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I mentioned Rush Street on a thread on iconic streets on the US forum.

Rush Street is an interesting place. It is one of those special streets that has its own, unmistakable character.

Its fame...in Chicago and to a degree nationally...came from the nightclubs and bars that once lined it. Near North property values and the pressure for Mag Mile retail space has altered the character today.

Rush Street at this point seems to be most charactereized by see-and-be-seen restaurants, increasingly upscale retail, and a definite and growing high rise residential component.

Where is this all leading to?

What is the future of the street? Will the number of high rises that go up be limited, thus keeping the retail/restaurant/clubs in tact on the streetcase? Will Rush be able to remain a valley or gulch between high rises on either side of it? And while the character of the club era is long gone and Mr. Kelly's forgotten and unknown to many, will the still strong character remain and, if so, what is the city going to do to retain it?

Rush Street, IMHO, needs to keep much of its low scale atmospher to truly survive. Will it?
 

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I live 4 blocks from Rush st and I'm hardly ever over there. To me it's a place where suburbanites are drawn too. Just not my scene.
 

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I live one block from Rush Street. I am looking down at Carmine's and Tavern on Rush as I type this post. I experience Rush Street mostly during the day, walking to do errands. However, I often bring friends from out of town there. Why? Because they love it.

I agree completely with the points raised by edsg. This street is very important to our city. I first experienced it the disco and jazz club days of the late 1970's. Rush Street always had restaurants with outdoor seating, but the restaurant explosion has outstripped any dance club or live music scene. The singles-bar-attached-to-restaurant is the other main theme these days.

There will be several more high-rises along the street in the next five years, including one at the Cedar Hotel site. The Cedar Hotel facade will survive as the base of a boutique hotel. The beer gardens (and yes, they qualify as beer gardens) in front of the Cedar Hotel will be gone, though part of their footprint reportedly will feature some sort of cafe. That sort of street-level activity is essential to prevent a loss of vitality.

The city needs to be very careful about the plans for the sites at the NW corner of State and Elm and the SW corner of Oak and Rush. Think "street." Think "sidewalk." The Dept of Planning and Development and Alderman Reilly need to focus on street level just as much as on the upper 95 per cent of any development.
 

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So is where is the new "Rush Street"?, not to say that
anything can truly replace the splender of this strips
heyday. I am just curious as to where the club spot
is in Chicago. Appreciate any feedback....
 

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So is where is the new "Rush Street"?, not to say that
anything can truly replace the splender of this strips
heyday. I am just curious as to where the club spot
is in Chicago. Appreciate any feedback....
i would say it is pretty well disbursed over a larger, denser downtown area that existed when Rush was Entertainment Central in Chicago. Some people preceived the spirit of Rush transfered to Ontario, close to the Ohio feeder ramp, but that just isn't the same.
 

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Rush St. is no longer the home of hardware store conventioners looking to get laid. It has become both more upscale but also more commercial. I would say the intersection of Rush & Bellevue is the most lively 24 hour spot in downtown Chicago. Only areas of Lakeview can match. From the crowds surrounding the Original Pancake House to the nightlife, there are always people around there.

But, I do agree, it is fast becoming a magnet area for suburban weekend revelers.
 

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I can fully accept change on Rush. There are only two "givens" as far as I'm concerned:

1. the street should be lined with shops, restaurants, clubs, etc....no entrances to hotels or condos

2. it should retain its low rise nature. It is fine for high rises to rise around it, but not on it (at least in any large quantity)
 
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