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Old November 2nd, 2005, 08:17 PM   #41
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^ I think I agree. Most people will disagree, but I actually would rather this building be a lot shorter, say 40 floors or less. Then again, that Intercontinental north building as it stands today is a sorry excuse for an addition to an otherwise elegant inn, and I'm glad it will eventually be replaced.
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Old November 2nd, 2005, 09:49 PM   #42
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Old November 3rd, 2005, 01:09 AM   #43
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Okay, if the Hancock "balanced" the skyline, what about 900 N., Chicago Place and the Park Hyatt? Just because there happens to be a four or five block stretch of Michigan Avenue that doesn't have any supertalls doesn't mean that putting one there will be a bad thing.
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Old November 3rd, 2005, 01:18 AM   #44
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November 2, 2005

BY DAVID ROEDER SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST

HOTEL HIGH-RISE: Although he previously downplayed the chance of massive new construction at the InterContinental Chicago hotel, 505 N. Michigan, that's exactly what Laurence Geller, chief executive of Strategic Hotel Capital Inc., has proposed. A submission to the City Council on Tuesday seeks zoning authority for a 71-story building that would replace the architecturally drab 26-story north tower of the hotel. The project promises a substantial upgrade in the hotel's image and new retail life for the Mag Mile's south end. But the scale is enormous.

Despite the addition's size, Geller's actually proposing a downsizing of the InterContinental, from 800 rooms to 480. The rest of the new space would be 310 condos for the rich.
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Old November 3rd, 2005, 01:25 AM   #45
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I love it!
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Old November 3rd, 2005, 02:05 AM   #46
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Does anyone subscribe to bid clerk? Caught this snippet there:

Chicago, IL : Retail, Multi-Residential, Hotel / Motel : Reported Date: 11/02/2005 Aerial Photograph AvailableJobsite Map Available
Site work and addition to an existing hotel in Chicago. Working design plans call for a 71-story tower with 150 hotel rooms and 310 condominiums. The tower will also include 11,000-square-foot retail space. Plans also call for a pedestrian bridge ...
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Old November 3rd, 2005, 04:47 AM   #47
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I guess I'm just not that thrilled with the design of this one. It kind of seems like an inferior version of the Legacy at Millenium Park. More saturation of an already saturated market, making it less likely again that other, better designs will actually get off the ground. And the rich people who buy these places may be more likely attracted by a Mag Mile location than by fabulous architecture.
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Old November 3rd, 2005, 05:01 AM   #48
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But that's making the assumption that there aren't enough buyers to support these buildings, which thus far hasn't been the case. But yes, I too often wonder how long the dream can last. Hopefully long enough to see the construction of these beauties.
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Old November 3rd, 2005, 07:23 AM   #49
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In addition to being too large for the spot, I think its a poor design. I agree with the post above "inferior version of the Legacy"
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Old November 3rd, 2005, 07:29 AM   #50
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Inferior version or not, it will help push the retailing powers southward on Michigan Ave. Also, it will increase square footage for top-notch retailers desperate enough to make debut on that boulevard.
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Old November 3rd, 2005, 07:50 AM   #51
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Well, I don't mean to be a naysayer, but its not like it can push it much further south. Between the Intercontinental and the river is what, NBC Tower and the Tribune Tower?
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Old November 3rd, 2005, 07:59 AM   #52
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Tribune Tower and Equitable Building which houses local NBC station. NBC Tower is few blocks east of Tribune Tower.
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Old November 3rd, 2005, 02:58 PM   #53
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Sweet hotel skyscraper replacement!
Now, chicago downtown becomes even more urban,lol!
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Old November 3rd, 2005, 05:14 PM   #54
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I'm not sure that I agree with this building being inferior to the Legacy; in fact, I think I may prefer it.
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Old November 4th, 2005, 03:39 AM   #55
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Better image of the base:

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Old November 4th, 2005, 03:41 AM   #56
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^ I really think its a very good looking building.
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Old November 4th, 2005, 03:57 AM   #57
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Is this the location?

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Old November 4th, 2005, 04:17 AM   #58
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Basically, yeah.
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Old November 4th, 2005, 05:11 AM   #59
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Like the base and location!
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Old November 4th, 2005, 11:00 AM   #60
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Quote:
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Is this the location?

Just imagine this same view in 4 to 5 years. It will be amazing and this building make quite an impact as well.
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