Week Links: April 20, 2012

  • Loop North News notes a strange kind of theft — Apparently some people walked into Marina City (300 North State Street) and stole fuses from a storage space in a hallway.  The haul was worth $300.  I’ve heard of people stealing copper wire and manhole covers for their scrap value, but this is a new one to me.
  • Saint James Cathedral (65 East Huron Street) has posted new photos of the construction on its plaza.
  • The Clare at Water Tower

    The Clare at Water Tower

    Crain’s has the scoop on The Clare at Water Tower (55 East Pearson Street) being sold in a bankruptcy auction.  The nuns spent $272 million building the building.  The new buyer got it for about $100 million in cash and debt.

  • North Loop News has some great pictures of the Unitrin signs being removed from 1 East Wacker Drive by helicopter last weekend.  This weekend, weather permitting, a Kemper logo and sign will be added to the top of the building.  Interestingly, when we reported a few months ago that this was going to happen, people said we were wrong and that the Unitrin sign would remain.  Guess not.
  • The Chicago Sun-Times reports that a Starbucks will be installed at the CTA Red Line’s North/Clybourn station.  But leave those cake pops and scones behind.  Remember, it’s still illegal to eat on the subway.  This became an important point a few years ago when the CTA let a bunch of Dunkin’ Donuts shops open up inside CTA stations, behind the barriers.  Some called it entrapment.  More importantly, this may be the world’s closest Starbucks to an Apple Store.
  • The same day the Chicago Sun-Times reported on the mayor’s plan to relax landmark rules to allow extensive, expensive, and profitable renovations at Wrigley field, The Chicago Tribune has a review of the new Halsted Street bridge over the north branch of the Chicago River.
  • The new park going in at East 16th Street and South Wabash Avenue is officially going to be named Fred Anderson Park, after jazz great Fred Anderson.  He was from Monroe, Louisiana and lived in Evanston, but owned some very influential jazz clubs in the South Loop in the 80’s, 90’s, and 00’s.
  • The Sun-Times reports that all of the 60-or-so creative types in the building formerly known as the Apparel Mart next to Merchandise Mart are bring kicked out.  The owner of the building wants to make it straight offices.  Fortunately, there’s lots of great space available in the former warehouses in the neighborhood, but you’re not going to get the same creative juice flowing as you would if everyone was under one roof.  You may remember that the former Mayor Daley made a number of efforts to promote Chicago as a hub of clothing design.  This should so a good job of setting back any advances made.
  • Fitzgerald Associates sends along a note that it is renovating a residential loft building at 216 North May in West Town, and also redoing the lobby of the Whitehall Hotel in the Gold Coast.
  • Our friend Joe Z. over at YoChicago has been back to K2, checking on the progress of the apartment tower going up in the Fulton River District.  We’ve embedded his video below:

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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