Demolition Approaches For Code Orange South Side Church
Aug23

Demolition Approaches For Code Orange South Side Church

A number of holy places in Chicago have met their demise over the last 20 years. Some have been repurposed. Some have been demolished. The former Saint Stephenson Missionary Baptist Church looks like it’s next in line to meet the hot kiss of the wrecking ball. Saint Stephenson Missionary Baptist Church in August 2020 (Courtesy of Little Italy Spy Blake) Little Italy Spy Blake sent in the photograph above, showing the current...

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Optima Digs Lakeview at Treasure Island
Jul12

Optima Digs Lakeview at Treasure Island

If you paint the words “Treasure Island” across the broad side of a block wall, it’s only natural to expect someone to start digging there eventually. And that’s exactly what’s happening at 3460 North Broadway, where the Optima Lakeview apartments are going to replace the castaway market. Optima Lakeview under construction (July 2020. Courtesy of Lake View Spy Joel) Lake View Spy Joel took the photograph...

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Easter Weekend Demolition Freaks Out Chicago Neighborhood
Apr13

Easter Weekend Demolition Freaks Out Chicago Neighborhood

The smokestack for the former Crawford Power Generating Station was brought down by explosives in the early morning hours of Saturday, sending an enormous cloud of dust into the neighborhood across Pulaski Road. The wafting cloud coated homes, cars, trees, and streets with a fine powder at a time when people have been ordered to stay in their homes because of a pandemic that kills people by attacking their lungs.  People in the area...

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Awkward Crane Yoga Behind Trib Tower
Apr12

Awkward Crane Yoga Behind Trib Tower

The transformation of the treasured, historic, landmark Tribune Tower from the offices of a once-mighty media empire into 163 luxury condominiums continues in Streeterville. Some of the world’s most influential writers once parked here. Or at least their bosses did. (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!) The most visible sign of this recently showed up in the parking lot ’round back. That’s where Joe Zekas of YoChicago!...

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Mid-Century Loop Building Won’t Make it to Mid-March
Mar08

Mid-Century Loop Building Won’t Make it to Mid-March

The Midcentury Modern office building at 110 North Wacker Drive won’t be around by the end of the month, judging by the quick work demolition crews are making of it. The 1956 110 North Wacker by Graham, Anderson, Probst & White is being replaced by a 2020 110 North Wacker by Goettsch Partners.  So far, according to the photo above from Loop Spy Joel, the old building is just about half gone. Foundation work for the new...

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South Side Industrial Landmark to Come Tumbling Down
Oct30

South Side Industrial Landmark to Come Tumbling Down

You may have seen it, but not really noticed it, as you motored along I-57 past Chicago’s Fernwood neighborhood.  But that’s OK, because soon the giant chimney that rises high above the Chicago Department of Water’s Roseland Pumping Station will be gone. The bad news is that the neighborhood will lose a navigational touchstone.  The good news is that the Prairie-style public works castle that houses the actual water...

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Preservationists on Alert Over Potential Uptown Art Deco Demolition
Dec12

Preservationists on Alert Over Potential Uptown Art Deco Demolition

The klaxon you hear pealing across Uptown these days is the sound of Preservation Chicago having a minor freak-out over the potential demolition of the building at 1001 West Leland Avenue. To be sure, the two-story mixed-use building has seen better days.  It’s been neglected, foreclosed, abused, vandalized, and finally abandoned.  As far back as May of 2012, 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman asked the Chicago Department of...

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West Town Welcomes Our Robotic Parking Overlords
Dec01

West Town Welcomes Our Robotic Parking Overlords

It’s with a small tear of sadness that we bid farewell to the collection of centenarian commercial buildings about to be erased from 723 through 733 West Randolph Street in West Town.  Heneghan Wrecking is about to do a number on them. Chocolate box assortments of brick and timber such as these are not uncommon in Chicago, but they are fairly rare to find in such a vibrant retail corridor.  You would think that the prime...

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Children’s Hospital Pretty Much Meets the Definition of “Hulk”
Nov08

Children’s Hospital Pretty Much Meets the Definition of “Hulk”

If you’re an artist looking for a location to play Tic-Tac-Toe with parachutes, or perhaps giant pantomime Hollywood Squares (“I’ll take Charo in the center square to block, Peter”) then there’s a place in Lincoln Park just for you. Dr. Robert Vogelzang has sent in another round of photographs showing what little remains of the old Children’s Memorial Hospital. And the little remains are pretty much just a concrete and steel grid....

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Old Children’s Hospital Nearly Gone
Oct11

Old Children’s Hospital Nearly Gone

The violent dismantling of one of the city’s great medical complexes is nearing its completion in Lincoln Park. As we’ve been showing you for the last few months, the old Children’s Memorial Hospital is rapidly becoming just dust and memories. These photos were sent in by Dr. Robert Vogelzang, who practiced the healing arts under its roof for more than 20 years. Once the demolition is complete, the campus will be turned into a...

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