55-Home Project Breaks Ground in Wicker Park
Aug26

55-Home Project Breaks Ground in Wicker Park

A new development near the intersection of Milwaukee and Division will bring a little more density to the Polish Triangle area. Alcove Wicker Park consists of a seven-story condo block with 43 homes, plus an additional dozen townhouses.  They’re expected to be available next year. Rendering of Alcove Wicker Park (August 2019. Courtesy of @properties.) It’s a Vermillion Development project designed by Hirsch MPG.  In line...

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16-Story Addition Proposed for Wicker Park Low-Rise at Milwaukee and Division
Sep26

16-Story Addition Proposed for Wicker Park Low-Rise at Milwaukee and Division

One of the more interesting neighborhood transformations to watch over the last decade has been Noble Square.  The on-again, off-again gentrification has finally started to really take hold, and it’s exciting to sit in the weird little back room at the Starbucks on Division and watch the parade of new residents come through. One of the more successful developments has been 1624 West Division Street, just a few dozen feet over...

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Wicker Park Connection Meets the Public
Feb17

Wicker Park Connection Meets the Public

Tuesday night, 1st Ward Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno hosted a public meeting at the Chopin Theatre to gain community feedback on the proposed Wicker Park Connection development. Centrum Partners wants to add some 200 units at 1640 West Division Street, which right now serves as a surface parking lot. Designed by Hirsch Associates Architects, the ambitious project will include apartments in a 15-story tower, a seven-story...

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Bridging the 606 Trail at Milwaukee Avenue and Beyond
Oct13

Bridging the 606 Trail at Milwaukee Avenue and Beyond

Luis Benitez spends a lot of time thinking about bridges. Benitez is the chief engineer for the City of Chicago and it’s not uncommon for him to receive a late night phone call about one of the city’s 377 bridges. It usually isn’t good news. Sometimes, a truck driver will misjudge clearance width or height. It does neither the truck nor the bridge much good when that happens. That’s the cue for Benitez to get to the scene and make...

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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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First Look: Flagship Walgreens Inside Historic Noel State Bank Building
Nov20

First Look: Flagship Walgreens Inside Historic Noel State Bank Building

One of Chicagoland’s most prominent retailers has cleaned up one of Chicago’s grossest corners. The new Walgreens flagship store opens tomorrow (November 21, 2012) at the corner of West North Avenue and North Damen Avenue in Bucktown.  It is right on the border of Bucktown and Wicker Park, a fact acknowledged in the standards flying from the facade. The new drug store is in Gardner Coughlen’s old Noel State Bank building, a city...

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How Chicago Gained a Park and a Strip Mall, but Lost a College

A recent series of articles in the Chicago Tribune highlighted the fact that much of Chicago lacks adequate parks and greenspace.  One way to deal with that problem is through the creation of pocket parks.  One such park exists along Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. Mautene Court (1260 North Milwaukee Avenue) is unfortunately mostly paved, but it’s at least a small chunk of public space slightly away from the noise and commotion...

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Building Updates: June 10, 2011

A number of building updates went online at Chicago Architecture Info today.  We’ve added a several new buildings to Chicago’s largest architecture guide, and updated a couple of dozen other buildings with new photographs. Total number of buildings in the Chicago Architecture Info architectural guide: 1,226. New additions The Elysees Condominiums 1564 North Damen Avenue 1643 North Milwaukee Avenue 1702 North Milwaukee Avenue 1714...

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Slice of Life: The Golden Garlic Bulb

Back in medieval times, shopkeepers would make elaborate and iconic signs to give the illiterate masses an idea of what wares lay inside their stores.  In a sense, this golden garlic bulb is an apropos icon for a Middle Eastern restaurant. The Sultan’s Market has a corner space a block away from the Blue Line in Wicker Park.  The menu features the usual fare you’d expect from a Midwestern-ized...

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Slice of Life: Chicago’s Tirlet Building

Chicago’s most unfortunately-named building is only made worse when used in a sentence with a thick Chicago accent: “Where’s da Teeeerlet?” The Terlet Building is at 2153 West North Avenue, just west of the Damen Blue Line station in Wicker Park.  The mixed use residential and commercial building isn’t much to look at, though it is faced with some older white bricks and cornices that some people...

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