Work Gets Rolling on CTA Wilson Station Reconstruction
Dec09

Work Gets Rolling on CTA Wilson Station Reconstruction

A host of local politicians, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, were in Uptown today for the groundbreaking ceremony for the CTA’s reconstruction of its Wilson Station (4620 North Broadway).  Wilson is a huge project, in part because it used to be a much more important link in the regional transportation system than it is today. At one time this was not just a train station, but also a double-decker rail yard.  Later its importance...

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Status Update: Ranger RIC
Dec09

Status Update: Ranger RIC

The Ability Institute of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (355 East Erie Street) is looking more and more like a skyscraper, and less and less like a steampunk nightmare, every day. The Chicago Architecture Blog‘s Daniel Schell stopped by recently and took these photographs of the building’s progress.  It’s hard to remember that this used to be the home of CBS radio and television in Chicago, and was the...

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Chicago’s Christmas Ribbon is About to Take a Bow
Dec08

Chicago’s Christmas Ribbon is About to Take a Bow

We doubted it would happen, and we’re happy to be proven wrong.  The Chicago Park District has told us that Maggie Daley Park (337 East Randolph Street) will open, as promised, in “mid-December.”  More specifically, this coming Saturday, December 13th.  And yes, the much-anticipated ice ribbon will be fully functional. Unfortunately, the skating ribbon will be one of the few parts of the park actually open.  Much of...

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Mark Your Calendar — You Have a Date With Maggie Park
Dec08

Mark Your Calendar — You Have a Date With Maggie Park

Friend-of-the-blog, Richard Ward, the president of the New Eastside Association of Residents tells us and everyone else on his mailing list that Maggie Daley Park  (337 East Randolph Street) will be open to the public January 5, 2015.  This is a soft opening. It’s like an out-of-town preview.  Which means, yes you will be able to enjoy the activities, but no, there won’t be a ribbon cutting with politicians and fireworks...

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Status Update: British School South Loop
Dec08

Status Update: British School South Loop

By the time you read this, Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, will be waking up to their first full day in New York, enjoying the smell of fresh urine, the sounds of cabbies arguing over a fare, and the aggressive panhandling of “actors” dressed up in ragged, sweat-soaked cartoon costumes.  All the things New York is famous for. In honor of their visit to the colonies, and because someone in my household is...

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Status Update: Wolf Point Finally Something to Howl About
Dec04

Status Update: Wolf Point Finally Something to Howl About

The surface parking and muddy mess that once was Wolf Point are now officially memories, as the Wolf Point West tower (350 North Orleans Street) begins to stake its claim along the Chicago riverfront. This photo was taken last evening by one of our Fulton River District spies. It shows the residential building–designed by friends-of-the-blog and Chicago’s own bKL Architecture–is up to its 13th floor already. Just 35...

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Status Update: 200 North Michigan Rises
Dec02

Status Update: 200 North Michigan Rises

Just when you thought our devotion to chronicling every last brick and spandrel of the 200 North Michigan project was on the wane, Loop Spy Daniel comes through again. Daniel sent in new photographs taken this morning that show the construction progress on the 41-story residential block going up at the hyper-hot foot of the Magnificent Mile, designed by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture. The photograph at the top was taken hours...

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Video: Mighty Morphin’ Maggie Park
Dec01

Video: Mighty Morphin’ Maggie Park

It’s hard to believe, it’s been two years since construction began on what will very soon become Maggie Daley Park (337 East Randolph Street).  In fact, the two-year anniversary was two weeks ago, when Loop Spy Daniel e-mailed us to let us know that there is a time-lapse video of the construction project from start of work all the way to today. If you have a little under five minutes to spare, it’s a fascinating...

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Moving History in the South Loop
Nov11

Moving History in the South Loop

Moving sucks.  Along with a wedding and a death in the family, it’s one of the most stressful events in a person’s life.  Sometimes it helps to have a professional help you out. Especially when that professional has 240 wheels at his disposal. The big event in the South Loop this rainy day was Wolfe House and Building Movers, quite literally, moving house.  The historic Rees House ever-so-slowly crawled from 2110 South...

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Status Update: How Does Your Hilton Garden Inn Grow?
Nov11

Status Update: How Does Your Hilton Garden Inn Grow?

The Hilton Garden Inn planed at 66 East Wacker Place by GDS Companies continues its beanstalk act.  Loop Spy Nathan sent in these photos showing that what was once thought to be a dead-end alley mere months ago has been transformed into the skeleton of a very narrow skyscraper. When complete, the 26-story limited-service hotel designed by GREC Architects will have 191 rooms, a bar, and a subterranean fitness/business area. These...

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