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Old May 25th, 2006, 01:46 AM   #121
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http://www.canyonranchchicago.com/

Experience a lifestyle available nowhere else. Canyon Ranch Living - Chicago, a 67-story glass elliptical tower, is home to 256 lavish residential condominiums, a 65,000 square-foot wellness center, a café and dining room and five-star hotel with 128 hotel condominiums. Under one roof, you can live in a private domain that nurtures the body and inspires the soul.

They have really small renderings. The "hole" looks a little different too:
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Old June 24th, 2006, 05:02 AM   #122
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Not sure if anyone knows this yet but this building is now being called 680 N Rush. Also the height from the street is showing as 752'. Don't know if that is how it will be measured but that is what it is sjowing from street level.
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Old June 24th, 2006, 08:32 AM   #123
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This and Mandarin Oriental Hotel are by far my favorite new buildings, seriously.

Not that anyone cares - just wanted to get that out there.
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Old June 25th, 2006, 02:59 AM   #124
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The address needs to be changed to 680 North Rush
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Old June 25th, 2006, 07:10 AM   #125
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I'm just glad that it's round.

There haven't been too many round buildings built downtown, from recollection
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Old June 25th, 2006, 10:52 PM   #126
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I'm just glad that it's round...
...and glassy. It will help offset a lot of the beige concrete crap in its 'hood.
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Old June 26th, 2006, 06:48 AM   #127
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I like the 71 E Huron's style. If it is placed in the same cluster with 4-towers Museum Park and 830 S Mich, the south end will steal thunder from the north end of downtown skyline.
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Old June 26th, 2006, 07:49 PM   #128
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I like the 71 E Huron's style. If it is placed in the same cluster with 4-towers Museum Park and 830 S Mich, the south end will steal thunder from the north end of downtown skyline.
Um, I believe this puppy's in River North...
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Old June 26th, 2006, 10:06 PM   #129
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^I know that. I said if
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Old June 29th, 2006, 01:27 AM   #130
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^I know that. I said if
My bad. Perhaps if you worded it "If it was placed in the same cluster with 4-towers Museum Park and 830 S Mich, the south end would steal thunder from the north end of downtown skyline" the hypothetical meaning would've been clearer.
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Old July 30th, 2006, 06:24 PM   #131
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Old July 31st, 2006, 01:05 AM   #132
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Hot damn I love this building. (especially now that I sold the condo whose view it would have blocked :P). At any rate - when are they going to stop tinkering with the hole at the top? It was so much better when it was just a void!
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Old July 31st, 2006, 01:46 AM   #133
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My bad. Perhaps if you worded it "If it was placed in the same cluster with 4-towers Museum Park and 830 S Mich, the south end would steal thunder from the north end of downtown skyline" the hypothetical meaning would've been clearer.
Not to be overly picky, but if we're going to start talking about grammar, in this case, I think we should use the subjunctive mood*: "If it were..."

Back on topic -- I too wish this building were at the corner of Michigan and Roosevelt. It would have such an awe-inspiring impact on the skyline there. But even hidden in the Gold Coast, this building will be a treasure.



*Contrary to popular belief, the subjunctive is a mood, and not a tense. (Mood expresses the relationship between a verb and reality/intent, whereas tense situates the verb temporally.)

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Old September 8th, 2006, 07:53 AM   #134
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From the Saint James Cathedral website:

http://www.saintjamescathedral.org/design.asp

The 65 East Huron Tower. The new 64-story, elliptical-shaped, glass-clad building will include close to 48,000 square feet of space (double the space in the existing building) on the first four floors for the offices of the Cathedral, the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, and Episcopal Charities, as well as a fellowship hall, kitchen, and other meeting spaces. The new building will have a direct connection to the Cathedral proper at the southeast corner of the Cathedral nave. The remainder of the building will be several floors of parking, a Canyon Ranch Health and Wellness center and restaurant, 100+ hotel condominiums connected to Canyon Ranch, and another 300+ private condominium residences. It is planned that the new building will be the “greenest” high-rise building in Chicago, in the forefront of environmental and energy conservation designs.

Demolition of the exisiting structure and new construction could begin as soon as May 2007.

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The July 26, 2006 Update Letter mentions moving out of their existing space towards the end of this year.
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Old September 8th, 2006, 05:44 PM   #135
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Contacted the devoloper and they said they were finalizing the pricing and floorplans for the units, so probally within a month they will be launching there ad campaign for it.
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Old September 8th, 2006, 06:42 PM   #136
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good update Dan, thanks
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Old October 24th, 2006, 11:47 PM   #137
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Just got an invintation for the "Taste of Canyon Ranch" coming up at River East which is suppose to go into details about the building which they say in the email is 67 floors (I noticed we have 65 floors listed) Hopefully it really will be informing and not just fluff info, any new details I'll be sure to post. This is all good news and leads me to believe they will probally start marketing it late this year or early 07. I really want this puppy to get built, something round in Chicago?...what an odd idea!

