A Paucity of Paper Pushers Prompts Property Pivot to Public Pupil Pods
Aug17

A Paucity of Paper Pushers Prompts Property Pivot to Public Pupil Pods

Some days it seems like there are more pigeons than people in The Loop. With so many office workers pounding keyboards at home these days, the Optima Signature tower in Streeterville is left with two floors of offices sans purpose. Its solution is to offer those offices to students, instead. The Optima Signature tower in Streeterville (Courtesy of Optima Signature) For a price between $1,800 and $2,400 a month, parents can rent the...

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Architecture School May Stay Open
Mar05

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Architecture School May Stay Open

The school founded by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright may keep its doors open after all.  The Arizona Republic reports that the school, now known as The School of Architecture at Taliesin, has found the money it needs to keep educating future architects.  Taliesin West (via Apple Maps) How long the word “Taliesin” stays in the school’s name remains to be seen.   The school divorced from the Frank Lloyd Wright...

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Architecture School Founded by Frank Lloyd Wright to Shutter
Feb03

Architecture School Founded by Frank Lloyd Wright to Shutter

The architecture school started by one of the giants of his discipline will soon be no more.  The School of Architecture at Taliesin, founded by Frank Lloyd Wright, will close at the end of this coming June.   Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin, 1925. More than 1,200 people passed through the school’s programs over the last 88 years at both the Spring Green, Wisconsin and Scottsdale, Arizona locations.  There are currently...

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Abandoned Two-Story School To Become Eight-Story Hotel
Nov18

Abandoned Two-Story School To Become Eight-Story Hotel

Back when Chicago’s Immaculate Conception parish and Saint Joseph parish were individual communities, there was a school on the corner of Orleans and Hill Streets, next to Cabrini Green.  Saint Joseph School at 1035 North Orleans Street closed almost a decade ago, but a real estate developer is trying to re-open it as a hotel. 1035 North Orleans Street (via Apple Maps) The conversion involves adding six stories on top of the...

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Hancock Replacement Plan Filed With The City
Sep30

Hancock Replacement Plan Filed With The City

Several months after a ceremonial groundbreaking, plans for Chicago’s Hancock Replacement have been filed with the city clerk. No, they’re not replacing the 100-story former John Hancock Center recently neutered in name to 875 North Michigan.  We’re talking about the project officially known as “Hancock Replacement” which will build a new John Hancock College Prep School at 5423 West 64th Place, across...

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Two Charities Propose New West Side High School Campus
Sep23

Two Charities Propose New West Side High School Campus

The newest high school in Chicago may land in the city’s Lawndale neighborhood.  That’s where Chicago Hope Academy hopes to move its operations, and establish an athletic campus for its students, and the community. Also involved in the project is the Chicago Lions Charitable Association, which says it, “fosters and promotes rugby sports competition more broadly among the general populations.” The location of...

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GEMS School in Lakeshore East Will Be Less Colorful
Dec26

GEMS School in Lakeshore East Will Be Less Colorful

Remember when the GEMS Chicago Lower School went up on the edge of Lakeshore East Park, and everyone gave it a big round of applause in part because of its colorful facade that was a tip of the hat to the foliage, buildings, and other elements of the surrounding environment?  That was pretty awesome. Then remember when the GEMS Chicago Upper School was announced and it, too, was going to be an interesting compilation of hues meant to...

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GEMS Upper School Gets More Permits
Feb12

GEMS Upper School Gets More Permits

The second GEMS World Academy (355 East Wacker Drive) school building in Lakeshore East has been given the green light to start another round of construction.  The City of Chicago has issued permits to start work on the part of the bKL Architecture project that you might actually see. FOUNDATION AND SUPERSTRUCTURE FROM LOWER WACKER TO UPPER WACKER TO INCLUDE UNDERSLAB PLUMBING FOR PROPOSED 13-STORY GRADE 8 – 12 SCHOOL.  CAISSON...

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Design of bKL’s Second GEMS Academy Building Gets Refined
Jan17

Design of bKL’s Second GEMS Academy Building Gets Refined

It looks like it’s full steam ahead for the second GEMS Academy school in Lakeshore East.  As soon as Old Man Winter gives us a break. The building planned for 355 East Wacker Drive, now going by the name GEMS World Academy Chicago Middle-Upper School, already has its caissons in place under the lakefront loam.  Word is that foundation permits are expected to be issued within the next two weeks.  Then, once winter abates a...

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Paperwork Filed For New Dore Elementary School in West Clearing
Nov21

Paperwork Filed For New Dore Elementary School in West Clearing

The super-secret plan for a new Dore Elementary school is finally on paper in an official form. Paperwork has been filed with the city’s zoning board to make it a reality. John C. Dore Elementary School in the West Clearing neighborhood, near Midway Airport, is going to be replaced by a brand new school at West 65th Street and South Nottingham Avenue. The announcement was made in meetings in May described as...

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