Commuter Rail Expansion Will Make it Easer to Keep Just One Foot in Chicago
Nov09

Commuter Rail Expansion Will Make it Easer to Keep Just One Foot in Chicago

The recent offers from various towns in the region to pay you cash to leave Chicago and work from a new home may have you thinking about snuggling up to a new ZIP Code.  As luck would have it, the South Shore Line is adding eight miles of track to its system, which will eventually allow you to sit back and relax while you very rarely commute between downtown Chicago’s Millennium Station and ZIP Codes such as the legendary 46324,...

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From the Air, the Jane Byrne Reconstruction Looks Fascinating, Not Frustrating
Nov09

From the Air, the Jane Byrne Reconstruction Looks Fascinating, Not Frustrating

Not everyone who lives in or visits Chicago enjoys a car-free existence.  And for them, there is the Jane Byrne Interchange. November 2020 construction at the Jane Byrne Interchange (Courtesy of YoChicago!) We haven’t talked about it much since reconstruction commenced on the intersection of the Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Ryan Expressways.  Partly because it’s been going on for eight years, and mostly because you can get the...

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Shocking Developments at Navy Pier. If You’re a CTA Bus.
Oct12

Shocking Developments at Navy Pier. If You’re a CTA Bus.

Some people are content to ride out the COVID-19 pandemic working from home in their sweatpants.  Others crave returning to the office.  Sometimes because this much family time is too much family time, or as a co-worker recently confided in a Teams meeting — paying for his own coffee is getting really expensive. If you’re among those who plan to resume shaving and bathing soon, you may return to work on a Chicago Transit Authority...

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CTA to Wicker Park Building: No Fat Bricks
Jul20

CTA to Wicker Park Building: No Fat Bricks

Losing weight is hard.  If it was easy, there wouldn’t be an entire industry built around it.  But you can’t just call up Weight Watchers and ask Marie Osmond to help you knock a few pounds off an overweight building. Rendering of Alcove Wicker Park That was the dilemma faced by Vermillion Wicker Park LLC recently when it got a letter in the mail from the Chicago Transit Authority.  Some smart people did the math...

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A Look at the Chicago Union Station Renovation
Jun28

A Look at the Chicago Union Station Renovation

If you’ve spent any time in the West Loop, you may have had a chance to completely ignore the western side of Union Station. Whether you were rushing to get the 125 bus, headed to Beggar’s for a slice of pepperoni and a nice side salad, or hoofing it across the Kennedy for a little after-work nightlife, there are plenty of reasons to never look at the western facade of this building. Chicago Union Station (File) Since a...

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Paperwork Filed to Turn the Old Michael Reese Site Into Something Better
Jun18

Paperwork Filed to Turn the Old Michael Reese Site Into Something Better

One-point-six million square feet of fallow ground along the lakefront just south of McCormick Place are inching toward rejuvenation, thanks to new paperwork filed at Chicago City Hall. The land between 26th and 31st Streets has been empty since the old Michael Reese Hospital complex was torn down a decade ago.   There have been a number of ideas promulgated for it over the years, but none have stuck so far.  In fact, it’s still...

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Navy Pier Plan Has CTA Buses Feeling All Tingly
May26

Navy Pier Plan Has CTA Buses Feeling All Tingly

If this was a certain recently-defunct real estate blog, we would use the headline “REVEALED: CTA’S SHOCKING PLAN FOR NAVY PIER!”  But we’re not.  We’re a certain been-reporting-on-Chicago-for-17-years-and-don’t-engage-in-clickbait publication.  So that’s why we’ll just tell you that the Chicago Transit Authority has a cool idea for an electric bus charging station at Navy...

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$6 Billion Plan Pitched For Former Reese Hospital Site
May11

$6 Billion Plan Pitched For Former Reese Hospital Site

A decade after the City of Chicago bought the Bronzeville space that  used to be Michael Reese Hospital, a plan has been put together to turn it into something useful. May 2020 rendering of the former Michael Reese Hospital site redevelopment. The last time someone took a serious whack at repopulating this fallow field was when Mayor Richard M. Daley thought it would make a swell location for the athlete’s village of the 2016...

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Gage Park Neighborhood Has a Blue Light Special on Freight Trains
Mar03

Gage Park Neighborhood Has a Blue Light Special on Freight Trains

With Kmart stores disappearing faster than hand sanitizer at Target, it’s not surprising that Stephanie Coleman is tired of Planned Development 614 camping out at 59th and Western, blue light extinguished, and not very special at all. 59th and Wstern in Gage Park, with the intermodal yard in the foreground (via Apple Maps) The 16th Ward Alderman is trying to get PD 614 deleted from the city’s zoning regulations, and...

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City Slaps Downtown Surface Parking Lot
Feb25

City Slaps Downtown Surface Parking Lot

If you’ve been picking up what we’ve been putting down over the last 17 years, you probably grok that we like surface parking lots the same way we like a Chicago cabbie hoking at us at 2am trying to solicit a fare: Not at all. That’s why we were happy to read a letter the city sent to the lawyer for a particular patch of downtown last month, letting him know that an existing surface parking lot in that particular...

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