More on Columbia College’s New Media Production Center

A couple of days ago I published an article here about Columbia College’s new Media Production Center (1600 South State Street).  Although the location is starting to get a little off the beaten path, the building is very well done.  More importantly, it preserves a piece of Chicago’s silent film history — a chapter of the Windy City’s evolution that is too often overlooked or forgotten. In that article I also...

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Quickie: Chicago Lodge Could be Razed

Crain’s Chicago Business reports that the Chicago Lodge has been bought.  The motel on Foster Avenue near the lakefront is considered an eyesore by some.  The buyer is none other than the Dominick’s grocery store next door. So, does this mean redevelopment?  Perhaps more retail opportunities?  Crain’s thinks the motel is going to be replaced by a new upscale Dominick’s.  Considering the way the economy is these...

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Who Knew? Lake Shore Drive Inspired a Video Game

Who knew? Lake Shore Drive was the inspiration for the 1980’s Activision game “Freeway.”  Well, the original name was “Bloody Human Freeway” but most of us remember it being marketed with a chicken, not a person, crossing the lanes of traffic. From Atari Age: Even though Freeway looks a bit like Frogger at first glance, the two games are actually very different. According to David Crane, he got the idea...

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New Barney’s New York New Update

We have a few more details about the April 2nd opening of the new Barney’s New York store on Rush Street. The first floor will be all accessories, meaning scarfs, wallets, handbags, and things like that.   The cosmetics area which is normally on the first floor of department stores in the Midwest is going into the basement, like in Bergdorf Goodman and Barney’s in New York.  “Basement” probably isn’t the...

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Quickie: Amex Out, NatCity In

Crain’s Chicago Business reports that the American Express travel office in the Loop has to find a new home.  It’s being pushed out by an incoming branch of National City Bank.  The good news is that when National City lands at 55 West Monroe it will also suck up the space left vacant by Sharper Image when it closed its Loop store last...

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