| Jul 9, 2014
| 8:29 PM
Chicago woke up Wednesday to the prospect of an 89-story skyscraper, which would be the city's third-tallest high-rise and which its Chinese developer wants to start building later this year.
But it is easier to announce a supertall tower than build...
| Jun 19, 2014
The World Cup is under way, continuing through July 13. Because just about all the World Cup matches begin at 5 p.m. or earlier Chicago time, this is more an early-bar event than a restaurant thing. Nevertheless, a few restaurants are stepping up (and...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 1:44 PM
The new Le Meridien Chicago-Oakbrook Center hotel (2100 Spring Rd., Oak Brook) won't debut until next month, but when it does, it will do so with a Latin-Spanish fusion restaurant called El Tapeo, which takes its name from the phrase "vamos de tapeo"...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 1:03 PM
From the spare-no-expense category: The Fairmont Chicago (200 N. Columbus Drive) is providing a new service for guests who attend concerts at Millennium Park. Dubbed Chef in the Park and starting at $600 for two, concertgoers can have a “luxury...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 10:05 AM
Loews Hotels and Resorts has entered into an agreement to buy the Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel, the hotel chain announced Monday. The deal is expected to close in July.
The hotel's name will become Loews Chicago O’Hare.
| Jul 3, 2014
| 9:44 AM
When he was just a boy, which was some time ago, Rick Fizdale would look through the front window of the car his father would drive south on the Outer Drive. Just past the North Avenue exit, that window would fill with a view of the buildings that form...
| Jul 6, 2014
When I learned that a Super PAC supporting Mayor Rahm Emanuel's bid for re-election had collected nearly $1 million in a single day, I had three thoughts:
1) There are people who have a lot more disposable income than I do.
2) The "PAC" in Super PAC...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 3:14 PM
Navy Pier wants a boutique hotel on its east end and this summer will begin vetting real estate firms to build, finance and operate the proposed five-story venue, officials said Wednesday.
Requests for proposals would follow shortly after narrowing...
| Jun 20, 2014
Some people are tired of the debate over the Trump sign. Not me. It's a healthy discussion, at least if you discount Donald Trump's personal attacks. The debate raises important questions about the presence of commercial signs along the evolving civic gem...
| Jun 22, 2014
Twenty-five U.S. public companies with a combined $56 billion in assets had filed for Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcies through May 26, compared with 33 with $21 billion in assets in the same period last year.
Skewing the latest numbers was the...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 11:19 AM
Chicago is calling for a six-month moratorium on conversions of single-room occupancy hotels and residential hotels while it tries to figures out how to regulate the gentrification that has put thousands of very-low-income housing units at risk.