New Fence Parks Itself at 205 West Hubbard Street
Aug18

New Fence Parks Itself at 205 West Hubbard Street

Wait…is that possible? Probably not. More likely, work is getting ready to start at 205 West Hubbard Street in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Why else would you fence off half of your parking spaces? Look for those Divvy bikes to be moved soon from the corner of Hubbard and Wells Streets so construction can begin on the new 9-story office building and its accompanying 22-story residential tower proposed by developer...

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Major Renovations Planned For The Clare
Aug18

Major Renovations Planned For The Clare

Residents of Gold Coast high-rise retirement tower The Clare (55 East Pearson Street) will be seeing substantial upgrades by this fall. The 53-story continuing care retirement community will upgrade amenities and renovate common areas. The changes come as The Clare is experiencing an increased demand from prospective tenants. There will be a new outdoor seating area on the 9th floor, with a view of the building’s garden and the...

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Tuesday Trivia: Evidence of Chicago’s Fifth Avenue
Aug18

Tuesday Trivia: Evidence of Chicago’s Fifth Avenue

Chicago is a city of names.  Names that are ever-changing.  Chicago Air Park became Midway Airport.  The Chicago-Kansas City Highway became the Eisenhower Expressway.  And Wells Street was once Fifth Avenue. The fact that any evidence remains of Chicago’s Fifth Avenue is remarkable.  That’s because it was only known by that name from 1870 to 1918.  Before that half-century it was known as Wells Street, and became Wells...

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Status Update: Union Station Transit Center
Aug18

Status Update: Union Station Transit Center

  The Union Station Transit Center (300 South Canal Street) is moving forward, trying to take some of the snarl out of the mess that is South Canal Street.  The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell rapidly transited the Loop on a Divvy bike to bring us these pictures of the construction progress. The completed project will serve as an intermodal connector linking commuters on Amtrak and Metra trains with CTA buses....

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