Status Update: Walton on the Park

Work is progressing, albeit slowly, on Walton on the Park.  The combination townhome and skyscraper residential project is inching along, but the parking garage isn’t even finished yet.  But in this economy some progress is better than no...

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Quickie: Chase-Wamu Fallout

The consolidation of Chase and Washington Mutual retail locations has begun. In the downtown area, the Washington Mutual branch at 501 North Milwaukee Avenue is going away.  Wamu customers are being directed to the Chase branch at 330 North Desplaines Street. The Milwaukee Avenue Wamu closes March 6, 2009.

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Diagrams: Best Buy’s Impact on the John Hancock Center

Last week a resident of the John Hancock Center told me almost breathlessly that the plans were out for the design of the Best Buy going in on the ground floor of the landmark building.  With a mix of fear and indignation she stammered, “it’s going to have neon.” The truth is a lot less awful than it sounds.  I managed to get my hands on a copy of the plans, and they don’t look bad....

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Freedom Museum Leaving Michigan Avenue

Over the weekend the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum announced that it is closing the doors on its Michigan Avenue home.  The not-quite-three-year-old museum spent $10 million to convert the Hammacher Schlemmer store adjacent to the Tribune Tower into a showplace for the notion of freedom of the press. Regardless of what you think of the museum’s content, it was an unusual choice.  It’s quite possible that...

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