Status Update: The First Tree is Planted in Maggie Daley Park
Jul03

Status Update: The First Tree is Planted in Maggie Daley Park

It’s been a long 21 months since construction began at the future site of Maggie Daley Park. When complete, it should be a spectacular addition to the city’s park system and a facility that can be used all year round. For months we’ve watched as the space went from a traditional urban park to a mud pit to a concrete roof to a foam fortress then back to mud. And now it’s starting to really take shape. In the...

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A Nod to Train Stations Past and Bocce Courts of the Future
Jun18

A Nod to Train Stations Past and Bocce Courts of the Future

  Construction continues on the new Grant Park Skate Park, just south of the 11th Street pedestrian bridge over the Metra Electric District railroad tracks. For the last 11 months, we’ve covered the plans for transforming this three-acre plot of land from an unused grassy embankment into a recreational space. The skating portion is actually 20 feet below the Michigan Avenue grade, with paths and ramps leading down to the grinding...

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Grant Park Skate Park Grinding Ahead [updated]
May16

Grant Park Skate Park Grinding Ahead [updated]

The Chicago Plan Commission has approved the construction of a new skate park complex at the south end of Grant Park (using the address 300 East 11th Street). The project initially included features such as a small amphitheater and other unusual features.  But as the plan evolved, it was scaled back and is now a more traditional skate park. Bob O’Neil of the Grant Park Conservancy sent us these thoughts on the project: This has...

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Grant Park Getting Another Music Garden
Dec01

Grant Park Getting Another Music Garden

Another piece of public art is going on display in Grant Park.  It’s a monument to Polish composer Frédéric Chopin, and is being paid for by the Chicago branch of the Chopin Foundation. You may have noticed that the part of Grant Park that runs along Michigan Avenue south of the Art Institute of Chicago is divided into little “rooms.”  Each has a garden, or a sculpture, or both.  This new Chopin monument will go...

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Status Update: Maggie Daley Park Gets Blocked
Dec01

Status Update: Maggie Daley Park Gets Blocked

  Everyone is expecting big things from the new Maggie Daley Park.  But unless you were there decades ago when the park was originally built at Daley Bicentennial Plaza, you might not have expected what’s there now— pyramids and piles of giant white foam blocks. Collectively, it’s known as geofoam, and the hills and valleys and interesting topographic bits of the park get their shape thanks to this stuff, which goes under...

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10 Years Later: Millennium Park
Nov01

10 Years Later: Millennium Park

On a crisp autumn night, September 26, 2003, a young journalist sat down at a desk in what was then called Hotel 71, unfolded a keyboard, slotted in a travel-worn U.S. Robotics Palm Pilot and started to write about what he saw around him.  The Chicago Architecture Blog was born. This is the second part in a series where we dig into the blog’s photo archive and compare Chicago as it was when we started this caper with how it...

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Status Update: Maggie Daley Park
Aug08

Status Update: Maggie Daley Park

It looks like the roof repair work at the parking garage beneath the future Maggie Daley Park is done.  The concrete deck that will separate the kids above from the cars below is getting a layer of waterproofing as the city’s largest next-generation park inches toward reality. Did you enjoy this article? Click to give the author a few...

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Chicago Skateboarders May Go Underground — Or At Least Below Grade
Jul02

Chicago Skateboarders May Go Underground — Or At Least Below Grade

For the last few years we’ve been listening to the Grant Park Conservancy (friends of the blog) ever-so-politely lament that something needs to be done with the southern extremity of the park. =From its web site: The south entrance to Grant Park and the Museum Campus is as important as the north entrance, which is enhanced by the restored classical peristyle in Millennium Park. The South entrance should be as dramatic as the...

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Status Update: Irish Eyes Smile on Maggie Daley Park
Jun03

Status Update: Irish Eyes Smile on Maggie Daley Park

One of our Loop Spies sent in this photograph taken during a break in the storms a couple of days ago. It shows a rainbow curving across the Chicago lakefront and landing in what in 2015 will be the completed Maggie Daley Park. Right now you can see the dirt has long since been removed, and starting last week, the process of erecting concrete columns has gotten underway. They will be part of the new modern park on top of this parking...

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Status Update: Maggie Daley Park
May13

Status Update: Maggie Daley Park

The sounds of bulldozers are becoming less frequent, and the sounds of jackhammers more frequent at the future site of Maggie Daley Park (337 East Randolph Street).  Nearly all the dirt has been scraped from the roof of the Monroe Street Parking Garage, allowing construction crews to fix the leaking roof and eventually replace it with a modern park. Today, the fieldhouse ziggurat is all that remains recognizable of the old Daley...

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