North Side’s Serpentine Underbridge Now Underway
Oct10

North Side’s Serpentine Underbridge Now Underway

After several years of watching Chicago’s near northwestish side enjoy the benefits of its celebrated, elevated, urban park, the mid-northish side is now getting in on some of the 606 love. Except this time, it’s called the 312 RiverRun.  And it promises to be way more awesome than the already world-renowned High Line clone a few dozen blocks away. While the 606 was formed from a recycled elevated freight rail line, the...

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Elevated, Serpentine “Underbridge” Will Connect Two North Side Parks
Apr21

Elevated, Serpentine “Underbridge” Will Connect Two North Side Parks

It’s both instructive and fascinating to listen to a master designer talk about the creative process. A good example is Andrew L. Metter, Epstein’s principal designer. Metter described a number of recent projects last week during an AIA presentation. Epstein has a philosophy of creating a sustainable world, and Metter’s work illustrates that concept. He tries to find opportunities for regeneration in urban planning and design...

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Up On The Housetop – Raising Corn
Sep14

Up On The Housetop – Raising Corn

There’s been a lot of chatter about urban farming in Chicago lately.  From turning brownfields into veg patches to fish farms inside abandoned factories to Mayor Daley’s private garden on the roof of city hall (121 North LaSalle Street).  Now the biggest thing in urban farming to hit Chicago is landing in the little-known North Central neighborhood. Across the street from Lane Tech High School (2501 West Addison Street),...

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