South Loop’s Chamfered Champ Gets Nipped, Tucked
Feb01

South Loop’s Chamfered Champ Gets Nipped, Tucked

A new skyscraper proposed for the South Loop’s Wabash corridor is getting taller before it’s even started. At a meeting tonight hosted by third ward alderman Pat Dowell, a revised design for 1326 South Michigan was revealed.  Visually, there’s not much different.  But a couple of important bits have changed. First, much to the delight of hard-core skyscraper enthusiasts, the SCB-designed building’s height has...

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What Legat Has Learned About the Architecture of Accessibility and Future-Proofing
Feb01

What Legat Has Learned About the Architecture of Accessibility and Future-Proofing

We continue our discussion with Legat Architects.  Last week we introduced you to the suburban firm with the West Loop outpost that’s focused on the education, healthcare, and institutional sectors. Today, Chief Design Officer Ted Haug, Principal Jeff Sronkoski, and President/CEO Patrick Brosnan explain to us how being focused on those markets means accessibility is a high priority.  And an ever-changing one. Jeff Sronkoski: ...

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O’Hare to get Eighth Runway, More Passenger Fees
Feb01

O’Hare to get Eighth Runway, More Passenger Fees

The Midwest’s biggest airport is getting even bigger.  The city of Chicago has landed funding for an eighth runway at O’Hare International Airport. At one time it was the world’s busiest airport.  Today it’s number eight and better known for frustration, delays, and price gouging.  In January of this year, just 74% of flights left on time, and 76% arrived on time, according to the USDOT.  JD Power’s 2015...

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Northwestern Can Now Go Deep, Reach High in Streeterville
Feb01

Northwestern Can Now Go Deep, Reach High in Streeterville

The muddy mess that once one Prentice Women’s Hospital is about to really and truly become Northwestern’s new medical research building. The city has issued a permit so that all that heavy machinery that’s been planting caissons at 303 East Superior Street can plant those caissons and do the rest of the foundation work on the Perkins+Will-designed building: Foundation and below grade (2 basements) construction for...

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Will New Plan Deliver For the Old Post Office?
Feb01

Will New Plan Deliver For the Old Post Office?

Like a misdirected package caught in an endless forwarding loop, Chicago’s former main post office building exists in a financial, bureaucratic, and logistical limbo. And once again, as sure as Cubs fans will pack Amtrak’s Southwest Chief bound for spring training, it’s a sign of the changing seasons that yet another proposal has been floated for revitalizing the hulking mass on the Chicago River. The latest plan...

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