Building Great Chicago Open Spaces From Above and Below
May25

Building Great Chicago Open Spaces From Above and Below

  Do you love parks?  Of course you do! Do you love construction?  Of course you do! Like chocolate and peanut butter, the good people over at Walsh Construction have put together parks and construction into a single video about their work creating great urban open spaces in Chicago. You’ve seen the big green Walsh logo in places high and low across this city.  When it comes to parks, it was the general contractor on...

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Waterway Construction No Riverwalk in the Park
Sep23

Waterway Construction No Riverwalk in the Park

Construction sites are dangerous places. Heavy steel beams, concrete pillars and cement blocks, bricks and rebar, all capable of inflicting injury or damage to their surroundings. Add height when working on a highrise, these items can be exponentially more treacherous. And then, you have the Chicago Riverwalk. Take all that steel, concrete, and iron, and add water. All around. Stop by the Chicago River on a typical working day, and...

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Status Update: Downtown’s Riverwalk River Theater
Feb25

Status Update: Downtown’s Riverwalk River Theater

If Chicago construction workers are tough enough to work 50 stories up on an unfinished skyscraper in the middle of winter, then working down amid the ice chunks of the Chicago River should be a piece of cake, right? That appears to be the case as crews continue to expand the Chicago Riverwalk along the main branch of the river, in spite of snow, wind, and ice. Our Daniel Schell walked by the construction site between North Clark and...

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Slice of Life: The Liquid Lunch
Aug13

Slice of Life: The Liquid Lunch

On a hot summer day, two unidentified women enjoy lunch on the quayside of the Chicago River.  Entertainment is provided by the boats and barges floating...

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Chicago’s Riverfront Park Gets Green
Jun17

Chicago’s Riverfront Park Gets Green

  Over the last ten years that this blog has been published, a lot of politicians have made a lot of big promises about the long-proposed, and long-delayed Chicago riverwalk.  Now the city is going to take another step towards completing the project. It was last October when we noted in the Chicago Architecture Forum that the city was seeking federal money to complete the stalled project.  Under Mayor Richard M. Daley, certain...

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