Four New Skyscrapers About to Sprout in Near North
Jun09

Four New Skyscrapers About to Sprout in Near North

Well, this has been a long time coming. After years of anticipation, we’re finally getting our first concrete look at the redevelopment plans for Atrium Village, the low- and mid-rise apartment complex at 300 West Hill Street in the city’s Near North neighborhood.  Last year the Onni Group out of Vancouver coughed up $53 million for the property, and is now ready to move forward with big, big plans. When completed, the...

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Status Update: Hunting in an Urban Outfit
Jun09

Status Update: Hunting in an Urban Outfit

If you’re hunting for the Hunt Club in Viagra Triangle this summer, put away the harpoon.  It’s been replaced by a new building that will soon be the new location of the Gold Coast’s Urban Outfitters at 1100 North State Street. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell put on his pith helmet safaried by recently to see how the transformation has gone, and it’s really quite amazing.  The new...

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How Bad Is Chicagoland’s Transportation System?
Jun09

How Bad Is Chicagoland’s Transportation System?

Chicago is an old city, and when you look at the region’s transportation infrastructure, it looks the part.  Decades of neglect and underfunding have left the region’s and the city’s rails, roads, bridges, and transit in deplorable condition. Tell someone in Finland that the commuter trains sometimes don’t run when it gets to 20 degrees because the switches are heated with open flames, and they’ll think...

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