The Last Video Produced at Harpo Studios Brings the House Down
Aug23

The Last Video Produced at Harpo Studios Brings the House Down

  The only thing as satisfying as watching a good building go up, is watching one come down. And that’s what’s happening over at 1058 West Washington Boulevard, where demolition crews are making quick work of Oprah Winfrey’s former personal town hall. The Harpo Studios demolition has become something of a very minor tourist attraction, with out-of-towners more than suggesting their hosts swing by the site for a...

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Tennis Courts Adjourned, It’s Time to Elevate Lincoln Park
Jun13

Tennis Courts Adjourned, It’s Time to Elevate Lincoln Park

One of Wrightwood Neighbors’ least loved buildings is coming down. The photos above and below were sent in by Doctor Robert Vogelzang, showing the graffiti-encrusted edifice at 2518 North Lincoln Avenue being forcibly disassembled by an squad of angry yellow machines.  The apartment building, once known as Lincoln Center, must have been quite something back in the day of “key parties,” since the entire back half of...

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Demolition Days at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Lincoln Park
Jun08

Demolition Days at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Lincoln Park

It’s not every day that you get to see a hospital building being demolished.  Unless you live near Rush University Medical Center, where several came down very recently.  Or in Streeterville, where the old Prentice was turned to dust.  Or in Prairie Shores where the Michael Reese complex fell. OK, so Chicago has no shortage of hospital buildings being forcibly removed from existence a piece at a time.  But the latest one make...

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Demolition Crews Tear Into 156 North Jefferson Street
Apr20

Demolition Crews Tear Into 156 North Jefferson Street

Over the past three weeks, you’ve told you here and here about the new residential project happening at what is now 156 North Jefferson Street in the West Loop, and what will become 165 North Des Plaines Street. Thanks to a couple visits from friends and readers to our Tip Line, we knew to be on the lookout for some demolition work to the rear portions of the North Jefferson address. And pay attention is what we did. Crews from...

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And Then There Was One
Apr15

And Then There Was One

One left standing, that is. A pair of buildings formerly located at 4 and 8 East Huron Street have been obliterated, leaving only 10 East Huron standing of the three seemingly attached, century-old structures. 10 East serves as the home of the Consulate General of Ukraine, and it’s going to stay right where it is. In fact, take a walk past the site and you might see workers touching up the west face of the building now exposed...

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8 East Huron Minus 4 East Huron Equals 2 East Huron
Mar16

8 East Huron Minus 4 East Huron Equals 2 East Huron

A month ago, we told you demolition crews were on their way to tear down the a couple Huron Street buildings constructed back in the 1800s. We weren’t lying. 4 East Huron is already a flat, empty lot. 8 East Huron has what appears to be only minor damage along the roof line. Until you look in the back. Then it’s clear: This building won’t be gone in days. It will be gone in hours. Why? A 26-story residential building...

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Old Astrolab Building Lost In Space
Mar14

Old Astrolab Building Lost In Space

As much as people in Los Angeles hate to admit it, Chicago was once the movie capital of the world.  That was back before 3D.  Before THX.  Before color and sound.  Even though Hollywood is the undisputed leader in filmed entertainment these days, some bits of the industry still remain in the Windy City.  Except one. Last week, demolition began at 61 West Erie Street, the former Astrolab Building.  This was the location of a film...

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Wrecking Ball Flays Rush University Medical Center’s Jones Building
Feb15

Wrecking Ball Flays Rush University Medical Center’s Jones Building

The countdown began in September, when the City of Chicago issued four demolition permits for Rush University Medical Center to tear down four buildings on their west side campus. The oldest of those structures, the Jones Building, is the first to meet the wrecking ball. Built in 1888 as the Daniel A. Jones Hospital, the Jones Building at 1753 West Congress Parkway became obsolete when Rush completed its state-of-the-art, $575-million...

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Good Lookin’ Chicago Avenue Building Turning Into Pretty Pile of Bricks
Jan18

Good Lookin’ Chicago Avenue Building Turning Into Pretty Pile of Bricks

The steel-toed boots of progress are busy marching all over the building at the northwest corner of Wells Street and Chicago Avenue today.  The beautiful, but enigmatic, commercial building at 800 North Wells Street is being turned into a pile of rubble to make way for a 24-story condominium tower. It was River North Spy Max who brought the destruction to our attention.  Friday he sent in a photograph of machinery poised to begin the...

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Hot Potato to be Dropped in West Town
Jan13

Hot Potato to be Dropped in West Town

WRECK AND REMOVE A 2 STORY MASONRY COMMERCIAL BUILDING Add another building to the list of the doomed in West Town, as Restaurant Row continues its expansion westward. Hot Potato, the modest two-story brick edifice occupying both 1132 and 1136 West Randolph Street, has been issued demolition permits by the City of Chicago. Unlike many projects happening in this neighborhood, there won’t be any facades saved on this one (see Ace...

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