City Fixes the Affront on the Lakefront

Several years after the City of Chicago decided to cut off the heart of Grant Park from Lake Michigan, it’s spending $125,000 to fix the affront. Work started today on a new pedestrian crossing that will link Buckingham Fountain with Queen’s Landing. CDOT installed fencing, bollards, and chains to keep people from following their instincts, and the park’s paths, and crossing Lake Shore Drive to get close to the...

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Lots of Gripes, Few Changes With Old Saint Pat’s Tower Plan

The design of the proposed office tower at 625 West Adams Street has been revised. In response to the concerns of neighbors about the building’s size and harsh reflections from the setting sun, Solomon Cordwell Buenz architects has altered the western facade to make it resemble a grid pattern.  The grid helps break up the building’s massing, and the three types of glass help cut down on reflection. That’s about the...

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First Snow!

The first snow shower of the 2011/2012 season obscures the Willis Tower (233 South Wacker Drive) in the city’s...

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (2011 edition, part three)

The city’s annual Christmas tree has been erected in Daley Plaza, and crews are flocking it with lights.  Gone are the days when it would be a massive affair made up of many tiered individual trees, now it is just one.  But it’s a heckuva one. The tree was donated to the city by the Spangler family of Western Springs.  The 55-foot-tree will be lit by the Spangler’s three children during the city’s lighting...

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Another Chicago Skyscraper Name Change

It’s not official until Friday, November 11th, but already the signs are going up at the Fifth Third Center, the West Loop skyscraper formerly known as 222 South Riverside Plaza. There are still a few legacy 222 South Riverside signs to be seen around the property, but the main entrance canopy has been emblazoned with a neon “Fifth Third Center” and the more subtle “222” signs in the landscaping have been...

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