The Roof… The Roof… The Roof is a Park
Jun29

The Roof… The Roof… The Roof is a Park

The British School of Chicago’s new South Loop campus is rapidly approaching completion.  For the most part, the exterior work is done and construction is currently focused on the interior spaces. Inspectors are already going over the work done to make sure everything’s ship shape. Inside there’s a library; a dance and drama studio; a fitness studio; a cafeteria and kitchen; a music classroom; and lots more specific...

Read More
Status Update: British School South Loop
Dec08

Status Update: British School South Loop

By the time you read this, Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, will be waking up to their first full day in New York, enjoying the smell of fresh urine, the sounds of cabbies arguing over a fare, and the aggressive panhandling of “actors” dressed up in ragged, sweat-soaked cartoon costumes.  All the things New York is famous for. In honor of their visit to the colonies, and because someone in my household is...

Read More
British Dig In Behind Roosevelt in the South Loop
Jun11

British Dig In Behind Roosevelt in the South Loop

After years of planning and months of controversy, the South Loop is finally getting a new school. The British School of Chicago had its ceremonial groundbreaking at its new South Loop campus today.  It’s actually been under construction since April.  The school is physically part of the Roosevelt Collection, the mid-use retail, restaurant and residential complex that after several years of near-dormancy has, itself, sprung to...

Read More
Status Update: The British School of Chicago South Loop Campus
Mar25

Status Update: The British School of Chicago South Loop Campus

After being delayed by administrative things behind-the-scenes, construction has started on the very controversial Antunovich Associates-designed British School of Chicago’s South Loop campus.  The project is an extension of The Roosevelt Collection, the residential, retail, and entertainment complex that’s gaining momentum at 150 West Roosevelt Road. It was just two weeks ago that friends-of-the-blog, Sloopin‘,...

Read More
Details of the British School’s South Loop Expansion
Jan26

Details of the British School’s South Loop Expansion

Plans for a new campus of the British School of Chicago were shown to the public this weekend, and may have gone a long way towards assuaging neighborhood fears. The thoroughly greenwashed building was well received by a group of South Loop residents who saw the drawings and a presentation by architect Joseph Antunovich of Antunovich Associates at the District One police station. It will be built in the “Phase Three”...

Read More
The South Loop’s British (School) Invasion
Jan07

The South Loop’s British (School) Invasion

For a long time, the people of the South Loop have waited for the Roosevelt Collection (150 West Roosevelt Road) to come into its own.  Years went by and its retail space remained largely empty, with only the movie theater to draw people to its windswept cul-de-sac. Then after an ownership change, and a renovation to make it more festive and pedestrian-friendly, it was announced that a raft of new stores and restaurants inked deals to...

Read More