Lakeshore East’s GEMS World Academy Inside and Out [Video]
Nov04

Lakeshore East’s GEMS World Academy Inside and Out [Video]

Friends-of-the-blog, bKL Architecture, sent over an animation showing off its new GEMS World Academy Chicago  now going up in Chicago’s Lakeshore East development. The video shows the Phase One building (350 East South Water Street) inside and out, including classrooms, gym, cafeteria, rooftop playground, and … wait for it … robotics lab.  When completed, the bKL-designed building will be nine-stories tall, 153 feet...

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Lakeshore East Could Get Its Public School After All
Jul12

Lakeshore East Could Get Its Public School After All

There’s been a lot of concern lately in Lakeshore East, the Loop’s fastest-growing sub-neighborhood, about schools. In an article we published a month ago, we noted that the developers have promised, and the city required, that a public school be built at LSE as far back as 1979.  Residents, realtors, and others have long wondered (sometimes angrily) when or if the school would ever be built. The reason this came to a head...

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Follow-up: Roosevelt University’s New Skyscraper
Apr08

Follow-up: Roosevelt University’s New Skyscraper

Over the last three weeks or so, several readers have asked if the new Roosevelt University skyscraper (421 South Wabash Street)we wrote about is going to be LEED certified. Today I heard back from a PR person at Roosevelt, and yes the building is going for LEED certification.  I don’t know what level yet; she’s supposed to get back to me with specifics. You can read more about the new building here: More Details About the...

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Columbia College Gets a New Dorm

The colleges in Chicago’s Loop just keep expanding.  The latest is Columbia College. It’s leasing a 16-story building at 626 South Clark Street, formerly known as the Dwight Lofts.  Sorry I can’t post a photo of the building right now.  I have one, but can’t access it right now since I’m writing this on a train. Columbia is giving up its dorm at Two East 8th Street. Here’s Columbia’s press...

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More Details About the New Roosevelt University Skyscraper
Jan07

More Details About the New Roosevelt University Skyscraper

A meeting was held today to provide the public with more information about the new skyscraper that Roosevelt University is building in the Loop (421 South Wabash Street).  You can read more about the new Roosevelt University “vertical campus” building here. Nothing earth-shattering came out of the information session, but there was one thing that came up that we failed to notice before — the building is only shiny...

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Chicago’s Seven Storefront Studios
Nov19

Chicago’s Seven Storefront Studios

The banners promise that Loyola University’s new $400,000 streetfront television studio in The Clare at Water Tower (55 East Pearson Street) will open in autumn 2009, but I think we can safely say that isn’t going to happen.  Especially considering that Loyola only got its permit to build the studio on October 2nd. Loyola’s will be the seventh streetfront studio in Chicago.  WGN radio was the modern pioneer with this...

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More on Columbia College’s New Media Production Center

A couple of days ago I published an article here about Columbia College’s new Media Production Center (1600 South State Street).  Although the location is starting to get a little off the beaten path, the building is very well done.  More importantly, it preserves a piece of Chicago’s silent film history — a chapter of the Windy City’s evolution that is too often overlooked or forgotten. In that article I also...

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