Northeast Grant Park Laid to Waste As Progress Approaches
Nov12

Northeast Grant Park Laid to Waste As Progress Approaches

  Well, that was quick. Just a few weeks after construction crews started putting up fences around Daley Bicentennial Plaza in preparation for turning it into Maggie Daley Park, all the trees and bushes and other plants have been razed. Denuding the land is the first step in the project to repair the parking garage beneath the park and upgrade the park from state-of-the-ark to state-of-the-art. If you’re familiar with the...

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The Future Maggie Daley Park Starts Right Now
Oct21

The Future Maggie Daley Park Starts Right Now

  For the last week, construction crews have been putting up concrete Jersey barriers and chain-link fences around the northeast corner of Grant Park — the section soon to be known as Maggie Daley Park. It’s the first step in what will be a long process of removing the park, fixing the parking garage roof beneath, and then replacing the park. The Cancer Survivor’s Memorial Garden will remain open, and we saw several...

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Construction About to Begin on Maggie Daley Park
Sep17

Construction About to Begin on Maggie Daley Park

The signs went up over the weekend, and the field house was shut down.  Construction is about to begin turning Richard J. Daley Bicentennial Park into Maggie Daley Park, passing the name of the northeast corner of Grant Park from father-in-law to daughter-in-law. The field house (337 East Randolph Street) closed on September 15th, and will now be turned into a construction office for the massive project which will, quite literally,...

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Randolph Streetwall
Aug20

Randolph Streetwall

The Randolph Street skyscraper streetwall marks the northern edge of Grant Park. If you like this photograph, click here to order it as a poster or...

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Snark on the Park: Last-Minute Hysterics Over The Latest Plans for the North Grant Park Renovation
Jul10

Snark on the Park: Last-Minute Hysterics Over The Latest Plans for the North Grant Park Renovation

As the Summer of 2012 plods on, we’re inching closer and closer to the biggest construction project in Grant Park in many years — the replacement of the entire northern portion of the park. Nearly the entire park north of East Monroe Street will be removed for this project.  The trees will be cut down.  The flowerbeds and shrubs bulldozed, and even the dirt itself stripped away to reveal the roof of the parking garage below. The...

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New Plan for Four Unbuilt Loop Skyscrapers
Mar01

New Plan for Four Unbuilt Loop Skyscrapers

For more than a decade, pile drivers, cement trucks, and tower cranes have been busy in the northeast corner of The Loop known as Lakeshore East. Although workers continue to expand the downtown neighborhood with The Coast (345 East Wacker Drive), there are still ten more buildings still to be constructed, and a lot of prime Chicago real estate is covered with weeds. At the same time, the Chicago Park District has a problem in the...

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Briefly: Bridges, Blurbs, Beerville
Feb03

Briefly: Bridges, Blurbs, Beerville

The Wrigley Building (400 North Michigan Avenue) has been named a Chicago Landmark.  See Alderman Reilly’s announcement below. Not a new web site, but it’s new to us.  Check out Chicago Loop Bridges for lots of interesting information and pictures of… Chicago Loop bridges. Here’s your Grant Park history lesson of the day, from the Chicago Tribune. ENR Midwest has neighbor news: Milwaukee has the green light to...

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Grant Park Renovation Plans Go Underground
Jan26

Grant Park Renovation Plans Go Underground

The latest plans for replacing the northern portion of Grant Park are on display.  Large display panels went up on the Pedway level of Block37 last night, allowing people who normally aren’t able to attend the Grant Park meetings to see what’s coming. This is part of the Chicago Park District’s attempt to let people know what’s going on before it surprises and angers them, and to solicit more public input.  An...

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Revised Grant Park Renovation Plan Released
Dec08

Revised Grant Park Renovation Plan Released

Plans for the redevelopment of North Grant Park are starting to come together. New York architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates has come up with a revised and more detailed plan for the $30 million project, expected to get underway in the Autumn of 2012. Be sure to see our previous coverage for more details. The park has to be entirely removed and replaces because it sits on the roof of the East Monroe Parking Garage....

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City Fixes the Affront on the Lakefront

Several years after the City of Chicago decided to cut off the heart of Grant Park from Lake Michigan, it’s spending $125,000 to fix the affront. Work started today on a new pedestrian crossing that will link Buckingham Fountain with Queen’s Landing. CDOT installed fencing, bollards, and chains to keep people from following their instincts, and the park’s paths, and crossing Lake Shore Drive to get close to the...

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