Swissôtel’s Awkward Protrusion to Get Bigger
Aug28

Swissôtel’s Awkward Protrusion to Get Bigger

Since Lakeshore East is in the news this week, here’s a little nugget of neighbor news: The Swissôtel at 323 East Wacker Drive is getting a small expansion. If you’ve ever walked by the hotel, you may have noticed the awkward outdoor seating area next to the slightly-less-awkward annex that houses The Palm restaurant. That outdoor seating area is going away, to be replaced by an annex to the annex to the hotel in order to...

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Slice of Life: Skyscrapers and Clouds
Jul22

Slice of Life: Skyscrapers and Clouds

  A time-lapse video of summer afternoon clouds boiling across the Chicago skyline.  Taken from Aqua, visible (left to right) are: 303 East Wacker 680 North Lake Shore Drive Streeter Place River East Center 401 East Ontario Onterie Center...

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Critics of Donald’s Trump Stamp Ignore Other Riverfront Affronts. Here’s a List
Jun16

Critics of Donald’s Trump Stamp Ignore Other Riverfront Affronts. Here’s a List

For the last week or so architecture nerds, bloggers, journalists, tourists, and people who just love Chicago have had one word on their lips: “TRUM.” Today it’s spelled “TRUMP,” but for a long while, the “P” was missing on the sign on the Trump International Hotel and Tower (401 North Wabash Avenue) that’s brought Donald Trump more free publicity for his Chicago residential tower than...

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Slice of Life: Chicago’s Most Polite Out of Order Sign
Mar14

Slice of Life: Chicago’s Most Polite Out of Order Sign

Hotels are judged by the service they provide.  A polite bell hop can turn a three-star TripAdvisor review into a five-star TripAdvisor review. So, you’ll have to excuse the staff at the Swissôtel (323 East Wacker Drive) for being used to being deferential.  Even the “Out of Order” sign on a pedway door goes above and beyond to make sure the door doesn’t feel...

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Smoking Hot Models: The Light-Up Lakeshore East [Video]
Dec26

Smoking Hot Models: The Light-Up Lakeshore East [Video]

Magellan Development, the people behind the downtown architectural Disneyland that is Lakeshore East, have this wonderful model of their project that gets updated as more and more buildings go up. Sure, lots of companies have little models of their buildings.  But this one’s different — it lights up! The completed buildings are illuminated from inside, and the effect is really nice. Here’s the best part — We...

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Coast Crane Jumps the Swissôtel
Apr30

Coast Crane Jumps the Swissôtel

While you were enjoying Sunday doing whatever it is that you do on Sundays, the team at The Coast (345 East Wacker Drive) was busy raising its tower crane.  One of our Lakeshore East spies sent us a picture and you can see the men hard at work in the photo above.  The crane is now just slightly taller than the neighboring Swissôtel (323 East Wacker Drive), which makes us think that The Coast will end up slightly shorter in height....

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