Paperwork in Place for New Hyde Park Residential Tower
Feb14

Paperwork in Place for New Hyde Park Residential Tower

Paperwork has been filed for the latest residential tower proposed for Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, which is undergoing something of an apartment-building boomlet. The nameless project at 1600 East 53rd Street is being developed by Mac Properties, with Solomon Cordwell Buenz as architect.  It’s intended to be a 27-story tower with 250 apartments, and also includes the renovation or replacement of the co-owned retail...

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After Many Long Days, Studio Gang’s Solstice About to Cast Shadows
Feb13

After Many Long Days, Studio Gang’s Solstice About to Cast Shadows

This past Friday, Mother Nature issued a permit allowing the daffodils in Lincoln Park to start reaching out of their burrows and raising their heads skyward.  Coincidentally, it was the same day that the City of Chicago issued a permit allowing Hyde Park’s newest skyscraper to grow to its final height. CONSTRUCT NEW 26 STORY, 250 DWELLING UNIT BUILDING. 316 PARKING SPACES IN A 5 STORY CLASS J GARAGE. REFERENCE...

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Obama Foundation Picks Its Chicago Ground Team
Jan31

Obama Foundation Picks Its Chicago Ground Team

We now know who going to do the grounds for the Obama Presidential Center on the South Side. The Obama Foundation has chosen Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Site Design Group, and Living Habitats to be the landscape architecture team for the south side’s most anticipated museum in decades. You may remember New York’s MVVA from such Chicago hits as Maggie Daley Park and the 606.  Chicago’s Site Design Group is...

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Studio Gang’s New University of Chicago Dorm Now Open
Sep19

Studio Gang’s New University of Chicago Dorm Now Open

Most colleges have already had their move-in days, but down at the University of Chicago, one building did move-ins over the weekend. It’s the North Residential Commons (don’t call it a “dorm”), designed by the gang at Studio Gang. The project also includes the Frank and Laura Baker Dining Commons; assorted classrooms and offices; and 10,000 square feet if public retail space, creating a gateway to the storied...

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TWBTA and IDEA Chosen to Design Obama Presidential Library on Chicago’s South Side
Jun30

TWBTA and IDEA Chosen to Design Obama Presidential Library on Chicago’s South Side

After months of anticipation, the Obama Foundation has decided in which direction it wants to go with the Barack Obama Presidential Center: TWBTA out of New York and IDEA in Chicago. You may know TWBTA (Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects) from such projects as the University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts and the Phoenix Art Museum.  Locally, IDEA was the architect of record for Renzo Piano’s Art Institute of...

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Whole Foods Hyde Park’s Opening Weekend
Jun27

Whole Foods Hyde Park’s Opening Weekend

The long-awaited Whole Foods Market opened at the City Hyde Park building at 5118 South Lake Park Avenue in Hyde Park late last week, and word on the street is that the place was jumping through the weekend.  City Hyde Park, you’ll recall, is Jeanne Gang’s new mixed-use opus that has been wildly received by the neighborhood. Instead of a traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony, there was a “bread-cutting” with a...

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New Hyde Park Hotel to Cater to U of C Visitors
May24

New Hyde Park Hotel to Cater to U of C Visitors

The latest hotel plan for the Hyde Park neighborhood is moving forward.  The Chicago Plan Commission as approved  plans from suburban Cleveland developer Smart/Olympia Illinois to turn a surface parking lot at East 53rd Street and South Dorchester Avenue into a seven-story hotel with up to 100 rooms. Last fall, neighbors of 1401 East 53rd express concern about what the GREC-designed hotel will do to traffic on the street, which is...

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Museum of Science and Industry’s LEGO Exhibit Starting to Click
Feb05

Museum of Science and Industry’s LEGO Exhibit Starting to Click

Last month we told you about Brick by Brick, the new Lego-based exhibit coming to the Museum of Science and Industry next month.  Now the nice people down at MSI have sent over a batch of photographs showing the progress putting the exhibition together so far.  Some of the pieces look like they’re going to be huge when completed. You’ll get a chance to check it out for yourself starting March 10.  Full details follow the...

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University of Chicago’s Gang-Designed Dorm Tops Out
Sep29

University of Chicago’s Gang-Designed Dorm Tops Out

From NEIU to Northwestern to the University of Chicago, local colleges are getting on board with the trend in academia to embrace leading-edge architecture.  The University of Chicago was one of the Chicagoland pioneers in this arena with Helmut Jahn’s Mansueto Library, and the West Campus Combined Utility Plant before that. Another starchitect is putting her mark on the U.C. campus.  Jeanne Gang’s North Residential Hall...

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Art Break: Exhibit Uses Architecture in a Pointed Way
Jun08

Art Break: Exhibit Uses Architecture in a Pointed Way

Next time you’re down in the greater University of Chicago area, stop by the Hyde Park Art Center (5020 South Cornell Avenue) to see what Susan Giles has done with four architectural landmarks. The Chicago artist has created enormous models of the world’s four tallest observation towers as part of her exhibit Scenic Overlook.  If you’re scratching your brain trying to remember which four towers currently hold the...

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