“Bring Us Your Quirky, Funky Projects” Says Local Contractor
May14

“Bring Us Your Quirky, Funky Projects” Says Local Contractor

  Robert Berg isn’t sure when Foster Design Build became known as the go-to firm for peculiar projects. But, he’s got a pretty good idea idea how it happened. “We specialize in quirky jobs,” said Berg, president of Foster. “And we often find ourselves working on unique, interesting projects.” Right now, Foster is preparing to renovate the former Lincoln Square Firehouse, a 1890’s-vintage structure at 2100 West Eastwood...

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City Using Chicago’s Homeless to Fight Food Deserts
May02

City Using Chicago’s Homeless to Fight Food Deserts

If you’ve spent any significant amount of time in Chicago, you’ve probably seen a StreetWise vendor or two. StreetWise is the weekly magazine about Chicago that is sold by the city’s homeless as a means of transitioning them into lives off the street. They buy the magazines for 90¢, sell them to the public for two dollars, and keep the difference. StreetWise sells 20,000 issues each week and was at one time the...

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Status Update: Looking in on Lexington Square
Dec31

Status Update: Looking in on Lexington Square

It was just before Halloween when we last checked in on Lexington Square, the newest neighborhood going up in Bridgeport. Seems like time to peek in once again. Several more town homes facing Donovan Playground Park have been completed, and work has begun on many more. It looks like there’s still room for a couple of more back toward South Morgan...

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Slice of Life: A Very Arresting Golf Cart
Nov01

Slice of Life: A Very Arresting Golf Cart

Chicago police have a new way to get around: A kind of stretch electric golf cart. We spotted the contraption on 36th Street in Bridgeport last week. But this isn’t a Cushman meter-maid rig. This is a serious patrol vehicle. It’s not for ticket writing. Currently there is only one in the city and it prowls a portion of the South Halsted corridor. The officer behind the wheel (quite possibly the friendliest Chicago Police...

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Squaring Up Bridgeport’s Newest Neighborhood
Sep26

Squaring Up Bridgeport’s Newest Neighborhood

A couple of weeks ago we mentioned that construction was starting on phase two of the Lexington Square development in Bridgeport. Recently we found ourselves in the neighborhood* and stopped by to check on the progress. In a nutshell, things are going gangbusters. Dozens of new homes are halfway done being built and the land is being prepped for even more. When this second phase of the project is finished, it will have the critical...

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The Ramova Theater’s Condition: Stable But Critical
Sep25

The Ramova Theater’s Condition: Stable But Critical

When we heard last week that Bridgeport’s long-neglected Ramova Theater (3518 South Halsted Street)  was finally getting some love, our hearts went aflutter. The Ramova is the big sister of Lakeview’s beloved Music Box Theater. But while the Music Box enjoys a loyal following and star status, the Ramova slowly decays, turning into a pile of soggy sawdust and foul-smelling grit. There have been a number of attempts to...

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Made in Chicago: Sustainable Furniture from Environmental Disaster
Sep05

Made in Chicago: Sustainable Furniture from Environmental Disaster

It’s been decades since Chicago was considered a global manufacturing hub.  The city’s steel mills are almost gone.  Products invented by Chicago minds actually get built in Asia and Africa.  And it seems the only thing that actually gets “made in Chicago” these days are cupcakes. That trend is changing.  In places like the West Loop, Bridgeport, and Ravenswood there is a quiet renaissance going on: a renaissance in small-scale...

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Single Family Homes in Bridgeport
Jul09

Single Family Homes in Bridgeport

A few weeks ago we mentioned Lexington Square, a development in Bridgeport between Bubbly Creek, the Stockyards, and South Halsted Street. Today our friends over at Taylor Johnson PR sent over a release about Lexington Park — the expansion into single-family homes.  Interestingly, this may be the closest location to downtown Chicago where you can get a new single-family home.  It’s nice to see Bridgeport rebuilding....

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Lexington Square Expands in Bridgeport
May31

Lexington Square Expands in Bridgeport

Our friends over at Taylor Johnson Public Relations sent over a press release a couple of weeks ago that fell through the cracks.  They were announcing that the newest phase of Lexington Square is now open. It’s called Lexington Square2, and if you’re trying to place it on a map, think 3630 South Sangamon in Bridgeport. We’re very familiar with the area, as we’ve been doing a photography project for a nearby...

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Briefly: Here Comes Pete, Block37, Rapid Buses
Feb10

Briefly: Here Comes Pete, Block37, Rapid Buses

  The Chicago Architecture Foundation has started a new web site to help students who are interested in architecture.  According to the press release, “DiscoverDesign.org, an online tool that guides students through the architectural process on real-world design projects, with feedback and assistance from architects and engineers from across the country.” In other news, the Chicago Architecture Foundation has, for the...

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