Slice of Life: This is a Lawn

Found this down in Washington Park one day.  The one part of the lawn that isn’t the lawn is a metal manhole cover indicating “Lawn.”  Yes.  Yes it...

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Tech Company Goes Green in Woodstock

If you’ve been a Mac owner for a certain amount of time, you’re probably at least casually familiar with Other World Computing, the Woodstock, Illinois-based online seller of Apple computers, electronics, and accessories. What you may not know, is that OWC is one of the latest Chicagoland tech company to go green. Other World recently became the first light manufacturing / assembly building in Illinois to be awarded LEED...

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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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Another Patch of Green in Streeterville

Another small oasis of green has opened in Streeterville.  This is in the plaza between the neighborhood’s two newest residential skyscrapers — The Streeter (345 East Ohio Street), and Streeter Place (355 East Ohio Street). There’s not all that much to it, just a path, a patch of prairie, and some places to sit.  But the plantings have been designed cleverly so that they’re arranged to...

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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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Up Close With the Apple Store’s Green Roof

Apple has long touted the environmental friendliness of its computers.  What a lot of people don’t realize is that the company goes to great lengths to make its hundreds of retail outlets environmentally friendly as well. The Chicago Apple Store is a good example.  If you’ve ever looked out the window from the food court at Chicago Place, or looked up the address of the Apple Store (679 North Michigan Avenue) on...

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Pepsi’s Chicago Wind Farm

There have been a lot of cases lately of private corporations taking over public spaces from the taxpayers.  But in Chicago, one company is doing the opposite. Chicago is home to a regional office of Pepsico, and it recently located in a new building at 555 West Monroe Street.  One of the features of the building is a public park on the podium’s roof.  It’s just two stories above the cacophony below, but it...

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The greening of 900

Have you noticed what’s going on on the roof of 900 North Michigan?  It’s getting a green roof.  Well, not the roof of the actual skyscraper, but on the roof of the building that’s officially called the 900 North Michigan Avenue Annex.  Construction has been going on for about a month and from what we’ve been able to see in that time, it involved tearing up the old roof, putting in a new roof,...

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