Chicago River Getting a New Bridge
Oct13

Chicago River Getting a New Bridge

Whatever number of bridges you think hang over the Chicago River, add one to the tally, because a new span is on the way. In blue. The $35 million Dominick Street Bridge will arch over the North Branch of the river, linking West Webster Avenue with North Throop Street in the Greater Goose Island Metroplex Area. Dominick Street Bridge (Via the Office of Alderman Brian Hopkins) It’s one of the big infrastructure projects being...

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Canada Goose Island Lark For Dog Depot Ferreted Out
Feb11

Canada Goose Island Lark For Dog Depot Ferreted Out

While many people expected the enormous project called 700 at the River to be the next big thing to happen on Chicago Avenue, Canadian developer Onni Group has just put another dog in the race, dishing about its off-the-chain redevelopment plans for the old Greyhound yard at the southern tip of Goose Island. The old Greyhound service yard (via Apple Maps) The Chicago Tribune (no longer related to Tribune Media which owns 700 at the...

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Lincoln Yards Public Green Space Almost Ready to Open
Jul16

Lincoln Yards Public Green Space Almost Ready to Open

The first piece of the Lincoln Yards promise is now a reality.  One you can experience in a little over a week. Fleet Fields is part of the open space commitment Sterling Bay made when the city gave it permission to turn a former steel mill into a $6 billion live-work-stay space on the Chicago River between Lincoln Park and Bucktown. The location of Fleet Fields (formerly Lincoln Yards South Park) in the Lincoln Yards master plan...

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TIF Tiff Tips With Politics Unusual Greening Lincoln Yards, The 78
Apr11

TIF Tiff Tips With Politics Unusual Greening Lincoln Yards, The 78

Unless you’ve been hiding underground with the daffodils for the last six months, you’re aware that there has been a battle royale going on in the storied corridors of Chicago City Hall. Real estate developers on one side, community groups on another, opportunists mugging for the TV cameras, and politicians both outgoing and incoming taking shots where they can. It’s been like one of those black-and-white cartoon...

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Lincoln Yards Passes Zoning, Finance Is Next
Mar07

Lincoln Yards Passes Zoning, Finance Is Next

There’s an expression the kids used to use that goes, “Save the drama for your mama.” Chicago City Hall must have been full of mothers today when city council’s Zoning committee voted to approve the $6 billion Lincoln Yards project. Rendering of Lincoln Yards (Via Sterling Bay) The drama bubbled up from the minutiae of parliamentary procedure. The short version is that when 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman...

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Controversial Lincoln Yards Development Hours Away From Zoning Vote
Mar06

Controversial Lincoln Yards Development Hours Away From Zoning Vote

One of the most controversial development projects in recent Chicago history is scheduled to go before city council’s Zoning Committee Thursday. What happens at City Hall could determine if the $6 billion Lincoln Yards project goes from beset to beleaguered. Diagram of the January 2019 Lincoln Yards plan Even before Sterling Bay unveiled its plans to redevelop the industrial zone formerly occupied by the A. Finkl & Sons...

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In Spite of Opposition, Lincoln Yards Lands $900M in TIF Money
Feb20

In Spite of Opposition, Lincoln Yards Lands $900M in TIF Money

People trying to stop, slow, or just change the massive Lincoln Yards development on Chicago’s north side lost another battle in City Hall. Rendering of Lincoln Yards (Via Sterling Bay) Chicago’s Community Development Commission voted unanimously to grant developer Sterling Bay $900 million in TIF money to help spur progress on the Goose Island mega project. The $6 billion development includes more than two dozen buildings...

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Wild Plan Advances For Greening the Chicago River
Feb11

Wild Plan Advances For Greening the Chicago River

The second community meeting about Wild Mile Chicago was held recently, and enthusiasm is growing for a project that would have seemed a few McNuggets short of a Happy Meal a decade ago. Anchored on the banks of the Chicago River in the Goose Island area, Wild Mile Chicago envisions a mile-long “eco park” running along, and into, the industrial waterway. Don’t get too excited. This image that’s been circulating...

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A Done Deal? Lincoln Yards’ Biggest Hurdle Cleared
Jan22

A Done Deal? Lincoln Yards’ Biggest Hurdle Cleared

The biggest obstacle to Sterling Bay’s enormous Lincoln Yards development appears to have been cleared.  That obstacle was 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins. In a message to his constituents, Mr. Hopkins outlined the changes that Sterling Bay made in its plan for the former A. Finkl & Sons steel mill land after his objection to the July and November versions: The soccer stadium is gone, replaced with park space Total park...

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You Get a Skyscraper! And You Get a Skyscraper!
Oct18

You Get a Skyscraper! And You Get a Skyscraper!

In its most Oprah-riffic maneuver since the great Skyscraper-palooza of 2014, the Chicago Plan Commission approved a slew of new skyscrapers for the Windy City. In a series of votes today, the commission approved plans for 18 new towers for downtown Chicago.  To put that into a completely inaccurate and meaningless comparison, it’s like Chicago just got Indianapolis added to its skyscraper menagerie. 700 at the River The Plan...

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