A New Red Monster To Rule Over Clybourn 1200
Apr19

A New Red Monster To Rule Over Clybourn 1200

When we last visited the Clybourn 1200 (1200 North Clybourn Avenue) site back in early March, we had to get up close and peek over the fences to get a good look at construction progress. Crews got started on caisson work at the former City Farm site back in January, and had been doing some digging on the foundations as spring approached. But there wasn’t much to see if you were just passing through on Division Street. But...

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Clybourn 1200 Readies the Soil At Old City Farm
Mar01

Clybourn 1200 Readies the Soil At Old City Farm

The plowing, hoeing, sowing, and reaping at City Farm have given way to just the plowing and hoeing parts, as ground preparation continues for Clybourn 1200, the latest project from Northbrook-based developer Brinshore. They’re building a v-shaped seven-story structure on the triangular lot formed by the intersection of Clybourn Avenue and Division Street in the Chicago’s Cabrini-Green neighborhood. The Pappageorge Haymes...

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Slice of Life: Come For the Shopping, Stay For the views, at NewCity
Nov24

Slice of Life: Come For the Shopping, Stay For the views, at NewCity

We’re oversimplifying things. There’s much more to do at the NewCity development along Lincoln Park’s Clybourn corridor besides shop. Especially considering the 199 luxury rental units available in the 19-story residential tower means you can live there, too. In fact, you may never have to leave, what with having your own grocery store and a half dozen restaurants to choose from. Heck, you can even go bowling without...

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Coming Soon to Cabrini Green: Bees on the Roof!  Bees on the Roof!
Apr22

Coming Soon to Cabrini Green: Bees on the Roof! Bees on the Roof!

  The whole “green building” movement has become something of an ecological arms race over the last decade.  Your building has a green roof?  Well, my building harvests rainwater for the toilets.  Your building channels natural light to cut down on electricity use?  Well, my building cries unicorn tears to wash the windows!  It’s all become farcical, especially since architects and engineers are usually the...

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Cabrini Getting Less Green: Urban Farm Chopped for Residential Building
Jul07

Cabrini Getting Less Green: Urban Farm Chopped for Residential Building

One of Chicago’s summer blessings are the tiny little urban farms that spring up year after year on disused plots of land across the city. I’m a big fan of urban gardening. When I lived in Cincinnati, I grew corn in long plastic troughs on my balcony, and pumpkins that I was never able to harvest because the vines carried the fruit far into a neighboring tree. When I lived in Houston, my apartment balcony was filled with fruiting lime...

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