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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Lincoln Park High School Getting Long Overdue Upgrades
Nov15

Lincoln Park High School Getting Long Overdue Upgrades

One hundred sixteen years is apparently long enough for Chicago’s Lincoln Park High School to go without being fully air conditioned. A chilly retrofit is one of a number of improvements on the way as part of a $20 million renovation package announced recently. Forty-Third Ward Alderman Michele Smith has been teasing her constituents for a while about a “big announcement” coming regarding the infrastructure of the...

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Cash-Strapped, Half-Empty CPS Will Build a New School in the South Loop
May24

Cash-Strapped, Half-Empty CPS Will Build a New School in the South Loop

The Chicago Public Schools system faces  a billion dollar deficit, and has endured multiple rounds of layoffs and school closings over the last few years as the city’s population decreases.  But none of that is stopping Mayor Rahm Emanuel from promising a select group of citizens that new schools are coming to their neighborhoods. WBEZ radio has gotten its hands on a list of 16 new schools hizzonor plans to put up around the...

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Lincoln Park Loses Its Edge
Apr19

Lincoln Park Loses Its Edge

It only took a matter of hours for demolition crews to clear the corner of Clark Street and Schubert Avenue in Lincoln Park, then only a few more hours for the City of Chicago to issue a permit for the new AltSchool project to be constructed at 2720 North Clark Street. Hirsch Associates has designed a two-story, 20,000-square-foot building for the site, with retail space slated for the ground floor, while AltSchool occupies the second...

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