Union Station Redevelopment Making Tracks Tonight
Jun25

Union Station Redevelopment Making Tracks Tonight

The redevelopment of Chicago Union Station (210 South Canal Street) continues to chug along (see what we did there?) and the next step in the process is a public meeting to go over the most recent plans for the 93-year-old transportation hub. It was just about a year ago that Amtrak tapped neighbor Riverside Development to turn the aging, but vital, piece of the city’s infrastructure into something more than it is, and something...

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Chicago Union Station Finally Gets Its Towers, Plus a Hotel and More
May25

Chicago Union Station Finally Gets Its Towers, Plus a Hotel and More

Riverside Investment and Development has been selected by Amtrak to redevelop its property in Chicago’s West Loop, including the historic Chicago Union Station. In the decade-and-a-half that this blog has been chronicling Chicago’s built environment, Amtrak has put forward a series of increasingly ambitious plans for maximizing its real estate assets in downtown Chicago, which include the station’s...

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Yet Another Huge West Loop Tower Proposed – Will This One Actually Be Built?
Sep09

Yet Another Huge West Loop Tower Proposed – Will This One Actually Be Built?

Real estate developers in Chicago are an unusually tight-lipped bunch.  So it was refreshing to read that Sterling Bay Managing Director Andy Gloor was overcome by the gift of gab during an event at the Standard Club sponsored by Crain’s Chicago Business. Mr. Gloor told the audience about his company’s plan for a 958-foot-tall office tower for the Union Station area.  If completed, it would become...

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Midwest High Speed Rail: Part 4: What it Means to Chicago

This is the final part of a four-part series of articles about the plans for high speed rail in the Midwest. Chicago is at the epicenter of this rail revolution. It is the body of the spider whose legs stretch across the corn, hay, and soybean fields of the region. But it is not the only hub in the network. Milwaukee, Cleveland, and Cincinnati are also seen as minor hubs in this project. Each is expected to handle thousands of...

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Midwest High Speed Rail: Part 2: Who Gets It First?

This is part two of a four-part series of articles about the plans for high speed rail in the Midwest. One of the miracles that came out of recent meetings between midwestern governors was an agreement about who gets rail first. Not surprisingly, Chicago is one of the places that will see fast trains first.  But interestingly, Chicago is actually the hub of what is essentially a massive hub-and-spoke rail system, supplemented by a few...

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