Union Station Master Plan Finished
Jun01

Union Station Master Plan Finished

The Union Station Master Plan has been completed, and it doesn’t look all that much different from the proposals put forth by Amtrak, Metra, and the Chicago Department of Transportation at the beginning of the process last year. First, a little background – Union Station is a mess.  Short-sightedness on the part of people in the 1960′s who thought that passenger rail service in America was dying led to infrastructure...

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Will Chicago Finally Get a New Supertall Skyscraper?
Jul22

Will Chicago Finally Get a New Supertall Skyscraper?

Yesterday, grand plans were unveiled for redeveloping Chicago’s old Main Post Office (433 West Van Buren Street), and the surrounding area.  They include the construction of five residential, hotel, and office skyscrapers perched atop a massive parking, retail, and transit podium spanning the Chicago River. The highest profile portion of the project is a 120-story tower to be built just west of the river at 350 West Harrison...

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Why Tourists are Commuting Faster Than You

A friend of mine commutes six days a week between her condo just off Michigan Avenue, and her job at one of the grotty startups in the West Loop.  Every day she panics about being late.  Every day she watches the Chicago Water Taxis chug down the river while she’s sitting on an immobile 151 bus stuck in traffic.  Why does she do this? For some reason there is a certain quadrant of people who believe the water taxis that ply the...

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