In Spite of Opposition, Lincoln Yards Lands $900M in TIF Money
Feb20

In Spite of Opposition, Lincoln Yards Lands $900M in TIF Money

People trying to stop, slow, or just change the massive Lincoln Yards development on Chicago’s north side lost another battle in City Hall. Rendering of Lincoln Yards (Via Sterling Bay) Chicago’s Community Development Commission voted unanimously to grant developer Sterling Bay $900 million in TIF money to help spur progress on the Goose Island mega project. The $6 billion development includes more than two dozen buildings...

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A Done Deal? Lincoln Yards’ Biggest Hurdle Cleared
Jan22

A Done Deal? Lincoln Yards’ Biggest Hurdle Cleared

The biggest obstacle to Sterling Bay’s enormous Lincoln Yards development appears to have been cleared.  That obstacle was 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins. In a message to his constituents, Mr. Hopkins outlined the changes that Sterling Bay made in its plan for the former A. Finkl & Sons steel mill land after his objection to the July and November versions: The soccer stadium is gone, replaced with park space Total park...

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Lincoln Yards Plan B Nearly Doubles Park Space
Jan15

Lincoln Yards Plan B Nearly Doubles Park Space

Just days after Second Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins told his constituents that he won’t support Sterling Bay’s vision for the massive Lincoln Yards development, the West Town developer is out with plan B. The main sticking point in the original plan was an entertainment district, anchored by a soccer stadium and a number of live music venues owned by massive global entertainment octopus Live Nation. It’s not that the...

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Survey: Lincoln Yards Neighbors Want More Roads, Bridges, Transit
Aug09

Survey: Lincoln Yards Neighbors Want More Roads, Bridges, Transit

As the enormous Lincoln Yards master plan from Sterling Bay trudges through step two of a nine-step approval process, neighbors have been given a chance to weigh in via the interwebs. Second Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins published the results of an online poll about the project which will bring up to 5,000 new residences, an extension of The 606, and an as-yet-to-be-determined amount of office and hotel space to the Goose Island area....

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1,186 Pages Filed For Lincoln Yards Development
Jul30

1,186 Pages Filed For Lincoln Yards Development

Get your Allen wrenches ready — Chicago’s next flat-pack instant neighborhood is getting ready to rise. Fresh off a string of successes turning Chicago’s meatpacking district into the hottest business and tech hub between Virginia and Denver, Sterling Bay has officially filed plans for its Lincoln Yards megaproject. “Plans” is an important word here because this project is so large, it’s been split into...

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Holy Name Tower Gets a Name, Little Opposition
Oct24

Holy Name Tower Gets a Name, Little Opposition

Two weeks ago we told you about a proposal to fill the surface parking lot across the street from Holy Name Cathedral with a shiny new dual-skyscraper project.  Now we know a little more about it. About a dozen dozen people turned out for a public meeting about the $700 million complex, which is being called One Chicago Square (1 West Chicago Avenue).  The people in attendance at the event hosted by 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins...

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Why Fix It? City to Pave  Over its Gold Coast Problem
Oct09

Why Fix It? City to Pave  Over its Gold Coast Problem

If you’ve been hoping for the last decade that the City of Chicago might finally get around to repairing and re-opening the tunnels beneath the intersection of Michigan and Oak Street, forget it.  It’s not gonna happen. It’s been about ten years since the pedestrian conveniences were shuttered.  Each day hundreds of commuters used them to cross the intersection without having to stand on the corner waiting for a walk...

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North Branch Redevelopment Plan Gets a Wary Welcome from Local Aldermen
May10

North Branch Redevelopment Plan Gets a Wary Welcome from Local Aldermen

Neighborhood groups are starting to weigh in on Chicago’s largest urban renewal project in a generation. The North Branch Industrial Framework will transform 760 acres of industrial land along the Chicago River on the city’s north side into homes, low-impact businesses, parks, schools, and new neighborhoods. While it is officially in “draft” status, it is believed to be substantially complete. Mayor Rahm...

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Could the 606’s Expansion Really Happen?
Nov29

Could the 606’s Expansion Really Happen?

Projects come and projects go.  That’s that nature of life in a big city, and the reason why we greet so many big projects with skepticism. There are certain content aggregators in town who immediately latch on to any e-mailed announcement and present it to their readers as if the project has merit, funding, and a chance in Hell of becoming reality.  All it takes is a free blogging account sprinkled with buzzwords and pretty...

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Historic Near West Dairy Building To Get Condo Tower Addition
Aug01

Historic Near West Dairy Building To Get Condo Tower Addition

For months we’ve watched the East Village Association, the city, MCZ Development, and Second Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins square dancing over the building at 1938 West Augusta Boulevard. Until recently, the building was a Leona’s Italian restaurant.  Before that, it was a dairy serving the East Ukrainian Village neighborhood.  That building was actually erected around an 1890-ish two-flat, which still largely exists inside...

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