It’s Like The 606, Only With an Active Train Line Right Next to You
Oct06

It’s Like The 606, Only With an Active Train Line Right Next to You

The City of Chicago is chugging ahead with another rails-to-trails plan. This one involves two miles of the elevated CSX viaduct just north of West Roosevelt Road between South Kostner Avenue and South California Avenue. A section of the CSX embankment that may become The Altenheim Line rails-to-trails project. (Via Apple Maps) “But wait,” your Chicago mind map says, “That isn’t abandoned. I’ve seen...

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It’s the End of the Beginning at Ogden Commons
May27

It’s the End of the Beginning at Ogden Commons

The $200,000,000 mixed-use project that is replacing two public housing projects reached a milestone recently.  Construction has topped out at the building which represents phase one. Construction of Ogden Commons in Spring 2020 Ogden Commons replaces the Chicago Housing Authority’s Ogden Courts and Lawndale Complex in North Lawndale.  SCB designed the project for The Habitat Company.  It’s being built by McHugh...

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Work Begins on Replacement for North Lawndale Public Housing
Mar09

Work Begins on Replacement for North Lawndale Public Housing

Construction has begun on a mixed-use project in North Lawndale that replaces the Chicago Housing Authority’s Ogden Courts and Lawndale Complex public housing projects. Rendering of Ogden Courts (Courtesy of The Habitat Company) Ogden Courts was two buildings with about 140 homes.  It closed in 2005.  The Lawndale Complex was 187 homes in six buildings.  It came down at the turn of the century. They are being...

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City Has a Bee In Its Bonnet Over West Side Apiary
Jun27

City Has a Bee In Its Bonnet Over West Side Apiary

If the only reason you go to the North Lawndale neighborhood is to see the original Sears Tower during Open House Chicago, then you might not be familiar with the North Lawndale Employment Network.  Here’s a thumbnail sketch of the organization: NLEN helps people find jobs when they get out of prison. One way it does that is by employing people to manufacture its own brand of personal care products made with honey.  Think soaps,...

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Youth Center to be Named After Chicago Architect and Philanthropist
Nov03

Youth Center to be Named After Chicago Architect and Philanthropist

One of the most well-known named in Chicago architecture will be honored posthumously today. Sidney Epstein died this past February, leaving behind a built legacy that includes the Chicago Federal Center and the Harold Washington Library. But perhaps the way he most affected people was through helping found the Chicago Youth Centers. Today, the organization’s building in North Lawndale will be renamed in his honor. Unlike many...

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Free Citywide Chicago Architecture Tours This Weekend

Chicago has several on-going architecture tours that run daily. But this weekend offers a special opportunity to visit some of the city’s less accessible sites. Open House Chicago 2011 is a free, self-guided tour that invites the general public to see inside and learn about a variety of different architectural styles and building types in Chicago. Normally you would only be able see an open house when visiting Chicago homes in which...

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