Committed To Higher Learning, DePaul Gets a Tower Crane Permit
Apr13

Committed To Higher Learning, DePaul Gets a Tower Crane Permit

There’s music in the air around the Lincoln Park neighborhood. And soon, construction materials will be up there as well: FOUNDATION DESIGN FOR THE INSTALLATION AND OPERATION OF A MANTIOWOC MD485 TEMPORARY TOWER CRANE, AS PER PLANS. Those “plans” are for the new DePaul School of Music, on the campus of DePaul University. The tower crane permit, issued by the City of Chicago March 25th, means the school can start...

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Students Light Up Lincoln Park Architecture
May18

Students Light Up Lincoln Park Architecture

Some of DePaul University’s Theater Department students are taking what they’ve learned to the streets of Lincoln Park.  They’re going to light up Saint Vincent de Paul Church (1010 West Webster Avenue) as part of their lighting design studies at the university.  Check out the press release below for details.   Lighting design students illuminate architecture of Lincoln Park churchCHICAGO — When the sun goes...

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McPier Plan Progresses as Prairie People Press Parking, Pileups and Pocket Parks Points
Aug25

McPier Plan Progresses as Prairie People Press Parking, Pileups and Pocket Parks Points

  The scaled-back plan to build a new hotel, a data center, and an arena on the edge of the Prairie Avenue District is marching forward, with proposals for two of the three components already in McPier’s hands. This past Friday was the deadline for companies to submit their proposals to the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (“McPier”) for the new Marriott Marquis hotel and the Events Center.  Earlier...

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DePaul’s New Theater Wins Gold
Feb13

DePaul’s New Theater Wins Gold

The International Olympic Committee isn’t the only panel handing out gold these days.  The U.S. Green Building Council just certified DePaul University’s new theater building LEED Gold. We took you on an extensive tour of the Pelli Clark Pelli-designed building when it opened in September of 2013. You can read DePaul’s press release below the photo gallery.   Image © Jeff Goldberg, Esto. Courtesy of DePaul...

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McPier OK’s Pelli Clarke Pelli’s DePaul Demon Dome Design
Sep23

McPier OK’s Pelli Clarke Pelli’s DePaul Demon Dome Design

  The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority has approved a design for the new McCormick Place Event Center put forth by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. The design was one of six submitted to McPier as it tries to build a new sports arena/event center, a 1,200-room Marriott Marquis hotel, and a smaller boutique hotel in the South Loop by 2016.  The Authority’s board voted unanimously to grant the $7.2 million design...

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Progress on DePaul’s New Theater Building
Jan27

Progress on DePaul’s New Theater Building

Don’t let the hole in the ground fool you. A real drama is underway at the corner of Racine and Fullerton. Six months after groundbreaking, the opening act of DePaul’s new Theater Building is well underway. Heavy machinery guided by men with orange vests move the earth, pour concrete and lay pipes as they transform a parking lot into a modern arts facility. The architect of this play is Cesar Pelli, the former dean of the...

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Frogurt on State

Remember back in the 1980’s when frozen yoghurt shops started to pop up all over and guys with slicked back hair and gold chains and bad tans would call them “frogurt stands?” No, me neither. But frozen yogurt is coming to the Loop.  This sign has popped up at DePaul University’s imaginatively named DePaul Center. I don’t remember what was in the space before Yogen Früz, but it’s...

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