Robey Hotel Video Makes All of Chicago Look Awesome
Dec05

Robey Hotel Video Makes All of Chicago Look Awesome

The newest flag planted in Chicago’s hotel rush is The Robey Chicago, which opened on the border of Wicker Park and Bucktown a few days ago.  It symbolizes the expansion of the hotel industry from the city center to the neighborhoods, something that has been desperately lacking in Chicago until the last few years. The Robey consists of 69 rooms carved out of the 1929 Northwest Tower Building, along with a cafe, restaurant, and...

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Bucktown Gets Into the Milwaukee Avenue Corridor Action
Jan07

Bucktown Gets Into the Milwaukee Avenue Corridor Action

Just off Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago’s Bucktown Neighborhood, Spearhead Properties is developing 2501 Armitage, at 2501 West Armitage Avenue. The site, former home of art-handler extraordinaire Terry Dowd, Inc., has been cleared and prepped for the new 4-story (the permit says 3 stories; we clearly see 4 in the rendering above) rental property. Designed by Antunovich Associates, the project will bring 78 rental units to the...

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Art Is Blooming Up Above The Streets On The 606
Oct13

Art Is Blooming Up Above The Streets On The 606

If you haven’t been up to The 606 yet, the weather is still pleasant enough for a stroll above the busy streets. And now, there’s more public art to enjoy. A new installation of artist Chakaia Booker’s Brick House 2015 has just been completed. The large sculpture is made of rubber tires, rubber and stainless steel. You can find it at the Damen Arts Plaza, a few blocks west of Milwaukee and North Ave. on Damen Ave. Further west, at the...

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World’s First Chicago-Type Drawbridge Undergoing Repair in Bucktown
Sep08

World’s First Chicago-Type Drawbridge Undergoing Repair in Bucktown

The Cortland Street Bridge on Chicago’s north side crosses the Chicago River’s North Branch four miles above the mouth of the Chicago River at Lake Michigan. In 1982, the American Society of Civil Engineers recognized this bridge as an Engineering Landmark. It received Chicago Landmark status in 1991. To the frustration of area residents, this bridge has been closed to street traffic since June so the Chicago Department of...

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The 606 on 6/06
Jun08

The 606 on 6/06

The elevated urban park formerly known as the Bloomingdale Trail opened over the weekend.  Now known as The 606, it’s Chicago’s answer to New York’s celebrated High Line and  Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon — a dirty, disused ribbons of urban blight reborn as badly needed greenspace. While some publications wring their hands and try to find something wrong with the new park (ZOMG safety! Gentification!), we’d...

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Slice of Life: Covenant Presbyterian Church in Bucktown
Mar05

Slice of Life: Covenant Presbyterian Church in Bucktown

Look up at the façade of Covenant Presbyterian Church (2012 West Dickens Avenue) in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood, and you will catch a glimpse of this church’s colorful past and of Bucktown’s history as home to a vibrant Polish community. While the congregation of Covenant Presbyterian Church has worshiped in this space since purchasing it in 1993, the church was originally dedicated in 1931 as the Cathedral of All Saints. John G....

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Status Update: Tower Transformation in a Changing Neighborhood
Dec16

Status Update: Tower Transformation in a Changing Neighborhood

Even though it’s framed by construction elevators and festooned with plywood, the Northwest Tower (1608 North Milwaukee Avenue) still maintains a silent dignity as it presides over the eclectic chaos that is the Milwaukee-Damen-North intersection. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell skidded by the other day to check out the progress as this 1928 neighborhood skyscraper by Perkins, Chatten & Hammond is...

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Bridging the 606 Trail at Milwaukee Avenue and Beyond
Oct13

Bridging the 606 Trail at Milwaukee Avenue and Beyond

Luis Benitez spends a lot of time thinking about bridges. Benitez is the chief engineer for the City of Chicago and it’s not uncommon for him to receive a late night phone call about one of the city’s 377 bridges. It usually isn’t good news. Sometimes, a truck driver will misjudge clearance width or height. It does neither the truck nor the bridge much good when that happens. That’s the cue for Benitez to get to the scene and make...

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Beloved Bucktown Building Blessed for Beds
Mar20

Beloved Bucktown Building Blessed for Beds

The Chicago Plan Commission has given its blessing to a plan to convert the Northwest Tower Building (1608 North Milwaukee Avenue) in Bucktown into a hotel. The developer intends to turn the 12-story building, and the neighboring Hollander Fireproof Warehouse building next door into a 120-room hotel, with ground floor retail.  There will also be a roof deck added to the taller building, which should provide some epic views on a warm...

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Running Into Nike
Oct02

Running Into Nike

Our Bucktown Spy sent in this picture of the  signs being delivered to the new Nike store opening on Friday at 1640 North Damen in Bucktown. The store recently made waves in the nattering echo chamber that is “social media” because it put up a sign for its running shoe store reading, “We Run Bucktown,”  which got some people’s undies in a bundle. Interestingly, another sneaker company, The Finish Line, is...

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