West Randolph-Fulton Market Plan Generates More (Mixed) Reviews
Jul15

West Randolph-Fulton Market Plan Generates More (Mixed) Reviews

Kah-blam! That was, more or less, the noise I heard as I hit a ginormous pothole on Lake Street. I was headed to an open house hosted by the City of Chicago. The subject was the long-range plan for the West Randolph-Fulton Market District. A denture-rattling pothole was an interesting takeaway from the gathering, during which I heard a few residents grouse about issues they’d like to see resolved. One gentleman I saw at the meeting at...

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The Future of the Randolph-Fulton Market District Not Written in Stone
May26

The Future of the Randolph-Fulton Market District Not Written in Stone

What should the Randolph-Fulton Market District look like a few years from now, and beyond? That’s the big question for the city’s Department of Planning and Development. The D.P.D. developed an impressive historic documentation about the district and others like it in Chicago and around the country. That was part of a master plan we reported on when it was unveiled April 1st to an overflow crowd at Venue One. A follow-up open house...

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Fifield Companies Celebrate A Bridge From K2 To Downtown
Apr11

Fifield Companies Celebrate A Bridge From K2 To Downtown

  Disneyworld is purported to be the happiest place on earth, but for number two on the list I’d like to nominate the West Loop apartment building K2 (365 North Halsted Street). On its one-year anniversary April 10th, I spoke with several residents who said they loved living there. Chelsey, a transplant from Baltimore, moved in shortly after K2 opened. She said her neighbors at K2 are very friendly and nearly everyone there moved to...

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Point’s Public Park Positively Progressing
Apr08

Point’s Public Park Positively Progressing

The public park portion of the River Point development (444 West Lake Street) is really coming together. Walking by the other day, it’s easy to imagine how it will integrate into the rest of the city, with the elevators, ramps and staircases already mostly built.  One of our spies was over there recently and sent in these great pictures that not only show the park’s progress, but also the interior of the completed rail...

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Chicago Lays Out a Complex Plan for the Future of the Fulton-Randolph Market Area
Apr01

Chicago Lays Out a Complex Plan for the Future of the Fulton-Randolph Market Area

The future of the Fulton-Randolph Market District could well look back on its past. Representatives of the Chicago Department of Planning and Development described an ambitious plan for ongoing development of the district. That plan will pay respect to the feel of the district’s heritage, even down to the exterior building design and streetscapes. There’s more than a little synergy between Chicago’s history as a food distribution hub...

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Status Update: Walling in the Chicago River
Feb13

Status Update: Walling in the Chicago River

Look beyond the snow.  Beyond the ice.  And you can see the progress being made on River Point, the public park and eventual office building being built along the Chicago River at 444 West Lake Street. What used to be an expanse of train tracks, a gravel parking lot, and a bunch of weeds is now a long, low wall punctuated by portholes.  This is the base of the park, which must be completed before the 49-story office skyscraper is...

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A Chicago Favorite Remains Open For All To See
Feb04

A Chicago Favorite Remains Open For All To See

For at least the past decade, it has been used as the backdrop for uncounted wedding photos, and in classic Chicago urban landscapes images.  The Kinzie Street Railroad Bridge, a gawky piece of the built environment with its steel structure pointing skyward and imposing concrete counterweights in suspension, fascinates Chicagoans and visitors alike. The single-leaf bascule bridge built by the Chicago & North Western Railway next...

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Bridging a Gap in the Fulton River District [updated]
Feb04

Bridging a Gap in the Fulton River District [updated]

Tis the season for pedestrian bridges.  The city is in the middle of a project to build several along the lakefront and Lake Shore Drive, the Cubs want to put one up in Wrigleyville, and hardly a year passes that one Northwestern or the other (university or hospital) doesn’t put one in Streeterville. Chicago’s next pedestrian bridge will be erected Friday, February 7, 2014 in the Fulton River District....

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Status Update: River Point
Jan21

Status Update: River Point

The base of River Point (444 West Lake Street) is really coming together. Train traffic has been enclosed in inside a concrete bunker, complete with a crash wall, and now facing the Chicago River is a wall punctuated with round windows, reminiscent of a nautical theme. River Point isn’t the only building on the river with that theme.  Just across the water, 225 West Wacker also features circular portholes, as does 333 Wacker. In...

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500 North Milwaukee is a Go [u]
Jan17

500 North Milwaukee is a Go [u]

A rotten tooth in the Fulton River District is finally going to be extracted. Yesterday, the Chicago Plan Commission approved the construction of 500 North Milwaukee, a two-building complex of residential and retail that will rise on the northwest corner of the intersection of Milwaukee, Grand, and Halsted. Right now, it’s the location of a derelict restaurant supply store that burned years ago, and has never been brought back...

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