2017 Ragdale Ring Winners Announced
Mar28

2017 Ragdale Ring Winners Announced

For more than a century, Chicago architects have had a love affair with the North Shore’s idyllic bedroom communities.  For renowned arts and crafts architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, his private Idaho was Lake Forest, and the estate he built there named Ragdale. These days the estate operates as a retreat for 150 creative types selected yearly to spend time away from their regular lives to get their creative juices flowing.  In...

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Visualizing The Carillon in River North
Mar28

Visualizing The Carillon in River North

The backers of the new mixed-use skyscraper proposed just off Michigan Avenue are trying to drum up support.  To that end, they’re letting the public in on more details of their plans for a 60-story building at 40 East Superior Street. 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly hosted a public information meeting about the building last week.  If you weren’t able to go, we’ve reproduced the most interesting slides from the...

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Permits Issued for Nellie Black’s Doppelgänger in Lincoln Park
Mar27

Permits Issued for Nellie Black’s Doppelgänger in Lincoln Park

The City of Chicago has issued a construction permit for a new building just down the block from the intersection of Halsted Street, Lincoln Avenue, and Fullerton Avenue.  Belmont Village (700 West Fullerton) is also known as Building H of the massive demolition and redevelopment of the former Children’s Memorial Hospital in Lincoln Park into a new mixed-use development called The Lincoln Common. DIRECT DEVELOPER SERVICES: NEW 7...

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Video: The New Chicago Museum That Chicago Might Actually Want
Mar27

Video: The New Chicago Museum That Chicago Might Actually Want

It’s been a bumpy couple of years for Chicago’s museum community.   “Lucas Museum” joined “religion” and “politics” on the list of things mothers teach their children not to discuss in polite company. But the fact that Chicago’s museums can charge New York and London rates to see their exhibits and lines still snake out the door shows that there is a hunger amongst both locals and...

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Willis Ups the Ante in the Battle of Chicago Observatories
Mar24

Willis Ups the Ante in the Battle of Chicago Observatories

If cats could vote in travel magazine polls, chances are they’d make Chicago the #1 city they’d want to visit.  If you’re a cat owner, you already know why: Cats love to go to high places and look down on everyone else.  And Chicago has no shortage of perfect public perches. One of those perches has announced plans it hopes will sway people to choose its lofty heights over the competing options.  It’s the...

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Chicago About to Lose Another Skyscraper Title
Mar21

Chicago About to Lose Another Skyscraper Title

One of the great things about living in Chicago’s John Hancock Center (875 North Michigan Avenue) is the pool.  Sure, there are lots of skyscrapers in Chicago with their own pools, but the Hancock’s is different in three key ways: It’s inside, so you can use it all year It’s a real full-sized pool, not one of these decorative wading ponds that developers opt for these days It’s on the 44th floor That...

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1035 West Van Buren Gets a Name and a Date
Mar21

1035 West Van Buren Gets a Name and a Date

The new residential block flanking the Eisenhower Expressway is just a few months away from taking a bow.  1035 West Van Buren Street has narrowed down its occupancy date to August, just five months from now.  It also has a real name: Landmark West Loop. The location of the Morris Adjmi Architects-designed building is in the more residential area of the rapidly transforming Near West Side, so it has all the benefits of proximity to...

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It’s Not the Bat Signal Shining Over the South Loop Tonight
Mar20

It’s Not the Bat Signal Shining Over the South Loop Tonight

For the past couple of nights, there’s been a red glow in the night sky over the South Loop.  It isn’t some new super hero in tight pants and cape looking for trouble.  It’s the new Marriott Marquis hotel at McCormick Place. The hotel is going to open this fall, but wants to make a splash early, so the red display is intended to get your attention and remind you that there’s a new skyscraper in town.  When it...

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Man Bites Dog: Downtown Water Tank To Be Saved
Mar20

Man Bites Dog: Downtown Water Tank To Be Saved

We’ve lamented before about how advances in modern plumbing and fire suppression technology are stripping so many of Chicago’s buildings of their rooftop water tanks.  Many of the remaining tanks we see adorning the roofs of the city’s brick-and-timber buildings are a hundred years old or more.  Repairs are expensive.  Turning them into cell phone transmitter platforms is lucrative.  And so, one by one, the...

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New Construction at the Old Post Office Continues
Mar20

New Construction at the Old Post Office Continues

If you’re an eagle-eyed driver, you may have been able to spot some of the subtle signs of construction work going on at Chicago’s Old Main Post Office which spans the Eisenhower Expressway on your way out of town. For those of you who prefer to keep your eyes on the road, or have other commuting routes, you’ll be happy to know that there actually is work going on at the concrete leviathan beached on the west bank of...

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