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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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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Status Update: Maggie Daley Rocks, and Gets a Visit From Hizzonor
Oct16

Status Update: Maggie Daley Rocks, and Gets a Visit From Hizzonor

  The future Maggie Daley Park at what once was Richard M. Daley Bicentennial Plaza is coming along.  We showed you a while ago that the waterproof membrane separating the park from the car storage apparatus upon which it sits was complete.  Now crews are getting ready to put the “park” on the “parking garage.” Step one is to spread a layer of gravel across the entire site.  You gardeners will recognize this as...

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The Future Maggie Daley Park Starts Right Now
Oct21

The Future Maggie Daley Park Starts Right Now

  For the last week, construction crews have been putting up concrete Jersey barriers and chain-link fences around the northeast corner of Grant Park — the section soon to be known as Maggie Daley Park. It’s the first step in what will be a long process of removing the park, fixing the parking garage roof beneath, and then replacing the park. The Cancer Survivor’s Memorial Garden will remain open, and we saw several...

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Snark on the Park: Last-Minute Hysterics Over The Latest Plans for the North Grant Park Renovation
Jul10

Snark on the Park: Last-Minute Hysterics Over The Latest Plans for the North Grant Park Renovation

As the Summer of 2012 plods on, we’re inching closer and closer to the biggest construction project in Grant Park in many years — the replacement of the entire northern portion of the park. Nearly the entire park north of East Monroe Street will be removed for this project.  The trees will be cut down.  The flowerbeds and shrubs bulldozed, and even the dirt itself stripped away to reveal the roof of the parking garage below. The...

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New Plan for Four Unbuilt Loop Skyscrapers
Mar01

New Plan for Four Unbuilt Loop Skyscrapers

For more than a decade, pile drivers, cement trucks, and tower cranes have been busy in the northeast corner of The Loop known as Lakeshore East. Although workers continue to expand the downtown neighborhood with The Coast (345 East Wacker Drive), there are still ten more buildings still to be constructed, and a lot of prime Chicago real estate is covered with weeds. At the same time, the Chicago Park District has a problem in the...

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Grant Park Renovation Plans Go Underground
Jan26

Grant Park Renovation Plans Go Underground

The latest plans for replacing the northern portion of Grant Park are on display.  Large display panels went up on the Pedway level of Block37 last night, allowing people who normally aren’t able to attend the Grant Park meetings to see what’s coming. This is part of the Chicago Park District’s attempt to let people know what’s going on before it surprises and angers them, and to solicit more public input.  An...

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New North Grant Park Plan Unveiled

  Plans for the biggest renovation of Chicago’s front lawn since the dawn of Millennium Park are coming together as the date for the start of construction nears. North Grant Park has been the subject of a series of serious meetings, public and private, over the  last few years.  This is an important piece of real estate that is used by millions of people each year, and the backyard to some of the city’s most...

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