Four Montrose Harbor Bridges to be Rebuilt
Aug15

Four Montrose Harbor Bridges to be Rebuilt

If Cook County’s 5.9% ‘rona positivity score didn’t keep you inside over the weekend, you may have toddled over to Montrose Harbor for a breath of fresh lake air. On the way, you may have noticed that the area’s infrastructure isn’t everything it should be. Have no fear, CDOT is here. This week, the Chicago Plan Commission will decide if the Chicago Department of Transportation will be allowed to rebuild...

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Bridgeport Church Seeks Preservation, While Lincoln Park Holy Site Heads to Demolition
Jun01

Bridgeport Church Seeks Preservation, While Lincoln Park Holy Site Heads to Demolition

The news about the dwindling number of Chicago holy places is mixed this week.  On Thursday (June 3, 2021), the Commission on Chicago Landmarks will consider two proposals related to the city’s religious history. Monastery of the Holy Cross (via Apple Maps) In Bridgeport, the Monastery of the Holy Cross is up for landmark status.  It’s the former Immaculate Conception Church on the corner of 31st Street and Aberdeen that...

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After Five Years, Lincoln Common is Complete
Dec28

After Five Years, Lincoln Common is Complete

With all the satisfaction of slotting the last asymmetrical piece of cardboard into a 350-piece Nancy Drew jigsaw puzzle, McCaffery Interests and Hines have completed Lincoln Common. Lincoln Common (Courtesy of Hines) The $350 million makeover of the old Children’s Memorial Hospital was approved five years ago, and the ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in September of 2019.   The last piece of the Lincoln Common puzzle was The...

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Locusts Descend, Loot and Plunder Downtown Chicago — Again
Aug10

Locusts Descend, Loot and Plunder Downtown Chicago — Again

For the second time this summer, organized bands of thugs set upon downtown Chicago, pillaging the neighborhoods that make up the heart of the city. Downtown Chicago looting, August 10, 2020 The first time was May 30th, during the initial wave of protests over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Back then, while Chicago Police were busy with legitimate protesters, organized gangs of criminals hit The Loop, North Michigan...

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Wayback Wednesday: New Year’s Day 10 Years Ago
Jan01

Wayback Wednesday: New Year’s Day 10 Years Ago

Today, freshly spaded from the archive is a photograph of the Chicago skyline taken on a quiet, somber morning from Lincoln Park January 1st, 2010. Even the squirrels were nursing hangovers. Chicago skyline from Lincoln Park, January 1, 2010...

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Senior Housing Expansion Coming to Lincoln Park
Sep30

Senior Housing Expansion Coming to Lincoln Park

The Chicago Housing Authority has filed paperwork to expand the Edith Spurlock Sampson senior housing complex in Lincoln Park. Locations of the new residential and retail buildings at the Edith Spurlock Sampson complex. (Base map via Apple Maps) Currently the property consists of a pair of 11-story age-restricted buildings in a park-like setting.  The new proposal would join those buildings with a new six-story residential building,...

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Lincoln Common Ribbon Cutting Today
Sep05

Lincoln Common Ribbon Cutting Today

The official ribbon-cutting ceremony for Lincoln Common is scheduled for today.  It’s the biggest project to hit Lincoln Park since the 1800’s, when the city decided that a couple of dozen thousand dead people could rest more peacefully on land a little farther from the living.  Lincoln Common (Courtesy of Hines) Until a decade ago, this was the location of Children’s Memorial Hospital. Its relocation to...

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New Pix of New Building Next to Lincoln Park’s Village Theater
Mar18

New Pix of New Building Next to Lincoln Park’s Village Theater

Ordinarily, we love old buildings. It took a while for us to develop an appreciation for the Mid-century Modern aesthetic, and even certain brutalist forms are starting to seem less tacky these days. But when demolition permits were issued for the dump-o-riffic diner building on the corner of North and Clark across from the Chicago History Museum, not a tear dropped on our battle-scarred MacBook Air’s keyboard. And that’s...

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Lincoln Commons Plan Gets Tweaked
Sep17

Lincoln Commons Plan Gets Tweaked

It’s been four years since the plan to replace the old Children’s Memorial Hospital with a mixed-use development called Lincoln Common was approved, and it’s still getting some refinement. Construction of the two main towers in the McCaffery Interests and Hines development topped off long ago, and busy construction bees are buzzing all over the property, completing its 92,000 square feet of retail space, 60 condos,...

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Another Crane Moving Out of Lincoln Park
Aug20

Another Crane Moving Out of Lincoln Park

It was just about a month ago that the south tower crane pulled out of the Lincoln Common project at 2335 and 2345 North Lincoln Avenue.  Today, the north tower crane begins its long adieu. Lincoln Common, you’ll remember is the redevelopment of the property that used to be Children’s Memorial Hospital.  That hospital decamped for Streeterville a decade ago, and its ugly bulk was removed from the Lincoln Park skyline....

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