New Malcolm X College Campus Making the Grade
Aug06

New Malcolm X College Campus Making the Grade

On the city’s west side, Malcolm X College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, is getting a whole new syllabus. Not just new classes, but new classrooms. And then some. Directly across Jackson Street from its current location at 226 West Jackson, a new facility is being erected. Construction began in 2014, and is expected to be completed for student use in January 2016, just in time for the spring semester. The $251 million...

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Status Update: JeffJack Building in the West Loop
May19

Status Update: JeffJack Building in the West Loop

A long time reader, and new tipster, sent in these great pictures of 601 West Jackson under construction in the West Loop. When we drove by a few weeks ago, nothing could be seen from the street because of the construction barriers. But since then the building has grown, and our tipster was able to provide an elevated view for us just before the concrete for the fourth floor. When complete, 601 West Jackson will offer 198 apartments...

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More West Loop Infill: Another Residential Block to Replace a Surface Parking Lot
Jun15

More West Loop Infill: Another Residential Block to Replace a Surface Parking Lot

Another surface parking lot in the West Loop is going to become history. JeffJack Investments wants to build an 15-story building on the southwest corner of West Jackson Boulevard and South Jefferson Street. For now, the building is just using its street address as a name: 601 West Jackson. Designed by Chicago’s Thomas Roszak Architecture, the L-shaped building will have 198 apartments over 6,500 square feet of retail space and...

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Chicago’s Loop Gets Its First Scramble Crossing [Video]
May31

Chicago’s Loop Gets Its First Scramble Crossing [Video]

As the Chicago Department of Transportation continues to prioritize pedestrian safety and mobility, it’s opened Chicago’s first scramble crossing. The intersection of South State Street and Jackson Boulevard was re-striped early this morning not only with zebra stripes in the city’s usual four-square configuration, but also with diagonal crossings cutting across the intersection. Once per cycle the traffic lights...

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Loop Building That Survived The Great Fire Will Become a Roasting House
Mar07

Loop Building That Survived The Great Fire Will Become a Roasting House

One of Chicago oldest, but least seen, buildings is going to suddenly become very popular. The Pickwick Stable was built as a horse barn back when The Loop was mostly farmland. Since then, the city grew up around it and it has almost completely vanished from the eye. In fact, the only way to see it is to look through an iron fence down a dark alley at 22 East Jackson Street. Now as part of a larger student housing project, the old...

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The Loop’s Most Peculiar Building

To the untrained eye, this is just another random alley in the Loop.  But if you know what you’re looking for, this is a rare sight, indeed. This is the Pickwick Stable — an actual farm stable in the heart of the Loop. Official records have the date this stable was built at 1892, but those records are notoriously sketchy.  The Chicago Tribune says it’s actually 1857, which would make this one of the oldest...

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