Work On Chicago’s Newest Lakefront Attraction Could Start Soon
Aug22

Work On Chicago’s Newest Lakefront Attraction Could Start Soon

The spit of land east of Lake Shore Drive, North of the Chicago River, and south of Ogden Slip could be ready to be turned into DuSable Park (401 North Lake Shore Drive) any day now. It’s been a long time since the Chicago Dock and Canal Trust donated that  particular sore thumb of land to the City of Chicago for use as a public park.  So far, there’s little to show for it.  The reason is simple — thorium. The land...

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Video: Turning Marina City Green
Apr25

Video: Turning Marina City Green

The quickest way to turn a marina green is to let the water stagnate.  But it’s not stagnation, it’s progress that has one proposal turning Chicago’s Marina City (300 North State Street) green. Marina City Online tipped us off to the International Algae Competition — a global contest to come up with ways of using the living slime to make our lives better, through things like landscaping and food production....

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Chicago’s Greenest Alley?

A while ago we posted a photo from suburban Lake Forest of an alley between buildings that is converted into a farmer’s market each Summer.  It seems like a great civic and commercial use of an urban space, and an environmentally friendly one, too. Here in the city, the block of Couch Place between North State and North Dearborn Streets may be Chicago’s greenest alley.   It was renovated in 2007, shortly after the...

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Streeterville Skyscraper Stalled by Green Screen
May19

Streeterville Skyscraper Stalled by Green Screen

The residential tower proposed for one of the last open plots of land along Lake Shore Drive in Streeterville has been delayed. 42nd Ward alderman Brendan Reilly had the 45-story project called 500 Lake Shore Drive (actually at 516 North Lake Shore Drive) pulled from the agenda of today’s Chicago Plan Commission meeting because of concerns over how the building’s lower facade looks. The building is a bog standard rectangle...

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The Greening of K Station
Feb22

The Greening of K Station

Another big Chicago project has gone officially green. At a time when a lot of developers and architects are shunning LEED, Alta at K Station has become the largest apartment building in America to earn LEED Gold certification. The press release follows in its entirety. Fifield Cos.’s Alta at K Station Becomes Largest Gold LEED-Certified Apartment Complex in the United States CHICAGO (Feb. 22, 2011) – Chicago-based Fifield Companies...

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300 North LaSalle Gets Environmental Status

Good news for Hines, and the environment.  Hines sent over a press release today touting the new LEED status for its skyscraper at 300 North LaSalle.  The tower, which opened in 2009, has been awarded LEED Core and Shell Gold status. Full release follows: HINES’ 300 N. LASALLE’S DOUBLE DESIGNATION – LEED GOLD AND DESIGNED TO EARN THE ENERGY STAR (CHICAGO) – The Chicago office of Hines, the international real...

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Pix: How Chicago Skyscrapers Marked Earth Hour

Last night, many places around the world dimmed their lights to mark Earth Hour, an even organized by the World Wildlife Fund.  I’ve posted a few photos below.  Last year, participation by Chicago buildings was spotty.  This year was better, though there were still a few hold-outs. Among those I could see going dark: Navy Pier, except for its ferris wheel still blazing into the night (600 East Grand Avenue) The John Hancock...

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Midwest High Speed Rail: Part 2: Who Gets It First?

This is part two of a four-part series of articles about the plans for high speed rail in the Midwest. One of the miracles that came out of recent meetings between midwestern governors was an agreement about who gets rail first. Not surprisingly, Chicago is one of the places that will see fast trains first.  But interestingly, Chicago is actually the hub of what is essentially a massive hub-and-spoke rail system, supplemented by a few...

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Slice of Life: Chicago’s Wettest Hotel’s New Home

Chicago’s Fish Hotel moved to a new home this year.  Last year it was on the western side of the Michigan Avenue Bridge and looked like a makeshift affair.  This year it’s on the eastern side and is even sporting a big sign so people know what it...

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What to do About Northerly Island?

Most Chicagoans have finished laughing, crying, or both, about what happened at Northerly Island that dark night in 2003 when Meigs Field (CGX) was turned into a meadow. If you’ve visited the place lately, you’ve seen that in spite of claims that it’s now a bird sanctuary, the land is clearly available for development.  Soon we will get a chance to see what kind of development that might be. November 10, 2009  at...

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