Contentious 111 South Peoria Plan Passed by Plan Commission
Mar17

Contentious 111 South Peoria Plan Passed by Plan Commission

111 South Peoria, the condo building LG Development wants to build in the West Loop, was approved Thursday by the Chicago Plan Commission, despite ongoing resistance from some neighboring residents. Originally proposed as a 13-story apartment building on what is now a surface parking lot adjacent to Mary Bartelme Park, locals cried foul over most aspects of the development, forcing LG back to the drawing table to make alterations....

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West Randolph-Fulton Market Plan Generates More (Mixed) Reviews
Jul15

West Randolph-Fulton Market Plan Generates More (Mixed) Reviews

Kah-blam! That was, more or less, the noise I heard as I hit a ginormous pothole on Lake Street. I was headed to an open house hosted by the City of Chicago. The subject was the long-range plan for the West Randolph-Fulton Market District. A denture-rattling pothole was an interesting takeaway from the gathering, during which I heard a few residents grouse about issues they’d like to see resolved. One gentleman I saw at the meeting at...

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NIMBYs in Neutral as Trio of West Town Buildings Get Neighborly Reception
Sep25

NIMBYs in Neutral as Trio of West Town Buildings Get Neighborly Reception

Music wafts from every nook and cranny of the Merit School of Music at 38 South Peoria Street. The building is filled with good vibrations. The exception may be the main floor auditorium when it plays host to community meetings where developers and architects propose new buildings. I’ve witnessed a half dozen such meetings at Merit over the past year. At some point in the proceedings, tension builds to a crescendo. Usually, the issue...

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New Plan for Chicago’s Old Esquire Theater
Jul24

New Plan for Chicago’s Old Esquire Theater

It’s been many months since we heard about anything happening with the old Esquire Theater (58 East Oak Street).  Now, there’s word from Alderman Reilly’s office that a new rehabilitation plan is being floated. Previous plans included tearing the theater down and replacing it with a residential tower, tearing the theater down and replacing it with a boutique hotel, and rehabbing the property while shoehorning in both...

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Helicopters vs. High Rises: Round 63

The ongoing tug-of-war between Children’s Memorial Hospital (225 East Chicago Avenue) and the usual north side NIMBYs will move two steps forward this week. For those joining this soap opera already in progress, CMH is spending a frightening amount of money building  a new state-of-the-art facility in the Gold Coast to replace its aging property in Lincoln Park.  That building includes a helipad on the roof that will hopefully...

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Chicago to Get One of Six Starbucks Flagship Stores
May12

Chicago to Get One of Six Starbucks Flagship Stores

“We really want to send a new message. Especially in this neighborhood, and this city; and this is the place to do it.” -Dean Klein, Starbucks I’m not one who supports the baseless speculation that goes on in blogs.  It’s a big part of what separates blogging from real journalism.  But every once in a while I’ll go off the deep end, as I did a couple of weeks ago when we did our story about 1003 North...

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North side NIMBYs at it again

Just in time for Halloween, the old ladies of Chicago’s Near North Side are at it again. Back in the 60’s and 70’s they bought their plush homes in the sky on streets like Delaware, Chestnut, and Clark.  Now that a new generation wants a taste of that life, it’s all hands on deck for a fight against change. The latest target of their elderly invective is the proposed residential tower at 111 West Chestnut...

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