Chicago Bears’ Lair Doubles In Size
Sep04

Chicago Bears’ Lair Doubles In Size

The den that the Monsters of the Midway call home is now twice the size it was just two years ago.  The Chicago Bears have officially opened  a 162,000-square-foot expansion of Halas Hall. Halas Hall locker room (Courtesy of Chicago Bears) The complex up in far north suburban Lake Forest was built in 1997, replacing the original Halas Hall that is now part of Lake Forest College.  In addition to the addition, 30,000...

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A Closer Look at the New Blackhawks Practice Facility
Dec21

A Closer Look at the New Blackhawks Practice Facility

Chicago is an ice skating town in an ice skating region.  When I moved to the Midwest for the first time in 1995 I was surprised to see that rather than hiding inside from the elements in winter, many people embraced the cold.  I was amused and intrigued by all the home-made, clearly seasonal ice hockey rinks I saw in people’s backyards. The city of Chicago is getting a new ice skating facility — a big one.  One that will be...

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Slice Of Life: Cubs #14 Honored In Lights At Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower
Jan28

Slice Of Life: Cubs #14 Honored In Lights At Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower at 300 E. Randolph is a Chicago landmark not just for its distinctive exterior but also because of the building’s lights. Every year the company creates dozens of lighting displays to promote wellness and other messages. A computerized lighting program creates the display, along with some manual assistance (closing certain blinds to accentuate the effect). This week, the Blue Cross lights offer a...

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Of Preservation and Parasites: Architects Debate the Latest Wrigley Field Renovation Plan
Jul16

Of Preservation and Parasites: Architects Debate the Latest Wrigley Field Renovation Plan

The Chicago Cubs own the record for the longest stretch without a World Series win. Can a renovated, revitalized Wrigley Field change their fortunes, and perhaps lift the 104-year old curse? Whether or not a modern, digital scoreboard (inside the park) and shiny new office building and hotel (outside the park) turn the team around isn’t known. What is clear: the changes to Wrigley Field and the surrounding neighborhood will bring in...

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After Four Years of Negotiations, Another Wrigley Renovation May Be At Hand
Apr15

After Four Years of Negotiations, Another Wrigley Renovation May Be At Hand

We don’t cover Wrigley Field (1080 West Addison Street) renovations often enough on this blog. The main reason is that anything involving the ballpark is so tangled in politics, infighting, and special interests. 90% of it is taking heads, and 10% is actual development news. Plus, Wrigley renovations are one of the few urban development issues that the local television stations actually cover well. Still, today’s news from...

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Slice of Life: Icy Anticipation

The skating rink at Midway Plaisance Park awaits the first skaters of the season.  This picture was taken about an hour before it opened for the season, which was long before snow fell on Chicago.  On the left is a young priest discussing skating techniques with a city...

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