CTA Gets on the Ball With Wilson Station Reconstruction
Jun15

CTA Gets on the Ball With Wilson Station Reconstruction

The same day the Chicago Transit Authority announced it awarded construction contracts to start work on a futuristic-looking 95th Street Intermodal Superstation Terminal and Ice Cream Parlor* in the West Chesterfield neighborhood, it inked $153 million deal to start work rebuilding the Red Line’s Wilson Station. The Wilson Station has been the hub of Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood since it was completed in 1900.  The...

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New Uptown Coffee Shop Remembers its Architectural Past
Feb10

New Uptown Coffee Shop Remembers its Architectural Past

We know words.  Lots and lots of words.  Yet to date, we have yet to come across a word that adequately describes our love of coffee, and a good neighborhood coffee shop. So it doesn’t take much beyond the word “coffee” to get our attention. But when the people at Wilson Abbey sent us an e-mail today with a press release about their new coffee shop that’s chock full of architectural goodness, well, we had to...

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One of Cinema’s Earliest Studios to Become Chicago’s Next Studio School
Nov07

One of Cinema’s Earliest Studios to Become Chicago’s Next Studio School

A Chicago landmark is working its way back into the spotlight more than 100 years after it became a household name. Essanay Studios (1333 West Argyle Street) was once at the center of the film world. It, along with other Chicago filmmakers like the Selig-Polyscope company and the American Film Manufacturing Company, brought the film industry to Chicago long before it made its way west to Hollywood. Established in 1907, the Essanay...

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City Using Chicago’s Homeless to Fight Food Deserts
May02

City Using Chicago’s Homeless to Fight Food Deserts

If you’ve spent any significant amount of time in Chicago, you’ve probably seen a StreetWise vendor or two. StreetWise is the weekly magazine about Chicago that is sold by the city’s homeless as a means of transitioning them into lives off the street. They buy the magazines for 90¢, sell them to the public for two dollars, and keep the difference. StreetWise sells 20,000 issues each week and was at one time the...

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Week Links: February 17-23, 2013
Feb24

Week Links: February 17-23, 2013

Here’s what else is going up around Chicago: DNAInfo reports that the developer who wants to put up a $220 million project in Uptown is ready to compromise on affordable housing. DNAInfo also has pictures of the proposed new Metra station in Edgewater. Early this week, the TV stations all ran stories that a new hotel was coming to McCormick Place.  There have been lots of hotel proposals for McCormick Place lately, but because...

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Week Links: February 10-16, 2013
Feb17

Week Links: February 10-16, 2013

Here’s what everyone else did this week: Our friend down at Sloopin’ has an interesting post on the vast emptiness south of the Roosevelt Collection.  The alderman down there wants it rezoned from mixed-use residential/commercial to industrial.  In a city with miles and miles of vacant brownfields, it seems a strange move to put manufacturing so close to downtown and a very residential neighborhood. Uptown Update notes...

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Week Links: June 1, 2012
Jun01

Week Links: June 1, 2012

Lucien Lagrange calls himself a “basket case.” While mass transit companies elsewhere build 100-story buildings and huge shopping malls around its stations, the Tribune wrings its hands over whether the CTA’s new Green/Pink line Morgan Station is too fancy. Another Chicago residential building wants to become a hotel.  900 DeWitt Place, which is tucked behind the John Hancock Center, has filed paperwork with the city...

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Taking Stock of Stockton

With the Bud Billiken Parade now safely behind us, school bells will be ringing at many Chicago Public Schools soon. When the kiddies return to Stockton Elementary (4420 North Beacon Street), they probably won’t notice, but much of the exterior of the school has been restored.  In this photo, you can see part of the parapet has been removed.  Much more extensive work is being done on other sides of the building.  Fortunately,...

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A Look Inside Chicago’s First Theater and More

In case you missed Geoffrey Baer’s latest piece exploring Chicagoland on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, on Tuesday he took a tour of some of the city’s most important theaters, including the first one, and one that still plays silent films with a live organist. The video below runs ten minutes, but is thoroughly enjoyable: Did you enjoy this article? Click to give the author a few...

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