SRO Ordinance Saves Another Historic Chicago Hotel
Dec21

SRO Ordinance Saves Another Historic Chicago Hotel

Not that long ago, all of the news about Chicago’s single-room occupancy hotels was dire. They were being closed left and right, and not being replaced at a time when, economically and socially, they were needed quite badly. The need is still there, as Chicago joins Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, and other cities in a shoulder-shrugging affordable housing crisis. But lately, the news on the S.R.O. front has been...

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Lakeview Homes of Chicago’s Former Elite to be Landmarked
May03

Lakeview Homes of Chicago’s Former Elite to be Landmarked

A group of unassuming dark brick townhomes in the Park West neighborhood are in line to become the city’s next landmarks. The diminutive delegation from 2700 to 2710 North Lakeview Avenue is designated the Lakeview Avenue Row House District, and includes four actual homes and two ghost homes erected between 1915 and 1917.  They were designed by familiar Chicago name David Adler, and slightly less familiar Chicago name Henry...

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New Design, Specs for Hampton Inn in Park West
Sep29

New Design, Specs for Hampton Inn in Park West

The proposal to build a Hampton Inn at 601 West Diversey Parkway, just off Clark Street, has been revived and revised. The previous plan for what is also called The Inn at Lincoln Park was going to be a 16-story hotel with a height of 152 feet and 52 parking spaces.  It was approved back in 2004, and well, we all know what happened to pretty much every project before 2008.  Its planning approval expired in 2010. This current proposal...

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NIMBYs Win in Park West; Kill Residential Tower
Jul27

NIMBYs Win in Park West; Kill Residential Tower

Plans for a 17-story residential tower in the city’s Park West neighborhood have been abandoned after pressure from neighborhood groups. 43rd Ward Alderman Michele Smith put out a statement to her constituents explaining what happened that killed the Pappageorge Haymes-designed project called 2775 North Hampden Court: After several months of discussion and prolonged negotiations among my office, the Park West Community...

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Reader Question: What’s the Deal With the Stranded Buildings on North Clark?
Dec22

Reader Question: What’s the Deal With the Stranded Buildings on North Clark?

Several times a week we get e-mail from readers asking questions about Chicago’s built environment.  A lot of it is elementary school children who want us to do their homework for them. (Hint: 99% of the world’s knowledge is not on the internet. Go find a freaking library!) And most of the rest of it is pretty easy to look up in our archives or current project database. But a question came in a couple of weeks ago from...

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Status Update: Monitoring Mansueto’s Modern Morningstar Mansion
Aug26

Status Update: Monitoring Mansueto’s Modern Morningstar Mansion

There are dozens, maybe hundreds of web sites that ask questions like, “What can you get in Wrigleyville for $500K” or “Here’s what $1 million buys you in the Gold Coast.”  But you never hear, “What does $22 million build you these days?”  That question is being answered in Lincoln Park. The last time we checked in on local billionaire Joe Mansueto’s new mansion at 428 West Saint James...

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Your OHC Photos: Elks Memorial
Oct31

Your OHC Photos: Elks Memorial

Kurt K. from Bucktown, a Chicago Architecture Foundation member, sent us a photograph of one of the windows at the Elks National Veterans Memorial (2750 North Lakeview Avenue) in Park West that he took during Open House Chicago: This article is the result of photos sent in by someone just like you. If you see something interesting in your neighborhood, e-mail your phone pics to editor@ChicagoArchitecture.info....

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Status Update: The $22 Million Mansueto Mansion Off Lincoln Park
Nov21

Status Update: The $22 Million Mansueto Mansion Off Lincoln Park

Chicagoland has no shortage of mansions in its suburbs, and the city of Chicago has its fair share of old, historic mansions.  But how often is a massive new mansion built in the downtown of a major city?  Only very rarely. Yet that’s what’s happening in across the street from Lincoln Park in the city’s Park West neighborhood.  In a move that would be the envy of SimCity players everywhere, local billionaire Joe Mansueto is...

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Chicago’s New Mother Cabrini Shrine Opens in Park West
Sep29

Chicago’s New Mother Cabrini Shrine Opens in Park West

Chicago’s already impressive collection of religious architecture has a new addition to tempt the tourists and serve the faithful. The new National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini opens Monday, October 1st in Park West, just across the street from the Lincoln Park Zoo. The Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus have been working on this project for a decade, which saw the demolition of the old Columbus Hospital,...

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Status Update: Lincoln Park 2520
Jan27

Status Update: Lincoln Park 2520

The exterior of Chicago’s most heavily advertised skyscraper in recent memory looks like it’s nearly complete. Television commercials for Lincoln Park 2520 no longer feature its architect, Lucien Lagrange, whose eponymous architecture firm went out of business last year.  Instead, it’s now voiced by one of the developers.   In spite of its name, the building’s actual address is 2520 North Lakeview Avenue, but...

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