Opposition Growing Against Obama Museum Eating Jackson Park
Nov29

Opposition Growing Against Obama Museum Eating Jackson Park

Just a day after the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the feds are going to examine the placement of the Barack Obama Presidential Center on a prime chunk of public park, neighbors are getting organized to save their green space. “Save the Midway” has been formed to protect the city’s beloved Midway Plaisance from a parking garage and charter bus staging area that the Obama Foundation wants to build at the head of the...

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Meeting Tonight Could Determine if Spectre Looms Over West Loop
Nov29

Meeting Tonight Could Determine if Spectre Looms Over West Loop

The murky waters at the corner of Green and Lake should clear later today, when real estate developer Shapack Partners unveils its latest plan for the chunk of land in the hot West Town neighborhood. There have been several proposals for this location recently, including one approved by the city just a few years ago for a 14-story office building. The most recent proposal, called “Spectre,” surfaced two months ago.  The...

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Digging Dirt in the Future DuSable Park
Nov28

Digging Dirt in the Future DuSable Park

Thirty years after Chicago Mayor Harold Washington named the spit of land along the Chicago River east of Lake Shore Drive DuSable Park, dirt is once again moving to make the vision a reality. There have been dozens and dozens of ideas floated for the grassy, radioactive nub officially designated Jean Baptiste Pointe.  But the only real action there in the last 15 years was when it was used for construction staging for the failed...

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On TV Tonight: Baer in the Water
Nov27

On TV Tonight: Baer in the Water

In a time when most Chicago media can’t be bothered to look out their window unless someone has been shot, WTTW’s Geofffrey Baer remains the face of Chicagoans interested in their city, its history, and what it looks like today. Bear hunters rejoice, because the city’s premier urban explorer has a new special which airs tonight on channel 11 at 7:30pm.  It’s called Chicago River Tour With Geoffrey Baer, and is...

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CTA Red Line Project Could Change the Edgewater Skyline
Nov27

CTA Red Line Project Could Change the Edgewater Skyline

The Chicago Transit Authority plans to start work next year rebuilding a mile of Red and Purple Line tracks on the north side between Lawrence and Bryn Mawr.  It’s the first phase of the agency’s “Red Ahead” rebuilding program on the north side. Doing so will bring more space to the platforms, better access for the handicapped, and increased opportunities for local real estate development. When the project is...

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Readers Called It: It’s a Soccer Stadium for Lincoln Yards
Nov27

Readers Called It: It’s a Soccer Stadium for Lincoln Yards

A few weeks ago we asked our dear readers to speculate which professional sport might occupy the proposed Amazon.com Stadium at Sterling Bay’s Lincoln Yards development. According to your feedback, soccer was the most logical option, with some people speculating that maybe the Chicago Fire might seek to leave southwest suburban Toyota Stadium. Now the Chicago Tribune has the goods.  It turns out you were right about the sport,...

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Tuesday Trivia: Double Intersections
Nov21

Tuesday Trivia: Double Intersections

OK, Chicago cartography fans.  Name a pair of streets in Chicago that intersect each other twice. Our answer: Sheridan and Broadway. Sheridan and Broadway meet in Lake View where the northbound Sheridan makes a 90 degree turn and goes all lateral, crossing its soulmate. Sheridan and Broadway also meet four miles north in Rogers Park, a ricochet that sends Devon west and Sheridan northward. Chicago is such a large city (234 square...

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Road Trip to Chicago’s Gritty, Colorful Past
Nov20

Road Trip to Chicago’s Gritty, Colorful Past

It’s hard to escape Chicago.  It doesn’t matter where you go on this big blue marble of ours, Chicago seems to follow us around.  Museums in Seattle feature items salvaged from demolished Chicago buildings.  Las Vegas has dozens of Chicago eateries, including Al’s Beef, Garrett’s Popcorn, and a second Giordano’s location under construction.  Asia is dusted with Dan Ryan’s Chicago Grills.  Tokyo has...

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E2 Makes Downtown Evanston More Colorful
Nov20

E2 Makes Downtown Evanston More Colorful

The E2 apartment building made a splash when it opened in Evanston in 2015, and now it’s adding a splash of color to the suburb’s downtown. E2 developer Fifield Realty has unveiled an expansive new piece of art on the side of the building by Albany Park muralist Thomas Melvin. The painting is called “Eee-tu” (What Redwing called to Drake) 1890 Maple Evanston, Illinois, and is an abstract depiction of its home...

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Renelle on the River Pushes Chicago’s Flock of Cranes to 60
Nov14

Renelle on the River Pushes Chicago’s Flock of Cranes to 60

The city of Chicago reached a milestone today.  With the erection of the tower crane at Belgravia Group’s Renelle on the River, that makes 60 tower cranes in the Chicago sky. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a noted fan of tower cranes, visited the site of the bKL-designed building person to mark the occasion. While Census Bureau numbers show Chicago’s population dwindling, downtown’s residential, hotel, and office development...

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