Slice of Life: Ravinia’s Historic Railroad Station
Sep21

Slice of Life: Ravinia’s Historic Railroad Station

The Ravinia station on Metra’s Union Pacific-North line from Chicago to Kenosha, Wisconsin stands as a stately steward of the rails and trains that pass before it. While there are plenty of recently built and rebuilt Metra stations that look similar, this one is the real deal.  Built in 1889 and designed by Frost and Granger, it is the oldest surviving station on Metra’s northern and northwestern corridors. Today Ravinia...

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Briefly: New Towers, Restaurants For Chicago and Burbs
Jan11

Briefly: New Towers, Restaurants For Chicago and Burbs

The on-again off-again plans for 400 West Randolph are on once again.  The Chicago Sun-Times reports that John O’Donnell has bought the patch of land between the Randolph Place Lofts (165 North Canal Street) and the Chicago River.  He wants to put up a 40-50 story office tower, which will have to partially hang over the Amtrak tracks that connect Union Station with Milwaukee, Saint Paul, and the West Coast. The architect for the...

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Slice of Life: Suburban Marker

I ran across this marker on Green Bay Road at its intersection with Lake Cook Road and Indian Tree Drive in Highland Park.  It looks like the old stone mile markers from the 1920’s I used to see as a child in New Jersey, and more recently from Houston, Texas as posted on that city’s biggest internet form, HAIF.   It seems to be in remarkably good condition, if it was actually erected in 1927 as I suspect. Carved...

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