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Old Posted Dec 12, 2015, 3:32 PM
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That's the Village Theatre building. Ugh. Next door they are going to tear down Elly's Pancake House for the new high rise, which is fine but I wish they would save the Village Theatre building.
wait, i thought the developer of that condo building was saving/renovating the theatre, and turning it into a separate residence?
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Old Posted Dec 12, 2015, 3:42 PM
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wait, i thought the developer of that condo building was saving/renovating the theatre, and turning it into a separate residence?
I thought so too. However, what's on the plan commission meeting could be another developer. Pretty sure Elly's has a different address.
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Old Posted Dec 12, 2015, 4:08 PM
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It looks like the conversion of offices above the Oriental Theater into an apartment got its building permits on Thursday. Floors 2 through 9.
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Old Posted Dec 12, 2015, 5:15 PM
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I thought so too. However, what's on the plan commission meeting could be another developer. Pretty sure Elly's has a different address.
It's the same developer: http://101northavenue.com/#team

Looks like ~15 more units than the website states.

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12/17/15 Chicago Plan Commission
1. An application to establish a business planned development, submitted by L.V.M. Corporation, for the property generally located at 601 West Diversey Parkway. The Applicant is proposing to demolish the existing building on the subject site and then to construct a nine-story, 116’-0” tall, 150 key hotel on the subject site. The proposal would include a minimum of 83 parking spaces within the development. The Applicant is requesting to rezone the property from B1-2 (Neighborhood Shopping District) to a B3-5 (Community Shopping District) and then to a Business Planned Development. (43rd Ward)
Unrelated, but I was looking through Ald. Tunney's website and saw that the Walgreens redevelopment across the street was listed as "construction to start 2016." Anyone know if this project is finally going to happen?
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Old Posted Dec 12, 2015, 7:39 PM
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^ With entitlements in place and such a stellar Lincoln Park location, I'm kind of surprised this one has taken so long
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Old Posted Dec 12, 2015, 10:10 PM
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^ With entitlements in place and such a stellar Lincoln Park location, I'm kind of surprised this one has taken so long
The building taking over the old Walgreens location is technically Lakeview since it is north of Diversey, but I've wondered why it's taken so long as well.

As for the Hampton Inn (or whatever shitty chain takes over), that may be one of the worst developments during this current boom (and given how many bad proposals have come up that is saying something), and it is really a shame the Inn at Lincoln Park is going to be demolished.
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Old Posted Dec 13, 2015, 4:17 AM
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237 East Ontario
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Woof. There are a dozen ways to achieve the goals they set, without pulling back from the street and not covering up that big blank sidewall. There's an alley right there, why not flip the building, push out on the west, cut in on the east, give that rooftop garden some light and air.
Is it a thing now that architects deliberately avoid blending in with the neighboring buildings?
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Old Posted Dec 13, 2015, 2:32 PM
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Is it a thing now that architects deliberately avoid blending in with the neighboring buildings?
Since 1930. Every composition must be highly novel and designed as if it is freestanding in the middle of an island.
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It's funny that the complaints about this design are that it stands out too much from its neighbors and is set back from the street etc. I think it's quite the opposite. Firstly this design is very much complementary of that wonderfully skinny 70s building next to it. In fact, it is so complementary that I think it actually begins to absorb that structure into the composition as a whole. The setback is actually extremely important in preventing this design from totally overshadowing that sliver of a building by leaving a small amount of the party wall exposed.

That brings me to my next point: how is everyone on here so vehemently outraged at the concept of any blank wall anywhere even if its 15 floors off the ground? I rather like the small sliver building explicitly for its soaring party walls and tiny amount of surface are dedicated to glass. I'm glad this building is not crammed all the way up against the street totally overshadowing its much daintier neighbor. Blank party walls are a major part of the texture of the city and leaving a small slice of the party wall of the tiny neighboring building exposed does a great job of leaving the impressive massing of that miniscule structure for all to see while still drawing it into the composition of its new companion to a certain degree.

