Rees House Getting Along Well With New Neighbors
Aug04

Rees House Getting Along Well With New Neighbors

Nine months ago, in a slow motion engineering ballet, the Rees House was moved from 2110 South Prairie Avenue, the place where it was built in 1888, to a safer location up the street and out of the way of the latest McCormick Place expansion. The historic home now sits at 2017 South Prairie Avenue, and The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell rolled by recently to take a look.  He tells us that visually, it gets along fine...

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Status Update: The Please-Don’t-Call-It-DePaul-Arena
Apr09

Status Update: The Please-Don’t-Call-It-DePaul-Arena

Demolition work is just about complete at 2130 South Prairie Avenue, where the new DePaul Arena McCormick Place Events Center will soon be built. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell darted by the future Demon Dome recently as crews were taking the last few bites out of an existing unloved one-story building.  You’ll remember it was just six months ago that clearing space for this multi-purpose facility got...

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Status Update: The New Kid on the Block Working Hard to Fit In
Mar31

Status Update: The New Kid on the Block Working Hard to Fit In

Six months ago, an historic South Loop home spent two days as Chicago’s media darling because it did something that few homes ever do: It changed its address. The Rees House was hefted onto a massive dolly and ever-so-gently rolled down the street from 2110 South Prairie Avenue to its new, and current, home at 2017 South Prairie Avenue. It was an event that had something for everyone — big construction machines, police...

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Moving History in the South Loop
Nov11

Moving History in the South Loop

Moving sucks.  Along with a wedding and a death in the family, it’s one of the most stressful events in a person’s life.  Sometimes it helps to have a professional help you out. Especially when that professional has 240 wheels at his disposal. The big event in the South Loop this rainy day was Wolfe House and Building Movers, quite literally, moving house.  The historic Rees House ever-so-slowly crawled from 2110 South...

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Rees Real Estate Relocation Rolls Down the Road
Oct01

Rees Real Estate Relocation Rolls Down the Road

The first part of the Rees House relocation happened this morning, and Chicago Architecture Blog photographer Daniel Schell was there bright screaming early in the morning to catch the action. The big show has yet to come—Moving the 126-year-old, 187-ton Rees House ever-so-gently from 2110 South Prairie Avenue to 2017  South Prairie Avenue to make way for McPier’s new DePaul arena and event center.  That happens next month. You...

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McPier Plan Progresses as Prairie People Press Parking, Pileups and Pocket Parks Points
Aug25

McPier Plan Progresses as Prairie People Press Parking, Pileups and Pocket Parks Points

  The scaled-back plan to build a new hotel, a data center, and an arena on the edge of the Prairie Avenue District is marching forward, with proposals for two of the three components already in McPier’s hands. This past Friday was the deadline for companies to submit their proposals to the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (“McPier”) for the new Marriott Marquis hotel and the Events Center.  Earlier...

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Preservation and McPier Learn To Live Together in the South Loop
Apr04

Preservation and McPier Learn To Live Together in the South Loop

When the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority announced plans for a half-billion dollar expansion from its lakeside perch into the surrounding neighborhood, it was as if a pack of rabid wolves was let loose in the South Loop. At public meetings, people howled and shouted about property values, traffic, and most importantly—historic preservation.  They didn’t mind the convention center complex oozing into the many, many...

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