Union Station Master Plan Finished
Jun01

Union Station Master Plan Finished

The Union Station Master Plan has been completed, and it doesn’t look all that much different from the proposals put forth by Amtrak, Metra, and the Chicago Department of Transportation at the beginning of the process last year. First, a little background — Union Station is a mess.  Short-sightedness on the part of people in the 1960’s who thought that passenger rail service in America was dying led to infrastructure...

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More on River Point [Update 2]
May17

More on River Point [Update 2]

Just a few hours after we published our article about River Point (444 West Lake Street), the new office tower expected to break ground soon at the confluence of the Chicago River and its north branch, Hines sent along a press release about the project. Here are the juicy bits: Construction start: Before the end of the year. Construction finish: 2016 Architect: Pickard Chilton Size: 850,000 square feet Environmental: It was...

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Week Links: May 11, 2012
May11

Week Links: May 11, 2012

If you’ve spent any time on the south end of Chicago’s financial district, you’ve probably been asked by someone for directions to the Metra LaSalle Street Station.  Grid Chicago has a good write-up about why the LaSalle Street Station is so hard to find. Lanvin is getting ready for its Chicago debut.  Our Gold Coast spy sent along a picture of the artwork now adorning its windows on Oak Street. Spotted: Former Mayor...

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (2011 edition, part 16)
Dec22

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (2011 edition, part 16)

The great hall of Union Station (210 South Canal Street) is all decked out for Christmas.  Whether it’s little ones under a pine tree, or big ones delivering loved ones to a new city, there’s something about trains and Christmas that just go...

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Two New Skyscrapers, Otherwise a Modest Future for Union Station

Last night Amtrak and the Chicago Department of Transportation detailed plans for the future of Chicago’s Union Station. Union Station is the last of the historic train stations still active in Chicago. On an average weekday, it handles almost 120,000 local, regional, and long-distance Metra and Amtrak passengers. The station is at capacity, yet Metra wants to run 40% more trains into Union Station in the next 30 years, so...

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Will Chicago Finally Get a New Supertall Skyscraper?
Jul22

Will Chicago Finally Get a New Supertall Skyscraper?

Yesterday, grand plans were unveiled for redeveloping Chicago’s old Main Post Office (433 West Van Buren Street), and the surrounding area.  They include the construction of five residential, hotel, and office skyscrapers perched atop a massive parking, retail, and transit podium spanning the Chicago River. The highest profile portion of the project is a 120-story tower to be built just west of the river at 350 West Harrison...

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Slice of Life: Wall Hanging

A huge American flag hangs in the great hall of Chicago Union Station (210 South Canal...

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Photos: National Train Day at Union Station

Things were a little more chaotic than usual at Union Station (210 South Canal Street) today.  If you weren’t among the thousands (yes, thousands!) of people who drove into downtown Chicago to behold the wonders of traveling by train during the five hours that are National Train Day, here’s a couple of dozen photos of what you...

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Why Tourists are Commuting Faster Than You

A friend of mine commutes six days a week between her condo just off Michigan Avenue, and her job at one of the grotty startups in the West Loop.  Every day she panics about being late.  Every day she watches the Chicago Water Taxis chug down the river while she’s sitting on an immobile 151 bus stuck in traffic.  Why does she do this? For some reason there is a certain quadrant of people who believe the water taxis that ply the...

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Stepping Back In Time

In Chicagoland’s varied stores, restaurants, and  neighborhoods you can experience life as if you were in another country.  And in some places, you can experience life as if you were in another time. Take, for example, the downtown square in Lake Forest.  It’s bordered on one side by a Metra train station (691 North Western Avenue, Lake Forest), built in 1901 that still features a vintage barber shop, businessmen in...

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