click images for larger viewThe battle to save the 19th century building at Clark and Illinois most recently home to North Bank was over before it began, as was the abortive attempt by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks to create a River North landmark district, which, like Bertrand Goldberg's endangered Prentice Hospital, appeared as an agenda item, and then was dropped before the meeting and never seen again.
600+ room three hotel complex - a Hyatt Place, Fairfield Inn and Starwood Aloft - taking up the L-shaped half-block bounded by Clark, Grand and Illinois. It's all a little early, so a lot of the current effort is just in holding up the retaining walls while excavation and foundation work take place.
wonder how could they create a River North landmark district, with so many buildings still under construction.
I maybe totally ignorant, but for Landmark status, dont the buildings have to stand the test of time..
It maybe like Black Metropolis - Bronzeville Historic Distric, which has no geographical boundaries.. but consists of 9 structures that have been designated as Chicago Landmarks ... or Motor Row district which has 55 buildings with landmark status..
This was also the site of the "Gold Coast". At one time the oldest gay leather bar in Chicago. this was back in the day when the neighborhood was the center of all things gay in Chicago.
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