New Streeterville Park a Good Alternative to Crowded Maggie Daley
Jul08

New Streeterville Park a Good Alternative to Crowded Maggie Daley

There’s still more hammers and hard hats than tykes on bikes at Bennett Park in Streeterville, but not for long. Bennett Park under construction (July, 2019. Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!) Joe Zekas from YoChicago! floated a new raft of photographs our way showing that the quasi-public space next to the new One Bennett Park skyscraper looks just about done. New York’s Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates is transforming...

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Guess Who Is Chicago’s #1 Crane Fan
Nov08

Guess Who Is Chicago’s #1 Crane Fan

For years we’ve been telling you that the number of cranes swinging around a city’s skyline is a good indication of that town’s economic health.  It turns out we’re not the only ones who see it that way. Hizzoner, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, held a news conference yesterday to boast about the number of cranes operating in the Chicago skies.  How many are there?  Including the newest crane, at 451 East Grand in...

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Building Great Chicago Open Spaces From Above and Below
May25

Building Great Chicago Open Spaces From Above and Below

  Do you love parks?  Of course you do! Do you love construction?  Of course you do! Like chocolate and peanut butter, the good people over at Walsh Construction have put together parks and construction into a single video about their work creating great urban open spaces in Chicago. You’ve seen the big green Walsh logo in places high and low across this city.  When it comes to parks, it was the general contractor on...

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Slice of Life: Skating with the Skyline
Jan29

Slice of Life: Skating with the Skyline

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise: while Chicago has had some dang cold days in January, it’s been a mild Winter of 2016 so far. And while you’ll never see the elbow-to-elbow crowds like North Avenue Beach draws during the summer months, there are still those in Chicago who insist on venturing outdoors for fun, even as wind chills dip below freezing. Chicago has two ice skating venues perfectly located for tourists...

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Tying up the Loose Ends at Maggie Daley Park
Jul30

Tying up the Loose Ends at Maggie Daley Park

  The lakeside park that started with a bang of controversy is wrapping up with the whimper of compromise as the Chicago Park District ties up the loose ends at Maggie Daley Park (337 East Randolph Street). Named for the former Mayor’s late wife, the park’s pre-construction phase was dogged by controversy as various local interest groups sought to have the existing park changed, or sometimes not changed, to suit their...

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11 Fun Facts To Celebrate Millenium Park’s Birthday
Jul16

11 Fun Facts To Celebrate Millenium Park’s Birthday

It’s a meeting place, a concert venue, an ice rink, and a photo backdrop for wedding parties and quinceañeras. It is, of course, Millenium Park, which today celebrates it’s 11th birthday. In lieu of 11 candles, here are 11 fun facts about the park. 1. Cloud GateCloud Gate (“The Bean”) was inspired by liquid mercury. 2. Building the park wasn’t cheap, and certainly more expensive than originally planned. The proposed budget was $150...

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Mayors Emanuel and Daley Dedicate Maggie Daley Park
Jun15

Mayors Emanuel and Daley Dedicate Maggie Daley Park

Ribbon-cutting season continues in Chicago with the formal dedication and opening of Maggie Daley Park. The northeast corner of Grant Park, formerly known as Daley Bicentennial Plaza, recently underwent a $60 million renovation to bring it up to modern standards for an urban park, and to make it engaging for a greater number of people. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Jeff Johnson was there as Mayor Rahm Emanuel held court amid a...

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A Doggone Good Outcome For Maggie Daley Park’s Unpopular Canine Ban
Feb27

A Doggone Good Outcome For Maggie Daley Park’s Unpopular Canine Ban

There were no TV crews at the Grant Park Advisory Council & Conservancy meeting on Thursday night. Not like a month ago when the agenda included the park’s dog ban—a move that generated considerable resident and media heat. No, the fourth estate has moved on, attracted to the next shiny object. In fact, the audience of locals was quite a bit smaller this time as well. The only thing I witnessed that might pass for canine activism...

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Full House And Media Frenzy Show Up As Grant Park Public Meeting Goes To The Dogs
Jan28

Full House And Media Frenzy Show Up As Grant Park Public Meeting Goes To The Dogs

Maggie Daley Park Field House was packed with residents and the media last night for a public meeting hosted by the Grant Park Conservancy & Advisory Council. The crowd sat politely for the first hour as Bob O’Neill, president of the conservancy, ticked off the park’s big accomplishments during 2014. There was nary a peep when Bob Raymond, director of planning and construction for the Chicago Park District, described the...

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Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon Opens to Eager Crowds
Dec15

Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon Opens to Eager Crowds

For the second time in two weeks, a skate park has opened in Grant Park.  In this case, it was the ice skating ribbon at Maggie Daley Park (337 East Randolph Street), the northeast corner of Grant Park formerly known as Daley Bicentennial Plaza. While much of the 20-acre complex remains under construction, the star of the show — the ice skating ribbon — opened to the public on Saturday.  Chicago Architecture Blog photographer Milosh...

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