Plans Outlined for a Four-Story Retail Crown at the John Hancock Center
Oct27

Plans Outlined for a Four-Story Retail Crown at the John Hancock Center

A plan to significantly redevelop the John Hancock Center’s plaza was proposed tonight by the owner of the tower’s retail space, the Hearn Company. In its current state, the building’s plaza is a sunken terrace that sits adjacent to and below Michigan Avenue, providing pedestrian access to tenant storefronts below ground level. The problem with this layout the Hearn Company is trying to solve is that it’s visually uninviting to...

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Renewed Concern About the John Hancock Center’s Name
Oct13

Renewed Concern About the John Hancock Center’s Name

It’s been a rough decade or so for Chicago’s identity.  As the city is becoming more and more homogenized, we’ve lost all of our big local banks (don’t be fooled by “Harris Bank,” it’s actually Bank of Montreal).  The one remaining downtown department store is owned by a company in Cincinnati.  And even the tallest building in the city has the name of a London insurance company on it....

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