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Old December 15th, 2004, 04:21 AM   #121
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Great post TUP!

See? People do read them

btw - you should all be watcing UIC-Duke on espn2 right now! Go Flames!!!
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Old December 16th, 2004, 12:21 AM   #122
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New shit

High-rise hotels in view for Wacker Dr. parcels

December 15, 2004

BY DAVID ROEDER SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST




Developers of the Lakeshore East site north of Millennium Park are mapping their next moves in the marketplace, apparently believing that a new round of hotel expansion is straight ahead.



Joel Carlins, president of Magellan Development Group Ltd., said he's talking to operators of five-star hotels overseas who want to come to Chicago. Carlins, who controls most of Lakeshore East with architect James Loewenberg, said vacant parcels along Wacker Drive next to the Swissotel could accommodate a couple new towers with hotel space. He said several operators are intrigued by the "condo hotel'' concept of individually owned rooms that's gaining traction in Chicago.

Carlins wouldn't detail the companies he's talking to. One obvious candidate would be the Mandarin Oriental chain, which was thwarted by the post-9/11 travel slump in its plans to come to the Near North Side. A Wacker Drive site would be better for the convention trade.

Two residential high-rises are at or near completion in Lakeshore East and two more will start in the next few months. Meanwhile, sources said Carlins and partners are the top bidder for two parcels within the site being sold by Archstone-Smith Trust. The 2.4 acres north of the Blue Cross-Blue Shield building are zoned for up to 1,500 housing units
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Old December 16th, 2004, 12:37 AM   #123
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Great post TUP!

See? People do read them

btw - you should all be watcing UIC-Duke on espn2 right now! Go Flames!!!
geoff, my alma mater...yours?
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Old December 16th, 2004, 06:37 AM   #124
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UIC/Syracuse/FAU/MIT/UM yada yada yada

but, most importantly, UIC
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Old December 16th, 2004, 07:11 AM   #125
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I had no idea that there was an original facade...so, you're right. that had to be an improvement.

I hope that the same (original facade) isn't true for a neighbor of Spertus...and I'm talking about the ugliest bldg down the entire streetwall, that being Johnson Publishing.

Well buildings like the Ebony/Jet Building, The Essex Inn were built in the 1950's. So the facade that you see for those are what's always been there.
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Old December 16th, 2004, 01:51 PM   #126
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I don't ******* understand how I possibly missed posting this.

INSIDE COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE

THOMAS A. CORFMAN
Published December 15, 2004

Condos top Crain's: Crain's Chicago Business may be getting some new upstairs neighbors at 360 N. Michigan Ave.

The landlord, New York real estate investor Joseph Chetrit, has hired architect Lucien Lagrange to draw up plans for a gradual condominium conversion of the riverfront building, sources said.

Also under consideration is a condominium tower of more than 35 stories on an adjacent parking lot on Wacker Drive.

The historic structure was renamed for Crain Communications Inc. after the publisher leased six lower floors of the 21-story tower in 2000.

Lagrange, whose restoration projects include the 175 W. Jackson Blvd. office building, could not be reached for comment.


And if you don't know exactly where this is, the Crains Communication Building (Former London Gaurentee & Accident) is on the southwest corner of Michigan and Wacker, the vacant lot is to the right. In between this building and Mather Tower, which has had problems with falling terra-cotta several times.
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Old December 16th, 2004, 07:07 PM   #127
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^Not clear. What exactly is this tower? And I still don't recall the vacant lot you're talking about.

Is this some sort of new construction that completely flew under the radar?

I'm shocked
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Old December 16th, 2004, 07:17 PM   #128
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It looks like it is. It looks like the lot should be on the corner of Michigan and Wacker, but I can't picture any empty lot there.
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Old December 16th, 2004, 07:48 PM   #129
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Think of the block of Wacker between Michigan and Wabash. The Mather Building is the building that they restored the crown 2 years ago when they flew it by helecopter to the top. There is a narrow parking lot there.
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Old December 16th, 2004, 09:50 PM   #130
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Damn! I can't believe nothing was ever announced about ut. Sounds exciting. I wonder who the developer/architect will be. I think 35 stories is actually appropriate for the location.

