What’s That Smell? That Glorious Smell?!

The glorious smell of popcorn is once again wafting down Michigan Avenue as Garrett Popcorn has reopened on Michigan Avenue. You’ll remember that the building that Garrett was in was torn down to make way for the Ritz Carlton Residences(664 North Michigan Avenue).  Garret is back on the Magnificent Mile at 625 North Michigan Avenue. Unfortunately, the new Garrett store is on Michigan Avenue in the same way the new Culti store is...

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Things a Little Sweatier in the Loop

In case you haven’t noticed, there are a lot more sweaty people in the Loop these days.  That’s because L.A. Fitness has opened a gym inside The Heritage at Millennium Park (130 North Garland Court).  Based on the number of people we see through the windows shooting hoops and riding fitness contraptions, it appears to be doing quite well. Also important is that this is yet another link in the strengthening retail situation...

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What to do About Northerly Island?

Most Chicagoans have finished laughing, crying, or both, about what happened at Northerly Island that dark night in 2003 when Meigs Field (CGX) was turned into a meadow. If you’ve visited the place lately, you’ve seen that in spite of claims that it’s now a bird sanctuary, the land is clearly available for development.  Soon we will get a chance to see what kind of development that might be. November 10, 2009  at...

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Chicago Brick of the Day: Lake Champlain

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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Historic Building May Find New Life With The Dead

Just got an alert from Alderman Reilly’s office about the Three Arts Club building (1300 North Dearborn Street).  This beautiful, historic building has been vacant for years.  Now it may get new life.  So to speak. Mr. Bill Bickford of Depree Bickford Associates, LLC and his partners have signed a letter of intent to purchase the historic property and expect to close by the end of 2009.  Mr. Bickford’s team is proposing to...

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