City Slaps Downtown Surface Parking Lot
Feb25

City Slaps Downtown Surface Parking Lot

If you’ve been picking up what we’ve been putting down over the last 17 years, you probably grok that we like surface parking lots the same way we like a Chicago cabbie hoking at us at 2am trying to solicit a fare: Not at all. That’s why we were happy to read a letter the city sent to the lawyer for a particular patch of downtown last month, letting him know that an existing surface parking lot in that particular...

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Revised Wilson Theater Plan in Uptown Slashes Height, Homes
Feb24

Revised Wilson Theater Plan in Uptown Slashes Height, Homes

A revised plan to redevelop the old Wilson Avenue Theater in Uptown drastically reduces the height of the accompanying residential building, and the number of homes inside. It’s been almost four years since we told you about the last plan to hit City Hall.  Back then, the parking lot next door to the theater at 1038 West Wilson Avenue was going to be replaced by a 107-foot-tall residential high rise with 197 new residences. The...

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West Loop Skyscraper to Add Height, Scrape More Sky
Feb20

West Loop Skyscraper to Add Height, Scrape More Sky

If your office seems a little devoid of architecture nerds this morning, it might be because the density junkies in the crowd are sleeping one off in the Pedway under a pile of Red Eyes, with a thoroughly gnawed copy of Zoning Application 20348 clenched in their drooling jaws. 2019 rendering of BMO Tower, formerly Union Station Tower. (Courtesy of Goettsch Partners.) 20348 got updated yesterday with a request from Convexity Partners...

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Wayback Wednesday: Connors Park Construction
Feb19

Wayback Wednesday: Connors Park Construction

Today we crank the Wayback Machine back seven years to February 19, 2013. Here we find ourselves at the triangle formed by East Chestnut Street, North Wabash Avenue, and North Rush Street. Better known as Connors Park. Connors Park rehabilitation, February 2013. (File) Or at least it was when these pictures were taken. Today it’s mostly known as the location of an Argo Tea house, which you can see in the early days of its...

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Choice Loop Lot Up For Redevelopment — Pritzker Park May Get Slimmed
Feb18

Choice Loop Lot Up For Redevelopment — Pritzker Park May Get Slimmed

There’s not a lot of places left in The Loop where someone with a valise full of hundred dollar bills can make a near-permanent mark on the city.  But one of those places is about to open up. 311 South Plymouth Court (Base map via Apple Maps) You may know 331 South Plymouth Court as the funky (not in a good way) city parking garage lurking behind Pritzker Park, just off State Street.  City Hall has decided to take advantage...

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A Look at Saint Charles’ Public Library Renovation
Feb18

A Look at Saint Charles’ Public Library Renovation

The City of Chicago has put up some fine public libraries recently. But it’s not the only burg in the ‘land investing in knowledge repositories. West suburban Saint Charles has big plans, and it’s brought in Sheehan Nagle Hartray Architects to help. Rendering of the Saint Charles Public Library (Courtesy of SNHA) SNHA recently shared its vision for the almost $19 million renovation and expansion of the Saint Charles...

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New Progress and Pictures of South Loop’s Next Mega-Development
Feb13

New Progress and Pictures of South Loop’s Next Mega-Development

There was a lot of hoopla yesterday about The 78, Related Midwest’s 62-acre mixed-use development going up on a brownfield site across the street from the South Loop Target store. There was lots of press. Lots of big names. But once you scrub out all of the clichés, the platitudes, and the marketing babble seemingly cribbed from a Silicon Valley startup’s About page, here’s what actually happened: A document was...

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Wayback Wednesday: Time Freezes on Chicago Avenue
Feb12

Wayback Wednesday: Time Freezes on Chicago Avenue

This Wednesday we skate back in time ten years to February 12, 2010.  The place is Chicago Avenue at Seneca Playground Park.   Seneca Park clocktower, February 12, 2010 In the foreground we see the park’s clock tower, about which we could find exactly zero information in our usual sources or on the intarwebs. In the background, we can see Children’s Memorial Hospital still a little bit under construction. This parkling...

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Canada Goose Island Lark For Dog Depot Ferreted Out
Feb11

Canada Goose Island Lark For Dog Depot Ferreted Out

While many people expected the enormous project called 700 at the River to be the next big thing to happen on Chicago Avenue, Canadian developer Onni Group has just put another dog in the race, dishing about its off-the-chain redevelopment plans for the old Greyhound yard at the southern tip of Goose Island. The old Greyhound service yard (via Apple Maps) The Chicago Tribune (no longer related to Tribune Media which owns 700 at the...

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Loop Skyscraper Inching Toward Landmark Status
Feb11

Loop Skyscraper Inching Toward Landmark Status

Do you like skyscrapers?  Do you like railroads?  Do you like history?  If you answered “no” to any of those questions, then what the heck are you doing reading this article, ya silly rabbit? If you like skyscrapers, railroads, and history, then your pulse will pound harder than a middle-age bridge jumper nailing a trifecta at Arlington Park when we tell you that 226 West Jackson has been recommended for landmark status. ...

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