A Historic Look at the Changing Leaves on the Wells Street Bridge
Apr26

A Historic Look at the Changing Leaves on the Wells Street Bridge

The year-long project of replacing the Wells Street Bridge over the main branch of the Chicago River reaches another critical phase this weekend. The north leaf of the the double-decker bascule bridge will be replaced with a brand new 2,100-ton leaf, constructed off-site and floated into place a couple of weeks ago. The removal of the northern half of the span means that CTA trains won’t be able to cross it from 10pm tonight...

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Will a Scrawnier Wolf Get Everyone on Point?
Nov05

Will a Scrawnier Wolf Get Everyone on Point?

The current champion for largest and most controversial development in downtown Chicago (that actually has a chance of happening) is making its way through the approval process largely unscathed. Wolf Point (350 North Orleans Street) is the lupine child of Houston-based global mega-developer Hines, and Chicago-based local really-wanna-be-huge-someday developer Magellan.  Their architect, Pelli Clarke Pelli has made some changes to the...

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Stalled River North Skyscraper Starts Again, Saves Historic Firehouse
Oct22

Stalled River North Skyscraper Starts Again, Saves Historic Firehouse

A stalled residential tower proposed for Chicago’s River North neighborhood is back on the drawing boards. The skyscraper at 212 West Illinois Street was approved by  Chicago’s city council in 2007, but was never built. According to an e-mail from 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly, the project is out of mothballs and its developers are asking for some modifications so it can be built. The updated development proposal...

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Slice of Life: The Shimmering Transit Authority

A CTA Brown Line train glimmers in the fading sunlight as it crosses the Chicago...

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Transit Pawn

If you ride CTA trains for any length of time, chances are you have a favorite stop. The Addison Red LIne station (940 West Addison Street) is always a big winner in any El popularity contest, as is Sox/35th (142 West 35th Street).  History buffs tend to gravitate toward the Quincy stop on the Loop. The station had its most recent renovation in 1988, but when that was done, care was taken to preserve the historic character of the A.M....

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Progress Report: Chicago Avenue Brown Line station

A few years back we at the Chicago Architecture Blog went a little nuts when the Brown Line rehab project got underway.  Now that we’re starting to reap the benefits, it might be time to calm down a little bit.Anyway, this piece of good news just came in from Alderman Riley’s office: Chicago Brown Line CTA Station Update Beginning Friday, July 19th, the Chicago Brown Line station will see the re-opening of...

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