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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Obama Center Clarifies Its Plaisance Park Parking Plan
Aug28

Obama Center Clarifies Its Plaisance Park Parking Plan

The Obama Foundation has revealed its plans for a chunk of the Midway Plaisance across the street from the new Barack Obama Presidential Center.  It wants to use the  tree-lined open lawn for a parking garage and transit center. The Obama Foundation describes the public open parkland as “underutilized,” which is kind of the point of open parkland.  In modern landscaping terms, the space will be “activated” with...

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Downtown Chicago’s DuSable Park Closer to Becoming a Reality
Jul24

Downtown Chicago’s DuSable Park Closer to Becoming a Reality

For decades people have looked at the verdant peninsula of land sandwiched between the Chicago River and Ogden Slip and wondered how such a prime location escaped development, and wouldn’t it make a simply lovely park?  The answer to both questions is simple: Radiation. The four-acre plot, bounded on three sides by water and the fourth by Lake Shore Drive is officially known on city charts as “Jean Baptiste Pointe.”...

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Groundbreaking For New North Side Lakefront Trail
May15

Groundbreaking For New North Side Lakefront Trail

The City’s ongoing project to decongest the popular Lake Michigan walking/jogging/biking/skating/etc… path took another step forward over the weekend. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the rebuilding of the path from Fullerton Parkway south to North Avenue. The result will be adjacent, but buffered, bicycle and pedestrian lanes in the Fullerton area.  Those modes then diverge into independent paths until they rejoin...

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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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