$6 Billion Plan Pitched For Former Reese Hospital Site
May11

$6 Billion Plan Pitched For Former Reese Hospital Site

A decade after the City of Chicago bought the Bronzeville space that  used to be Michael Reese Hospital, a plan has been put together to turn it into something useful. May 2020 rendering of the former Michael Reese Hospital site redevelopment. The last time someone took a serious whack at repopulating this fallow field was when Mayor Richard M. Daley thought it would make a swell location for the athlete’s village of the 2016...

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First Steps Toward Redeveloping the Reese Hospital Site; Several Million to Go
Jun05

First Steps Toward Redeveloping the Reese Hospital Site; Several Million to Go

The City of Chicago has taken the first baby steps forward in its effort to transform the former Michael Reese Hospital site into something more than a scar on the lakefront. Mayor Rahm Emanuel made the announcement late last week with a roll-call list of companies that will be in charge of the project, including… Farpoint Development Draper & Kramer Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives McLaurin Development Partners Bronzeville...

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The Last Days of Michael Reese Hospital
Oct06

The Last Days of Michael Reese Hospital

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s recent announcement that the city is going to finally push the abandoned Michael Reese Hospital site into the development pipeline has got a lot of people thinking.  Architects are dreaming of the sorts of outstanding things they could do with such a large, blank canvas.  Developers are thinking of the oodles of money they can make turning the wasteland into the Next Big Thing™.  And the rest of us, are just...

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City Hall Starts Process to Finally Do Something with Former Michael Reese Hospital Site
Oct03

City Hall Starts Process to Finally Do Something with Former Michael Reese Hospital Site

For as much as Chicago as a whole, and its mayors in particular, talk about how much the city loves the lakefront, there sure is an awful lot of abandoned land along the lake. One of those eyesores may finally be put to use, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced that the city will soon accept proposals for redeveloping the 49-acre Michael Reese Hospital site in Bronzeville. The medical center was a going concern from 1881 until 2008...

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The Legacy of Chicago’s 2016 Olympic Bid
Aug05

The Legacy of Chicago’s 2016 Olympic Bid

The Summer Olympic Games begin in Rio de Janiero today. And amid the pageantry and intrigue and brand logos are the lingering worries about the game-centric infrastructure. Much has been written about how Rio simply doesn’t have its act together. Twitter is full of horror stories from Olympians longing for the days before it was required to hold the Games in every third world craphole around the globe. But then again, Rio Olympic...

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Hotel, Casino or Obama Library?  Reese Hospital Options Criticized as Inappropriate, Not Grand Enough
Apr18

Hotel, Casino or Obama Library? Reese Hospital Options Criticized as Inappropriate, Not Grand Enough

The third community meeting to discuss the fate of the Michael Reese Hospital site was held last evening at West Point Missionary Baptist Church (3566 South Cottage Grove Avenue), with an overflow crowd of Bronzeville and South Loop residents offering support, criticism and in one case, a Roger Ebert-grade Big Thumbs Down. Fourth Ward Alderman William D. Burns led off the meeting and introduced representatives from the city’s...

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