Next Up For Some CTA Love: Green Line Garfield Station
Jan09

Next Up For Some CTA Love: Green Line Garfield Station

Over the last ten years or so, the Chicago Transit Authority has embarked on a number of significant infrastructure improvements, from new trains, to new stations, to the Pink Line.  While it can be argued that the only reason this is happening is because the feds have been hauling dumptrucks full of money into Chicago that can only legally be spent on building things, not operations or personnel; it can’t be disputed that all...

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Take a Turn Designing an (not “the”) Obama Presidential Library
Mar09

Take a Turn Designing an (not “the”) Obama Presidential Library

While the Jedi battle the Sith in federal court over where to put the still-coming-to-Chicago-for-now Lucas Museum (you can decide which side is which), another major new museum is chugging along with little opposition or fanfare. President Obama’s library —to be known as the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) — will be built eventually on the south side of Chicago.  Who will design the building is still being decided, but chances...

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Friends of the Parks Waves White Flag; Pledges to Work With Obama Library
May13

Friends of the Parks Waves White Flag; Pledges to Work With Obama Library

Following yesterday’s official announcement that that the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum will be built in a park on Chicago’s South Side, the Friends of the Parks issued a statement expressing its dismay. The organization has been against any use of public park space for the library, which is expected to use quite a lot of space.  But after the official announcement, it is striking a conciliatory tone; doing...

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Obama Makes it Official — Presidential Library Coming to Chicago
May12

Obama Makes it Official — Presidential Library Coming to Chicago

  A fortnight after the Chicago Sun-Times and pretty much every other media outlet in the city broke the news that the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum will be built in Chicago, the Barack Obama Foundation made it official. It happened with an e-mail sent out at 6:00am this morning, penned by former White House advisor David Axelrod.  In it he briefly describes the rationale: Chicago is one of the greatest cities in...

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Obama Returning to the South Side in Library Form
May01

Obama Returning to the South Side in Library Form

The Obama Foundation is officially mum on the subject, but at least five Chicago news outlets from the Sun-Times to WBBM-TV are citing independent sources as telling them that Chicago has been chosen to host the Barack Obama Library and Museum. The question now is, exactly where will the complex be located. The University of Chicago’s apparently winning bid calls for it to be built in either Washington Park or Jackson Park.  But...

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Obama’s Library Has a Chicago Home, If He Wants It
Mar18

Obama’s Library Has a Chicago Home, If He Wants It

The Chicago City Council has given its stamp of approval to a plan to transfer ownership of up to 21 acres of public park land for the Barack Obama Library and Museum.  The controversial move makes Chicago’s bid for the library even more tempting to the Barack Obama Foundation. A decision on which city (Chicago, New York, and Honolulu) will get the library is expected after the April 7 runoff election. After that, the foundation...

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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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