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...

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Transformation of Argyle Street Begins Today
Jul06

Transformation of Argyle Street Begins Today

With all of the construction happening on Argyle Street around the CTA Red Line Station in the Uptown neighborhood, you might think that something big is coming.  You’d be right. Today is the official start of the transformation of the over-used, under-cared-for urban corridor into a hub of the neighborhood.  Everything you saw up until now was just preparations for the big event. As The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel...

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Office to Apartment Conversion Coming to Uptown – For Realsies This Time
Apr23

Office to Apartment Conversion Coming to Uptown – For Realsies This Time

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.  A real estate development company has bought the former Combined Insurance Company building at 5050 North Broadway  and plans to turn the office building into apartments.  Sound familiar?  That was what we expected back in 2011 when Imperial Realty bought the building.  Now Crain’s Chicago Business reports that Cedar Street has bought the building and plans to revive its...

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Argyle Starts its Transformation Into a Shared Street
Jan20

Argyle Starts its Transformation Into a Shared Street

  When does a community meeting not feel like a community meeting? When the decisions are already made. That was the case last Thursday at Furama Restaurant in Uptown, where 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman held two meetings to explain the work schedule for the transformation of Argyle Street. As this project is already in the bid process, Thursday’s meeting was informational only; the point/counterpoint meetings were held long...

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Work Gets Rolling on CTA Wilson Station Reconstruction
Dec09

Work Gets Rolling on CTA Wilson Station Reconstruction

A host of local politicians, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, were in Uptown today for the groundbreaking ceremony for the CTA’s reconstruction of its Wilson Station (4620 North Broadway).  Wilson is a huge project, in part because it used to be a much more important link in the regional transportation system than it is today. At one time this was not just a train station, but also a double-decker rail yard.  Later its importance...

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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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