The 78 Chicago — The Huge Plan for Downtown That Actually Could Happen
Oct19

The 78 Chicago — The Huge Plan for Downtown That Actually Could Happen

Over the last couple of years, Chicago’s traditional and new media have been ablaze with huge headlines about massive bigger real estate development projects all over town.  While most are eager to print even the most fanciful claims and screwball ideas just to generate clicks, we take a more measured approach around here. Which is why it’s refreshing to bring you news of The 78 — an enormous institutional research nexus...

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“The 78” to Transform Chicago’s South Loop
Oct18

“The 78” to Transform Chicago’s South Loop

If you’ve been wondering why things have been so quiet between Roosevelt Road and Chinatown, it turns out things have been going on behind the scenes.  Big things. Tomorrow morning, Governor Bruce Rauner will announce a public-private partnership that will turn the 62-acre site owned by Related Midwest into a massive collegiate research park.  The academics involved in “The 78” innovation center are the University of...

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The Lucas Museum Decision: In Their Own Words
Jun24

The Lucas Museum Decision: In Their Own Words

For posterity, here is the full announcement from the Lucas Museum that it will not locate in Chicago, followed by the response from Friends of the Parks, and the response from the Mayor’s office. Lucas Museum Statement Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Withdraws from Chicago Museum will be built in California The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art announced today that in light of extensive delays caused by Friends of the Parks, Chicago...

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Gov. Rauner Announces $62 Billion Plan to Move Illinois Capitol to Chicago
Apr01

Gov. Rauner Announces $62 Billion Plan to Move Illinois Capitol to Chicago

Citing a need to modernize the state’s bureaucratic infrastructure and reduce costs, today Governor Bruce Rauner announced a $62 billion plan to move the state’s capitol to Chicago. “Let’s face it, Chicago is Illinois,” he told a stunned capitol press corps inside the 127-year-old Springfield rotunda this morning.  “We’ve been here [in Springfield] since the 1880s.  You...

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Chicagoland Mobsters Line Up to get “A Piece of the Action” in Capitol Move
Apr01

Chicagoland Mobsters Line Up to get “A Piece of the Action” in Capitol Move

Citing the potential for “much moolah,” Chicagoland mobsters lined up outside an abandoned union hall in Cicero to get “their piece of the action” from Governor Bruce Rauner’s recent announcement that he will move the state capitol from Springfield to downtown Chicago. “With any move of this magnitude, you need professionals involved.  And that’s us.  Cartage, hauling, moving stuff....

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What To Do With the Thompson Center? Part 3: SCB’s Martin Wolf
Nov25

What To Do With the Thompson Center? Part 3: SCB’s Martin Wolf

In October Governor Bruce Rauner announced plans for the State of Illinois to sell the Thompson Center (100 West Randolph Street), possibly for demolition and redevelopment.   We spent the last few weeks talking to a dozen Chicago architects and developers about what they think of the building and its predicament. Today we hear from Martin Wolf, Design Principal at Chicago architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz.  Unfortunately, our...

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Architect Jahn Tries to Save His Baby from Governor Rauner’s Budget Axe
Oct14

Architect Jahn Tries to Save His Baby from Governor Rauner’s Budget Axe

Widely considered unsightly by those who see it from the outside, and dysfunctional by those who work on the inside, there was little surprise when Governor Bruce Rauner yesterday announced he want to offload the Thompson Center (100 West Randolph Street). The governor argues that selling the building makes financial sense for a number of reasons.  It’s an expensive building to run; the Loop real estate market is hot enough that...

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