Man Bites Dog: Downtown Water Tank To Be Saved
Mar20

Man Bites Dog: Downtown Water Tank To Be Saved

We’ve lamented before about how advances in modern plumbing and fire suppression technology are stripping so many of Chicago’s buildings of their rooftop water tanks.  Many of the remaining tanks we see adorning the roofs of the city’s brick-and-timber buildings are a hundred years old or more.  Repairs are expensive.  Turning them into cell phone transmitter platforms is lucrative.  And so, one by one, the...

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Now You Can Drink Beer to Rebuild a Chicago Landmark
Jun10

Now You Can Drink Beer to Rebuild a Chicago Landmark

Remember that horrible winter a few years ago?  The one when it was so snowy that Lake Shore Drive froze over, Tom Skilling taught us the word “Polar Vortex,” and thousands of people were convinced to U-Haul it to warmer states?  That was also the winter when Chicago water towers started freezing, including the beloved Swedish flag water tower that used to preside over Andersonville. The Andersonville 87-year-old water...

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Three More Pieces of Chicago’s Skyline Headed to the Scrapyard
Aug25

Three More Pieces of Chicago’s Skyline Headed to the Scrapyard

Add three more Chicago water tanks to the list of the doomed. All three were named in demolition permits within a two-day span last week, with their fates being sealed Thursday and Friday. The photo above shows the water tank at 350 West Kinzie Street, the home of Lock Up Self Storage. It has been contracted to Heneghan Wrecking Company for demolition. 404 South Wells Street and 412 South Wells Street are both home to the Cactus Bar....

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