Three New Landmarks in Downtown Chicago
May22

Three New Landmarks in Downtown Chicago

Two well-known Chicago buildings, and one not-so-well-known building have been named City of Chicago landmarks. The venerable Wrigley building (400 North Michigan Avenue), a favorite of architects, academics, locals, and tourists gets the nod. The Wacker Tower (68 East Wacker Place), formerly known as the Chicago Motor Club Building. 227 East Walton Place. When it was proposed for landmark status earlier this year, a lot of people...

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Briefly: Another Giant Walgreens, Pier Pressure, Rails+Trails

Following the success of its 40 Wall Street store in New York, Walgreens keeps building giant stores around the country, including a couple in Chicago.  Racked has the goods on the new giant Walgreens going in to the former Borders space at the corner of Broadway and Diversey in Lakeview (2817 North Clark Street). The latest redesign plan for Navy Pier is inching forward.  We’ve lost track of the number of Nacvy Pier redesign...

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To Protect And To Scare

Spotted this police truck on Madison Street in the Loop recently.  It’s intimidation factor is so over the top that I thought it was an improperly parked movie prop.  It turns out, it’s legit. The “my police department can beat up your police department” vehicle isn’t part of Chicago’s police department.  It comes from the hamlet of Winthrop Harbor — the last town before the Wisconsin border....

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Briefly: Party Hats, Green Party,

The new New Era baseball cap store at 201 South State Street will have its grand opening celebration Saturday, November 12th (see photo below). It is now possible to walk across the Madison Street Bridge once again.  The north side sidewalk is open as Revive Wacker Drive construction moves further south. If you’re green-minded and getting married or planning another big event, Chicagoist points out that Greenhouse Loft (2545...

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Inside Perkins + Will

The Chicago Tribune had an article yesterday about the imminent demise of the DeStefano + Partners.  The very prominent firm will cease to exist pretty soon for reasons outlined in the Trib article. During this year’s Open House Chicago, I had an opportunity to tour DeStefano + Partners’ offices at 330 North Wabash Street.  I declined, and instead took a tour of Perkins + Will.  Unfortunately, there wasn’t time for...

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Briefly: Purple Power, Traditional Houses

This weekend, buildings around Chicago will be bathed in purple lights.  This is to mark Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.  This is the same disease that killed Steve Jobs.  More information about what’s going on in Chicago here. Thursday, November 3rd there will be a lecture called “The Architecture of Howard Van Doren Shaw: Reinventing the Traditional House” presented by the Glessner House Museum.  Doors open at...

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Slice of Life: Blood on Lake Street

This morning I saw a man beaten bloody during rush hour on the Lake Street bridge.   As I was giving my statement to the police, I noticed a piece of graffiti scrawled on one of the yellow L supports.  It was a rant about, “what a fucked up world we live in.” As I left, I saw another piece of graffiti on the pavement: “Forgive.” Easy for you to say, Mr. Anonymous Graffiti Tagger.  You still have all of your...

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Briefly: A Bronze Treasure, and Lots Going Up

The Sun-Times reports that there may be new life for the historic Rosenwald Apartments (4600 South Michigan Avenue) in Bronzeville. Amli has broken ground on its huge new residential tower in River North. Work has begun on a group of three hotels at Clark Street, Grand Avenue, Dearborn Street, and Illinois Street. Work has begun on The Gateway just off  South Halsted Street in Greektown. Work has begun on K2, the skyscraper formerly...

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Briefly: Private Spaces, Boozing Places, Familiar Faces

Open House Chicago is this weekend.  See places in the Windy City that are normally off limits to the general public: www.openhousechicago.org Argo Tea has opened in the location of the old Tribune Store at Tribune Tower (435 North Michigan Avenue – See pictures below from our Gold Coast spy) There was a public meeting this week about Wal-Mart’s application for a liquor license for its new location in the Presidential...

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Steve Jobs Shrine Growing at Michigan Avenue Apple Store

The photo says it all.

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