Residential Tower Gets Clipped in Viagra Triangle
Nov03

Residential Tower Gets Clipped in Viagra Triangle

The intersection of State and Rush Streets used to be known for its clip joints.  Now the latest residential tower proposed for the  cleaned-up neighborhood is getting a clip of its own.   (If you don’t know what a “clip joint” is, ask you dad when mom’s not around.) October 2020 rendering of 1130 North State (via the Office of Alderman Brian Hopkins) Newcastle Limited (Go Magpies!) has scaled back its proposal for 1130...

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Chicago River Getting a New Bridge
Oct13

Chicago River Getting a New Bridge

Whatever number of bridges you think hang over the Chicago River, add one to the tally, because a new span is on the way. In blue. The $35 million Dominick Street Bridge will arch over the North Branch of the river, linking West Webster Avenue with North Throop Street in the Greater Goose Island Metroplex Area. Dominick Street Bridge (Via the Office of Alderman Brian Hopkins) It’s one of the big infrastructure projects being...

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Overshadowed, but Undeterred, Small Chicago Buildings Defy Enormous Neighbors
Aug09

Overshadowed, but Undeterred, Small Chicago Buildings Defy Enormous Neighbors

Every once in a while you’ll see in a magazine, or on the intarwebs, some small house or building that is being loomed over by an enormous neighbor. The stereotype is that this sort of thing happens when a little old lady refuses to sell her lifelong home to some big, evil skyscraper company, so the billionaire owner builds around her, blocking out all of her light and air, while twirling a pencil-thin mustache and kicking...

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Are You Ready To Soft Rock? 1212 North State Plan Is Aggressively Understated
Dec11

Are You Ready To Soft Rock? 1212 North State Plan Is Aggressively Understated

If you were worried that the new building planned for the corner of State and Division was going to be some kind of flashy attention-getter, or perhaps interesting in any way at all, fret not.  The needle on the mediocrity meter is not going to move on this one. December 2019 rendering of 1212 North State (via Newcastle) A new plan has been unveiled for what is being called 1212 North State. To be sure, the building that...

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Newberry Library Getting a 34-Story Bookend
Oct07

Newberry Library Getting a 34-Story Bookend

For the last 16 years, we’ve gloated every time a surface parking lot was erased from downtown Chicago.  Now it looks like a parking garage is about to meet that Great Urban Planner in the Sky, and we’re not sure how to feel about it. October 2019 rendering of 40 West Oak Street The garage in question serves the Warren Barr Pavilion, the mostly anonymous nursing home with the tony address of 66 West Oak Street in...

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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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