Details About New Gold Coast Skyscraper at 410 East Grand

Back in July, Crain’s Chicago Business reported about a proposal to finally replace an old surface parking lot on Grand Avenue with a residential tower.  Recently there has been a lot of chatter on the internet about this project, so here are some details. Part of the buzz claims that this is part of a land swap between Golub Real Estate and the Rahabilitation Institute of Chicago.  While a swap may have taken place, Golub has...

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Unwrapping the West Loop Wal-Mart

Our West Loop spy e-mailed last night with photos of the new Wal-Mart going in at Presidential Towers (555 West Madison Street). The paper that’s obscured the views of the curious for the last few months has been taken down, and it’s possible to see inside.  While there is still some physical construction to be done, including installation of a revolving door (note the plywood in the photograph above), the aisles are...

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A Call To Burned, Sticky, Insect-Bitten Arms

Get outside this weekend.  Eat an Italian ice on a sticky park bench while the bees hover.  Slide down a too-hot metal slide on your stomach and burn your arms.  Stand in a weed-choked lot and listen to the insects buzz in the heat. Then remember that soon enough, we’ll be back to the scene above (Michigan Avenue in a snowstorm), and you’ll yearn for the days of sticky benches, burning slides, and buzzing...

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Slice of Life: Wood and Glass

A row of trees check out their reflections in a Chicagoland building.

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Where Bohemians Go To Die

I recently had an opportunity to take a tour through Chicago’s Bohemian National Cemetery (5255 North Pulaski Road) in Chicago’s North Park neighborhood.  While not as popular as Graceland Cemetery, this one is certainly worth a visit.  Highlights include: The main entrance, which is a city landmark. Tomb of Anton Cermak, the Austro-Hungarian mayor of Chicago who took a bullet for FDR in Miami. The columbarium. The Tomáš...

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The Mall That’s Tearing Down Retail Space
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The Mall That’s Tearing Down Retail Space

If you’re the kind of person who hates crowds, you may have already discovered the large, yet virtually empty, mall and residential complex called the Roosevelt Collection (West Roosevelt Road). There’s little reason to go there other than to see blockbuster movies and have the auditorium to yourself. In spite of the superior movie-going experience, other retail shops have failed to materialize.  Lots of people have lots...

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Slice of Life: A Squint in the West Loop

This unusual fire truck was spotted in the West Loop recently.  The local fire station has red trucks, not dayglo green/yellow.  Also, this truck is a little squatty compared with regular fire trucks.  If you click on the photograph to see it larger, the mystery is solved.  “O’Hare International Airport” is written across the top. It’s strange that an airport fire truck would be parked in this location.  This...

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Everyone in Chicago Look Up and Say “Cheese!”

Just when I thought I was super-cool for my photo of Chicago from 10,000 feet, some hunky astronaut has to go and one-up me. This is a photograph of Chicagoland (and beyond) taken from the International Space Station by Ron Garan.  We ran the photo through a little Noise Ninja action before posting it here, so click the pic to see it larger.  You can snarf the original from @Astro_Ron, Garan’s Twitter feed where he’s been...

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Taking Stock of Stockton

With the Bud Billiken Parade now safely behind us, school bells will be ringing at many Chicago Public Schools soon. When the kiddies return to Stockton Elementary (4420 North Beacon Street), they probably won’t notice, but much of the exterior of the school has been restored.  In this photo, you can see part of the parapet has been removed.  Much more extensive work is being done on other sides of the building.  Fortunately,...

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Echelon and Alta at K Station For Sale

If you won the lottery last night, and aren’t sure what to do with all that money, I’ve got one word for you: “Skyscrapers.” The residential towers Alta at K Station (555 West Kinzie Street), and Echelon at K Station (353 North DesPlaines Street) are both for sale.  You can buy them as a pair, but Fifield Companies and Pacific Life are more than happy to break up the set. Read the full release from the...

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