Mag Mile Socked By Shoe Store’s Closing

Our Gold Coast spy sent in a couple of interesting shots today.  One of them is of the now former Johnston and Murphy store at 625 North Michigan Avenue. Nationwide, a lot of retailers large and small have looked at their Christmas season receipts and decided to close their doors.  Whether that’s the case here, or if it was expected, is unclear.   We haven’t heard any chatter about it before this. It may not be a case of...

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Zoo Lights
Dec26

Zoo Lights

If you haven’t been to Zoo Lights this year yet, you still have a chance.  Even though Christmas has passed, the event is still going on every night until January 1st.  A lot of people think it ends before Christmas, so now’s a good time to go to avoid the crowds. There’s a video with some clips from the event above, and a photo gallery below.  We didn’t get a chance to go last year, but this year’s...

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Green Light For New Loop Skyscraper and Office Building
Dec26

Green Light For New Loop Skyscraper and Office Building

It’s been flying mostly under the radar for the last year or so, but now there’s finally reason to believe that the proposed residential tower at 73 East Lake Street is actually going to happen. The City of Chicago’s Plan Council has approved the latest plan from the developers for a 42-story apartment tower near the corner of Lake and Wabash.  If you’re having trouble picturing where this is, exactly,...

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (2011 edition, part 19)
Dec25

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (2011 edition, part 19)

Merry Christmas!  This is the tree in the sunken plaza in front of the John Hancock Center that used to be an ice skating...

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (2011 edition, part 18)
Dec24

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (2011 edition, part 18)

If you want to create more last special Christmas moment for your children to remember, take them to the basement of the John Hancock Center (875 North Michigan Avenue), where the annual train display is running.  It’s a great annual tradition, and entirely...

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (2011 edition, part 17)
Dec23

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (2011 edition, part 17)

Sadly, the CTA’s Santa Train has made all of its trips this season, and Kris Kringle is back at the North Pole getting ready for the big day. Fortunately, one of our spies found herself in a Red Line station with nothing to do this past Tuesday when Santa made his final run.  She, like everyone else, whipped out her camera phone and took video inside and out, which she shared with us.  She notes “Don’t laugh at the...

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Briefly: IBM Plaza’s New Name, Capturing Value
Dec23

Briefly: IBM Plaza’s New Name, Capturing Value

The building formerly known as IBM Plaza (330 North Wabash Avenue) will become AMA Plaza in 2013 when the American Medical Association moves in.  It’s currently headquartered at the AMA Building a few blocks away at 515 North State Street, best known for having a big hole in one side of it. There’s an interesting, and fairly lengthy, article on Grid Chicago about the notion of value capture. I’m not a public policy...

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Halsted Street Bridge Reopens
Dec23

Halsted Street Bridge Reopens

The Halsted Street Bridge over the Chicago River’s North Branch Canal opened today (Friday, December 23, 2011) after being closed for more than a year.  Not sure where that is?  It’s the part that connects Goose Island with Division Street.  The new bridge is four-lanes, plus two bicycle lanes.  Previously, this bridge was only two lanes.  Here’s the full press release from CDOT: The Chicago Department of...

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Chicago Skyscrapers Spawn Folk Art
Dec22

Chicago Skyscrapers Spawn Folk Art

In the last couple of decades I’ve lived in a dozen or so cities.  But only one has had the unique combination of cold winter weather and skyscrapers that makes the classic Chicago “Falling Ice” sign a necessity. It’s been a mild 2011/2012 Winter so far, so they haven’t been seen much.  But once we get a good, solid snowfall the city’s sidewalks will sprout with hundreds of ice warning signs, like...

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (2011 edition, part 16)
Dec22

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (2011 edition, part 16)

The great hall of Union Station (210 South Canal Street) is all decked out for Christmas.  Whether it’s little ones under a pine tree, or big ones delivering loved ones to a new city, there’s something about trains and Christmas that just go...

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