Work Begins on Replacement for North Lawndale Public Housing
Mar09

Work Begins on Replacement for North Lawndale Public Housing

Construction has begun on a mixed-use project in North Lawndale that replaces the Chicago Housing Authority’s Ogden Courts and Lawndale Complex public housing projects. Rendering of Ogden Courts (Courtesy of The Habitat Company) Ogden Courts was two buildings with about 140 homes.  It closed in 2005.  The Lawndale Complex was 187 homes in six buildings.  It came down at the turn of the century. They are being...

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Architecture School May Stay Open
Mar05

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Architecture School May Stay Open

The school founded by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright may keep its doors open after all.  The Arizona Republic reports that the school, now known as The School of Architecture at Taliesin, has found the money it needs to keep educating future architects.  Taliesin West (via Apple Maps) How long the word “Taliesin” stays in the school’s name remains to be seen.   The school divorced from the Frank Lloyd Wright...

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33 Years Later, Chicago’s DuSable Park Still Not Ready
Mar05

33 Years Later, Chicago’s DuSable Park Still Not Ready

If you thought this was going to be the year you could finally pack a picnic hamper with egg salad sandwiches, pull on your favorite sun bonnet, and head to DuSable Park to enjoy a warm spring afternoon in downtown Chicago, you’re as loopy as that lady who sits in the hobo corner on the Brown Line scat singing the Check Please theme music to herself. It’s been a third of a century since Mayor Harold Washington declared the...

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Pix and Video: One Chicago Construction Update
Mar04

Pix and Video: One Chicago Construction Update

March is finally here.  And while you’re waiting for the tulips to sprout along Michigan Avenue, and the daffodils to sprout in Lincoln Park, check out what’s sprouting on the southwest corner of Chicago and State: The pair of skyscrapers known as One Chicago. One Chicago under construction in March 2020 (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!) Joe Zekas from YoChicago! brings us these images, showing construction progress,...

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Wayback Wednesday: The Trump Sump
Mar04

Wayback Wednesday: The Trump Sump

This Wednesday, we hit rewind on the reel-to-reel of time and find ourselves 15 years in the past, at March 4, 2005. The Trump International Hotel and Tower under construction in March 2005 (file) In the photograph above, we see construction on what would be the Trump International Hotel and Tower at 401 North Wabash Avenue. Previously this was the location of the Chicago Sun-Times building; a structure we still don’t miss. This...

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Gage Park Neighborhood Has a Blue Light Special on Freight Trains
Mar03

Gage Park Neighborhood Has a Blue Light Special on Freight Trains

With Kmart stores disappearing faster than hand sanitizer at Target, it’s not surprising that Stephanie Coleman is tired of Planned Development 614 camping out at 59th and Western, blue light extinguished, and not very special at all. 59th and Wstern in Gage Park, with the intermodal yard in the foreground (via Apple Maps) The 16th Ward Alderman is trying to get PD 614 deleted from the city’s zoning regulations, and...

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Spire Site Skyscrapers Shaved In Second Swing
Mar02

Spire Site Skyscrapers Shaved In Second Swing

These days it seems like the only thing harder than finding a Cubs game on television is building a skyscraper at 400 North Lake Shore Drive. But Related Midwest is heating up the pine tar to take another swing. February 2020 rendering of 400 North Lake Shore Drive (via the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly) You’ll remember that 400 was going to be the location of the Fordham Spire, which failed. Then it was going to be the...

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Wayback Wednesday: Digging Streeterville
Feb26

Wayback Wednesday: Digging Streeterville

For today’s Wayback Wednesday, we cruise down Memory Expressway seven years to February 26, 2013. That’s where we find construction crews mucking about in the muck that passes for dirt in streeterville. Construction work at 465 North Park in February 2013. This patch of brown would become the Lowes Chicago Hotel in 2015. Ground would break on the residential skyscraper known as 465 North Park a year...

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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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