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Old October 25th, 2006, 05:39 AM   #138
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...and glassy. It will help offset a lot of the beige concrete crap in its 'hood.
I agree, this is exactly the type of building this area needs. I love it.
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Old November 11th, 2006, 03:29 AM   #139
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http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/02/ga...76d5e0&ei=5070

Living in Zen: The Spa Life, 24/7

By PHILIP NOBEL

Published: November 2, 2006

BREATHE. It’s been a busy day. Your husband woke you as he raced to the steam room at 6 a.m. Then your own serene morning began with Zen Boot Camp at 7 and some Cardio Dance before you bundled the kids off to their Aqua Fun class in the pool. When they were back home with the nanny you stole a moment for your own quick steam on the way to Balletone at 11. After Pilates it was time to collect the little ones for Children’s Self Defense. The late afternoon found you contemplating mindfulness in a communal meditation room and stopping by a nutrition-conscious cafe to order dinner, delivered. Your husband reappeared for Ballroom Dancing at 6 p.m., but the two of you had to sneak out early to catch a lecture on “The Essential Components of Healthy Aging.” Somehow you still had the energy to do your personalized Tantra homework.

Good thing you never had to leave your building.

Such are the possible rigors of a balanced urban life as envisioned by Miraval, the Tucson-based destination spa. Beginning in early 2008 those who choose to relocate to 515 East 72nd Street will be able to experience Miraval’s spa, fitness, nutrition and general wellness programming from the comfort of their own high-rise condominium homes. The project will be known as Miraval Living; the company is billing it as New York City’s first “inspired living residence” and the first of what John Vanderslice, the chief executive, said would be 10 to 15 similar developments in the next decade in cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami and Washington.

The age of the “spadominium” has arrived. In the last four years Susie Ellis, the president of SpaFinder, a research clearinghouse and information service, has identified more than 200 “spa lifestyle communities” across the country, most of them second-home condominiums at destination resorts like Sundara Spa in Wisconsin Dells or Red Mountain Spa in Ivins, Utah. But the expansion of Miraval Living into New York City — and the condominium projects that Miraval’s principal rival, Canyon Ranch, has under way in Miami Beach and Chicago — represent a new twist: primary-residence spa living for urbanites.

“We started in the city that we thought needed stress relief most,” Mr. Vanderslice said last month, a few weeks before the opening of Miraval Living’s on-site sales office. Thousands of apartments are for sale in Manhattan at any given moment, he said, but “the way we like to think about it is that only 350 of them can change your life.”

Today’s condominium market is an arms race in which each new development tries to best a crowded field of competitors with ever more lavish materials and thick bundles of exotic amenities, or at least the reflected glory of a star architect like Richard Meier or (coming soon to West 19th Street) Jean Nouvel.

Renovating and adding spa services to an undistinguished 1985-vintage apartment tower on the Upper East Side, as Miraval is doing, might seem like just another elaborate come-on. Sales literature for other recently announced condominium projects like the Caledonia in Manhattan and Mezzo in Atlanta highlight their soothing green features and, respectively, the “Zen luxury” and pleasantly scented air that will promote “a centered lifestyle.”

But Miraval Living is notable for the intensity — one might call it invasiveness — of its concept. Staff advisers will design a custom regimen for each new resident, drawing from hundreds of in-house services that include things like sessions with Dr. Lana L. Holstein, a sex therapist, and the chance to experience the Quantum Leap, a tethered, sometimes blindfolded jump from a tiny platform affixed to the top of a telephone pole. The flagship Miraval Living project in New York may offer a window into an entirely new market at the intersection of two of America’s most lucrative obsessions: comfort, in the form of luxury real estate, and “wellness,” which encompasses health, fitness and all the so-called alternative practices once known as New Age.

Miraval and Canyon Ranch are both trying to appeal to buyers of all ages, but “the whole trend is supported by aging baby boomers,” Ms. Ellis said. As adults in that active and affluent demographic glut reach their golden years and eschew a remote, quiescent retirement, high-end urban residences with easy access to life-enhancing therapies may be the retirement homes of the future for the very well off.

“Retirement?” Ms. Ellis asked. “They’re not interested in that term. Retirement community? Forget it! But a spa community? That’s something they can relate to very positively.”