I heard Morton's is creating a new steakhouse around there, with a lunch and cocktail menu and bar. If this new highrise also has some ground-level activity, we could be talking about a whole new entertainment district to link N. Michigan Ave and River North to the loop!
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Old December 16th, 2004, 11:21 PM   #131
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The parking lot is very small, so this 35-story condo tower is going to be very much a "sliver" building, probably limited to one unit per floor, with windows in only the front and rear. The view from the front will be the Wrigley Bldg. and Trump Tower.

The new Morton's is on Wacker Place, which is one block south of Wacker Drive. Morton's is mid-block between Michigan and Wabash. The Hard Rock Hotel is next door, including their new hipster restaurant China Grill, which faces Michigan. There's a restaurant in the Hotel Monaco at the corner of Wabash and Wacker Place too, though the name escapes me.

Morton's and China Grill are the type of restaurants that previously would have opened on the periphery of the Loop (River North, West Randolph, etc.) instead of in it, so this is indeed a very good sign. Park Grill in Millennium Park is a solid success as well, from what I hear. So a restaurant scene is developing south of the river near Michigan, where the dining highlights used to be limited to places like Bennigan's. It can only pick up steam with the addition of Lake Shore East, Trump, and everything else nearby.
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Old December 18th, 2004, 12:18 AM   #132
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a few pictures from a walk down dearborn

Here are a few pictures I snapped today (12/17) before the batteries died in my crappy digital camera.

First, two of the Maple Tower taken from the west on Maple.





Then a picture of the soon to be replaced Dr. Scholl's building.



Also, a pic of the Bernadin at Chicago and Wabash taken from Dearborn. I wanted to get some pictures of the Sun Times building, but the batteries went dead after I took the Bernadin picture. Hmmm. It looks to me like the destruction of the Sun Times building is accelerating, but I have no pictures today to prove it.

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Old December 18th, 2004, 07:56 AM   #133
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If anyone's still not clear on the empty lot in question... it sits just to the northeast of Hotel 71.

Kevin J - isn't the name something like Sweetwater Grill?
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Old December 18th, 2004, 08:03 AM   #134
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Kevin J:
"The parking lot is very small, so this 35-story condo tower is going to be very much a "sliver" building, probably limited to one unit per floor, with windows in only the front and rear. The view from the front will be the Wrigley Bldg. and Trump Tower."


I think the space between the Mather Building and the Crain Communications Building (old London Guarentee Building) is where it will be built. Check out the little parking lot inbetween each building.

From the IBM Building:


From the wabash St. bridge:
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Old December 19th, 2004, 03:30 AM   #135
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Hey

TM 308, if you have access to the IBM Building take of few shots of the Sun-Times from above.

What if the but a twin to Mather Tower right on that lot. For those of you who aren't familiar with Mather Tower, it's the skinny white building with the narrow tower in the center of the photo.
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Old December 19th, 2004, 06:04 PM   #136
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Umm... the first Mather is ugly enough... I'm not sure that we'd want a second one
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Old December 19th, 2004, 09:23 PM   #137
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Here is a rendering of the new dormity going up for Loyola University. The new dorm is on the northwest corner of Wabash anad Person, and The Clare at Watertower will be diagonally across the street on the southeast corner.



Here is the billboard rendering for the dornitory.



Sorry the photo isn't any better.
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Old December 20th, 2004, 06:06 AM   #138
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BVictor1:
"TM 308, if you have access to the IBM Building take of few shots of the Sun-Times from above."

I was up in the IBM building only for a week last August. I may go there again this coming Feburary. If I do, I'll take a few overheads of the Sun-Times building (if it is still there ).
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Old December 20th, 2004, 06:12 AM   #139
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^ Hotel 71 also has a good view:

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Old December 20th, 2004, 07:34 AM   #140
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Great post TUP!

See? People do read them

btw - you should all be watcing UIC-Duke on espn2 right now! Go Flames!!!
I think the Flames might win the conference again this year if UWM runs out of gas. They would be a lock if Martell Bailey hadn't flunked out.

BTW how long ago did they take down the netting on Mather?
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