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Old January 30th, 2008, 12:11 AM   #281
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[QUOTE=spyguy;18055563]Clark & Grand hotels

Thanks "SpyGuy" you are awesome in informing all of us.......

P.S......Do you know what is going on with the old building that was torn down next to 420 East Ohio?
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Old January 30th, 2008, 02:45 AM   #282
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Woohoo!

Redesign for Flair Tower - still PoMo but SOOOO much better than the crappy mansard before.

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Old February 3rd, 2008, 08:16 PM   #283
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SW Oak and Rush ??

Can someone tell me what is happening on the SW corner of Oak and Rush? I haven't benn past the site lately but last time I did I saw no signage as to what was going in. That's a premier location with Mich Ave only steps away and the Viagra Triangle is right out your front door. The answer may have been posted somewhere else but I have not been able to locate any information on this.
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Old February 3rd, 2008, 09:58 PM   #284
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Can someone tell me what is happening on the SW corner of Oak and Rush? I haven't benn past the site lately but last time I did I saw no signage as to what was going in. That's a premier location with Mich Ave only steps away and the Viagra Triangle is right out your front door. The answer may have been posted somewhere else but I have not been able to locate any information on this.
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Its the new Barney's New York store.
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Old February 3rd, 2008, 10:05 PM   #285
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Thanks Urbanight! I'll have to google it to find renderings. I guess that's why it wasn't discussed in this fourm. That will leave quite an opportunity for something on the SE corner then right?
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Old February 4th, 2008, 07:37 AM   #286
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I was at the current Barney's with my sister a couple months ago, and across the street was what appeared to be a row of gutted, old low-rises. I asked an employee there if they knew if that is where their new expansion would be going, and he said yes. I then asked him if they were planning on renovate the vacated structures, and he said no. Does anyone know if this is true, or have any information on what was there?
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Old February 4th, 2008, 07:45 AM   #287
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double post. whoops.

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Old February 4th, 2008, 04:59 PM   #288
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At that corner there used to be a series of one floor structures that housed various stores over the years including a Bang and Olufsen store on the corner. At the SW corner of State and Oak on the same site there was a 2 story bldg that housed an old-school italian restuarant for years (?? names on the tip of my tounge but can't recall right now) and upstairs there was a tanning salon for a while.
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Old February 5th, 2008, 01:53 AM   #289
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At that corner there used to be a series of one floor structures that housed various stores over the years including a Bang and Olufsen store on the corner. At the SW corner of State and Oak on the same site there was a 2 story bldg that housed an old-school italian restuarant for years (?? names on the tip of my tounge but can't recall right now) and upstairs there was a tanning salon for a while.
The Italian restaurant was Papa Milanos. Great place. A lot of people were very sad to see it go. It was one of the few places in town where you could get New York style pizza. Before it closed one of the waiters told me there were no plans to reopen at another location.

There were another couple of boutiques torn down to make way for the new Barney's. One was a button store (yes, all they sold was buttons and some threads) called Tender Buttons. There was also a children's clothing store.

The Barney's store is on something of a tight schedule. Demolition and construction on the new hotel at the site of the Esquire Theater can't begin until the Oak Street Citibank can move into the new Barney's building (on the State Street side).

At the other end of the Rush street block is a separate renovation project which is adding a floor onto the old Gino's East Pizza joint that the health department shut down. It will reopen as a string of boutiques much like what you see on Walton and Delaware right now.

Sandwiched between these two projects is the Starbucks and a shoe store that are managing to survive surrounded by disarray.
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Thanks Reaper! Any information on the hotel on the site of the Esquire Theater? Haven't heard about that yet. Will there be any objection from preservationists? Not that I think it should be preserved- to me it doesn't fit in to the block and is no historic or achitectural gem.
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Old February 5th, 2008, 05:04 AM   #291
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The Barney's store is on something of a tight schedule. Demolition and construction on the new hotel at the site of the Esquire Theater can't begin until the Oak Street Citibank can move into the new Barney's building (on the State Street side).
They've been playing in the dirt for a while. Last time I walked by it was still a hole in the ground - they better hurry up.
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Thanks Reaper! Any information on the hotel on the site of the Esquire Theater? Haven't heard about that yet. Will there be any objection from preservationists? Not that I think it should be preserved- to me it doesn't fit in to the block and is no historic or achitectural gem.
The preservationists have already had their say. The Esquire facade will be kept and the hotel inserted behind it. There will also be a couple of floors of retail matching the rest of Oak Street.
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They've been playing in the dirt for a while. Last time I walked by it was still a hole in the ground - they better hurry up.
I was there yesterday and it's still pretty much a hole, though there are some vertical steel elements starting to show up. I suspect it's a difficult site to work on -- bounded on three sides by active streets and on the fourth by an open business. I don't know where they store stuff.
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Old February 8th, 2008, 07:01 PM   #294
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No daytime shots, but, at least you guys can get an idea of the formal quality of the building. There's a huge showcase spiral stair as the building's centerpiece inside the round volume at the northeast corner. There's also a restaurant on the roof that helps to occupy some of the outdoor space that you see up there.

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Thanks for the picture Geoff! I was poking around online and came up empty handed when I went looking for a graphic of what they were planning for the site. To me it seems more suited for Michigan Ave than oak street. Looks to be the size of a major department store. I do like the rooftop dining concept however - something like the one in London on the 4th (?) floor of (is it) Harvey Nicks (?).
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Old February 9th, 2008, 05:08 AM   #296
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NICE! Barney's of Chicago...
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Old February 10th, 2008, 10:51 AM   #298
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better bring the height up further around the gold coast! love the barney's NY store!!!
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Old February 10th, 2008, 06:52 PM   #299
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Thanks for the picture Geoff! I was poking around online and came up empty handed when I went looking for a graphic of what they were planning for the site. To me it seems more suited for Michigan Ave than oak street. Looks to be the size of a major department store.
I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. Great care was taken to break up the massing just enough as to not overwhelm the surrounding area. It should all turn out pretty nice. Unless things have changed since the last time I worked on it, those panels that cover the front are perforated metal that have floral images punched into them via a CNC turret punch. It's something that hasn't been done much in Chicago, at least that I can think of, but, we should see a lot more of it moving forward. I think it is a great strategy to continue the trend of trying to mask garages and mechanicals.
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I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. Great care was taken to break up the massing just enough as to not overwhelm the surrounding area. It should all turn out pretty nice. Unless things have changed since the last time I worked on it, those panels that cover the front are perforated metal that have floral images punched into them via a CNC turret punch. It's something that hasn't been done much in Chicago, at least that I can think of, but, we should see a lot more of it moving forward. I think it is a great strategy to continue the trend of trying to mask garages and mechanicals.
Thanks for the claification because before you added that narative I was reminded of the not-so special retail structures in the 600 block of Michigan- you know, the ones with the cinemas stuck on top and the other one (I always get those two mixed up because they're both so blah). Given what you've described we may be moving beyond the mediocre retail clad box with a few street level windows.
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