Video: Mighty Morphin’ Maggie Park
Dec01

Video: Mighty Morphin’ Maggie Park

It’s hard to believe, it’s been two years since construction began on what will very soon become Maggie Daley Park (337 East Randolph Street).  In fact, the two-year anniversary was two weeks ago, when Loop Spy Daniel e-mailed us to let us know that there is a time-lapse video of the construction project from start of work all the way to today. If you have a little under five minutes to spare, it’s a fascinating...

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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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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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Status Update: Maggie Daley Rocks, and Gets a Visit From Hizzonor
Oct16

Status Update: Maggie Daley Rocks, and Gets a Visit From Hizzonor

  The future Maggie Daley Park at what once was Richard M. Daley Bicentennial Plaza is coming along.  We showed you a while ago that the waterproof membrane separating the park from the car storage apparatus upon which it sits was complete.  Now crews are getting ready to put the “park” on the “parking garage.” Step one is to spread a layer of gravel across the entire site.  You gardeners will recognize this as...

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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...

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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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Status Update: Muddy Maggie Daley Park
Jan14

Status Update: Muddy Maggie Daley Park

Demolition crews are making progress stripping the old Daley Bicentennial Plaza (337 East Randolph Street) off of the top of the Monroe Street Garage in order to replace it with a new roof and the new Maggie Daley Park. They’ve removed enough soil to expose the structure of the fieldhouse which has been buried under tons of dirt since 1976.  It’s interesting to see that underneath it all it looks like a big...

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Status Update: Maggie Daley Park
Dec10

Status Update: Maggie Daley Park

Earth movers continue moving earth at the site of the future Maggie Daley Park.  What was once a wooded area punctuated with tennis courts and a formal rose garden is now a mud pit.  Soon even the mud will be gone and they’ll be down to the concrete roof of the parking garage...

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Northeast Grant Park Laid to Waste As Progress Approaches
Nov12

Northeast Grant Park Laid to Waste As Progress Approaches

  Well, that was quick. Just a few weeks after construction crews started putting up fences around Daley Bicentennial Plaza in preparation for turning it into Maggie Daley Park, all the trees and bushes and other plants have been razed. Denuding the land is the first step in the project to repair the parking garage beneath the park and upgrade the park from state-of-the-ark to state-of-the-art. If you’re familiar with the...

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