Slice of Life: Happy Wheels
May31

Slice of Life: Happy Wheels

  A Loop Spy sent this one in: a group of bicycles parked on Wabash Avenue Wednesday morning. It reminds me of how some people just seem to wake up happy. This article is the result of photos sent in by people just like you.  E-mail your pics to editor@ChicagoArchitecture.info....

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Chicago’s Loop Gets Its First Scramble Crossing [Video]
May31

Chicago’s Loop Gets Its First Scramble Crossing [Video]

As the Chicago Department of Transportation continues to prioritize pedestrian safety and mobility, it’s opened Chicago’s first scramble crossing. The intersection of South State Street and Jackson Boulevard was re-striped early this morning not only with zebra stripes in the city’s usual four-square configuration, but also with diagonal crossings cutting across the intersection. Once per cycle the traffic lights...

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Big Picture Still Hazy, But the Second Hard Rock Hotel Tower is Coming Together
May31

Big Picture Still Hazy, But the Second Hard Rock Hotel Tower is Coming Together

We’re not much on rumors around here. If we published every Chicago development rumor that someone whispered in our ears while standing at a urinal in Millennium Station, we’d have to stop drinking coffee. But sometimes those rumors are accompanied by facts. And if there are enough related facts, then it becomes worth mentioning. And that’s what we’re doing here when we say that we’ve finally heard enough...

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Status Update: Loop Coffee Barn
May30

Status Update: Loop Coffee Barn

  It’s hard to see behind the tarps and barricades and scaffolding, but progress is being made on one of the more unusual conversions to come down the pike in recent years — the conversion of an old 1800’s barn in the center of The Loop into a coffee house. The work on the Pickwick Stable (22 East Jackson Boulevard) is being done for Chicago’s Asado Coffee Company plans to open a cafe/coffee shop in the building...

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Status Update: The Latest Beige Northwestern Building
May30

Status Update: The Latest Beige Northwestern Building

  If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “There just aren’t enough beige buildings in Chicago,” then Northwestern’s got your back. The pre-cast concrete panels that will make up the facade of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Outpatient Pavilion (259 East Erie Street) are now being hoisted into place and attached to the outside of the building.  And, as expected, they’re in majestic...

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Loved and Hated, Old and New, Chicago’s Main Library Still Exudes Controversy
May30

Loved and Hated, Old and New, Chicago’s Main Library Still Exudes Controversy

It’s a Chicago building that can’t escape notice. And once you notice it, you can’t help but react to it. The Harold Washington Library Center (400 South State Street) stands stalwart in the South Loop, once a decaying and sad part of the city, now the nexus of regeneration and vitality. Opened to the public in 1991, the design of Chicago’s central library building has always been more than a little...

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Slice of Life: Kind of a Weird Morning
May30

Slice of Life: Kind of a Weird Morning

Something about several hundred miles of flat land jammed up against a great lake and punctuated with skyscrapers gives Chicago the ability to take on all kinds of unusual shapes and colors when the weather is right.  The city is blessed with epic sunrises and sunsets, bluer skies than any acrylic at Utrecht, and pretty much every form of cloud from little scud poppers to mighty thunderheads to wispy bits of white filament. And then...

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Landscape Architect Finds Her Creativity Working In A Small Space
May29

Landscape Architect Finds Her Creativity Working In A Small Space

Like most architects, Juli Ordower can look at a space and visualize a design in her mind. Ordower also must consider how the completed work will change and grow over months and years. Ordower is a landscape architect. Her firm specializes in working with small spaces, so the compact urban lots common to Chicago bungalows don’t deter her creativity at all. “It allows me to be more creative than working on a large commercial space,”...

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1333 Wabash Gets a Little Brother
May27

1333 Wabash Gets a Little Brother

The residential building proposed for 1333 South Wabash is branching out before it’s even built. Originally approved by the city of Chicago five years ago, it has gone through several changes in the last couple of months. The most recent one has added a second tower. The developer, CMK Companies, bought the vacant lot immediately to the south of 1333 and plans to use the extra elbow room to put up a 15-story modified version of...

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Madison at Racine Breaks Ground Today on the Near West Side
May23

Madison at Racine Breaks Ground Today on the Near West Side

New buildings continue to sprout up in Chicago’s Near West Side. Today there will be a groundbreaking ceremony for a new residential mid-rise called The Madison at Racine (1212 West Madison). The apartment building will be a nine-story residential building, with a very nice glass drum in the southeast corner where the main lobby will be. It was designed up the street at FitzGerald Associates, and is being developed by two...

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