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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Lincoln Park Tower Cranes Becoming Un-Common
Jul26

Lincoln Park Tower Cranes Becoming Un-Common

If you’re waiting for the next big milestone in the construction of Lincoln Common (2335 and 2345 North Lincoln Avenue), that milestone is here.  The process of removing the project’s south tower crane began today. The photograph above shows Lincoln Common as it was earlier this week when the south crane was still stretching out across the property like Julie Andrews atop an alpine meadow.  The pic was taken by Joe Zekas...

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LaSalle Street S.R.O. Reopens, Makes 0.001% Dent in Chicago’s Housing Crisis
May01

LaSalle Street S.R.O. Reopens, Makes 0.001% Dent in Chicago’s Housing Crisis

Nine months after we reported that the Carling Hotel at 1512 North LaSalle Street was being  renovated, the S.R.O. is open once again. The City of Chicago bought the rooming house for $10 million using money from its 2014 S.R.O. Preservation Initiative and the Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund.  The property was then sold to Michaels Development for $3.8 million, which pledged to put $27 million worth of improvements into it....

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Community Groups Intensify Push for New North Branch Park
Mar19

Community Groups Intensify Push for New North Branch Park

Ever since the City of Chicago released the framework for redeveloping the North Branch Industrial Corridor into a new bustling neighborhood of tech firms, trendy restaurants, and glittering high rises, people who actually live in and near the area have worried that an opportunity is being missed.  An opportunity to create new parks for the people who will actually live there. The city’s redevelopment plan was shown at 18...

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