Construction Sites Vie For Luxury Supremacy

There’s an interesting things that the developers of luxury buildings do in Chicago (and likely elsewhere): They try to out-do each other’s scaffolding. Now that the foundation work appears mostly done at the Ritz-Carlton Residences (664 North Michigan Avenue), there is proper scaffolding over the temporary sidewalk that pedestrians use on the west side of Michigan Avenue. But the Ritz has trumped the other lux developers...

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Slice of Life: Pools and Rivers

On this damp day (back in October), no one was interested in swimming in the East Bank Club‘s rooftop pools (500 North Kingsbury).  And no one in their right mind would think about swimming in the North Branch of the Chicago River just next door.  But the Hudson River is now clean enough for people to swim around Manhattan.  Maybe in our lifetimes, we’ll see a beach in downtown Chicago like the one in Paris....

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