Children’s Hospital Pretty Much Meets the Definition of “Hulk”
Nov08

Children’s Hospital Pretty Much Meets the Definition of “Hulk”

If you’re an artist looking for a location to play Tic-Tac-Toe with parachutes, or perhaps giant pantomime Hollywood Squares (“I’ll take Charo in the center square to block, Peter”) then there’s a place in Lincoln Park just for you. Dr. Robert Vogelzang has sent in another round of photographs showing what little remains of the old Children’s Memorial Hospital. And the little remains are pretty much just a concrete and steel grid....

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The Last Days of Michael Reese Hospital
Oct06

The Last Days of Michael Reese Hospital

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s recent announcement that the city is going to finally push the abandoned Michael Reese Hospital site into the development pipeline has got a lot of people thinking.  Architects are dreaming of the sorts of outstanding things they could do with such a large, blank canvas.  Developers are thinking of the oodles of money they can make turning the wasteland into the Next Big Thing™.  And the rest of us, are just...

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Purple Walls and Pilings: Northwestern’s Biomedical Center Gets Down
Jul19

Purple Walls and Pilings: Northwestern’s Biomedical Center Gets Down

Construction crews are getting down… into the funky funky stuff that passes for dirt in Streeterville as they lay the groundwork for Northwestern University’s new biomedical research tower at 303 East Superior Street. If you’re not tall enough to see over the purple painted walls, or lucky enough to have an office overlooking the construction, you might not be aware that progress is being made below grade....

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Tennis Courts Adjourned, It’s Time to Elevate Lincoln Park
Jun13

Tennis Courts Adjourned, It’s Time to Elevate Lincoln Park

One of Wrightwood Neighbors’ least loved buildings is coming down. The photos above and below were sent in by Doctor Robert Vogelzang, showing the graffiti-encrusted edifice at 2518 North Lincoln Avenue being forcibly disassembled by an squad of angry yellow machines.  The apartment building, once known as Lincoln Center, must have been quite something back in the day of “key parties,” since the entire back half of...

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Picking Over Prentice’s Bones
Jul28

Picking Over Prentice’s Bones

The picture says it all.  There’s not much left of the former Prentice Women’s Hospital.  Dr. Robert L Vogelzang, of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine sent us this latest photo of the old building.  Its four distinctive lobes are long gone.  All that’s left is the main supporting spines, and the crumbs of the horizontal floors at its base. The photo below shows us what it looked like as demolition...

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