Deco Like a Gekko: Old Chicago Post Office Gets an Athletic Green Lid
Jun28

Deco Like a Gekko: Old Chicago Post Office Gets an Athletic Green Lid

If you watched Star Trek after Svengoolie on channel 26 Saturday night, you learned that jealousy is a terrible thing. But jealousy is also what makes the real estate world go ’round. Your cousin gets a two-flat in Ravenswood, you get a four-flat in Lincoln Park. Your neighbor puts a trampoline in his backyard, you put in a pool. The dot-com wannabe across town gets its own food truck, your dot-com wannabe puts in a food court...

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Old Chicago Post Office to Get Unexpected Riverwalk Segment
Jun21

Old Chicago Post Office to Get Unexpected Riverwalk Segment

One of the nation’s largest redevelopment projects is chugging away in Chicago’s West Loop.  For the last year, the once-abandoned, century-old Old Chicago Main Post Office building has been filling up with office tenants from PepsiCo to Uber to Ferrara Candy Company.  Now the tenants of what is currently branded The Post Office will get a little bonus green space. The redevelopers of this building, 601W Companies, have...

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Half a Billion in Pocket, Devs Ready to Rock Old Post Office
Dec26

Half a Billion in Pocket, Devs Ready to Rock Old Post Office

The Building That Wouldn’t Die is poised to start its second life. A couple of days before Christmas, the developers trying to resuscitate Chicago’s massive, menacing, moldy Old Main Post Office were given a half a billion dollars to start construction on their proposal to turn the lumbering landmark into a thriving mixed-use complex. This is the second loan the 601W Companies has been given by JPMorgan Chase.  The...

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New Construction at the Old Post Office Continues
Mar20

New Construction at the Old Post Office Continues

If you’re an eagle-eyed driver, you may have been able to spot some of the subtle signs of construction work going on at Chicago’s Old Main Post Office which spans the Eisenhower Expressway on your way out of town. For those of you who prefer to keep your eyes on the road, or have other commuting routes, you’ll be happy to know that there actually is work going on at the concrete leviathan beached on the west bank of...

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39 Things You Probably Don’t Know About The Old Main Post Office
Feb22

39 Things You Probably Don’t Know About The Old Main Post Office

With the Old Main Post Office in the news these days, we thought it was a good time to set the Wayback Machine for the mid-1930’s and take a closer look at the building that these days causes so many people to avert their eyes. Cost: $21 million Length: 800 feet Width: 350 feet Height: 230 feet Floor space: Three million square feet.  Ish. At the time of its completion, this was the largest post office in the world At the time...

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Seven Years Gives Rahm an Itch; Plans to Seize Old Main Post Office From British Developer
Feb20

Seven Years Gives Rahm an Itch; Plans to Seize Old Main Post Office From British Developer

For the second time in a week, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is taking dramatic steps that will ultimately reshape the Chicago skyline. A few days ago he introduced a plan to extend the downtown high-density skyscraper district to the north and west as part of a scheme to make more money available in the rest of the city’s neighborhoods.  Now he’s trying to seize control of the city’s largest derelict building in order...

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