Great Neighborhood Walks: Motor Row, Where Anything Can Happen
Jul09

Great Neighborhood Walks: Motor Row, Where Anything Can Happen

The plan was to photograph some grand old buildings. Then things got a little weird. I was in the company of a dozen fellow members of the Chicago Street Photography Group. Our route was one of the city’s great neighborhood walks—Motor Row. We spotted the old Hudson showroom down at 2222 South Michigan Avenue. It was frozen in time, the checkerboard-tiled floor untouched for decades. One by one, we crouched on the grungy sidewalk to...

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Dagobah on the Lake: Chicago Is The Droid George Lucas Was Looking For
Jun24

Dagobah on the Lake: Chicago Is The Droid George Lucas Was Looking For

Tuesday afternoon, Chicago’s media outlets fell all over each other to be the first to report that the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (formerly the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum) is coming to Chicago.  While most media outlets branded their story “exclusive” or “first” or “breaking,” it looks like it was Michael Sneed at the Sun-Times who actually got the scoop and published it first. Everyone is...

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Status Update: Kiddie Camping Coming to Northerly Island
Jun17

Status Update: Kiddie Camping Coming to Northerly Island

Recent aerial photograph of Northerly Island, courtesy of the City of Chicago Office of the Mayor Drawing of the future Northerly Island, courtesy of the City of Chicago Office of the Mayor There was more than sand dunes and waterfowl on Northerly Island this morning. Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined architect Jeanne Gang and others for a status up date on the massive terraforming project.     The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, working...

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British Dig In Behind Roosevelt in the South Loop
Jun11

British Dig In Behind Roosevelt in the South Loop

After years of planning and months of controversy, the South Loop is finally getting a new school. The British School of Chicago had its ceremonial groundbreaking at its new South Loop campus today.  It’s actually been under construction since April.  The school is physically part of the Roosevelt Collection, the mid-use retail, restaurant and residential complex that after several years of near-dormancy has, itself, sprung to...

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New Pictures of the McCormick Place Event Center/DePaul Arena
Jun10

New Pictures of the McCormick Place Event Center/DePaul Arena

As the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority continues acquiring land, getting permits, and doing the things necessary to pull off its latest ambitious expansion plan, one of its partners is touting a new set of drawings of part of the project. DePaul University has released several new pictures of the proposed Events Center portion of the project, often called the “DePaul Arena.”  DePaul is chipping in $70 million...

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South Loop May Get Another New Hotel Tower, With or Without McPier
May30

South Loop May Get Another New Hotel Tower, With or Without McPier

Real estate development is a rather messy business. Not on par with sausage making, but certainly up there with cleaning out the cat’s litter box. Add in a bunch of politicians, some NIMBY groups, a shadowy quango, and the next thing you know, you’re where we are now: The McCormick Place Expansion Plan. We’ve followed this project for the last year or so. The Metropolitan Pier and Convention Authority, which runs...

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McPier Is Still Trying To Sell Its “Elevate Chicago” Expansion to Neighbors
Apr14

McPier Is Still Trying To Sell Its “Elevate Chicago” Expansion to Neighbors

If this was a high school literature class, you might say that the snow falling outside Second Presbyterian Church tonight was foreshadowing the chilly reception developers would receive inside the church, like some lakeside Emily Bronte novel. Residents of the South Loop and nearby neighborhoods gathered at a Prairie District Neighborhood Association event outlining the latest version of the McCormick Place expansion plan. The plan...

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Preservation and McPier Learn To Live Together in the South Loop
Apr04

Preservation and McPier Learn To Live Together in the South Loop

When the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority announced plans for a half-billion dollar expansion from its lakeside perch into the surrounding neighborhood, it was as if a pack of rabid wolves was let loose in the South Loop. At public meetings, people howled and shouted about property values, traffic, and most importantly—historic preservation.  They didn’t mind the convention center complex oozing into the many, many...

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Status Update: The British School of Chicago South Loop Campus
Mar25

Status Update: The British School of Chicago South Loop Campus

After being delayed by administrative things behind-the-scenes, construction has started on the very controversial Antunovich Associates-designed British School of Chicago’s South Loop campus.  The project is an extension of The Roosevelt Collection, the residential, retail, and entertainment complex that’s gaining momentum at 150 West Roosevelt Road. It was just two weeks ago that friends-of-the-blog, Sloopin‘,...

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1000 South Clark is Officially a Thing
Mar19

1000 South Clark is Officially a Thing

Two weeks ago we took a bunch of disparate facts, laid them out on a table for you and with Judge Wopner’s certainty declared that the preponderance of the evidence pointed to the existence of a residential tower coming to 1000 South Clark Street. Now it’s official. Crain’s Chicago Business has spoken with Jim Letchinger of JDL development and confirmed that he is trying to put up a 469-apartment residential tower on...

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