Still Holding Lucas Museum Hostage, Park Pals Have Ransom Demand List
Jun20

Still Holding Lucas Museum Hostage, Park Pals Have Ransom Demand List

After nearly suing the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art out of existence, Crain’s Chicago Business reports that gadfly group Friends of the Parks has a list of what it wants from the city in exchange for dropping the lawsuit. Crain’s describes the enumeration as a “wish list,” as if it was Ralphie asking Santa for an official a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle.  But considering that the...

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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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Lucas Museum Groundbreaking Imperiled; Mayor Accused of “Cover Up”
Feb04

Lucas Museum Groundbreaking Imperiled; Mayor Accused of “Cover Up”

The city of Chicago’s effort to throw out a lawsuit opposing the construction of the new Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on Chicago’s lakefront has failed.  Today, federal District Judge John Darrah ruled that the lawsuit trying to stop the new museum from replacing a surface parking lot next to Soldier Field can move forward. The lawsuit was brought by Friends of the Parks, which doesn’t think the museum belongs on...

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Tying up the Loose Ends at Maggie Daley Park
Jul30

Tying up the Loose Ends at Maggie Daley Park

  The lakeside park that started with a bang of controversy is wrapping up with the whimper of compromise as the Chicago Park District ties up the loose ends at Maggie Daley Park (337 East Randolph Street). Named for the former Mayor’s late wife, the park’s pre-construction phase was dogged by controversy as various local interest groups sought to have the existing park changed, or sometimes not changed, to suit their...

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Mayors Emanuel and Daley Dedicate Maggie Daley Park
Jun15

Mayors Emanuel and Daley Dedicate Maggie Daley Park

Ribbon-cutting season continues in Chicago with the formal dedication and opening of Maggie Daley Park. The northeast corner of Grant Park, formerly known as Daley Bicentennial Plaza, recently underwent a $60 million renovation to bring it up to modern standards for an urban park, and to make it engaging for a greater number of people. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Jeff Johnson was there as Mayor Rahm Emanuel held court amid a...

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Parks Promoters Warn Chicago’s Greenspace Being Nibbled to Death
Apr06

Parks Promoters Warn Chicago’s Greenspace Being Nibbled to Death

  A restaurant here, a museum there, and the next thing you know — there’s no more parks.  That’s the warning coming from the Friends of the Parks organization over the latest round of plans to repurpose Chicago’s parkland. FotP is well-known for its battle against the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which the city wants to plop onto a surface parking lot near Soldier Field.  It’s also fighting...

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A Doggone Good Outcome For Maggie Daley Park’s Unpopular Canine Ban
Feb27

A Doggone Good Outcome For Maggie Daley Park’s Unpopular Canine Ban

There were no TV crews at the Grant Park Advisory Council & Conservancy meeting on Thursday night. Not like a month ago when the agenda included the park’s dog ban—a move that generated considerable resident and media heat. No, the fourth estate has moved on, attracted to the next shiny object. In fact, the audience of locals was quite a bit smaller this time as well. The only thing I witnessed that might pass for canine activism...

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Hate Lucas on the Lakefront? This Will Make You Lose Your Mind
Feb04

Hate Lucas on the Lakefront? This Will Make You Lose Your Mind

This is the fourth episode of our Chicago Neverbuilt series where we celebrate the work of great architects that, for one reason or another, failed to make the transition from imagination to reality. ~~There are a lot of people foaming at the mouth lately about the placement of the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.  Some people hate the design.  Some people hate the location.  Some people hate both.  For those of you not happy...

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Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon Opens to Eager Crowds
Dec15

Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon Opens to Eager Crowds

For the second time in two weeks, a skate park has opened in Grant Park.  In this case, it was the ice skating ribbon at Maggie Daley Park (337 East Randolph Street), the northeast corner of Grant Park formerly known as Daley Bicentennial Plaza. While much of the 20-acre complex remains under construction, the star of the show — the ice skating ribbon — opened to the public on Saturday.  Chicago Architecture Blog photographer Milosh...

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Chicago’s Christmas Ribbon is About to Take a Bow
Dec08

Chicago’s Christmas Ribbon is About to Take a Bow

We doubted it would happen, and we’re happy to be proven wrong.  The Chicago Park District has told us that Maggie Daley Park (337 East Randolph Street) will open, as promised, in “mid-December.”  More specifically, this coming Saturday, December 13th.  And yes, the much-anticipated ice ribbon will be fully functional. Unfortunately, the skating ribbon will be one of the few parts of the park actually open.  Much of...

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