Whole Foods Building Whole Other Store
Mar10

Whole Foods Building Whole Other Store

Construction is well underway on the new Whole Foods Market at 3201 North Ashland Avenue in the Lakeview neighborhood. Novak Construction, your developer and general contractor, broke ground on the former LaSalle Bank site back in November. The Gensler-designed project will include the 70,000-square-foot store, and parking on the lower level and first floor. No word yet as to whether or not the new store will incorporate the vaults...

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Status Update: Polonia Triangle’s Tower of Pizza Hut
Jun17

Status Update: Polonia Triangle’s Tower of Pizza Hut

The 12-story residential building rising at 1611 West Division is starting to look something like it will in its final form. Most of the panels making up the building’s facade are now in place, and it’s risen to its final height of 95 feet, 11 inches.  The seemingly random pattern of its skin would be problematic in many places, but seems to reflect well the cacophonous nature of this busy intersection. Known colloquially...

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Two Neighboring L Stations, Separated by 120 Years
Jan28

Two Neighboring L Stations, Separated by 120 Years

The West Loop is home to a wide array of architectural styles, and they aren’t only evident in buildings. The two CTA elevated stations separated by one mile on West Lake Street also span 120 years of design and history. Most commuters I passed walking up the stairs to the Ashland Green Line Station probably gave little thought to what was going on in the world in 1883 when the structure was built. For the record, Grover...

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How Chicago Gained a Park and a Strip Mall, but Lost a College

A recent series of articles in the Chicago Tribune highlighted the fact that much of Chicago lacks adequate parks and greenspace.  One way to deal with that problem is through the creation of pocket parks.  One such park exists along Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. Mautene Court (1260 North Milwaukee Avenue) is unfortunately mostly paved, but it’s at least a small chunk of public space slightly away from the noise and commotion...

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Slice of Life: The Church of Better Days

We’ve all seen buildings that have seen better days.  Because I have a soft spot for churches, this one seems extra sad. This is Saint Stephenson Missionary Baptist Church on South Ashland.  It looks like it used to be another church entirely.  Looking at historic photos of the area, it appears that the church was closed and abandoned for years before becoming what it is now. Unfortunately, it looks like the...

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