Briefly: Mooning Chicago, Grant Revoked, Hubbard Habitat

  • The Art Institute of Chicago has installed a giant fake moon to cast a glow over Millennium Park this winter.  All of you Loop-bound amateur astronomers who used to enjoy the darkness of Grant Park will have to go elsewhere.
  • The latest plans for reconstructing the northern portion of Grant Park has construction beginning in Autumn, 2012 and the park remaining closed until Summer, 2015.  Look for a more detailed article on this from us soon.
  • Contrary to popular assumption, the Lawson YMCA (30 West Chicago Avenue) won’t be torn down and turned into a college building.  The Sun-Times says it’s being sold to a developer that will renovate the building and continue to operate it as an SRO.
  • Ward Park, in River North is getting a 2,000 square foot expansion.  Construction is expected to start in the Spring of 2012.  More information here.
  • We now have a name for the new apartment tower about to rise in River North.  It’s The Habitat Tower, possibly a placeholder name because it’s being developed by the Habitat Company.  But certainly better than the previous placeholder, 360 West Hubbard.  45 stories, 450 apartments, zero retail.  Look for construction to begin in the next few weeks.  The picture below was lifted from the River North Residents Association web site.
Drawing of the Habitat Tower at 360 West Hubbard Street

Drawing of the Habitat Tower at 360 West Hubbard Street

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