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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The 1200 West Fulton Train Pulls Out, Leaves Station Behind
Dec31

The 1200 West Fulton Train Pulls Out, Leaves Station Behind

Plans for a rather visually complicated office building are advancing in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood.  Paperwork has been filed with the city for approval of a two-building complex at 1200 West Fulton Market. It’s actually just one building, with the eastern portion rising 14 stories, and the western portion reaching 18. December 2019 diagram of 1200 West Fulton Market A similar project was proposed for this location...

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North Side CTA Riders To Get Less Time Staring at Their Phones
Oct07

North Side CTA Riders To Get Less Time Staring at Their Phones

A North Side bottleneck that has stalled commuters since your grandpa paid a nickel to ride to Wrigley Field is finally being dealt with. Ground has been broken on the Red-Purple Bypass Project, which will allow the CTA’s Brown Line trains to bypass the Belmont junction, even though its color does not appear in the project’s name. At some point, someone, somewhere thought this was a good idea. (via Apple Maps) When...

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New Pictures of New Metra Station Coming to Suburbs
Aug19

New Pictures of New Metra Station Coming to Suburbs

As Clarendon Hills joins the list of Metra-connected Chicago suburbs trying to lure price-weary city dwellers to better lives, it’s sprucing up its downtown.  And at the center of that is a new train station. Clarendon Hills Metra Station (August 2019, Courtesy of Legat Architects) Legat Architects recently came up with new renderings of the station it’s designing for the DuPage County village of 8,000 souls....

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Navy Pier Flyover Now Flying Over DuSable Park
Mar21

Navy Pier Flyover Now Flying Over DuSable Park

If you went downtown for the greening of the river last weekend, you may have wondered what’s the skinny on the Navy Pier Flyover. Well, dear shamrock shaker, things are moving along. Navy Pier Flyover under construction (Courtesy of Streeterville Spy Joel) Streeterville Spy Joel sent in the photograph above showing construction of the multi-purpose path’s spine going over DuSable Park. This is work on phase two of three...

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Ten New Skyscrapers Proposed For Chicago’s South Loop
Mar13

Ten New Skyscrapers Proposed For Chicago’s South Loop

Two weeks ago we told you that there were once again plans to deck over the Metra railroad tracks that carve through the east side of the South Loop and put up a new neighborhood. Now we know it will be called One Central, and we know it will be huge. March 2019 rendering of One Central (via Landmark Development) Landmark Development unveiled its proposal at a public meeting tonight. It will rival The 78, Lincoln Yards, 700 At The...

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Groundbreaking For New South Loop Residential Tower
Feb27

Groundbreaking For New South Loop Residential Tower

In cities these days, trains are one of those “If you build it, they will come” amenities.  Case in point: The new residential tower that just broke ground a block from the CTA’s Green Line Cermak/McCormick Place station. Rendering of 2111 South Wabash (Courtesy of Draper and Kramer) The 24-story building is an SCB design for Draper and Kramer located at 2111 South Wabash Avenue.  When complete, the tower will bring 275 new homes to...

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Goettsch Partners’ Renovation Sets the Stage for Union Station’s Next Act
Feb08

Goettsch Partners’ Renovation Sets the Stage for Union Station’s Next Act

If you haven’t been by Chicago Union Station in a while, here’s your excuse to make the trip: The renovations are done. This is what the kids call “awesome sauce.” (© Amtrak. Courtesy of Goettsch Partners) Just in time for the landmark transportation hub to be reimagined with a new hotel, restaurants, and a sister skyscraper, Goettsch Partners has announced that work is complete on its renovation of the...

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New South Loop CTA Station Chugging Along
Jan28

New South Loop CTA Station Chugging Along

When plans for The 78 were unveiled, one of the line items that gave us the warm and fuzzies was the notion that the South Loop might be in line for another new L station.  That idea is taking another step from being a mystery dot on a stylized map to becoming something concrete. A public meeting has been called to discuss revised plans for the new CTA Red Line station at The 78.  You’ll remember that The 78 is the seven billion...

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