Wave a Tiny Flag For Chicago’s Limestone Leviathan
Oct10

Wave a Tiny Flag For Chicago’s Limestone Leviathan

As you commute in and out of the city on the Eisenhower Expressway, you may feel your heart skip a beat when you notice tiny workmen climbing around scaffolding clinging to the Old Main Post Office like some kind of post-apocalyptic game of Donkey Kong.  But don’t rush home to tell the wife and kids that the decades-dead building has finally come to life again. Last Wednesday the city issued a permit for facade repairs: EXTERIOR...

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Fourth on Fire — Chicago’s Old Post Office Can’t Get a Break
Jul05

Fourth on Fire — Chicago’s Old Post Office Can’t Get a Break

Abandoned.  Beleaguered.  Troubled.  Distressed.  And now you can add another adjective to the list describing Chicago’s Old Main Post Office at 433 West Van Buren Street: Burned. On Independence Day, smoke in the West Loop air wasn’t from fireworks, it was from an actual fire on the top floor of the three million square foot behemoth.  Chicago’s finest had the flames out in a matter of minutes, but there was quite a...

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City Inks Old Post Office Deal; But There’s Still a Long Way to Go
May13

City Inks Old Post Office Deal; But There’s Still a Long Way to Go

It was the deal that many said couldn’t be done: Wrestle Chicago’s massive and long-abandoned old post office building away from a British developer and turn it over to someone who would put it to good use.  There were predictions it would be tied up in court for decades, or at least as long as the building has been out of service.  But then late last night a glimmer of hope shone through the gap where the concrete...

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[Interactive] Old Post Office Plan Approved with 100-Story Tower, But 170-Story Skyscraper Will Wait
Jul21

[Interactive] Old Post Office Plan Approved with 100-Story Tower, But 170-Story Skyscraper Will Wait

Fantastic news for people tired of seeing that massive dead post office sulking over the Eisenhower Expressway in the West Loop: The plan to turn it into an enormous residential, retail, and office complex has cleared its final major hurdle. The building was abandoned in 1996, and every few years someone seems to come along with a plan for turning it into something or other, but to date none have worked out.  This latest one is the...

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Old Post Office Development Back On Track With Hotel, Residential, Retail, Office Space and a 100-Story Skyscraper
Apr09

Old Post Office Development Back On Track With Hotel, Residential, Retail, Office Space and a 100-Story Skyscraper

Plans for a massive 5.2 million-square-foot renovation and restoration of the empty Post Office at Canal and Van Buren, and accompanying new West Loop development are once again moving forward. If approved by the City of Chicago, the project would turn the 2.7-million-square-foot hulk of a building into a bustling hub of activity. The latest version of the plan was made public tonight (April 9, 2013) by Architect Joe Antunovich of...

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Union Station Master Plan Finished
Jun01

Union Station Master Plan Finished

The Union Station Master Plan has been completed, and it doesn’t look all that much different from the proposals put forth by Amtrak, Metra, and the Chicago Department of Transportation at the beginning of the process last year. First, a little background — Union Station is a mess.  Short-sightedness on the part of people in the 1960’s who thought that passenger rail service in America was dying led to infrastructure...

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Will Chicago Finally Get a New Supertall Skyscraper?
Jul22

Will Chicago Finally Get a New Supertall Skyscraper?

Yesterday, grand plans were unveiled for redeveloping Chicago’s old Main Post Office (433 West Van Buren Street), and the surrounding area.  They include the construction of five residential, hotel, and office skyscrapers perched atop a massive parking, retail, and transit podium spanning the Chicago River. The highest profile portion of the project is a 120-story tower to be built just west of the river at 350 West Harrison...

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