Mid-Century Loop Building Won’t Make it to Mid-March
Mar08

Mid-Century Loop Building Won’t Make it to Mid-March

The Midcentury Modern office building at 110 North Wacker Drive won’t be around by the end of the month, judging by the quick work demolition crews are making of it. The 1956 110 North Wacker by Graham, Anderson, Probst & White is being replaced by a 2020 110 North Wacker by Goettsch Partners.  So far, according to the photo above from Loop Spy Joel, the old building is just about half gone. Foundation work for the new...

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South Side Industrial Landmark to Come Tumbling Down
Oct30

South Side Industrial Landmark to Come Tumbling Down

You may have seen it, but not really noticed it, as you motored along I-57 past Chicago’s Fernwood neighborhood.  But that’s OK, because soon the giant chimney that rises high above the Chicago Department of Water’s Roseland Pumping Station will be gone. The bad news is that the neighborhood will lose a navigational touchstone.  The good news is that the Prairie-style public works castle that houses the actual water...

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Preservationists on Alert Over Potential Uptown Art Deco Demolition
Dec12

Preservationists on Alert Over Potential Uptown Art Deco Demolition

The klaxon you hear pealing across Uptown these days is the sound of Preservation Chicago having a minor freak-out over the potential demolition of the building at 1001 West Leland Avenue. To be sure, the two-story mixed-use building has seen better days.  It’s been neglected, foreclosed, abused, vandalized, and finally abandoned.  As far back as May of 2012, 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman asked the Chicago Department of...

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West Town Welcomes Our Robotic Parking Overlords
Dec01

West Town Welcomes Our Robotic Parking Overlords

It’s with a small tear of sadness that we bid farewell to the collection of centenarian commercial buildings about to be erased from 723 through 733 West Randolph Street in West Town.  Heneghan Wrecking is about to do a number on them. Chocolate box assortments of brick and timber such as these are not uncommon in Chicago, but they are fairly rare to find in such a vibrant retail corridor.  You would think that the prime...

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Children’s Hospital Pretty Much Meets the Definition of “Hulk”
Nov08

Children’s Hospital Pretty Much Meets the Definition of “Hulk”

If you’re an artist looking for a location to play Tic-Tac-Toe with parachutes, or perhaps giant pantomime Hollywood Squares (“I’ll take Charo in the center square to block, Peter”) then there’s a place in Lincoln Park just for you. Dr. Robert Vogelzang has sent in another round of photographs showing what little remains of the old Children’s Memorial Hospital. And the little remains are pretty much just a concrete and steel grid....

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Old Children’s Hospital Nearly Gone
Oct11

Old Children’s Hospital Nearly Gone

The violent dismantling of one of the city’s great medical complexes is nearing its completion in Lincoln Park. As we’ve been showing you for the last few months, the old Children’s Memorial Hospital is rapidly becoming just dust and memories. These photos were sent in by Dr. Robert Vogelzang, who practiced the healing arts under its roof for more than 20 years. Once the demolition is complete, the campus will be turned into a...

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The Last Days of Michael Reese Hospital
Oct06

The Last Days of Michael Reese Hospital

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s recent announcement that the city is going to finally push the abandoned Michael Reese Hospital site into the development pipeline has got a lot of people thinking.  Architects are dreaming of the sorts of outstanding things they could do with such a large, blank canvas.  Developers are thinking of the oodles of money they can make turning the wasteland into the Next Big Thing™.  And the rest of us, are just...

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Cruise Up State Street Soon to Catch A Piece of History Before it Vanishes
Oct03

Cruise Up State Street Soon to Catch A Piece of History Before it Vanishes

Like any city with longevity, Chicago is a city of history. One way it communicates its history is through its architecture. Layers upon layers of architecture that overlap, overwhelm, and sometimes slip through the cracks of time. One of those time capsules is going away soon. It’s a worker’s cottage at 1241 North State Street. Worker’s cottages are to Chicago in the late 1800’s what prairie bungalows were to...

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Yellow, Mechanical Wolves Savaging Old Lincoln Park Children’s Hospital
Sep08

Yellow, Mechanical Wolves Savaging Old Lincoln Park Children’s Hospital

It’s supposed to be a lovely day on Friday.  So skip work.  Bring a couple of beach chairs, a bucket of Rolling Rocks and your favorite son or daughter up to the corner of Fullerton and Lincoln so the two of you can relax and watch the mayhem. The mayhem in question is the demolition of the former Children’s Memorial Hospital which has reached its meatiest stage.  The excavators are ripping into the building like wolves...

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The Last Video Produced at Harpo Studios Brings the House Down
Aug23

The Last Video Produced at Harpo Studios Brings the House Down

  The only thing as satisfying as watching a good building go up, is watching one come down. And that’s what’s happening over at 1058 West Washington Boulevard, where demolition crews are making quick work of Oprah Winfrey’s former personal town hall. The Harpo Studios demolition has become something of a very minor tourist attraction, with out-of-towners more than suggesting their hosts swing by the site for a...

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