Lincoln Common Ribbon Cutting Today
Sep05

Lincoln Common Ribbon Cutting Today

The official ribbon-cutting ceremony for Lincoln Common is scheduled for today.  It’s the biggest project to hit Lincoln Park since the 1800’s, when the city decided that a couple of dozen thousand dead people could rest more peacefully on land a little farther from the living.  Lincoln Common (Courtesy of Hines) Until a decade ago, this was the location of Children’s Memorial Hospital. Its relocation to...

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Two 20-Story Twin Towers On The Way To Lincoln Park
Jun19

Two 20-Story Twin Towers On The Way To Lincoln Park

This past Wednesday and Thursday were good days for Hines, McCaffery Interests, the government of Abu Dhabi, and anyone else counting on the redevelopment of the old Children’s Memorial Hospital property in Lincoln Park into a new mixed-use micro-neighborhood called The Lincoln Common.  That’s because the City of Chicago issued construction permits for the two biggest components of the enormous project. The first nod came...

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Lincoln Common Filling in Abandoned Tunnel
May31

Lincoln Common Filling in Abandoned Tunnel

People with an interest in Chicago’s history and urban fabric are often captivated by the number of tunnels – abandoned and otherwise – beneath the city. While it is often safely assumed that the majority of these subterranean fascinations are in the greater Loop area, tunnels do pop up in other places. One recent discovery is that of a tunnel beneath the former Nellie Black building, now known as Belmont Village as it’s...

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Permits Issued for Nellie Black’s Doppelgänger in Lincoln Park
Mar27

Permits Issued for Nellie Black’s Doppelgänger in Lincoln Park

The City of Chicago has issued a construction permit for a new building just down the block from the intersection of Halsted Street, Lincoln Avenue, and Fullerton Avenue.  Belmont Village (700 West Fullerton) is also known as Building H of the massive demolition and redevelopment of the former Children’s Memorial Hospital in Lincoln Park into a new mixed-use development called The Lincoln Common. DIRECT DEVELOPER SERVICES: NEW 7...

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📹 Children’s Hospital Redevelopment Passes One Green, but Caution Flags Abound
Feb21

📹 Children’s Hospital Redevelopment Passes One Green, but Caution Flags Abound

After months of angst, anger, and bewilderment there is finally some real forward movement in the redevelopment of the former Children’s Memorial Hospital in Lincoln Park. In a marathon session at City Hall yesterday, the Chicago Plan Commission heard from dozens of neighbors weighing in on the project that would turn the empty hospital into a $350 million residential, commercial, and retail complex, designed by Joe Auntonovitch. You...

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Status Update: Children’s Memorial Hospital

From most angles, the new Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Memorial Hospital (225 East Chicago Avenue) appears done, but there is still much work to be done. The facade was officially completed in February, but the ground floor remains hidden behind a wall of blue-painted plywood. The public portions of the building are expected to be completed later this month, along with the new sidewalk planters, traffic signals, and...

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Helicopters vs. High Rises: Round 63

The ongoing tug-of-war between Children’s Memorial Hospital (225 East Chicago Avenue) and the usual north side NIMBYs will move two steps forward this week. For those joining this soap opera already in progress, CMH is spending a frightening amount of money building  a new state-of-the-art facility in the Gold Coast to replace its aging property in Lincoln Park.  That building includes a helipad on the roof that will hopefully...

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Status Update: Children’s Memorial Hospital

It’s not often we have a status update that lacks a photo, but this is one of those cases. We’ve received word from Children’s Memorial Hospital that the new hospital at 225 East Chicago Avenue will be topped off by early December, maybe a little sooner if the weather cooperates. Right now, the project has entered a new phase of construction — building the portion of the skyscraper that cantilevers over the...

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