Status Update: River Point Rises, Sans Promised Park
Jan28

Status Update: River Point Rises, Sans Promised Park

Remember when it was promised that the office tower portion of River Point wouldn’t be built until the public park was finished?  Yeah, neither does the developer. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell ambled by the construction site at 444 West Lake Street recently and took these pictures of the tower portion rising on the corner on West Lake and North Canal Streets.  Right now the steel frame is about three or...

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Slice Of Life: Cubs #14 Honored In Lights At Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower
Jan28

Slice Of Life: Cubs #14 Honored In Lights At Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower at 300 E. Randolph is a Chicago landmark not just for its distinctive exterior but also because of the building’s lights. Every year the company creates dozens of lighting displays to promote wellness and other messages. A computerized lighting program creates the display, along with some manual assistance (closing certain blinds to accentuate the effect). This week, the Blue Cross lights offer a...

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Full House And Media Frenzy Show Up As Grant Park Public Meeting Goes To The Dogs
Jan28

Full House And Media Frenzy Show Up As Grant Park Public Meeting Goes To The Dogs

Maggie Daley Park Field House was packed with residents and the media last night for a public meeting hosted by the Grant Park Conservancy & Advisory Council. The crowd sat politely for the first hour as Bob O’Neill, president of the conservancy, ticked off the park’s big accomplishments during 2014. There was nary a peep when Bob Raymond, director of planning and construction for the Chicago Park District, described the...

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