Chicago’s Riverfront Park Gets Green
Jun17

Chicago’s Riverfront Park Gets Green

  Over the last ten years that this blog has been published, a lot of politicians have made a lot of big promises about the long-proposed, and long-delayed Chicago riverwalk.  Now the city is going to take another step towards completing the project. It was last October when we noted in the Chicago Architecture Forum that the city was seeking federal money to complete the stalled project.  Under Mayor Richard M. Daley, certain...

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Status Update: GEMS Academy at Lakeshore East Now Under Construction
Jun17

Status Update: GEMS Academy at Lakeshore East Now Under Construction

Lakeshore East’s controversial private school has broken ground. GEMS Academy is putting up two school buildings in the downtown enclave near the southwest corner of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.  The first, now officially under construction, will be nine-stories, faces East South Water Street, and is for the K-4 students. The second building, behind the first on East Wacker Drive, will be 16 stories tall, and have...

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Meatpacking District Warehouse Tower Quickly Becoming a Chic Loft Office Building
Jun17

Meatpacking District Warehouse Tower Quickly Becoming a Chic Loft Office Building

Fulton Market in the West Loop is a street of contrasts. Food processing plants sit alongside art galleries and exclusive, trendy restaurants. The Chicago meatpacking hub will soon have an attractive new component between Carpenter and Morgan Streets: the 1K Fulton project, developed by Sterling Bay Properties. 1K Fulton (1000 West Fulton Street) is a commercial/retail mixed use project that’s using the old Fulton Market Cold Storage...

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Status Update: Polonia Triangle’s Tower of Pizza Hut
Jun17

Status Update: Polonia Triangle’s Tower of Pizza Hut

The 12-story residential building rising at 1611 West Division is starting to look something like it will in its final form. Most of the panels making up the building’s facade are now in place, and it’s risen to its final height of 95 feet, 11 inches.  The seemingly random pattern of its skin would be problematic in many places, but seems to reflect well the cacophonous nature of this busy intersection. Known colloquially...

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