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Old July 31st, 2008, 08:32 PM   #341
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Yep. Saw the entire lot cleared out this morning from the El.
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Old August 1st, 2008, 07:46 PM   #342
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From gritty roots to urban chic
Developers see opportunity in River North

By Susan Diesenhouse | Chicago Tribune reporter
July 11, 2008


Gary Deutsch wanted to live in a neighborhood with the cosmopolitan flair and pulsating pace that his digs in San Diego lacked. He found that in River North, a once-derelict district being transformed by new development into one of the city's most vibrant places to live and work.

"River North has the urban beat," said Deutsch, 55. "Suburban San Diego has a dead beat." This fall, he will move into a new 2,500-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath condominium at 110 W. Superior St., within walking distance of his furniture store, Ligneroset, at 208 W. Hubbard St.

His new $1.5 million condo "is convenient to good restaurants, bars, galleries and Neiman Marcus on Michigan Avenue," he said.

Deutsch has joined about 25,000 new residents occupying some of the 10,000 new housing units built in the neighborhood since 2000. Along with them have come offices, hotels, eateries, clubs, art galleries and shops. The central location makes whatever isn't there an easy walk or cab ride away. Meanwhile, the Chicago River that borders it on two sides offers a respite from the frantic city pace...

http://www.chicagotribune.com/classi...,4637159.story
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Old August 2nd, 2008, 09:03 PM   #343
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Very good read.
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Old August 18th, 2008, 08:48 PM   #344
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Flair Tower is officially U/C. Saw caissons getting drilled this morning.
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Old September 10th, 2008, 05:57 PM   #345
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All sorts of site prep at the NE corner of Clark/Kinzie this morning. Construction fencing up around half the block. Anyone know if this is something significant, or just a parking lot refresh?
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Old September 10th, 2008, 09:05 PM   #346
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Unfortunately, a parking structure is going up on that lot.

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Old September 13th, 2008, 06:49 AM   #347
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Old September 15th, 2008, 06:57 AM   #348
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Old September 24th, 2008, 05:19 PM   #349
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http://www.chicagorealestatedaily.co...ws.pl?id=31133

Reschke plans high-end River North hotel
By Alby Gallun, Sep. 24, 2008


About six months after launching construction of a 610-room hotel in the Loop, developer Michael Reschke is drawing up plans for a 235-room boutique hotel in River North.

The Gansevoort Hotel Group, a New York boutique hotel chain, has agreed to run the proposed hotel at 500 N. State St., Mr. Reschke says.

...Mr. Reschke has high aspirations for the Chicago hotel, too. His plans include an STK restaurant, which targets “a young sexy market” and is “not your daddy’s steakhouse,” according to the STK Web site.

...Mr. Reschke has tapped Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill to design the 15-story tower, which will resemble a “classical glass temple,” he says. Mr. Bofill has designed other buildings for Mr. Reschke, most notably the office buildings at 77 W. Wacker Drive and 131 S. Dearborn St.
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Old September 24th, 2008, 08:26 PM   #350
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Great news, except that "classic glass temple" conjures up images of a really corny post-modern building. Hopefully, it's more daring and modern. This and Hotel Palomar should help invigorate the relatively sleepy intersection of State and Illinois.
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Good find, let's hope that it get's built.
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Old December 3rd, 2008, 10:03 PM   #352
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Interesting, this one was pretty much dead but now...

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Planned apartment tower gets $54-million construction loan
By Alby Gallun, Dec. 03, 2008


Developers Anthony Rossi and Thomas Moran have secured a $54.2-million loan to finance construction of a 221-unit high-end apartment building in River North, an increasingly rare feat amid the global financial crisis.

Charter One Bank and PrivateBank are teaming up on the construction loan for the 21-story tower at 469 W. Huron St., and J. P. Morgan Asset Management and Messrs. Rossi and Moran are rounding out the financing with $30 million in equity. The developers aim to break ground on the building within two weeks and finish construction by August 2010.
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Old December 17th, 2008, 05:13 AM   #353
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Good news: According to Yo, The Huron Club has been cancelled. Hopefully that plan is never revived and those nice lowrise buildings remain.
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Old December 17th, 2008, 05:57 AM   #354
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Old February 9th, 2009, 07:48 PM   #355
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Chicago Place: No longer a mall, at all
Stores will front North Michigan Avenue, but upper floors will convert to offices


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Superior 110, midrise building under construction on Clark, the Poetry Foundation site has been cleared. Anyone know why that old red brick building on Dearborn was demolished since nothing seems to be happening there?
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River North hotel reopens today
The former Hotel Wacker in River North reopens today as the 225-room Hotel Felix after a major renovation by a development group including Gettys Group Inc. and Oxford Capital Group LLC. The new boutique hotel at 111 W. Huron St. includes a restaurant and spa and offers rooms for an introductory rate of a little more than $100, says Roger Hill, CEO of Gettys, a Chicago-based hotel design firm. The development group paid $24 million for the property in late 2007; Mr. Hill declines to disclose the cost of the renovation.

http://www.hotelfelixchicago.com/
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Old March 21st, 2009, 03:45 AM   #358
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Great news, except that "classic glass temple" conjures up images of a really corny post-modern building. Hopefully, it's more daring and modern. This and Hotel Palomar should help invigorate the relatively sleepy intersection of State and Illinois.
http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Ma...More-Ladylike/

A Little More Ladylike
By Sarah Preston


Also new to the neighborhood, The Lucky Lady opened around the corner from Theory in late December courtesy of Michaels Bisbee and Kaulentis, a.k.a. the guys behind the popular River North hangouts RiNo, Manor, and Stay. “A lot of our patrons said they wished we had an early spot to go to after work,” Bisbee says. A departure from the partners’ 4 a.m. establishments, the less VIP-centric Lady houses a photo booth, a lone pool table, a crystal chandelier left over from the spot’s former incarnation as Gentry on State, a jukebox filled with rock and country classics, and three separate bars designed to accommodate the afterwork crush. By March, the owners hope to add a kitchen with a burger-heavy menu. According to Bisbee, the anticipated surge from two nearby hotels under construction was also a motivating factor—the two Michaels have been tapped to build the bar for one of them, the Hotel Gansevoort at the intersection of State and Illinois streets—but in this climate, Bisbee’s not holding his breath. “I’ll believe it when I see it,” he says.

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Saw this on Gansevoort's website

I don't know if it's the rendering, but it would be cool if those were backlit glass panels or something. Still interesting to look at.
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New floor/deck going in on the rooftop of the old Britannica building? If so, could be fugly...
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Staybridge all covered up (at least someone's trying to save the work already done, unlike Waterview):
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