McPier Is Still Trying To Sell Its “Elevate Chicago” Expansion to Neighbors
Apr14

McPier Is Still Trying To Sell Its “Elevate Chicago” Expansion to Neighbors

If this was a high school literature class, you might say that the snow falling outside Second Presbyterian Church tonight was foreshadowing the chilly reception developers would receive inside the church, like some lakeside Emily Bronte novel. Residents of the South Loop and nearby neighborhoods gathered at a Prairie District Neighborhood Association event outlining the latest version of the McCormick Place expansion plan. The plan...

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Preservation and McPier Learn To Live Together in the South Loop
Apr04

Preservation and McPier Learn To Live Together in the South Loop

When the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority announced plans for a half-billion dollar expansion from its lakeside perch into the surrounding neighborhood, it was as if a pack of rabid wolves was let loose in the South Loop. At public meetings, people howled and shouted about property values, traffic, and most importantly—historic preservation.  They didn’t mind the convention center complex oozing into the many, many...

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McPier Contracts McCormick Expansion, Motor Row Boutique Hotel to Wait
Jan29

McPier Contracts McCormick Expansion, Motor Row Boutique Hotel to Wait

  The organization that runs, and wants to expand, Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center has released its Plan B, after the original expansion plan unveiled last year ran into legal challenges. At a presentation earlier this week, executives and architects outlined how they’re going to get out of the current courtroom impasse, and get the expansion rolling. The new proposal shuffles some buildings around, and postpones the...

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Convention Center Expansion Stymied, McPier Turns to Plans B, C, D…
Jan26

Convention Center Expansion Stymied, McPier Turns to Plans B, C, D…

  Not all Chicago aldermen are equally communicative with their constituents.  Some send out updates almost daily.  Some are creatures of weekly habit. Some… less so. So it was with a certain amount of surprise that we received news that Third Ward Alderman Pat Dowell called a public meeting for Tuesday.  This is a ward with a newsletter that hasn’t been updated since just after Thanksgiving, and a web site telling...

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McPier OK’s Pelli Clarke Pelli’s DePaul Demon Dome Design
Sep23

McPier OK’s Pelli Clarke Pelli’s DePaul Demon Dome Design

  The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority has approved a design for the new McCormick Place Event Center put forth by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. The design was one of six submitted to McPier as it tries to build a new sports arena/event center, a 1,200-room Marriott Marquis hotel, and a smaller boutique hotel in the South Loop by 2016.  The Authority’s board voted unanimously to grant the $7.2 million design...

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