Status Update: The Nichols Bridgeway

After yesterday’s mini-rant about the Art Institute’s Modern Wing, it seemed logical to follow that up with an update on the bridge that will link the museum with Millennium Park. The 620-foot-long bridge has a Renzo Piano pedigree and like most modern architecture is simple in design.  In fact, it’s a big white pipe cut in half.  A culvert, really.  Which I guess is symbolic or ironic or something since it’s...

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Status Update: 465 North Park and the Waldorf=Astoria
Feb27

Status Update: 465 North Park and the Waldorf=Astoria

How are things going along East Illinois Street where two massive projects are supposed to be underway? If you listen closely, you can hear crickets. The front part of this lot, surrounded by the blue tarp fence is supposed to be 465 North Park Drive, a 57-story residential tower.  The back part, with all the cars parked on it, is supposed to be the new Waldorf=Astoria hotel.  Neither of them appear to be going anywhere, and with the...

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Status Update: The Nichols Bridgeway
Feb27

Status Update: The Nichols Bridgeway

After yesterday’s mini-rant about the Art Institute’s Modern Wing, it seemed logical to follow that up with an update on the bridge that will link the museum with Millennium Park. The 620-foot-long bridge has a Renzo Piano pedigree and like most modern architecture is simple in design.  In fact, it’s a big white pipe cut in half.  A culvert, really.  Which I guess is symbolic or ironic or something since it’s...

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