West Loop’s Homewood Suites/Hampton Inn Reaches The Top
Apr22

West Loop’s Homewood Suites/Hampton Inn Reaches The Top

The combination Homewood Suites/Hampton Inn at 108 North Jefferson Street has risen as high as it will go in the West Loop. Jupiter Realty broke ground on the project back in April of 2015, in a neighborhood between the Chicago River and Kennedy Expressway short on hotel rooms. When Power Construction is finished, the Homewood Suites ledger will include 128 rooms, while Hampton Inn will house 210 rooms. (That’s 338 rooms total,...

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Contentious 111 South Peoria Plan Passed by Plan Commission
Mar17

Contentious 111 South Peoria Plan Passed by Plan Commission

111 South Peoria, the condo building LG Development wants to build in the West Loop, was approved Thursday by the Chicago Plan Commission, despite ongoing resistance from some neighboring residents. Originally proposed as a 13-story apartment building on what is now a surface parking lot adjacent to Mary Bartelme Park, locals cried foul over most aspects of the development, forcing LG back to the drawing table to make alterations....

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Homewood Suites/Hampton Inn Begins Stocking New Glassware
Dec29

Homewood Suites/Hampton Inn Begins Stocking New Glassware

No, we haven’t been given special access to the hospitality services at the new combination Homewood Suites/Hampton Inn going up at 108 North Jefferson Street in the West Loop. But what’s clear to anyone passing by are the new windows that have been installed along the building’s 6th (5th?) floor. While differing slightly from the all-glass facades of so many Chicago structures being built, glass is glass here at...

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10 Chicago Neighborhoods Kind Of Like The West Loop (And Cheaper)
Aug07

10 Chicago Neighborhoods Kind Of Like The West Loop (And Cheaper)

Once upon a time, the West Loop was an ugly duckling, home to warehouses, meatpackers and little else. Those days are long gone. Nowadays, developers are grabbing up any open space for condos and apartments in the West Loop, with amenities like artisanal cheese-making classes and dog therapists for hipster canines with self-esteem issues. (Actually, I made both of those up, but folks at LG Development, if you’re reading this,...

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State of the West Loop Development from the POV of the West Central Association President
Dec08

State of the West Loop Development from the POV of the West Central Association President

Over the past few years, I’ve witnessed a couple dozen community meetings in the West Loop where developers and architects offered up plans for new buildings and then held their collective breath while residents gave their feedback. Sometimes, that part of the meeting wasn’t pretty. The most common complaints: “We’ll lose our view.” “Traffic will get worse.” “The density is already too high.” “We’ll lose our neighborhood feel.” You...

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