City Gives its OK to a Third Huge South Loop Skyscraper
May23

City Gives its OK to a Third Huge South Loop Skyscraper

The south side of Grant Park is going to add another strikingly tall skyscraper to its border and help balance out the north-south heigh discrepancy. The Chicago Plan Commission has approved the vertical expansion of the Essex Inn at 800 South Michigan Avenue.  The plan designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture for Oxford Capitol and Quadrum Global calls for adding a 57-story, 575-foot-tall apartment tower just south of the main...

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What’s Will Happen to Trib Tower? It’s Anyone’s Guess
May18

What’s Will Happen to Trib Tower? It’s Anyone’s Guess

You don’t need to take a Magic 8 Ball upside the head to know that the future is hazy for Tribune Tower.  What will become of the landmark of Chicago landmarks is uncertain as its former media powerhouse owner turns over every last couch cushion looking for money. For the last few years the local commercial real estate industry has been abuzz about the potential of the storied tower changing hands, and along with it development...

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Work to Resume at Stalled Michigan Avenue Hotel Conversion
May09

Work to Resume at Stalled Michigan Avenue Hotel Conversion

The transformation of the North Michigan Avenue corridor between the Chicago River and Millennium Park is about to get kicked up a notch.  Long-stalled work on the building at 168 North Michigan Avenue is expected to resume soon. A trio of dead permits have been reinstated allowing construction crews to fix the exterior terra cotta on the 12 (should be 16) story building.  Right now the building’s exterior is a pockmarked mess...

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Essex Inn Shows Off New Tower to South Loop Community
Mar01

Essex Inn Shows Off New Tower to South Loop Community

High rises were on everyone’s minds at a community meeting in the South Loop hosted by the Near South Planning Board Monday night at the Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue. You may even want to refer to the Hilton as the “gracious host,” because one item on the agenda pertained to the ambitious plans of the hotel’s next-door neighbor. The Essex Inn, at 800 South Michigan Avenue, wants a room upgrade. Not...

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New Loop Hotel Pays Homage to Its Jazz History
Feb16

New Loop Hotel Pays Homage to Its Jazz History

Chicago is one of the few American cities where a man can still commute to work by train, buy a paper at a newsstand, get his shoes shined, relax for a hot straight-razor shave, and meet the fellas for a game of handball at the club at the end of the day. In spite of backpacks* and “casual Friday,” a ribbon of old-school Mad Men-style swagger still runs through downtown. A bit of that is coming back to life, if in name...

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Status Update: The Godfrey Chicago Hotel
Apr17

Status Update: The Godfrey Chicago Hotel

What once was an abandoned, half-finished Staybridge Suites hotel in River North is rapidly becoming The Godfrey (127 West Huron Street), an upscale hotel with ultralounge on the roof. We stopped by a couple of days ago and heard the music of construction equipment as 150 workers busy themselves at the site. You may remember this Valerio Dewalt Train-designed building as one of downtown Chicago’s victims of the economic...

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