High-Hauling Helo Hoists Hotel’s HVAC [updated]
Aug25

High-Hauling Helo Hoists Hotel’s HVAC [updated]

For those of you who missed Saturday’s helicopter lift in Streeterville, Loop Spy Daniel caught some great pictures of the sky crane lifting material onto the roof of the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers (301 East North Water Street). Update: August 27, 2013 Local skyscraper fan Butler V. Adams sent in a couple of more photographs: Helicopter lift at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers. Photograph courtesy of Butler V. Adams...

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 10
Dec14

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 10

  If you’re looking for the best Christmas trees in Chicago, check out the city’s hotels.  Pretty much every big hotel goes all out with its Christmas tree, usually front and center in the lobby.  You could even make a tour of it, checking out all of the trees in each of the hotels along Michigan Avenue, for example.  Checking out the lobby trees is free, and when you’re ready for a cup of something hot,...

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Slice of Life: Film on the Chicago River
Sep10

Slice of Life: Film on the Chicago River

You can’t swing a boom mic in this town without hitting a film crew these days.  Just in the last week or so I’ve seen six different productions being shot around town.  Usually I post the pictures to our Facebook page or Twitter feed, so if you’re on those you may have seen them. I’ve seen dozens of helicopters filming, chase trucks in The Loop, even one car commercial that had a stretch of street in River...

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Does It Have To Feed A Meter?
May15

Does It Have To Feed A Meter?

In the decade I’ve been writing this blog, posting hundreds of “Slices of Life” from all corners of the city, I have never seen this before. It’s The Spirit — one of the big ships that takes tourists on dinner cruises from Navy Pier.  But that’s not Navy Pier.  Today it tied up next to the Sheraton Hotel and Towers (301 East North Water Street). On warm Sundays I will occasionally take The New York...

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