Things Look Serious for New Gold Coast Apartment Building
Aug19

Things Look Serious for New Gold Coast Apartment Building

It was just a few months ago that Newcastle Limited bought all of the properties it needs to put up a new apartment building at 1200 North State Parkway on the northwest corner of State and Division.  And photos from Gold Coast Spy Brian show what can only be described as progress. Heavy machinery at 1200 North State (August 2019, courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Brian) In the photo above, you can see a soil sampling machine parked on the...

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New Pictures of New Metra Station Coming to Suburbs
Aug19

New Pictures of New Metra Station Coming to Suburbs

As Clarendon Hills joins the list of Metra-connected Chicago suburbs trying to lure price-weary city dwellers to better lives, it’s sprucing up its downtown.  And at the center of that is a new train station. Clarendon Hills Metra Station (August 2019, Courtesy of Legat Architects) Legat Architects recently came up with new renderings of the station it’s designing for the DuPage County village of 8,000 souls....

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Historic UC Building Gets Expanded Mission
Aug13

Historic UC Building Gets Expanded Mission

One of the great things about a city as young as Chicago, is how old its institutions are.  The more I explore the antiquarian musea of Europe, the more I run across references to Chicago’s Field Museum.  The more I tour the art collections of Asia, the more Chicago’s Art Institute pops up.  And the museum at the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute is straight out of an Agatha Christie Poirot...

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From House of God to House of Bob in Ukrainian Village
Aug12

From House of God to House of Bob in Ukrainian Village

As Chicago evolves, we’ve seen a number of its holy places left behind.  While some are unlucky and are abandoned, others find a new purpose as places to live in a town with a housing needle inching toward the “crisis” end of the gauge. The Revival, August 2019 (Courtesy of @properties) The latest building to be born again is the former Saint John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, at 921 North Hoyne in...

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A tree grows in Streeterville. And a bush. And a slide. And a sandbox.
Aug12

A tree grows in Streeterville. And a bush. And a slide. And a sandbox.

The greening of Chicago’s core continues, but not at the hands of the city’s Park District.  Instead many of Chicago’s newest parks come through the work of private firms building skyscrapers, and the parks are tacked on as revenue drivers, or out of political necessity. Bennett Park (August 2019. Photo by Cory Dewald, Courtesy of Related Midwest) The latest park to land in downtown is Bennett Park, in the core of...

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Persistent Perimeter Pounding Perturbs Petite Pizza Parlor
Aug01

Persistent Perimeter Pounding Perturbs Petite Pizza Parlor

Let’s hope the machines building One Chicago don’t have bad breath, because they’re all up in Bella Luna’s grill. Foundation work at One Chicago, with Bella Luna in the foreground. (August 2019, courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Mike.) The photograph above was sent in by Gold Coast Spy Mike.  It shows the towering machines construction crews are using to sink caissons into the earth immediately behind the...

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Fed’s Report on Jackson Park Obama Center a Little Rough; Here Are the Highlights
Jul30

Fed’s Report on Jackson Park Obama Center a Little Rough; Here Are the Highlights

A draft of the federal government’s report on the proposed construction of the Barack Obama Presidential Center is out. It was prepared for the National Park Service, the Federal Highway Administration, and IDOT by the City of Chicago. The report spells out what happens if the Obama Center is built in Jackson Park, and what it really means. Obama Presidential Center model (Courtesy of the Obama Foundation) It’s a lot of...

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Navy Pier Flyover Almost Reaches Lake Shore Drive Bridge
Jul23

Navy Pier Flyover Almost Reaches Lake Shore Drive Bridge

It’s been a lot of years that cyclists, rollerbladers, walkers, people pushing prams, and just anyone who enjoys walking along Chicago’s lakefront have been waiting for the Navy Pier Flyover to be completed.   While northern sections have been done and open to the public for some time, the key bottleneck in the whole lakefront parade — the Lake Shore Drive Bridge — is still a work in progress. Loop Spy Joel sent in these...

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What Goes Up Must Come Down at Old Town Park
Jul22

What Goes Up Must Come Down at Old Town Park

Every crane that rises to bring another skyscraper to the city of Chicago must eventually return to earth.  Even at Old Town Park. Old Town Park under construction (July 2019. Courtesy of Brianbobcat.) Brianbobcat sent in the photograph above that he snapped from a passing CTA Brown Line train.  It shows a tower crane coming down at the multi-tower development that is replacing Atrium Village in five phases. The new Old Town-adjacent...

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Linear Park Construction Continues Near Addison Where A RiverRuns Through It
Jul22

Linear Park Construction Continues Near Addison Where A RiverRuns Through It

The construction of Chicago’s latest linear park is chugging right along, with bridgework happening near Addison and Rockwell.  Think of 312 RiverRun as a moist version of The 606, except instead of being built on an old industrial rail bed, it’s being built over the old industrial North Branch of the Chicago River. Construction of the 312 RiverRun at Addison (July 2019, courtesy of Avondale Spy Joel) Avondale Spy Joel...

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