Lakeshore East and Lakefront Chicago Now Properly Linked
Jun27

Lakeshore East and Lakefront Chicago Now Properly Linked

With the warmer weather, and the shedding of masks, come thoughts of being outdoors. Preferably, someplace green. Soon, downtown Chicagoans will have a new slice of veldt upon which to throw blankets and catch rays: Cascade Park. June, 2021 rendering of Cascade Park. (Courtesy of Lendlease.) Named for the skyscraper that sprouts next to it, the privately owned public space is part of a project cultivating three residential skyscrapers...

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Architects Not Giving Up On The Thompson Center
Jun21

Architects Not Giving Up On The Thompson Center

There is no shortage of opinions about what to do with The Thompson Center, sulking at 100 West Randolph Street like that sad, oversized kitten that nobody wants quietly mewing in the corner of the viewing room at PAWS. The Thompson Center (File) In our off-the-record conversations with Chicago architects over the last 18 years, sentiment has shifted from balanced pessimism to outright exasperation in some quarters.  In 2003,...

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Major Upgrades Coming to Reese-Adjacent Bronzeville Apartment Complex
Jun21

Major Upgrades Coming to Reese-Adjacent Bronzeville Apartment Complex

You know what makes older architecture look nice?  Adding shiny new architecture right next to it.  That’s what’s happening in Bronzeville, at the Prairie Shores apartment complex, where a Gensler-designed pavilion will soon snuggle between two buildings of the five-building property. June, 2021 rendering of the Prairie Shores clubhouse. (Courtesy of Gensler.) The glassy “clubhouse” is being added between 2901...

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Plan Picked to Primp Pritzker Park Parking Place
Jun21

Plan Picked to Primp Pritzker Park Parking Place

The City of Chicago has chosen which building it wants to replace the forlorn parking garage at 331 South Plymouth Court, behind Pritzker Park in The Loop.   June. 2021 rendering of 331 South Plymouth Court. (Via the City of Chicago.) You can read all about the contest that led up to this decision by following this link.  It’s basically a word salad of self-important recent college grad buzzwords, so we’ll break it...

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LG’s Multi-Tower Fulton Market-Adjacent Project Approved
Jun21

LG’s Multi-Tower Fulton Market-Adjacent Project Approved

The plan to put up a large residential complex at 1132 West Lake Street, and 1132 West Randolph Street has been approved by the Chicago Plan Commission.  The LG Development project was designed by Gensler, and is now going by the handle 1150 West Lake Street. It looks like four towers, but because a lot of the structure is connected, in reality it’s just two buildings, one on each side of the CTA’s Pink/Green Line. June,...

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Fulton High-Rise Greened, Bows to Arthur “Stainless Steel Balls” Harris
Jun21

Fulton High-Rise Greened, Bows to Arthur “Stainless Steel Balls” Harris

It was Two-fer Thursday for LG Development at the Chicago Plan Commission this past week.  The prolific constructors of all things great and small used to be content just kitting out Damen Avenue perfume boutiques. Now it’s ben cleared for takeoff with another high-rise in downtown Chicago. This project is at 210 North Aberdeen Street in West Town, just barely clipping one corner of the Fulton Market Historic District.  It sits...

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Amtrak’s Plans for Chicago Good for Football, Architecture Fans
Jun14

Amtrak’s Plans for Chicago Good for Football, Architecture Fans

If you’ve watched the news lately (and if you haven’t, it’s OK — sometimes we need a break, too), you know that President Biden wants to spend a metric assload of money to fix America’s infrastructure.  Things like train tracks, roads, bridges, and formerly strong things seem to be falling down more and more often these days. Naturally, there are people who are opposed to this.  The reasons are many, and...

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West Loop Skyscraper Gets Tweaked for Small Dogs
Jun14

West Loop Skyscraper Gets Tweaked for Small Dogs

The plan to replace a pair of downtown surface parking lots with a pair of pretty-good-sized skyscrapers at 601 West Monroe Street has been revised. June, 2021 rendering of the dog park at 601 West Monroe. (Via the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly.) When we gave you the bird’s eye low down on this caper last month, we noted that adding over a thousand new homes to this block of the city was going to bring Urinetown to the West...

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Video: High-Viz CTA Station Getting Bulbous Rebuild
Jun14

Video: High-Viz CTA Station Getting Bulbous Rebuild

One of the most public L stations in Chicago is next in line for Extreme Makeover: Transit Edition. June, 2021 rendering of the CTA State/Lake Station. (Via the Chicago Transit Authority.) The CTA’s State/Lake station hangs over its eponymous street intersection, and is frequently seen in television shows, movies, and discount wedding photographs.  If you’ve ever alighted here, you know the platform is way too narrow, even...

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COVID Stalls Yet Another Big Downtown Chicago Project
Jun14

COVID Stalls Yet Another Big Downtown Chicago Project

In the same week that Chicago fully reopened for business — both serious and monkey — comes word of yet another downtown project that has been pushed back by the coronavirus pandemic. December, 2018 rendering of the Aon Center Observatory. The Chicago Tribune reports that we’re going to have to wait until at least 2024 for the new observatory and thrill ride at the top of the Aon Center at 200 East Randolph Street.  This is at...

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