Another Library/Senior Living Combo Building Arrives in West Ridge
Mar19

Another Library/Senior Living Combo Building Arrives in West Ridge

What happens when CPL and CHA have a 1-on-1 about AARP’s? Aside from everyone breaking out their jargon dictionaries, they figure out how to achieve common goals with one building. Rendering of the Northtown Branch Library (Courtesy of Evergreen Real Estate Group) That’s how Chicago got its new Northtown Branch Library at 6800 North Western Avenue in West Ridge. The building opened recently with a Chicago Public Library on...

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New Irving Park Library Is Books on the Bottom, Apartments on Top
Feb04

New Irving Park Library Is Books on the Bottom, Apartments on Top

We live in an age when a world of information is available on tiny computers in our pockets.  It’s also an age when any 12-year-old with an internet connection on the other side of the planet can vandalize that information and make you believe whatever he wants.  So actual libraries are more important than ever, and in some places more popular than ever. Last year people sought information at Chicago Public Libraries 8.4 million...

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Take a Trip Back In Time With The Chicago Park District
Sep10

Take a Trip Back In Time With The Chicago Park District

Two of Chicago’s most valuable — and under-appreciated — public amenities have gotten together to enhance your love of the Windy City.  The Chicago Park District has donated 10,000 historic photographs of the city’s parks to the Chicago Public Library, which has made them available to see for free on the intarwebs. This is where your journey down the rabbit hole...

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Old Social Engineering Concept to be Reborn as Chicago Architecture
Oct24

Old Social Engineering Concept to be Reborn as Chicago Architecture

The 1960’s and 70’s were a great time for public art. Cities around the world spent millions of dollars on sculptures, paintings, and other works of art not for the lucky few, but for the unwashed masses. They were placed in public plazas, municipal buildings, schools and other places where they were intended to inspire, enlighten, and even passively educate. The idea was part of a utopian social engineering concept born...

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