Amtrak’s Plans for Chicago Good for Football, Architecture Fans
Jun14

Amtrak’s Plans for Chicago Good for Football, Architecture Fans

If you’ve watched the news lately (and if you haven’t, it’s OK — sometimes we need a break, too), you know that President Biden wants to spend a metric assload of money to fix America’s infrastructure.  Things like train tracks, roads, bridges, and formerly strong things seem to be falling down more and more often these days. Naturally, there are people who are opposed to this.  The reasons are many, and...

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Video: High-Viz CTA Station Getting Bulbous Rebuild
Jun14

Video: High-Viz CTA Station Getting Bulbous Rebuild

One of the most public L stations in Chicago is next in line for Extreme Makeover: Transit Edition. June, 2021 rendering of the CTA State/Lake Station. (Via the Chicago Transit Authority.) The CTA’s State/Lake station hangs over its eponymous street intersection, and is frequently seen in television shows, movies, and discount wedding photographs.  If you’ve ever alighted here, you know the platform is way too narrow, even...

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You Are Now Free to Fly Over Navy Pier
May19

You Are Now Free to Fly Over Navy Pier

The days of old people being bodychecked into traffic by yoga moms with double-wide strollers are in the past. At least on North Lake Shore Drive. The Navy Pier Flyover is officially open for all of your walking, jogging, running, biking, and general sweating needs. The Navy Pier Flyover in May, 2020. (Via the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly.) Until now, getting from Ohio Street Beach to DuSable Harbor involved navigating a dark,...

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New Designs for Four North Side Red Line CTA Stations
Feb06

New Designs for Four North Side Red Line CTA Stations

The Chicago Transit Authority’s renovation of the north side Red and Purple L continues with the release of design drawings for four stations. February, 2021 rendering of the CTA Argyle station. (Courtesy of the City of Chicago) The reconstruction of the Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn, and Bryn Mawr stations is part of the larger “RPM” project, which involves replacing six miles of century-old track and the stations along...

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Union Station Food Hall Photo Update
Dec10

Union Station Food Hall Photo Update

If you’ve looked at Goettsch Partners‘ portfolio lately, you might have noticed that the Loop architecture firm has a crush on glass.  But that doesn’t mean it’s a one-trick pony. Union Station renovation in December 2020 (Courtesy of West Loop Spy Sam) To wit: The Union Station redevelopment plan, which is revitalizing the biggest passenger rail hub in the Midwest.  Goettsch has already gotten more high-fives...

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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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