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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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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Details of Union Station Renovation Show Potential, Complexity
Dec05

Details of Union Station Renovation Show Potential, Complexity

We’re learning more of the nitty-gritty details involved in the Union Station redevelopment recently approved by the City of Chicago. A lot of it is just numbers and trivia, but a few things stand out. The former Harvey House at Union Station will be renovated into a new entrance to the Great Hall from South Clinton Street.  But it will also have plenty of leasable retail space.  Hopefully this space will end up being another...

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Union Station Redev Dumps Ugly Hat, Gains Pretty Tower
Sep12

Union Station Redev Dumps Ugly Hat, Gains Pretty Tower

The latest plan to turn Chicago Union Station into more than what it currently is has a lot of people breathing a sigh of relief. Riverside Investment and Development, and Convexity Properties dished their new plan for the historic property last night, and it’s a significant improvement over what was previously on offer. The June version of this project featured an ugly, square hat sitting on top of the the city’s best...

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Everything There is To Know So Far About The 78 in Chicago’s South Loop
May29

Everything There is To Know So Far About The 78 in Chicago’s South Loop

It’s not every day that a building document gets filed with the Chicago City Clerk that reads, “Maximum Number of Dwelling Units: 10,000.”  But then, The 78 by Related Midwest isn’t an everyday development. The city filing is standard procedure for many building projects in Chicago.  Everything from a basement renovation to the massive 400 Lake Shore Drive proposal have to go through this sort of thing....

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Union Station Transit Center Coming Together
Jan25

Union Station Transit Center Coming Together

Work continues in the West Loop on the Union Station Transit Center that will connect Amtrak and Metra passengers to CTA buses, while alleviating the traffic tie-ups long a part of everyday life on South Canal Street and West Jack Boulevard. It took awhile for progress to be visible here, beyond the digging up of the former surface parking lot, and foundation work. But now, the future bus shelters look a lot like, well, future bus...

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How Bad Is Chicagoland’s Transportation System?
Jun09

How Bad Is Chicagoland’s Transportation System?

Chicago is an old city, and when you look at the region’s transportation infrastructure, it looks the part.  Decades of neglect and underfunding have left the region’s and the city’s rails, roads, bridges, and transit in deplorable condition. Tell someone in Finland that the commuter trains sometimes don’t run when it gets to 20 degrees because the switches are heated with open flames, and they’ll think...

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Suburban Train Station Restored and Ready to Begin Another 100 Years’ Service
Apr09

Suburban Train Station Restored and Ready to Begin Another 100 Years’ Service

Editor’s Note: Some of the best architecture in Chicagoland isn’t in the gritty canyons of downtown, it’s out in the prairie towns and villages that ring our fair city. One of those architectural gems is the Metra Stone Avenue station in La Grange. Douglas Ogurek of Legat Architects tells us his firm has completely renovated the 100-year-old station, restoring it to a condition it’s not seen in years. His...

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Great Chicago Walks: Revisiting Classic Rail Stations Past And Present
Aug03

Great Chicago Walks: Revisiting Classic Rail Stations Past And Present

About 50 years ago, I rode on a train for the first time. It was a St. Louis-to-New York City trip. I was a 12-year-old kid. I don’t remember what I had for lunch yesterday and I can’t seem to recall where I left my sunglasses but I do remember small details about that trip. The clackety-clack of the wheels, the whoo-whoo of the whistle. Seeing a man in a suit eating a hot dog with sauerkraut—for breakfast. I still enjoy traveling on...

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Slice of Life: Chicago on a Black-and-White Rail
Jul28

Slice of Life: Chicago on a Black-and-White Rail

They’ve been pared back, decked over, repurposed, and there was even once a proposal to turn the whole shebang into a field of wildflowers; but Chicago’s lakefront railroad tracks continue to carry thousands of people into and out of the city each day. Chris Benning sent in this photograph of the tracks as they glide through Grant Park before slipping under the Art Institute of Chicago and disappearing into the...

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