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Old July 8th, 2009, 11:27 PM   #1961
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Some disappointing news from Cermak/Indiana. McHugh Construction is proposing an internet server hotel on the southwest corner there, new construction. Citing the need for security, they won't have any ground-level retail or allow any outside parkers. A very short-sighted decision for a location between McCormick Place and Motor Row, a natural place for future hotel or retail. It's apparently a use permitted by the zoning, but McHugh is seeking a reduction of the parking requirement because of the extremely small number of employees required by server hotels.

The existing buildings on that site were used as the construction office for the most recent McCormick Place expansion:

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Old July 10th, 2009, 02:06 PM   #1962
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830 S. Michigan

Anybody know what's in store here? I believe Connaught bought it. I don't get down that way anymore.
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Old July 10th, 2009, 08:55 PM   #1963
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Still cancelled, I'm guessing, unless another (much smaller) project is now being planned. Here's the thread of the cancelled high rise (Park Michigan): http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=260063
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Old July 11th, 2009, 01:37 AM   #1964
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^A data center, that'll be a nice addition

Anyway, two other renderings of that Roosevelt dorm

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Old July 11th, 2009, 08:38 PM   #1965
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[QUOTE=spyguy;39565824]^A data center, that'll be a nice addition

I like it...it fills in a space that is needed.
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Old July 15th, 2009, 05:49 PM   #1966
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http://www.chicagorealestatedaily.co...ws.pl?id=34750

Student housing tower planned for South Loop
By Alby Gallun, July 15, 2009


Condominium developer Keith Giles has turned to student housing for his next big project in the South Loop, a neighborhood that already has more condos than it needs.

Mr. Giles confirms that he and his partner, Jerry Karlik, plan to build a 21-story tower that would house 860 students on a site at 1136-40 S. Wabash Ave. The developers have agreed to buy the roughly 20,000-square-foot property from the city for $8 million.

...Designed by Harley Ellis Devereaux, the new building would cost $80 million to $100 million. The 287-foot tower would include 420 two-bedroom suites and 20 rooms for resident assistants.
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Old July 16th, 2009, 06:31 PM   #1967
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Old July 16th, 2009, 06:42 PM   #1968
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Old July 16th, 2009, 08:59 PM   #1969
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...Designed by Harley Ellis Devereaux, the new building would cost $80 million to $100 million. The 287-foot tower would include 420 two-bedroom suites and 20 rooms for resident assistants.
I like the selective quotes... you missed the one about the dude saying students will never live here because it is several blocks from the schools and you missed the one about how the developer asked the City to pull the purchase agreement off the agenda. At over $200,000 per suite, it does not look like this one will get built... but rather the developers are scrambling trying to get a university on board (at least that is how I interpreted the article).
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Old August 3rd, 2009, 11:49 PM   #1970
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Sam's Wines on Roosevelt is closing on August 9 according to the Trib.
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Old August 4th, 2009, 09:01 AM   #1971
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Sam's Wines on Roosevelt is closing on August 9 according to the Trib.
This seems like such a strange move. They restored that building beautifully, they have a great location, its busy whenever I'm in there (i know that doesnt mean much), and Roosevelt Collection will only bring more traffic.

EDIT: I was in there tonight and an 2 different employees told me they could no longer afford the $1.5 mm/year rent. They said they negotiated with the owner of the building and he would not budge.

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Old August 7th, 2009, 08:42 PM   #1972
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Roosevelt Collection Changes from Condos to Rentals

It's official! Roosevelt Collection Changes from Condos to Rentals

http://thecondoist.wordpress.com/200...7/breakingnew/
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Old August 10th, 2009, 04:46 PM   #1973
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Proposed highrise at 14th/Michigan

Robert Vanecko and his company have a contract to buy what's now the South Loop headquarters of the National Association of Letter Carriers at 1411 S. Michigan, which they plan to knock down and replace with a 220-unit apartment building.

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Old August 10th, 2009, 09:02 PM   #1974
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^Also includes a blurb about converting the Chicago Defender building into a hotel.
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Powell's Bookstore is closing Sept. 1 according to the Chicago Journal.
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Sportscaster plans South Loop restaurant
By Samantha Sleevi, Aug. 10, 2009


Sportscaster Lou Canellis plans to open a restaurant in a 30-story South Loop apartment building.

“We are still in the process of finalizing the lease with the building,” Mr. Canellis says in an e-mail, adding that he hopes to have the lease done by the end of this week.

Mr. Canellis declined to comment further. The restaurant would move into vacant space in the 344-unit building at 1212 S. Michigan Ave. Details, including any other investors in the project and the name and concept of the restaurant, could not be determined.
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Old August 10th, 2009, 09:54 PM   #1975
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^Mediocre picture from my February post:

Planned addition to 1212 South Michigan, designed by Gensler. Reconfiguring workout room and racquetball court space next to the alley and taking in a small unused lawn area on the corner of Roosevelt/Michigan for a two-story plus roof deck restaurant and sports-themed bar:


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Old August 11th, 2009, 12:00 AM   #1976
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Thats good and all, should add to the streetlife etc, but man, thats not a lot of space left on that sidewalk is there. I know what that spot looks likenow, and have trouble figuring out how that would even fit. Im sure that rooftop space is gonna be even smaller than it looks like in that picture.
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Old August 11th, 2009, 10:41 PM   #1977
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^ Yeah, but it provides a nice gateway to the S. Michigan Ave corridor that is gradually coming to fruition.
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Old August 16th, 2009, 11:00 PM   #1978
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I'm gonna be honest... that's an improvement over the status quo but it is not the grand gesture that the site deserves. It is one of only two corner sites in Grant Park. The other corner is handled with proper scale by the Smurfit-Stone Building. This one... I'm not seeing it. There should be some tall structure on the corner - not necessarily a building or occupiable space, but maybe a media pylon or a giant column?

That said, this is also an improvement over that Armani Exchange shitbox that was previously proposed here.
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Old September 2nd, 2009, 02:58 AM   #1979
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http://interactive.chicagobusiness.c...eline/private/

2009/08/29 The Curve - Phase I Retail 60,000-square-foot retail building, $6 million 1000 S Clark St, Chicago, IL 60605, USA Cook
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Old September 2nd, 2009, 03:34 AM   #1980
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More room for the blues: Buddy Guy's Legends to move a block in South Loop
September 1, 2009
BY JEFF JOHNSON


The flagship blues club in this home of the blues will have a new home of its own by next year.

Buddy Guy's Legends is moving up the block from its present South Loop location at 754 S. Wabash to 700 S. Wabash, a building that housed the jazz and world music club HotHouse until mid-2007. Renovation is under way on the two-story building, which more recently was used by Kinko's and an art supplies store.
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