What’s Going On With the Division Street Bridges?
May26

What’s Going On With the Division Street Bridges?

In July 2014, the Chicago Department of Transportation undertook an emergency $6 million project to replace the 111-year-old East Division Street Bridge. In June 2013, the biennial inspection determined the bridge was, in engineering terms, “structurally deficient.” It does not mean unsafe, rather, it means the bridge “requires significant maintenance and repair to remain in service and eventual rehabilitation or replacement to...

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Two More Riverwalk “Rooms” Open to the Public
May26

Two More Riverwalk “Rooms” Open to the Public

Two main sections of the Chicago Riverwalk opened to the public over the Memorial Day weekend.  Just before 1:00pm, the barriers were removed on two sections between Clark Street and State Street known as The Marina and The Cove.  These are the first sections of the riverwalk to be completed on the main channel of the Chicago River since the portion just east of Michigan Avenue was finished several years ago. Though the riverside...

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Oh No! Po’ RiNo HoJo No Mo’
May26

Oh No! Po’ RiNo HoJo No Mo’

If you wanted to get one last glimpse of Chicago’s downtown Howard Johnson’s motel before it was demolished, well you’re too late. It’s gone, baby. The Chicago Architecture Blog‘s Daniel Schell motored by the motor lodge and found that there’s not much of it left other than a pastel-colored exterior wall, and the basement. This will soon be the location of 720 North LaSalle, Magellan...

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IIT Goes High Tech With The Latest In Sun Shading For New Innovation Center
May26

IIT Goes High Tech With The Latest In Sun Shading For New Innovation Center

When Illinois Institute of Technology began planning its new innovation center, John Ronan, the project’s architect, came to one early conclusion. “It’s a building for innovation, so the building itself should be innovative,” Ronan told me. He certainly made good on that promise. IIT’s new Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship will fit nicely in the Mies Campus with its sleek, modern exterior. And, if...

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