New Residential Tower Targets a Different Loop Dweller
May09

New Residential Tower Targets a Different Loop Dweller

For much of The Loop’s recent renaissance, the people moving downtown were college students and young urban professionals in search of the excitement of the big city. Sure, there were pockets of older urban pioneers along Randolph Street and a few other crannies, but they were pretty much a statistical rounding error. May 2019 rendering of 424 South Wabash Now a Florida company wants to bring the older set to the neighborhood in...

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One Bennett Park Peeks in on Grant Park
Mar27

One Bennett Park Peeks in on Grant Park

You’d expect a building with the statue of One Bennett Park (451 East Grand Avenue) to offer incredible views.  Now we can see just how incredible. In the photograph above of the construction of the 836-foot-tall One Bennett Park, taken from One Grant Park by Joe Zekas of YoChicago!, we can see a huge portion of the tower rising above Streeterville and Lakeshore East, gazing upon Grant Park. We also see that the amazing view...

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Building Great Chicago Open Spaces From Above and Below
May25

Building Great Chicago Open Spaces From Above and Below

  Do you love parks?  Of course you do! Do you love construction?  Of course you do! Like chocolate and peanut butter, the good people over at Walsh Construction have put together parks and construction into a single video about their work creating great urban open spaces in Chicago. You’ve seen the big green Walsh logo in places high and low across this city.  When it comes to parks, it was the general contractor on...

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Mayors Emanuel and Daley Dedicate Maggie Daley Park
Jun15

Mayors Emanuel and Daley Dedicate Maggie Daley Park

Ribbon-cutting season continues in Chicago with the formal dedication and opening of Maggie Daley Park. The northeast corner of Grant Park, formerly known as Daley Bicentennial Plaza, recently underwent a $60 million renovation to bring it up to modern standards for an urban park, and to make it engaging for a greater number of people. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Jeff Johnson was there as Mayor Rahm Emanuel held court amid a...

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A Nod to Train Stations Past and Bocce Courts of the Future
Jun18

A Nod to Train Stations Past and Bocce Courts of the Future

  Construction continues on the new Grant Park Skate Park, just south of the 11th Street pedestrian bridge over the Metra Electric District railroad tracks. For the last 11 months, we’ve covered the plans for transforming this three-acre plot of land from an unused grassy embankment into a recreational space. The skating portion is actually 20 feet below the Michigan Avenue grade, with paths and ramps leading down to the grinding...

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Slice of Life: Millennium Park From Above
Oct28

Slice of Life: Millennium Park From Above

After nearly a decade since its opening, Millennium Park has not lost its shine. To the contrary, Millennium Park has secured its status as an icon of Chicago, illustrating the city’s standing as a global and cosmopolitan metropolis. When looked at from above, the 24.5-acre park projects a colossal impression and monumental scale that a pedestrian visit to the park does not capture. In addition, Millennium Park has served as a...

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Status Update: Maggie Daley Rocks, and Gets a Visit From Hizzonor
Oct16

Status Update: Maggie Daley Rocks, and Gets a Visit From Hizzonor

  The future Maggie Daley Park at what once was Richard M. Daley Bicentennial Plaza is coming along.  We showed you a while ago that the waterproof membrane separating the park from the car storage apparatus upon which it sits was complete.  Now crews are getting ready to put the “park” on the “parking garage.” Step one is to spread a layer of gravel across the entire site.  You gardeners will recognize this as...

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Chicago Skateboarders May Go Underground — Or At Least Below Grade
Jul02

Chicago Skateboarders May Go Underground — Or At Least Below Grade

For the last few years we’ve been listening to the Grant Park Conservancy (friends of the blog) ever-so-politely lament that something needs to be done with the southern extremity of the park. =From its web site: The south entrance to Grant Park and the Museum Campus is as important as the north entrance, which is enhanced by the restored classical peristyle in Millennium Park. The South entrance should be as dramatic as the...

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Status Update: Irish Eyes Smile on Maggie Daley Park
Jun03

Status Update: Irish Eyes Smile on Maggie Daley Park

One of our Loop Spies sent in this photograph taken during a break in the storms a couple of days ago. It shows a rainbow curving across the Chicago lakefront and landing in what in 2015 will be the completed Maggie Daley Park. Right now you can see the dirt has long since been removed, and starting last week, the process of erecting concrete columns has gotten underway. They will be part of the new modern park on top of this parking...

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Status Update: Maggie Daley Park
May13

Status Update: Maggie Daley Park

The sounds of bulldozers are becoming less frequent, and the sounds of jackhammers more frequent at the future site of Maggie Daley Park (337 East Randolph Street).  Nearly all the dirt has been scraped from the roof of the Monroe Street Parking Garage, allowing construction crews to fix the leaking roof and eventually replace it with a modern park. Today, the fieldhouse ziggurat is all that remains recognizable of the old Daley...

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