Building Under Construction Already Sending Out Good Vibes
Nov12

Building Under Construction Already Sending Out Good Vibes

For those people who crane their necks at the skyscrapers being built around Chicago, the scene doesn’t really change all that much.  The highlight of an urban construction safari might be a wave from a construction worker way up high, or a crane hoisting a port-a-potty into the sky.  Now there’s something else to look for: affirmation. By now you’ve probably seen artist Matthew Hoffman’s message...

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Another Downtown Parking Lot About to Bite The Dust
Apr02

Another Downtown Parking Lot About to Bite The Dust

When we started this publication 16 years ago, one of the questions we were often asked is why there were so many surface parking lots in downtown Chicago. The reasons are complex, ranging from people banking land to sell when it inevitably becomes worth more, to Chicago being less space constrained than cities like New York and London, so car adoption was higher. There are others, but research we did about a decade ago showed that...

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Office Building Penciled in For Illinois and LaSalle
Feb06

Office Building Penciled in For Illinois and LaSalle

As downtown Chicago grows, not all of the projects sprouting up are beanstalks.  Some have to be broccoli: Good, hearty filler that provides essential nutrients for the city’s economy, and are best served covered in cheese. Under the cheese this time is an office building proposed for 450 North LaSalle Street — the corner of West Illinois and North LaSalle — which will erase another evil surface parking lot from the city’s land...

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