A Second GEMS Ready To Sparkle in Lakeshore East
Mar25

A Second GEMS Ready To Sparkle in Lakeshore East

Phase two of the GEMS World Academy (355 East Wacker Drive) at Lakeshore East is officially underway.  Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Wednesday, as you can see in these photos supplied by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture, which designed both this building and the phase one GEMS building, which opened this past fall at 350 East South Water Street. The first GEMS building is an 82,000 square-foot technology and educational...

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What’s Going Up at bKL?
Feb25

What’s Going Up at bKL?

Over the last few weeks we’ve brought you a series of articles on three-year-old Chicago architecture firm bKL.  Today we look at the projects they’re working on in Chicago and around the world. bKL has been very active in Lakeshore East.  It is the firm that’s designing the GEMS Academy branch there.  Phase I will go up first at 350 East South Water Street, next to The Tides.  Phase II will go up at 355 East Wacker...

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Lakeshore East’s First School Delayed
Oct31

Lakeshore East’s First School Delayed

  The first school to be constructed in the blossoming Lakeshore East development has been pushed back. According to Richard Ward, the president of the New Eastside Association of Residents, Alderman Reilly has told him that the entire project has been pushed back one year. The alderman passed along this statement from GEMS: “In the interest of providing the families of Chicago with the best education experience possible,...

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Lakeshore East Finally Gets A School But Not What It Expected
Jun12

Lakeshore East Finally Gets A School But Not What It Expected

For as long as there have been bulldozers turning dirt in Lakeshore East, there have been neighbors anxiously, even angrily, awaiting the construction of a new public elementary school to once and for all turn the development into a neighborhood. We can report the good news — a school is coming.  And the bad news — It’s not going to be public. One of the hazards of being an urban pioneer is that the promises of...

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