New Skyscraper Could Hover Over Hubbard’s Cave
Oct26

New Skyscraper Could Hover Over Hubbard’s Cave

Another skyscraper is in the works that may help insulate downtown Chicago from the noise and chaos of the Kennedy Expressway. A new 38-story building has been proposed for the block between North Union Avenue and North Halsted Street, north of the Union Pacific rail lines.  According to an e-mail blast from 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly’s office, the plot in question bears the addresses 347 North Halsted Street and 346...

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The Names They Are a Changin’

A lot of cities I’ve lived in (and I’ve lived in a lot of cities) have changed the names of their streets over time.  I’ve always been impressed that Chicago hangs on to its street names longer than most of the other places I’ve lived.  Perhaps its because in Chicago an “Honorary” street name sign can be added to a block or two without having to change the street’s official name. But last week...

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What is Hubbard’s Cave?
Sep23

What is Hubbard’s Cave?

Every day millions of people driving around Chicagoland listen to the local traffic reports on TV or the radio.  Hundreds of times a day, traffic reporters reference a place in Chicago called “Hubbard’s Cave.”  Travel times in and out of the Loop are calculated based on the location of this landmark.  But remarkably few people really know what it is, or what it looks like. (The entrance [or exit] of...

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