Six Stories on a Dog’s Parallelogram
Apr11

Six Stories on a Dog’s Parallelogram

The nighttime view of Chicago from either the observation decks at either the John Hancock Center or the Willis Tower   reveals Chicagoland to be a grid of twinkling pearls stretching out into the Illinois prairie.  But then every once in a while this logical perfection is disturbed by streetlights that insist on going all diagonal. Whether it’s politics (Kennedy Expressway), or greed (Ogden Avenue), or history (Clark Street)...

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Old Cook County Hospital Transformation Near, And Yet So Far
Apr11

Old Cook County Hospital Transformation Near, And Yet So Far

Last week the local media outlets that normally fascinate themselves with the intricacies of breaking dumpster fires and exclusive waterskiing squirrels turned their attention to the Old Cook County Hospital. As we’ve been reporting for the last three years, and as they’ve just figured out, there are plans in the works to transform the giant yellow wreck of a building beached along the Eisenhower Expressway into a...

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Optima II Adds Touch of Glass to Streeterville
Apr11

Optima II Adds Touch of Glass to Streeterville

Add a partial row of glass curtain to the list of achievements at Part II of the Optima Chicago Center at 220 East Illinois Street in Streeterville. Optima’s own construction crews have been busy on this site since they started pushing dirt around way back in 2014. The Optima II project has a fun firehose to share with you: Developer – Optima Architect – David Hovey Architecture firm – Optima General Contractor...

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