Dearborn Street: Mandatory Breakdance Zone

What’s this wackiness we found outside of Marina City ?  Looks like some kind of CDOT-enforced mandatory breakdance zone.  This isn’t a case of having a screw loose this sign is intentionally in this position as evidenced by the bolts holding it in place. So next time you’re crossing the Dearborn Street Bridge, be sure to borrow a scrap of cardboard from the nearest vagrant and get your backspin on.  It’s the...

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In Case You Missed It: More Grocery Store Talk for Lakeshore East

It’s been five years since the first time a salesperson at Lakeshore East told us that a grocery store would be open at the complex, “any day now… six months, tops.”  Since then we’ve heard similar lines from Lakeshore East salespeople half a dozen times and yet the nearest serious grocery shopping option is the Dominick’s on East Illinois Street. In fact, that Dominick’s was built and...

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In Case You Missed It: Chicago Place mall becoming offices

We didn’t mention it here, so in case you missed it: the mall portion of Chicago Place is being turned into offices . Saks will stay, and the former Talbott’s space is still becoming Zara.  And in between the two of them, 11,000 square feet of what used to be the mall lobby will become some other as-yet-unannounced store on Michigan Avenue.  But the rest of the Chicago Place mall is destined to become a...

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Quickie: Chicago Spire update

The Irish newspaper The Independent has published an article updating us on what’s going on with the Chicago Spire.  In a word — nothing.  The paper lifted a couple of quotes from a New York Times article and tried to present it as something new, but it told us nothing we didn’t already know — 1, that the Spire needs money to be built; and 2, that the banks aren’t willing to part with any money right...

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Skyscraper of Big Shoulders

The architecture of the Avenue Hotel (160 East Huron Street) architecture  doesn’t get much attention these days.  Mostly because it’s difficult to appreciate since it’s squished in with so many similarly-sized buildings.  But from those neighbors, it’s possible to see the details of the skyscraper’s exoskeleton and also come to appreciate its broad...

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