Chicago Bears’ Lair Doubles In Size
Sep04

Chicago Bears’ Lair Doubles In Size

The den that the Monsters of the Midway call home is now twice the size it was just two years ago.  The Chicago Bears have officially opened  a 162,000-square-foot expansion of Halas Hall. Halas Hall locker room (Courtesy of Chicago Bears) The complex up in far north suburban Lake Forest was built in 1997, replacing the original Halas Hall that is now part of Lake Forest College.  In addition to the addition, 30,000...

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Madhouse on Madison Adding Off-Ice Offices
Feb26

Madhouse on Madison Adding Off-Ice Offices

If you’ve attended a Chicago Bulls or Chicago Blackhawks game this winter, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the edifice being constructed next to the United Center. If you’ve also noticed that said construction site has taken over the lot where you used to park for said sports events, and you wish to lodge a complaint with whoever kicked you out of that lot, look no further than the two home teams themselves. The brand...

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A Closer Look at the New Blackhawks Practice Facility
Dec21

A Closer Look at the New Blackhawks Practice Facility

Chicago is an ice skating town in an ice skating region.  When I moved to the Midwest for the first time in 1995 I was surprised to see that rather than hiding inside from the elements in winter, many people embraced the cold.  I was amused and intrigued by all the home-made, clearly seasonal ice hockey rinks I saw in people’s backyards. The city of Chicago is getting a new ice skating facility — a big one.  One that will be...

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New Navy Pier Plans Stir Some, Leave Others Cold
Feb01

New Navy Pier Plans Stir Some, Leave Others Cold

The Navy Pier Redesign Competition brought plenty of excitement to the Museum of Contemporary Art on Tuesday night, the first of two evenings of presentations by the design teams articulating new visions for the Chicago landmark. The public was able to inspect models of the proposals and glance at television screens flashing renderings. As the start of the program approached, the 300-seat theater was at capacity, and even the overflow...

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