Clark and Grand Hotels Plan Revised
Oct30

Clark and Grand Hotels Plan Revised

A couple of days ago we told you that the plan to build three hotels on half a block in River North had been revised. Well, we finally got our hands on the latest revision made by HOK, and it looks like it does indeed address a number of concerns local residents and businesses had. In this first diagram we see how the western alley would be transformed from a regular alley into a place where hotel guests could be picked up and dropped...

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Big Plans Afoot for Congress Parkway

One of the streets that welcome thousands of cars barreling into the Loop or fleeing for the suburbs each day is going to get a big makeover. Construction is expected to start in the spring on a Congress Parkway screetscaping scheme that will transform the street between Wells and Michigan into a gateway to downtown Chicago. Over a year ago we mentioned the plans to light the parkway with LED bollards. Now we know more about the...

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Chicago Brick of the Day: Custer Battlefield

In an effort to showcase the magnificent architecture of Chicago’s Tribune Tower, and to help people understand just how powerful and influential the Chicago Tribune newspaper once was, the Chicago Architecture Blog presents: Chicago Brick of the...

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Slice of Life: Red Arches

From the El you don’t see it so much, but from the sidewalk on the Wabash Street side of the Sullivan Center (formerly the Carson Pierie Scott building), you can really appreciate the red color painted into the arches at 28 South Wabash...

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Chicago’s Meat Packing District

We’ve published several photos from Chicago’s meat packing district in the last few weeks.  It’s one of those places that most people assume exists, but few have actually been to. Does Chicago’s meat packing district actually pack meat?  The answer is an unqualified “yes.”  And not just meat.  There’s a chicken nugget factory and a few places that pack seafood. But it’s clear from a...

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Chicago Children’s Museum Move to Grant Park Not Dead Yet
Oct29

Chicago Children’s Museum Move to Grant Park Not Dead Yet

There was an interesting note at a public meeting of the Grant Park Conservancy a couple of days ago.  Bob O’Neill, the head of the organization, said that the plan for moving the Chicago Children’s Museum from Navy Pier (600 East Grand Avenue) to Daley Bicentennial Plaza (337 East Randolph Street) is far from dead. Richard M. Daley Bicentennial Plaza in Grant Park The most recent newspaper articles on the topic have made...

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Chicago Brick of the Day: Fort McHenry

In an effort to showcase the magnificent architecture of Chicago’s Tribune Tower, and to help people understand just how powerful and influential the Chicago Tribune newspaper once was, the Chicago Architecture Blog presents: Chicago Brick of the Day. Today’s brick is from Fort McHenry in Maryland. Each day we’ll show a photograph of a rock, brick, or other piece of stonework embedded in the exterior of the Tribune...

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Quickie: Landscaping the Eisenhower/Blue Line?

Just a quick note — We hear that there is some preliminary work being done to investigate the possibility of landscaping the Blue Line in the median of the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290). We don’t know if this will mean simply adding plants in the gravel and dirt areas that the trains aren’t using, or if it means adding some kind of deck over the rail line with a park. When we know more, you’ll know...

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Slice of Life: The Victor Hotel

We love old signs.  And the more neon, the better.  And we’re not alone.  This sign for the Victor Hotel (311 North Sangamon Street) in Chicago’s meat packing district doesn’t advertise lodging, but the location of a hipster bar.  At least the sign is being preserved by a new generation. A search of the Chicago Tribune’s archives didn’t turn up any information on this property....

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Plan for Three New River North Hotels Revised

Back in August we told you about a plan to put three new hotels on half of the block bounded by Clark Street, Grand Avenue, Dearborn Street, and Illinois Street.  Well, those plans have been revised. There was concern about the kind of parking needed for a project of this size.  621 hotel rooms mean hundreds of extra cars.  Under the revised plan, the new hotels would use the new parking garage opening December 1st a...

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