It’s Not the Bat Signal Shining Over the South Loop Tonight
Mar20

It’s Not the Bat Signal Shining Over the South Loop Tonight

For the past couple of nights, there’s been a red glow in the night sky over the South Loop.  It isn’t some new super hero in tight pants and cape looking for trouble.  It’s the new Marriott Marquis hotel at McCormick Place. The hotel is going to open this fall, but wants to make a splash early, so the red display is intended to get your attention and remind you that there’s a new skyscraper in town.  When it...

Read More
Man Bites Dog: Downtown Water Tank To Be Saved
Mar20

Man Bites Dog: Downtown Water Tank To Be Saved

We’ve lamented before about how advances in modern plumbing and fire suppression technology are stripping so many of Chicago’s buildings of their rooftop water tanks.  Many of the remaining tanks we see adorning the roofs of the city’s brick-and-timber buildings are a hundred years old or more.  Repairs are expensive.  Turning them into cell phone transmitter platforms is lucrative.  And so, one by one, the...

Read More
New Construction at the Old Post Office Continues
Mar20

New Construction at the Old Post Office Continues

If you’re an eagle-eyed driver, you may have been able to spot some of the subtle signs of construction work going on at Chicago’s Old Main Post Office which spans the Eisenhower Expressway on your way out of town. For those of you who prefer to keep your eyes on the road, or have other commuting routes, you’ll be happy to know that there actually is work going on at the concrete leviathan beached on the west bank of...

Read More