Linear Park Construction Continues Near Addison Where A RiverRuns Through It
Jul22

Linear Park Construction Continues Near Addison Where A RiverRuns Through It

The construction of Chicago’s latest linear park is chugging right along, with bridgework happening near Addison and Rockwell.  Think of 312 RiverRun as a moist version of The 606, except instead of being built on an old industrial rail bed, it’s being built over the old industrial North Branch of the Chicago River. Construction of the 312 RiverRun at Addison (July 2019, courtesy of Avondale Spy Joel) Avondale Spy Joel...

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Could the 606’s Expansion Really Happen?
Nov29

Could the 606’s Expansion Really Happen?

Projects come and projects go.  That’s that nature of life in a big city, and the reason why we greet so many big projects with skepticism. There are certain content aggregators in town who immediately latch on to any e-mailed announcement and present it to their readers as if the project has merit, funding, and a chance in Hell of becoming reality.  All it takes is a free blogging account sprinkled with buzzwords and pretty...

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Guess Who Is Chicago’s #1 Crane Fan
Nov08

Guess Who Is Chicago’s #1 Crane Fan

For years we’ve been telling you that the number of cranes swinging around a city’s skyline is a good indication of that town’s economic health.  It turns out we’re not the only ones who see it that way. Hizzoner, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, held a news conference yesterday to boast about the number of cranes operating in the Chicago skies.  How many are there?  Including the newest crane, at 451 East Grand in...

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Building Great Chicago Open Spaces From Above and Below
May25

Building Great Chicago Open Spaces From Above and Below

  Do you love parks?  Of course you do! Do you love construction?  Of course you do! Like chocolate and peanut butter, the good people over at Walsh Construction have put together parks and construction into a single video about their work creating great urban open spaces in Chicago. You’ve seen the big green Walsh logo in places high and low across this city.  When it comes to parks, it was the general contractor on...

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Art Is Blooming Up Above The Streets On The 606
Oct13

Art Is Blooming Up Above The Streets On The 606

If you haven’t been up to The 606 yet, the weather is still pleasant enough for a stroll above the busy streets. And now, there’s more public art to enjoy. A new installation of artist Chakaia Booker’s Brick House 2015 has just been completed. The large sculpture is made of rubber tires, rubber and stainless steel. You can find it at the Damen Arts Plaza, a few blocks west of Milwaukee and North Ave. on Damen Ave. Further west, at the...

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The 606 Getting Ready for Hippies, Sunbeams, and Scientists
Jul20

The 606 Getting Ready for Hippies, Sunbeams, and Scientists

Looking for a place to celebrate the next celestial event, but can’t afford to splash out $900 for an economy-class ticket to London, $80 for the train to Salisbury, and $30 for the cab ride to Stonehenge?  Grab your crystals and your patchuli-soaked poncho and head to the west end of The 606 That’s where, starting today, crews will be adding the celestial markers to the trail head feature known as The Observatory.  From...

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The 606 on 6/06
Jun08

The 606 on 6/06

The elevated urban park formerly known as the Bloomingdale Trail opened over the weekend.  Now known as The 606, it’s Chicago’s answer to New York’s celebrated High Line and  Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon — a dirty, disused ribbons of urban blight reborn as badly needed greenspace. While some publications wring their hands and try to find something wrong with the new park (ZOMG safety! Gentification!), we’d...

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The 606 Preps For Official Opening
May28

The 606 Preps For Official Opening

A couple of years ago, when a friend convinced me to hike along the Bloomingdale Trail, it wasn’t much to look at. Aficionados of weeds and urban decay might have found beauty in it, but it was hard to look past the schmutz and detritus along the 2.7-mile elevated track. Fast-forward to the present and this former ugly duckling is about to take flight as a swan. The 606 will be open and ready to take its place among the great city...

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Bridging the 606 Trail at Milwaukee Avenue and Beyond
Oct13

Bridging the 606 Trail at Milwaukee Avenue and Beyond

Luis Benitez spends a lot of time thinking about bridges. Benitez is the chief engineer for the City of Chicago and it’s not uncommon for him to receive a late night phone call about one of the city’s 377 bridges. It usually isn’t good news. Sometimes, a truck driver will misjudge clearance width or height. It does neither the truck nor the bridge much good when that happens. That’s the cue for Benitez to get to the scene and make...

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Walkin’ The 606
Sep04

Walkin’ The 606

  Last week, when he wasn’t busy crushing beloved Pilsen school buildings, hizzoner Rahm showed up at a photo op to mark the groundbreaking of the Bloomingdale Trail. The Trail—now officially known as The 606—is a 2.7-mile stretch of elevated, unused Canadian Pacific Railway tracks. About a year from now, after $46 million or so in construction costs, the trail will emerge as a beautiful butterfly. Right now, it’s a homely...

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