Lincoln Commons Plan Gets Tweaked
Sep17

Lincoln Commons Plan Gets Tweaked

It’s been four years since the plan to replace the old Children’s Memorial Hospital with a mixed-use development called Lincoln Common was approved, and it’s still getting some refinement. Construction of the two main towers in the McCaffery Interests and Hines development topped off long ago, and busy construction bees are buzzing all over the property, completing its 92,000 square feet of retail space, 60 condos,...

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Another Crane Moving Out of Lincoln Park
Aug20

Another Crane Moving Out of Lincoln Park

It was just about a month ago that the south tower crane pulled out of the Lincoln Common project at 2335 and 2345 North Lincoln Avenue.  Today, the north tower crane begins its long adieu. Lincoln Common, you’ll remember is the redevelopment of the property that used to be Children’s Memorial Hospital.  That hospital decamped for Streeterville a decade ago, and its ugly bulk was removed from the Lincoln Park skyline....

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Lincoln Park Tower Cranes Becoming Un-Common
Jul26

Lincoln Park Tower Cranes Becoming Un-Common

If you’re waiting for the next big milestone in the construction of Lincoln Common (2335 and 2345 North Lincoln Avenue), that milestone is here.  The process of removing the project’s south tower crane began today. The photograph above shows Lincoln Common as it was earlier this week when the south crane was still stretching out across the property like Julie Andrews atop an alpine meadow.  The pic was taken by Joe Zekas...

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Lincoln Common Getting Drilled, Losing Retail
Jul17

Lincoln Common Getting Drilled, Losing Retail

No one ever said that construction was a quiet trade.  And having spent too many years living next door to Chicago skyscrapers being constructed, I can say the king of all noisemakers is the caisson drill (no, not that caisson drill). People in Lincoln Park are going to get an earful starting this week, as the big Lincoln Commons project starts caisson work on the main triangle of what used to be the Children’s Memorial Hospital...

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Children’s Hospital Pretty Much Meets the Definition of “Hulk”
Nov08

Children’s Hospital Pretty Much Meets the Definition of “Hulk”

If you’re an artist looking for a location to play Tic-Tac-Toe with parachutes, or perhaps giant pantomime Hollywood Squares (“I’ll take Charo in the center square to block, Peter”) then there’s a place in Lincoln Park just for you. Dr. Robert Vogelzang has sent in another round of photographs showing what little remains of the old Children’s Memorial Hospital. And the little remains are pretty much just a concrete and steel grid....

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Old Children’s Hospital Nearly Gone
Oct11

Old Children’s Hospital Nearly Gone

The violent dismantling of one of the city’s great medical complexes is nearing its completion in Lincoln Park. As we’ve been showing you for the last few months, the old Children’s Memorial Hospital is rapidly becoming just dust and memories. These photos were sent in by Dr. Robert Vogelzang, who practiced the healing arts under its roof for more than 20 years. Once the demolition is complete, the campus will be turned into a...

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Yellow, Mechanical Wolves Savaging Old Lincoln Park Children’s Hospital
Sep08

Yellow, Mechanical Wolves Savaging Old Lincoln Park Children’s Hospital

It’s supposed to be a lovely day on Friday.  So skip work.  Bring a couple of beach chairs, a bucket of Rolling Rocks and your favorite son or daughter up to the corner of Fullerton and Lincoln so the two of you can relax and watch the mayhem. The mayhem in question is the demolition of the former Children’s Memorial Hospital which has reached its meatiest stage.  The excavators are ripping into the building like wolves...

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Demolition Days at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Lincoln Park
Jun08

Demolition Days at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Lincoln Park

It’s not every day that you get to see a hospital building being demolished.  Unless you live near Rush University Medical Center, where several came down very recently.  Or in Streeterville, where the old Prentice was turned to dust.  Or in Prairie Shores where the Michael Reese complex fell. OK, so Chicago has no shortage of hospital buildings being forcibly removed from existence a piece at a time.  But the latest one make...

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Big Muscle Brought in to Help Redevelop Lincoln Park Children’s Hospital Site
Jun01

Big Muscle Brought in to Help Redevelop Lincoln Park Children’s Hospital Site

The long, drawn-out process of turning the former Children’s Memorial Hospital in Lincoln Park into something useful and vibrant got a serious kick in the pants today. McCaffery Interests, which has been spearheading the project through its contentious days, has brought in Houston mega-developer Hines to help out with the project.  It wants to start demolition soon to have the entire project completed in 2018. Hines is also part...

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📹 Children’s Hospital Redevelopment Passes One Green, but Caution Flags Abound
Feb21

📹 Children’s Hospital Redevelopment Passes One Green, but Caution Flags Abound

After months of angst, anger, and bewilderment there is finally some real forward movement in the redevelopment of the former Children’s Memorial Hospital in Lincoln Park. In a marathon session at City Hall yesterday, the Chicago Plan Commission heard from dozens of neighbors weighing in on the project that would turn the empty hospital into a $350 million residential, commercial, and retail complex, designed by Joe Auntonovitch. You...

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