Throwback Thursday, Revisited: North Morgan Mystery Lot Loses Acreage
Apr21

Throwback Thursday, Revisited: North Morgan Mystery Lot Loses Acreage

Last month, we shared a story about a plot of land in Chicago’s Meat Packing District with a bizarre and sordid history. Summed up, the gist is that there’s a 15-year-old permit still posted at 373 North Morgan Street, for a project that almost started, then sorta did, then was torn down, and then sat idle. At the time, we had noticed some work being done on the site, but couldn’t figure out what it might have been,...

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Living History In Carved Wood and Plaster Still Humming Away In Bridgeport
Oct30

Living History In Carved Wood and Plaster Still Humming Away In Bridgeport

Deep in the bowels of a nondescript building at 3610 South Morgan Street in Bridgeport, there’s a room off-limits to visitors. It’s where Decorators Supply Corporation keeps every hand-sculpted oak and walnut carving its ever created. There are 13,000 different designs, dating back to the early 1900’s. They’re used to create new production moulds and from those, composition ornaments. The carving room is a living history of design....

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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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Week Links: June 1, 2012
Jun01

Week Links: June 1, 2012

Lucien Lagrange calls himself a “basket case.” While mass transit companies elsewhere build 100-story buildings and huge shopping malls around its stations, the Tribune wrings its hands over whether the CTA’s new Green/Pink line Morgan Station is too fancy. Another Chicago residential building wants to become a hotel.  900 DeWitt Place, which is tucked behind the John Hancock Center, has filed paperwork with the city...

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A Lithuanian Nickelodeon’s Second Act
Dec20

A Lithuanian Nickelodeon’s Second Act

98 years ago the doors opened at The Eagle Theater.  In 1914 it was a nickelodeon in the heart of Bridgeport’s Lithuanian community.  Today, dozens of theaters in the area have been abandoned or bulldozed, but the Eagle continues as a banquet hall for the Polo Cafe (3322 South Morgan Street).  Though it’s not much to look at from the outside, inside the mezzanine still exists, along with the theater organ. This was also a...

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