Follow-up: Roosevelt University’s New Skyscraper
Apr08

Follow-up: Roosevelt University’s New Skyscraper

Over the last three weeks or so, several readers have asked if the new Roosevelt University skyscraper (421 South Wabash Street)we wrote about is going to be LEED certified. Today I heard back from a PR person at Roosevelt, and yes the building is going for LEED certification.  I don’t know what level yet; she’s supposed to get back to me with specifics. You can read more about the new building here: More Details About the...

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Bubbling Green in Chicago
Mar17

Bubbling Green in Chicago

In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, here’s a shot of the fountain at Daley Plaza all colored green.

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Quickie: New Stores For North Bridge and Wabash

While in the Shops at North Bridge (520 North Michigan Avenue) today I noticed two stores being built out. First, is the Art of Shaving store, which we mentioned was coming on this blog back in the fall.  It looks like it’s finally coming to fruition, and if it’s anything like the one I visited in San Francisco, it will be quite nice. The other is on the second floor, and called “Teavana” — some kind of...

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More Details About the New Roosevelt University Skyscraper
Jan07

More Details About the New Roosevelt University Skyscraper

A meeting was held today to provide the public with more information about the new skyscraper that Roosevelt University is building in the Loop (421 South Wabash Street).  You can read more about the new Roosevelt University “vertical campus” building here. Nothing earth-shattering came out of the information session, but there was one thing that came up that we failed to notice before — the building is only shiny...

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Another Halsted Street Deli in the Loop

It looks like Halsted Street Deli is opening another location in The Loop.  One of our readers sent this photo in, but didn’t quite remember where he took it.  Franklin Street near Sears Tower was his best guess. There are no clues on the company’s web site about new locations.

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Audience Mostly Underwhelmed by Northerly Island Plans

Last week a meeting was held in the Loop at the Spertus Institute(610 South Michigan Avenue) to talk about the future of Northerly Island.  As community meetings go, this one was unusually heavily promoted, even receiving publicity on the local radio and television stations.  WBBM-TV sent a photographer.  About 400 local people also showed up and what they saw they didn’t seem happy with. What they saw is termed the...

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Chicago’s Seven Storefront Studios
Nov19

Chicago’s Seven Storefront Studios

The banners promise that Loyola University’s new $400,000 streetfront television studio in The Clare at Water Tower (55 East Pearson Street) will open in autumn 2009, but I think we can safely say that isn’t going to happen.  Especially considering that Loyola only got its permit to build the studio on October 2nd. Loyola’s will be the seventh streetfront studio in Chicago.  WGN radio was the modern pioneer with this...

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Art Institute Expansion Opens Tomorrow. Not Quite Done
May15

Art Institute Expansion Opens Tomorrow. Not Quite Done

The Art Institute of Chicago opens its biggest expansion in years tomorrow. The new 264,000 square foot modern wing comes complete with a slew of eco-friendly features, a big name starchitect, and a $294,000,000.00 price tag. It’s the first major public project for the Italian architect in Chicago, though as the New York Times notes, the rest of “America has been suffering from Renzo Piano fatigue.” He’s been...

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First Farmers’ Market of 2009

It’s farmers market season in Chicago once again.  It’s your best chance to sink your teeth into the freshest food possible without leaving the city. Today was the first one — at Federal Plaza in the Loop.  The next one is Thursday at Daley Plaza, but they become more frequent and widespread as the season progresses. Because the schedule can be somewhat haphazard (I’m looking at you, Museum of Science and...

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Montgomery Ward Tower Not Gone, Just Hidden

Thanks to Chicago Architecture Blog reader and Chicago Architecture Info Facebook fan Jim Mitch for letting us know about a glaring error in one of our earlier posts, and more importantly — about a hidden piece of Chicago architectural history. In February we posted a note talking about the completion of the renovation of 6 North Michigan Avenue . This was one of the old Montgomery Ward buildings and used to have a 10-story...

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