  Others put their money on apartments. Two months ago we told you the safe bet was a hotel, and now that’s starting to happen.    From the permit issued mere days ago: Permit issued for renovation/alteration **DIRECT DEVELOPER SERVICE** CONVERT...

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Hotel Planned for Oriental Theater Building Has a Name
May02

Hotel Planned for Oriental Theater Building Has a Name

We told you last December that developer John Murphy teamed up with Choice Hotels and Suites to convert the tower portion of the Oriental Theater Building (32 West Randolph Street) into a Cambria Hotel & Suites (though it appears to be news to some).  Now we’re learning a little more about the plan. Back in December we told you the project appeared to be a “go,” with financing already lined up for the conversion....

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You May be Able to Sleep at the Oriental on Occidental Randolph
Dec08

You May be Able to Sleep at the Oriental on Occidental Randolph

Several months after plans were announced to turn the tower portion of the Oriental Theater (32 West Randolph Street) building into apartments, those plans are out the window. Crain’s Chicago Business reports that owner, John Murphy, plans to turn that portion of the building into a hotel, much like the theater/hotel combo a few blocks away at the Cadillac Palace Theater/Hotel Allegro. Unlike previous plans for this building,...

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Week Links: February 10-16, 2013
Feb17

Week Links: February 10-16, 2013

Here’s what everyone else did this week: Our friend down at Sloopin’ has an interesting post on the vast emptiness south of the Roosevelt Collection.  The alderman down there wants it rezoned from mixed-use residential/commercial to industrial.  In a city with miles and miles of vacant brownfields, it seems a strange move to put manufacturing so close to downtown and a very residential neighborhood. Uptown Update notes...

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Chicago’s Greenest Alley?

A while ago we posted a photo from suburban Lake Forest of an alley between buildings that is converted into a farmer’s market each Summer.  It seems like a great civic and commercial use of an urban space, and an environmentally friendly one, too. Here in the city, the block of Couch Place between North State and North Dearborn Streets may be Chicago’s greenest alley.   It was renovated in 2007, shortly after the...

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A Look Inside Chicago’s First Theater and More

In case you missed Geoffrey Baer’s latest piece exploring Chicagoland on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, on Tuesday he took a tour of some of the city’s most important theaters, including the first one, and one that still plays silent films with a live organist. The video below runs ten minutes, but is thoroughly...

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