Obama Library Price Jumps 50% in 9 Months
Feb27

Obama Library Price Jumps 50% in 9 Months

It was already the biggest cultural landmark to come to the South Side in a generation.  Now it’s going to be the biggest financial injection into the region of Chicago in modern memory. Just nine months after former president Barack Obama stated that he needed a billion dollars to build his presidential library and museum, that price is now reportedly $1.5 billion. The news was broken by the New York Post’s Richard...

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Chicago Lakeshore Fieldhouse to be Skinned Like a Fish
Feb20

Chicago Lakeshore Fieldhouse to be Skinned Like a Fish

The Chicago Park District has selected Near North’s STLArchitects to build a new fieldhouse for Williams Park, at 2710 South Dearborn Street on the city’s South Side. Williams Park is the dividing line between two historic Chicago neighborhoods: Dearborn Homes and Harold Ickes Homes.  Together, most people know the area better as Douglas, or even Bronzeville, which is immediately to its east and south. Williams Park was...

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Park Pals Pass on Protesting Presidential Plan
Aug05

Park Pals Pass on Protesting Presidential Plan

A couple of days ago, the Obama Foundation announced that Chicago’s Jackson Park will be the location of the Barack Obama Presidential Center. The decision came as a surprise to some observers who believed that Washington Park was a lock. The Jackson decision now leaves them with neighborhood revitalization plans unrealized. Also not happy with the choice is Friends of the Parks. You may remember it as the N.G.O. that scared George...

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Trib: Obama Library To Land in Jackson Park
Jul28

Trib: Obama Library To Land in Jackson Park

We’re still a week away from an official announcement, but the Chicago Tribune says President Barack Obama has chosen Jackson Park for the Obama Presidential Center. It was quite some time ago that the location for the presidential library was narrowed down to either Washington Park, or Jackson Park.  But until now it was widely believed that Washington Park was the front runner. How much of Jackson Park will be impacted by the...

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TWBTA and IDEA Chosen to Design Obama Presidential Library on Chicago’s South Side
Jun30

TWBTA and IDEA Chosen to Design Obama Presidential Library on Chicago’s South Side

After months of anticipation, the Obama Foundation has decided in which direction it wants to go with the Barack Obama Presidential Center: TWBTA out of New York and IDEA in Chicago. You may know TWBTA (Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects) from such projects as the University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts and the Phoenix Art Museum.  Locally, IDEA was the architect of record for Renzo Piano’s Art Institute of...

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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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It’s Been a While, But Downtown Lake Shore Drive Reconfig Still “Has a Chance”
May31

It’s Been a While, But Downtown Lake Shore Drive Reconfig Still “Has a Chance”

It’s been over five years since we first heard about city plans to re-configure Lake Shore Drive in downtown Chicago.  A lot of work has been done on the Drive in other parts of the city, but the downtown portion remains congested, dangerous, and falling apart.  But according to 2nd Ward Adlerman Brian Hopkins, “This is a bold, visionary project that has a chance to come to fruition.”  It’s been a long time...

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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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Caisson Equipment Reports For Duty at One Bennett Park
Apr14

Caisson Equipment Reports For Duty at One Bennett Park

  As earth-moving machines continue to scrape, dig, and smooth things out at 451 East Grand Avenue in Streeterville, the next step in the process of building One Bennett Park has made an appearance on the construction site. Our Streeterville Spy Thomas dropped us a line that the first piece of Case Foundation equipment had arrived on site. That means caisson work is in the cards for the Robert A.M. Stern-designed masterpiece in...

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Trading Parkas for Parks: Fullerton’s the Place to Go
Apr06

Trading Parkas for Parks: Fullerton’s the Place to Go

April showers have so far left us with little chance to shed winter’s garb and grab some vitamin D the old fashioned way.  But when it is time to trade North Face parkas for lying on the grass facing north in the park, Fullerton and the lakefront is the place to me. That’s where Walsh Construction has finished with a new erosion protection plan that also includes adding new parkland to Chicago’s Lake Michigan...

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