Next June Canyon Ranch will open the doors to the first of several Canyon Ranch Living condominium developments: more than 600 units of spa-served luxury residences in three towers on the ocean side of Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, intended as both primary and second homes. Canyon Ranch said the project is 87 percent sold out; a second Canyon Ranch Living, planned to open in Chicago in 2010, had a waiting list of 600 even before pricing was finalized, according to Kevin Kelly, the Canyon Ranch president.

And Miraval Living may soon have direct competition in Manhattan. For several years Canyon Ranch has been looking for an appropriate property there; Mr. Kelly said that as recently as last year the company had an option to buy the 72nd Street building that Miraval is now developing. (The ambience of the neighborhood, the building’s pool and its huge garden gave it obvious appeal to both companies.) Canyon Ranch passed it up, Mr. Kelly said, to focus on properties in other neighborhoods, like TriBeCa, where he said his customers are already clustered.

“Here are the facts,” Mr. Kelly said. “Three out of four Americans think their life is out of balance, and one out of three is looking to do something about it.”

His company’s research, he said, suggests that by 2025 fully half of all Americans will be actively pursuing a way to live greener, healthier, more psychologically satisfying lives. Mr. Kelly predicted the emergence of a $400 billion to $1 trillion market in “wellness lifestyles” that will comprise segments of the health, beauty, food, fitness, medicine, spirituality and, of course, spa industries.

Steve Case, the former chairman of AOL Time Warner, seems equally confident. In 2004 Mr. Case, now the chairman of a new health-centered holding company called Revolution, bought a majority stake in Miraval. “I saw it as a much bigger brand that would reach more people,” he said. “A kind of Nike of wellness.”

“The market has been building for 20 to 30 years, and certain things that were once fringe are now mainstream,” he continued. “It’s no different than my experience with AOL: when I got involved, the Internet was a fringy hacker hobby.”

In addition to the Miraval Living projects planned for cities, Mr. Case said the company would build developments in suburban areas. His competitors are looking at the marriage of spas and subdivisions as well. Mr. Kelly said that Canyon Ranch is considering the development of several “horizontal master-plan communities” in the Sun Belt — therapeutic villages that might resemble new-urbanist towns with spas, clinics and recreational facilities at the center, where one might expect the town square.

Ms. Ellis of SpaFinder is guardedly thrilled about the potential integration of real life with spa life.

“I think it’s one of the most exciting trends we’ve seen in the industry in the last 20 years,” she said. But Miraval’s plan for 10 to 15 such developments “is very ambitious,” she added. “I think it’s a matter of proving the concept in practice.”

How, for instance, does one translate the spa experience from a distant desert retreat to an apartment building on the less-than-serene Upper East Side? Will one feel the same sense of inner refreshment from a Detoxifying Seaweed Body Mask or a class in Fletcher Towelwork when it is available all the time just an elevator ride away?

Dr. Holstein, who directs Miraval’s medical programs and, with her husband, Dr. David J. Taylor, conducts a popular intimacy workshop at the Arizona spa, said she sees only opportunity.

“I’m not worried at all about translating our programs from Tucson to New York,” Dr. Holstein said. Because of the time constraints involved in working with people who are not on vacation, she said, the intensive four-day program — with its emphasis on breathing, soul-gazing and mutual worship — might be pared to a two-day introduction, followed by individual consultations in residents’ homes.

“We might offer one homework assignment, focusing on the female, say, and then come back in a couple of weeks and focus on the other side of the dyad,” she said. “We’re coming to where you live, so we can come back in a week or six months and say, ‘How are you doing?’ ”
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Just got an invintation for the "Taste of Canyon Ranch" coming up at River East which is suppose to go into details about the building which they say in the email is 67 floors (I noticed we have 65 floors listed) Hopefully it really will be informing and not just fluff info, any new details I'll be sure to post. This is all good news and leads me to believe they will probally start marketing it late this year or early 07. I really want this puppy to get built, something round in Chicago?...what an odd idea!

^Talk about much to do about nothing! The only good info I got was the floorplans (which there is about 25 different versions) but other than that...all they did was have the designer come up and have us imagine what the units will look like with his stomach turning poetic descriptions...they couldn't of at least given a short photo powerpoint?!...I mean something!. I didn't have time to talk to the pres of Related because I had to go...you get anything out of it BVIC? Im curious how many units will be designated as hotel condos and how this may hurt sales goals...Oh, I did get pricepoints which were in the package- 1 bed condos start at $825,000...they are large (around 1100 sq feet) and hotel suites start at 700K!, definetely aimed toward high end buyers...however I hope the attendees tonight are not a true representation of their "waiting list" since the two guys and gal in front were drunk and giggling like school kids (not joking) and another dude was asleep the whole time in the front row!
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