Controversial Maryville Project Gets Greenlight Paperwork
Feb20

Controversial Maryville Project Gets Greenlight Paperwork

Chicago’s newest luxury lakefront high-rise is about to take off at the corner of Montrose and Clarendon.  It’s best known as the Maryville Project, which is replacing the demolished Columbus-Maryville children’s shelter that was originally erected as Cuneo Hospital in 1957.  Friday the City of Chicago issued the first construction permits for the huge breeze-blocking tower that’s using the address 811 West...

Read More
Preservationists on Alert Over Potential Uptown Art Deco Demolition
Dec12

Preservationists on Alert Over Potential Uptown Art Deco Demolition

The klaxon you hear pealing across Uptown these days is the sound of Preservation Chicago having a minor freak-out over the potential demolition of the building at 1001 West Leland Avenue. To be sure, the two-story mixed-use building has seen better days.  It’s been neglected, foreclosed, abused, vandalized, and finally abandoned.  As far back as May of 2012, 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman asked the Chicago Department of...

Read More
Wilson Avenue Theater Redevelopment Gets Refined, Filed
Jul26

Wilson Avenue Theater Redevelopment Gets Refined, Filed

The people who want to turn the old Wilson Avenue Theater in Uptown into new residences have filed the necessary paperwork with the city for its bureaucrats and politicians to ponder its approval. The project would restore the theater building, designed by Henry L. Ottenheimer, while at the same time putting up a pack of pads for the rapidly improving neighborhood. The neighborhood will also benefit from a freshly rehabbed community...

Read More
A First Look at What Will Become of Uptown’s Stewart School
Jun28

A First Look at What Will Become of Uptown’s Stewart School

It’s been a little over three years since Chicago Public School announced that the Graeme Stewart School in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood would close its doors forever.  Now a real estate developer wants to open them again.  This time as apartments. The plan drawn up by Pappageorge Haymes is to carve 64 new homes out of the school that Morningside Equities bought for $5.1 million last autumn — a 14% premium on its...

Read More
Uptown Office Building Conversion Now Includes a New Residential Building
Jun27

Uptown Office Building Conversion Now Includes a New Residential Building

It’s been a little over a year since we told you about the latest plan to convert the old Combined Insurance Company office building at 5050 North Broadway in Uptown into apartments.  In that time, developer Cedar Street has put together a plan and is ready to move ahead. Cedar Street bought the building in the spring of 2015 and planned to spend $150 million on the conversion.  Booth Hansen did the design, which includes not...

Read More
A Closer Look at the Uptown TOD Coming to the Wilson Avenue Theater
Jun07

A Closer Look at the Uptown TOD Coming to the Wilson Avenue Theater

Late last month the Chicago Plan Commission approved the redevelopment of the old Wilson Avenue Theater (1050 West Wilson Avenue), a vaudeville playhouse that has seen better times.  The project also includes building a seven-story residential addition on the east side of the old building, currently a surface parking lot. The project by Cedar Street Companies is right across the from the CTA’s Wilson Red Line Station, so it...

Read More
Wilson Red Line Station Renovation On Track
Mar28

Wilson Red Line Station Renovation On Track

Work on the CTA Wilson Avenue Red Line station continues, where red and purple line trains are now using the new section of rail on the south-bound side of the platform. Renovation began in 2014 for the Wilson stop, long maligned as one of the least pleasant stations along the CTA elevated train routes. When completed in Fall of 2017, the Wilson station will be completely rebuilt, with wider stairways, new escalators, and improved...

Read More
Transformation of CTA Wilson Station Transports Uptown
Sep17

Transformation of CTA Wilson Station Transports Uptown

The CTA Wilson Station has long been a poster child for dirty, smelly, nasty train stops. So in 2014, the Chicago Transit Authority embarked on a $203-million overhaul of the facility, as well as the parallel tracks that carry the Purple Line trains through the Uptown corridor. At present, the Wilson station is not accessible to persons with disabilities. That will change when the new stationhouse adds two elevators for vertical...

Read More
Explaining Chicago’s New Active/Shared Streets
Jul22

Explaining Chicago’s New Active/Shared Streets

A couple of weeks ago we noted that the Chicago Department of Transportation was transforming the busy Argyle corridor in Uptown into an “active street.”  It’s one of a number of unusual steps being taken by CDOT as it strives to lead the nation in 21st-century thinking about mobility. CDOT, along with most major organizations of its kind, has noticed that the key word in its name is “Transportation.”...

Read More
Argyle Street Transformation *Not Quite* Started
Jul07

Argyle Street Transformation *Not Quite* Started

Monday, in this very space, we let you know the final phase of the Argyle Street transformation was officially underway. This morning, anticipating loud machinery tearing holes in pavement, I set out to watch things get done. Welp… Turns out, I’m a little early. After trekking on foot all the way over to the construction area (Editor’s Note: You had to walk one block, Dan) I found that, in fact, it is not a...

Read More