A Bronzeville Civil Rights Landmark on the Road to Renovation
Nov19

A Bronzeville Civil Rights Landmark on the Road to Renovation

A historic South Side church has been selected for a renovation grant. Bright Star Church was one of 178 organizations that applied for funding from the National Fund for Sacred Places, and one of only 14 that were selected. Bright Star is headquartered on East 44th Street, but holds services at  Roberts Temple, a city landmark at 4021 South State Street. You may not know the name, but you know the place if you have an interest in the...

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First Steps Toward Redeveloping the Reese Hospital Site; Several Million to Go
Jun05

First Steps Toward Redeveloping the Reese Hospital Site; Several Million to Go

The City of Chicago has taken the first baby steps forward in its effort to transform the former Michael Reese Hospital site into something more than a scar on the lakefront. Mayor Rahm Emanuel made the announcement late last week with a roll-call list of companies that will be in charge of the project, including… Farpoint Development Draper & Kramer Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives McLaurin Development Partners Bronzeville...

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IIT Main Building to Become Apartments
Jan31

IIT Main Building to Become Apartments

A year after we first told you about plans from a Cleveland developer to turn the Main Building at Illinois Institute of Technology into housing, the official announcement has been made. “We are thrilled that Main Building will be renovated in a way that contributes to our community as well as the vibrancy of our campus life,” said Illinois Tech President Alan W. Cramb. “This project will honor the architectural legacy of Main...

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Status Update: 35th Street Pedestrian Bridge Nearing Completion
Nov01

Status Update: 35th Street Pedestrian Bridge Nearing Completion

The boot bridge bonding Bronzeville with the big blue beyond is nearing completion. The Chicago Department of Transportation posted the photo below on its Twitter feed, showing the single-cable suspension bridge snaking over Lake Shore Drive and the Canadian National railroad tracks. The old 1940’s-era bridge was a rusty, old, narrow steel box that was anything but inviting. It looked more appropriate for linking a couple of...

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Bronzeville Church Building for the Future
Oct11

Bronzeville Church Building for the Future

While many of Chicago’s holy places have been abandoned over the last 20 years, there are still a number of religious communities that are thriving. One of them is the Apostolic Faith Church at 3823 South Indiana Avenue in Bronzeville. Joe Zekas of YoChicago! was flying over the church recently and took this photograph above, showing progress on the church’s new expansion, described by the church this way: The new complex features a...

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The Last Days of Michael Reese Hospital
Oct06

The Last Days of Michael Reese Hospital

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s recent announcement that the city is going to finally push the abandoned Michael Reese Hospital site into the development pipeline has got a lot of people thinking.  Architects are dreaming of the sorts of outstanding things they could do with such a large, blank canvas.  Developers are thinking of the oodles of money they can make turning the wasteland into the Next Big Thing™.  And the rest of us, are just...

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City Hall Starts Process to Finally Do Something with Former Michael Reese Hospital Site
Oct03

City Hall Starts Process to Finally Do Something with Former Michael Reese Hospital Site

For as much as Chicago as a whole, and its mayors in particular, talk about how much the city loves the lakefront, there sure is an awful lot of abandoned land along the lake. One of those eyesores may finally be put to use, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced that the city will soon accept proposals for redeveloping the 49-acre Michael Reese Hospital site in Bronzeville. The medical center was a going concern from 1881 until 2008...

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IIT Breaks Ground On Its First New Academic Building in 40 Years
Aug25

IIT Breaks Ground On Its First New Academic Building in 40 Years

The architecture petting zoo that is the Illinois Institute of Technology will soon have a new star attraction: The Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship.  IIT broke ground on the new academic building today, marking its first new learning facility on campus in 40 years. As we know, groundbreaking ceremonies are often divorced from actual construction work, and according to the Chicago Tribune, that work...

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Five Chicago Buildings Up For National Landmark Status
Jun07

Five Chicago Buildings Up For National Landmark Status

Chicago is a city of landmarks — Local, state, and national.  And some of our cherished local buildings are up for national recognition through inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. Late last week, the Commission on Chicago Landmarks approved the following five buildings to be sent to the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council: The Congress Theater (2117 North Milwaukee Avenue) Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church...

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IIT’s Main Building to Become Student Housing
Feb15

IIT’s Main Building to Become Student Housing

One of the great architectural institutions that helped transform Chicagoland is undergoing a change, itself.  The Illinois Institute of Technology wants to renovate the Main Building at 3300 South Federal Street into residences.  Right now, according to I.I.T.’s web site, it is used for “student services.”  It was built in 1892, and named a city landmark in 2004. The plan is to completely re-do the inside of the...

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