Newberry Library Getting a 34-Story Bookend
Oct07

Newberry Library Getting a 34-Story Bookend

For the last 16 years, we’ve gloated every time a surface parking lot was erased from downtown Chicago.  Now it looks like a parking garage is about to meet that Great Urban Planner in the Sky, and we’re not sure how to feel about it. October 2019 rendering of 40 West Oak Street The garage in question serves the Warren Barr Pavilion, the mostly anonymous nursing home with the tony address of 66 West Oak Street in...

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Reader Questions: Raising the Barr
May29

Reader Questions: Raising the Barr

There are certain buildings that, in spite of their premier addresses, manage to go through life anonymously.  One of them is the Warren Barr Pavilion at 66 West Oak Street.  It’s a nursing home in the city’s Near North neighborhood, and in spite of its swishy Oak Street inscription, its brown brick facade keeps it hidden from the masses. Until recently, that is.  A neighbor hit our tip line asking what’s up with the...

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