Fixing The Burnham Pavilions

Much has been written here and elsewhere about the damage done to the architectural exhibits in Millennium Park intended to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Burnham Plan that, instead, were treated like jungle gyms by ill-behaved children and adults. The good news is that repairs are being made, and by the time you read this should be complete.  Here’s some pictures of the work in progress:...

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Perfection at Pritzker Park

A perfect day at Pritzker Park on State Street, across from the Harold Washington Library Center.  So far, our initial fears that this space would be overrun by vagrants and trashed by vandals have proved to be unfounded. The park at 344 South State Street is holding up well, and we hear there are plans being studied to make the beverage kiosk a permanent...

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Going Under Michigan Avenue

I still haven’t had a chance to explore all the bits of Chicago’s new riverwalk yet.  But the parts that I’ve seen impress me.  The best part is the path beneath Michigan Avenue. Not just a concrete path, the designers actually made room for some leafy bits — a little oasis where one can sit and watch the river traffic without being obligated to buy a beer from a nearby vendor. When I lived at...

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