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Just last week, Hotel Chatter chattered about Richard Branson's latest expansionist hints for a Virgin Hotel. Would he or would he not begin conversion of the Old Dearborn Bank building at 203 N Wabash? And when? A couple of Chicago Architecture Blog tipsters may have cracked the case: Branson (aka Mysterio) appears to have dispatched construction workers to the site. Work permits back up the eyewitness accounts. The roughly $55M renovation will deliver 250 rooms, likely by early 2014. [Chicago Architecture Blog, previously]