Grant Park Shields Still Up, Lucas Museum in Holding Pattern
Feb17

Grant Park Shields Still Up, Lucas Museum in Holding Pattern

The surface parking lot in Grant Park along Chicago’s beloved lakefront will live a little longer.  A federal judge has delayed ruling on a challenge to the injunction preventing construction from starting on the Lucas Museum for Narrative Art, which is slated to replace the parking lot. Community group Friends of the Parks was granted the injunction last year.  It keeps construction crews from starting work on the $700 million...

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Defrosting West Loop Pocket Park a Sign of Skyscrapers to Come
Feb17

Defrosting West Loop Pocket Park a Sign of Skyscrapers to Come

It’s been 15 years since the Lincoln Park Zoo’s last groundhog went to that big leaf-lined burrow in the sky, so there’s no official way to tell if spring is coming early to Chicago.  But if you’re looking for a substitute, keep an eye out for hardhats at 590 West Madison Street. Like an indecisive fat guy’s Hungry Man dinner, the half-built pocket park for the 590 West Madison skyscraper is slowly going...

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Pistons Moving on Pittsfield Conversion
Feb17

Pistons Moving on Pittsfield Conversion

The engine of progress is cranking up in the heart of The Loop, with the first paperwork filed in the process of converting The Pittsfield Building (55 East Washington Street) from an office building into residential digs. 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly introduced an ordinance last week to change the zoning of the northern portion of the block bounded by Washington Street, Garland Court, Madison Street, and Wabash Avenue from DX-16...

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Wicker Park Connection Meets the Public
Feb17

Wicker Park Connection Meets the Public

Tuesday night, 1st Ward Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno hosted a public meeting at the Chopin Theatre to gain community feedback on the proposed Wicker Park Connection development. Centrum Partners wants to add some 200 units at 1640 West Division Street, which right now serves as a surface parking lot. Designed by Hirsch Associates Architects, the ambitious project will include apartments in a 15-story tower, a seven-story...

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