Where the Bikes Are in Chicago
Nov07

Where the Bikes Are in Chicago

When the Chicago Department of Transportation started replacing the standard white stripe bicycle lanes with lanes painted florescent green, with their own medians, elevations, and traffic lights, it was something of a novelty.  Now these pedal priority paths are a part of everyday life guiding and protecting commuters, tourists, and delivery people around the city. If you’ve ever wondered which routes are the most pedaled, and...

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Emanuel To Propose Streamlined Ordinances For Transit Oriented Developments
Jul27

Emanuel To Propose Streamlined Ordinances For Transit Oriented Developments

Chicago is arguably one of the most public transit-friendly cities in the country. Mayor Rahm Emanuel will take action this week to encourage developers to place even more emphasis on transit. Emanuel plans to introduce a transit oriented development (TOD) reform ordinance at the July 29 City Council meeting. The reform would create incentives for more development near CTA and Metra stations. The move could generate significant new...

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River Point Shows Growth Potential in Both Height and Tunnel Capacity
Jul15

River Point Shows Growth Potential in Both Height and Tunnel Capacity

  Work is moving along very quickly to turn a weed-choked embankment, a gravel parking lot, and a bouquet of train tracks into a 1½-acre riverside park and a sexy, 650-foot-tall, curvy office tower named River Point. Houston-based Hines, and Montréal-based Ivanhoé-Cambridge still have a long way to go to meet their goal of opening the tower in the beginning of 2016, so construction crews are very busy. The first big project is...

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Week Links: June 9-15, 2013
Jun15

Week Links: June 9-15, 2013

Here’s what weak this week: Free as in beer: Do you like money? Do you like Union Station? There’s a contest with $5,000 on the line for ideas for “activating” Union Station. (don’t you just love urban planner jargon?)  Check out the Activate Union Station web site. The Marquette Building is getting into the Stanley Cup playoffs in a way that only the Marquette Building can.  Check out the pictures at The...

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Slice of Life: Happy Wheels
May31

Slice of Life: Happy Wheels

  A Loop Spy sent this one in: a group of bicycles parked on Wabash Avenue Wednesday morning. It reminds me of how some people just seem to wake up happy. This article is the result of photos sent in by people just like you.  E-mail your pics to editor@ChicagoArchitecture.info....

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Week Links: January 27-February 2, 2013
Feb02

Week Links: January 27-February 2, 2013

Chicago bike lanes are a disaster in the ice and snow  The Glessner House Museum (1800 South Prairie Avenue) and the Clarke House (1855 South Indiana Avenue) are looking for docents.  Click here and scroll down to “Vounteer” for more information. The renovation of an art deco office building in the West Loop into the new headquarters for Hillshire Brands is finished.  There’s a public open house late this month at...

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Status Update: Dearborn Street Bike Lanes
Dec11

Status Update: Dearborn Street Bike Lanes

Last week, bicycle lanes came to The Loop in the form of a protected path running north and south along Dearborn Street. Officially, it’s called a “barrier-protected bike lane” because a barrier separates the cycling lanes from the lanes of moving traffic.  In many cities, that barrier is a small grassy or tree-lined median. In Chicago, it’s a line of parked cars. In the photo above, you can see the line of...

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