North Side’s Serpentine Underbridge Now Underway
Oct10

North Side’s Serpentine Underbridge Now Underway

After several years of watching Chicago’s near northwestish side enjoy the benefits of its celebrated, elevated, urban park, the mid-northish side is now getting in on some of the 606 love. Except this time, it’s called the 312 RiverRun.  And it promises to be way more awesome than the already world-renowned High Line clone a few dozen blocks away. While the 606 was formed from a recycled elevated freight rail line, the...

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Near North Parking Lot to Go Condo
May27

Near North Parking Lot to Go Condo

Another downtown Chicago surface parking lot is going to bite the dust. Akara Partners wants to put up a 14-story residential building on the site across the street from the Hotel Felix. The plan calls for just 28 residences on the top ten floors of the Near North Side building, which means that these are condominiums, not apartments. This is the second condo building announced for downtown Chicago in recent months. Though it remains...

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Elevated, Serpentine “Underbridge” Will Connect Two North Side Parks
Apr21

Elevated, Serpentine “Underbridge” Will Connect Two North Side Parks

It’s both instructive and fascinating to listen to a master designer talk about the creative process. A good example is Andrew L. Metter, Epstein’s principal designer. Metter described a number of recent projects last week during an AIA presentation. Epstein has a philosophy of creating a sustainable world, and Metter’s work illustrates that concept. He tries to find opportunities for regeneration in urban planning and design...

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