Lubing Up the Paddles to Give Old Cook County Hospital One Last Jolt
Sep29

Lubing Up the Paddles to Give Old Cook County Hospital One Last Jolt

With October upon us, around the country countless carneys are busy setting up seasonal haunted houses.  And one of the most popular themes is the abandoned hospital.  But Chicago doesn’t need an army of carneys to erect a house of horrors, because the city has its own massive, scary-looking abandoned hospital just a stone’s throw from downtown. But after years of absorbing rain and pigeon droppings, the first baby steps...

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[Interactive] Old Post Office Plan Approved with 100-Story Tower, But 170-Story Skyscraper Will Wait
Jul21

[Interactive] Old Post Office Plan Approved with 100-Story Tower, But 170-Story Skyscraper Will Wait

Fantastic news for people tired of seeing that massive dead post office sulking over the Eisenhower Expressway in the West Loop: The plan to turn it into an enormous residential, retail, and office complex has cleared its final major hurdle. The building was abandoned in 1996, and every few years someone seems to come along with a plan for turning it into something or other, but to date none have worked out.  This latest one is the...

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Old Post Office Development Back On Track With Hotel, Residential, Retail, Office Space and a 100-Story Skyscraper
Apr09

Old Post Office Development Back On Track With Hotel, Residential, Retail, Office Space and a 100-Story Skyscraper

Plans for a massive 5.2 million-square-foot renovation and restoration of the empty Post Office at Canal and Van Buren, and accompanying new West Loop development are once again moving forward. If approved by the City of Chicago, the project would turn the 2.7-million-square-foot hulk of a building into a bustling hub of activity. The latest version of the plan was made public tonight (April 9, 2013) by Architect Joe Antunovich of...

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Inside (and Outside) the New Rush Hospital

Rush University has spent the last few days showing off its new hospital at 1650 West Harrison Street, perched on the edge of the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) just outside of The Loop.  There was a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony on December 8th, and a smattering of television coverage following.  Unfortunately, with yet another Illinois politician being sentenced to prison time, Rush’s building didn’t get all of the...

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Will Chicago Finally Get a New Supertall Skyscraper?
Jul22

Will Chicago Finally Get a New Supertall Skyscraper?

Yesterday, grand plans were unveiled for redeveloping Chicago’s old Main Post Office (433 West Van Buren Street), and the surrounding area.  They include the construction of five residential, hotel, and office skyscrapers perched atop a massive parking, retail, and transit podium spanning the Chicago River. The highest profile portion of the project is a 120-story tower to be built just west of the river at 350 West Harrison...

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