Hotel EMC2 Opens in Downtown Chicago; Smart People Pack Their Bags
Aug01

Hotel EMC2 Opens in Downtown Chicago; Smart People Pack Their Bags

You don’t have to have crazy white hair and a Nobel Prize in physics to stay at downtown Chicago’s newest hotel.  SMASHotels recently swung the doors open at 228 East Ontario Street in Streeterville for Hotel EMC2, welcoming all to its eclectic interior and science-themed accouterments. For those of you who aren’t scienticians, “EMC2” is a nod to the law of mass-energy equivalence.  If all this is new to...

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Streeterville’s Hotel EMC2 Looks Like a Tower of Tetris
Feb14

Streeterville’s Hotel EMC2 Looks Like a Tower of Tetris

The last time we checked in on SMASHotels‘ EMC2 rising at 228 East Ontario Street, it was covered in an unflattering green.  The good news is that it’s since been buttoned up in a nice, tasteful facade of grey.  50 shades of them. Streeterville Spy Paul bellhopped our tip line with new photos of the building, and it appears that most of the exterior work is done.  Through the big square windows you can see construction...

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Marriott Autograph Tops Out in Streeterville
Aug09

Marriott Autograph Tops Out in Streeterville

The latest hotel to wedge itself into a tiny downtown space appears to have topped out. Streeterville Spy Paul sent in the photo above, showing the future Marriott Autograph hotel, designed by Koo and Associates, at 228 East Ontario Street. The last time we checked in on this building, it had a full compliment of gear busily making hay while the sun was shining. Now the climbing forms for the elevator core are gone, though work...

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Awesome Bird’s Eye View of Streeterville’s Marriott Autograph Hotel
Jun28

Awesome Bird’s Eye View of Streeterville’s Marriott Autograph Hotel

Life is rough for pigeons.  Between shivering through a Chicago winter and dodging rats trying to gnaw your feet off, there’s not a lot good about being a bird in this city.  Except for the whole flying thing.  That’s awesome. And thanks to Streeterville Spy Paul we get to see what the pigeons see when they look down on the construction of the new Marriott Autograph Hotel at 228 East Ontario Street. When complete, it will...

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Ontario Street Tower Crane Makes its Smashing Debut
Jan14

Ontario Street Tower Crane Makes its Smashing Debut

“What’s that?” you say. “Don’t tower cranes generally erect things rather than smash them to pieces? You’re confusing a tower crane with a wrecking-ball crane.” You got us there. We were having some fun with our words. In actuality, what recently appeared in the sky above 228 East Ontario Street in Streeterville is the tower crane tasked with helping create the new SmasHotel. To wit,...

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Streeterville Hotel About to Go Vertical
Dec22

Streeterville Hotel About to Go Vertical

Streeterville’s newest hotel is just about ready to go from mudpit to rebar. The new hotel being slotted into the narrow space at 228 East Ontario Street has been under construction for some time, with crews working on the foundation, shoring up the basement level with long pipes and lots of wood.  Now word comes that the tower crane for this project will be erected in the first week of the new year. January 4, 2016 is the date...

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Big Permit Signals Next Step for 228 East Ontario Construction
Sep23

Big Permit Signals Next Step for 228 East Ontario Construction

At the end of August, we let you know there were finally signs of life for the SMASHotels project slated for 228 East Ontario in Streeterville. That breath of fresh hotel air came in the form of a tower-crane permit. And now, a permit has been issued to put that crane to work. FOUNDATION ONLY FOR A TWENTY-ONE (stories? We’ve heard 22, and 20.), 195 ROOM HOTEL WITH BASEMENT AND ASSOCIATED SITE WORK AS PER PLANS How big is a...

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Construction About to Start on Streeterville Hotel You Forgot About
Aug31

Construction About to Start on Streeterville Hotel You Forgot About

As the Chicago development radar spins, the pings get fainter and fainter until sometimes they practically slip away.  And then suddenly “PING!” a bogie appears on the screen.  Such is the case with 224 East Ontario Street, the Streeterville hotel being developed by SMASHotels just off of the Magnificent Mile. You may remember SMAS from such downtown Chicago hotels as theWit, the Fairfield Inn and Suites...

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