[Interactive] Circle Interchange Reconstruction Faces Little Opposition From Neighbors
Jun28

[Interactive] Circle Interchange Reconstruction Faces Little Opposition From Neighbors

The Chicago Blackhawks are the best professional hockey team in America. The Circle Interchange – a couple of miles from the United Center – is arguably the worst traffic bottleneck in the country. In fact a study by the American Transportation Research Institute ranks it the the slowest, most congested interchange in the nation. Now the Illinois Department of Transportation is getting ready to overhaul the interchange which links the...

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Smaller Greektown Tower Still Unpopular, Gateway II Faces a Murky Future
Feb27

Smaller Greektown Tower Still Unpopular, Gateway II Faces a Murky Future

An overflow crowd of more than one hundred people, most of them West Loop residents, met last night (February 26th) to learn about the latest plans for Phase II of The Gateway — the mixed-use retail and residential tower that remains half-built in the northern end of Greektown. The first part of The Gateway, a retail building anchored by a Mariano’s Fresh supermarket, was completed last year at 40 South Halsted Street. The...

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Greektown Welcomes New Italian Neighbor
Nov05

Greektown Welcomes New Italian Neighbor

From the “Gee, that was fast” file — The Mariano’s supermarket in Greektown is now open at 40 South Halsted. It’s the second grocery store to open in the area in the last year, putting additional pressure on the decrepit Dominick’s grocery store that the neighborhood had been living with for a long, long time. Mariano’s is part of The Gateway development, which is supposed to eventually...

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Another Greektown Tower Gets The Green Light
Oct09

Another Greektown Tower Gets The Green Light

The City of Chicago’s Zoning committee has approved plans for a new skyscraper to be built at 1 South Halsted Street. One South Halsted will be a 46-story residential apartment tower that will go up in what is now a surface parking lot for the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  It’s directly across the street from the landmark Skybridge tower (1 North Halsted Street), but with its mass pushed towards the highway instead of set back from...

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Greek-Themed Skyscraper Planned for Greektown
Jul19

Greek-Themed Skyscraper Planned for Greektown

It was just about a month ago that we brought you the first whiff of news about 765 West Adams: That it would be a 33-story skyscraper with residences over a retail podium. Now we can fill in all the details. If you’re not familiar with the location, it’s the surface parking of across the street from Walgreens in Greektown. With all of the development going on in the West Loop area, it’s understandable that people...

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Demolition Underway For The Gateway Tower in Greektown

We’re seeing the first signs of progress on The Gateway, a new residential tower going in at the corner of West Madison Street and South Halsted Street. Demolition crews are chewing through the rubble of an unremarkable two-story bank, clearing the L-shaped plot for the 312-foot-tall building.  The project also includes a supermarket, and will eliminate a surface parking lot as it wraps around the more substantial building...

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Status Update: National Hellenic Museum

As Greektown slowly turns from interesting cultural enclave into boring semi-suburbia, much that is Greek has been lost.  But there is a major effort underway to preserve both the area’s flavor, and heritage. It’s the National Hellenic Museum, now under construction at 333 South Halsted Street.  As the organization’s web site puts it: “The new National hellenic Museum will bring the story of the contributions...

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Photo Gallery: 2011 Chicago Greek Parade

If you weren’t able to make it to the big Greek Parade in Greektown today, here’s our photo gallery. One point of interest: The red light camera at the corner of Halsted Street and Madison Street kept going off trying to take pictures of the license plates of the marching bands and floats.  Silliness....

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