From the Air, the Jane Byrne Reconstruction Looks Fascinating, Not Frustrating
Nov09

From the Air, the Jane Byrne Reconstruction Looks Fascinating, Not Frustrating

Not everyone who lives in or visits Chicago enjoys a car-free existence.  And for them, there is the Jane Byrne Interchange. November 2020 construction at the Jane Byrne Interchange (Courtesy of YoChicago!) We haven’t talked about it much since reconstruction commenced on the intersection of the Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Ryan Expressways.  Partly because it’s been going on for eight years, and mostly because you can get the...

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Only a Few Days Left For You to Help Fix Lake Shore Drive
Oct05

Only a Few Days Left For You to Help Fix Lake Shore Drive

Remember the big project that CDOT and a bunch of other alphabet soup agencies were working on to make North Lake Shore Drive suck less?  It’s still going on.  In fact, you have until the end of this week to let them know what you think of their progress so far. Potential reconfiguration of Lake Shore Drive’s Oak Street Curve (Via CDOT) You may remember this project as Redefine The Drive, which made a big splash a few years back...

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Navy Pier Flyover Flies Into Phase Three
Feb04

Navy Pier Flyover Flies Into Phase Three

It’s a common refrain in the Midwest that there are two seasons: Winter, and Construction.  But that’s not true in Chicago, where Construction Season is every season.  It just. Never. Stops. Such are the perils of Paris on the Prairie, which you will witness first-hand if you use Lower North Lake Shore Drive.   March 2014 drawing of the Navy Pier Flyover The Navy Pier Flyover enters its third phase of construction this...

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Key Link in Navy Pier Flyover Unchanged, But Still Improved
Nov04

Key Link in Navy Pier Flyover Unchanged, But Still Improved

Six months ago we showed you a picture of the Navy Pier Flyover as it nearly, almost, just about connected to the Lake Shore Drive Bridge.   Four months later, Streeterville Spy Joel popped by to check on the construction progress, and… oh, wait… well, hmm… October 2019 Navy Pier Flyover construction (Courtesy of Streeterville Spy Joel) It’s exactly the same. The ramp that puts the “flyover” in the...

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The Parts Have Arrived to Finish a North Side Recreation Trail
Oct16

The Parts Have Arrived to Finish a North Side Recreation Trail

Gaps may work for David Letterman’s teeth or buying blue jeans, but they are terrible for bicycle paths. That’s why people from Ravenswood to Evanston are excited about the giant hulks of steel sitting on the east bank of the Chicago River’s north branch. Lincoln Village Pedestrian Bridge under construction in October 2019 (Courtesy of West Rogers Park Spy Joel) West Rogers Park Spy Joel spotted the two halves of the...

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Navy Pier Flyover Almost Reaches Lake Shore Drive Bridge
Jul23

Navy Pier Flyover Almost Reaches Lake Shore Drive Bridge

It’s been a lot of years that cyclists, rollerbladers, walkers, people pushing prams, and just anyone who enjoys walking along Chicago’s lakefront have been waiting for the Navy Pier Flyover to be completed.   While northern sections have been done and open to the public for some time, the key bottleneck in the whole lakefront parade — the Lake Shore Drive Bridge — is still a work in progress. Loop Spy Joel sent in these...

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Navy Pier Flyover Now Flying Over DuSable Park
Mar21

Navy Pier Flyover Now Flying Over DuSable Park

If you went downtown for the greening of the river last weekend, you may have wondered what’s the skinny on the Navy Pier Flyover. Well, dear shamrock shaker, things are moving along. Navy Pier Flyover under construction (Courtesy of Streeterville Spy Joel) Streeterville Spy Joel sent in the photograph above showing construction of the multi-purpose path’s spine going over DuSable Park. This is work on phase two of three...

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Navy Pier Bypass Looks Ready For Next Phase
Mar08

Navy Pier Bypass Looks Ready For Next Phase

It’s been almost exactly three years since CDOT embarked on a project few thought could be possible: A safe, dedicated, automobile-free method for non-motorized transportation across the mouth of the Chicago River. Construction began in March of 2014 on the lakefront bicycle and pedestrian bridge project that will eventually connect the Loop with both Navy Pier, and the northern stretches of the city’s lakefront trail. The...

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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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A Closer Look at Bronzeville’s New Pedestrian Connection
Nov28

A Closer Look at Bronzeville’s New Pedestrian Connection

Editor’s Note: Earlier this month we told you that CDOT opened a new suspension bridge linking Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood with the Lake Michigan shore. For a closer look a the project, we turn to Chicago Architecture’s resident bridge expert, Patrick McBriarty. You’ve probably seen him on TV or heard him on the radio lately, as there are few people who know more about the city’s bridges. The long...

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