I think I'm a big fan of this design.
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Old Posted Dec 13, 2015, 5:18 PM
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It looks like the conversion of offices above the Oriental Theater into an apartment got its building permits on Thursday. Floors 2 through 9.
Okay. I looked at the address wrong. This is actually 55 E Washington - Pittsfield Building. Floors 2 through 9 are becoming a hotel of 191 rooms. The owner is Cambean Hospitality out of Miami Beach who own and operate at least one boutique hotel in Miami Beach.

Anybody know anything about this? I know there are already some apartment type hotel properties in the building, but this seems like a more official type of hotel. I did a Google search and saw a lawsuit between Cambean and Morgan Reed Group.

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Looks as if Cambean won that and is going to put yet another hotel in the Loop. The group operates this:
http://www.majesticsouthbeach.com/
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Old Posted Dec 13, 2015, 6:51 PM
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^ I don't know, but the Oriental Theater building will be going hotel as well, as opposed to apartments
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Old Posted Dec 13, 2015, 8:20 PM
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I thought so too. However, what's on the plan commission meeting could be another developer. Pretty sure Elly's has a different address.
The plan was always to demolish the theater but retain the facade, which received a landmark designation a couple years ago. Not entirely sure what is going behind the theater facade, but I think it is retail and the podium for the new tower proposed next door.
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Old Posted Dec 13, 2015, 10:55 PM
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how is everyone on here so vehemently outraged at the concept of any blank wall anywhere even if its 15 floors off the ground?
Because for cases like this, it's not a design element. That wall on the lot line was always meant to be covered up by a neighboring building, it wasn't meant to be seen and doesn't contribute anything. Everything about that skinny building that matters in on the face, that's the texture that it contributes. And instead of its texture complimenting/contrasting with the next building, there's a gap, an offset.
What it does to me is make the new building look clunky and not thought out. Like the architect was only given the lot dimensions and had absolutely no idea what was next to it. It ignores the older building, tries to pretend its not even there. I like its texture, just wish there was a clean seam.
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Re: the post-fire building about to be demolished in the 200 block of W. Lake --

For what it's worth, this building is prominently on display (granted, a view from the SW) and will be immortalized forever in the opening credits of Good Times.
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Old Posted Dec 14, 2015, 7:14 PM
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It's funny that the complaints about this design are that it stands out too much from its neighbors and is set back from the street etc. I think it's quite the opposite. Firstly this design is very much complementary of that wonderfully skinny 70s building next to it. In fact, it is so complementary that I think it actually begins to absorb that structure into the composition as a whole. The setback is actually extremely important in preventing this design from totally overshadowing that sliver of a building by leaving a small amount of the party wall exposed.

That brings me to my next point: how is everyone on here so vehemently outraged at the concept of any blank wall anywhere even if its 15 floors off the ground? I rather like the small sliver building explicitly for its soaring party walls and tiny amount of surface are dedicated to glass. I'm glad this building is not crammed all the way up against the street totally overshadowing its much daintier neighbor. Blank party walls are a major part of the texture of the city and leaving a small slice of the party wall of the tiny neighboring building exposed does a great job of leaving the impressive massing of that miniscule structure for all to see while still drawing it into the composition of its new companion to a certain degree.

I think I'm a big fan of this design.
Ridiculous. The party wall was meant to be covered. Only did architects back in the early part of the last century have consideration for interim exposure by embellishing some of the masonry and occasional fenestration. I can see that contributing to the urban texture. This wall? No. Besides we have enough faceless blank walls prominently visible on parking podiums.
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Site Photos Capture 4 East Elm Construction Progress

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A Forum contributor paid a visit to the site recently and snapped photos of the construction progress. The reflective blue glass has almost fully sealed the building's skeleton, which has reached its apex. Stone installation on the base continues adjacent to the bare concrete and wood panelling that indicate the location of the construction hoist. Full occupancy is expected in 2016.
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4 East Elm is looking pretty good!
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^Other than to drive web traffic to that new forum, I'm not sure why you are re-posting george's photos from several weeks ago...

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Old Posted Dec 15, 2015, 6:10 PM
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lots of activity in this photo I took this morning


Foreground - SL- Sedgewick and Locust
NEXT - orleans & chestnut
750 N. Hudson
400 W. Huron
444 W. Lake


behind me was Niche 905 N. Orleans, couldn't even get that in the photo with my crappy camera hehe


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