Refreshed Park May Sort of Honor One of Chicago’s Oddest People
May20

Refreshed Park May Sort of Honor One of Chicago’s Oddest People

There are lots of neighborhoods in Chicago that are short on parks. Streeterville is short two of them. First, there’s the long-promised, never-delivered, and no longer radioactive DuSable Park. City Hall has been promising that patch of greenery to its citizens since the Washington administration (Harold, not George). Bennett Park under construction (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!) Then there’s the park that’s...

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While NY and SF Struggle, Chicago Readies for More Public Housing
May13

While NY and SF Struggle, Chicago Readies for More Public Housing

One of Chicago’s oldest public housing projects is about to become Chicago’s newest mixed-income housing project, and is getting ready to welcome thousands of new residents. Rendering of Lathrop Homes (via Related Midwest) The landmark Lathrop Homes property along the North Branch of the Chicago River is being redeveloped by River North’s Related Midwest, Bickerdike Redevelopment, and Heartland Housing into 1,116 new...

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TIF Tiff Tips With Politics Unusual Greening Lincoln Yards, The 78
Apr11

TIF Tiff Tips With Politics Unusual Greening Lincoln Yards, The 78

Unless you’ve been hiding underground with the daffodils for the last six months, you’re aware that there has been a battle royale going on in the storied corridors of Chicago City Hall. Real estate developers on one side, community groups on another, opportunists mugging for the TV cameras, and politicians both outgoing and incoming taking shots where they can. It’s been like one of those black-and-white cartoon...

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One Bennett Park Opens as Newest, Tallest Skyscraper in Streeterville
Mar11

One Bennett Park Opens as Newest, Tallest Skyscraper in Streeterville

Five years ago, if you looked at a map of Streeterville and thought that there wasn’t any place left in the neighborhood for a really dramatic skyline-busting residential tower, a lot of people would have nodded in agreement. But that was before Related Midwest took the vacant lot behind its ward, 500 Lake Shore Drive, and paired it with the under-realized park next door to redefine the core of this quarter of Chicago. One...

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Cleveland Company Gets Local Help to Put Up a Tower Along 290
Feb07

Cleveland Company Gets Local Help to Put Up a Tower Along 290

It’s been almost five years since we first told you about plans for another residential tower along the Eisenhower Expressway. Back then 1061 West Van Buren was going to be the first project in Chicago from Cleveland’s Pizzuti Companies.  At the time, our Bill Motchan reported: Most of the new or rehabbed buildings on West Van Buren top off at nine stories. The Pizzuti development would definitely break that trend. It will have 16...

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New South Loop CTA Station Chugging Along
Jan28

New South Loop CTA Station Chugging Along

When plans for The 78 were unveiled, one of the line items that gave us the warm and fuzzies was the notion that the South Loop might be in line for another new L station.  That idea is taking another step from being a mystery dot on a stylized map to becoming something concrete. A public meeting has been called to discuss revised plans for the new CTA Red Line station at The 78.  You’ll remember that The 78 is the seven billion...

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Is The City Trying To Hurry Up the Chicago Spire Replacement?
Jan28

Is The City Trying To Hurry Up the Chicago Spire Replacement?

We’re not going to pretend that we fully understand all of the nuances of the delicate waltz known as Chicago Zoning.  But something popped up on the radar that’s worth noting now, just in case it’s something later. 400 North Lake Shore Drive, Related Midwest’s replacement for the failed Chicago Spire, may soon have a deadline to begin construction. In March the Chicago Plan Commission will be asked to amend...

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What Friends of the Parks Sees for Chicago in 2019
Dec17

What Friends of the Parks Sees for Chicago in 2019

It’s the time of year when everything useful has pretty much wrapped up, and all that’s left to do is balance the books and figure out who to blame for sticking you with rotisserie chicken-flavored candy canes as a Secret Santa present. So looking ahead to next year, we asked a selection of Chicagoans what they expect 2019 to bring.  Here are five predictions from Juanita Irizzary, Executive Director of Friends of the...

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Chicago Spire Replacement Not Dead Yet
Oct23

Chicago Spire Replacement Not Dead Yet

Yesterday we told you that 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly decided that Related Midwest’s two-tower plan for the space that failed to become the Chicago Spire is a non-starter. The alderman had a fair number of rather significant problems with the plan for 400 North Lake Shore Drive, including traffic, security, the big honking podium, and the mere existence of a hotel.  Fortunately, the height of the towers in the project...

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Alderman Spikes 1,100-Foot-Tall Chicago Spire Replacement
Oct22

Alderman Spikes 1,100-Foot-Tall Chicago Spire Replacement

In a blocking move that would make Hakeem Olajuwon say, “Oh, snap!” 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly pulled on his Bulls jersey, reached up with political hand spread wide, and blocked a planned supertower in Streeterville. The project in question was 400 North Lake Shore Drive, a pair of skyscrapers at the site of the long-dead Chicago Spire, and the even longer-dead Fordham Spire.  If you don’t know what either of...

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