Slice of Life: The Surprise Skyscraper

The glass monolith that is 300 North LaSalle provides a comely, if imaginary, terminus to Wacker Drive.  Because of its size and location, it seems to pop up in photographs all the...

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Best. Bike Lanes. Evar.

On June third, Alderman Reilly announced that the City of Chicago was going to copy an experimental form of bike lane currently in use in New York.  It was a slow news day the next morning, so pretty much every media outlet made mention of it. However, since the lanes hadn’t yet been constructed, no one had any pictures. Here’s one sent out by the alderman showing one of the protected bike lanes, sometimes known as...

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Burberry: Countdown to Tear Down
Jul24

Burberry: Countdown to Tear Down

If the six-foot-tall mug of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley peering out at you from a second-story window at the Shops at North Bridge (520 North Michigan Avenue) wasn’t hint enough, scaffolding (see above) recently went up next door to Chicago’s Burberry Store, heralding its impending doom. The Chicago flagship store at 633 North Michigan Aveue is closed now while employees move the last remaining inventory across the street....

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New Plan for Chicago’s Old Esquire Theater
Jul24

New Plan for Chicago’s Old Esquire Theater

It’s been many months since we heard about anything happening with the old Esquire Theater (58 East Oak Street).  Now, there’s word from Alderman Reilly’s office that a new rehabilitation plan is being floated. Previous plans included tearing the theater down and replacing it with a residential tower, tearing the theater down and replacing it with a boutique hotel, and rehabbing the property while shoehorning in both...

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Will Chicago Finally Get a New Supertall Skyscraper?
Jul22

Will Chicago Finally Get a New Supertall Skyscraper?

Yesterday, grand plans were unveiled for redeveloping Chicago’s old Main Post Office (433 West Van Buren Street), and the surrounding area.  They include the construction of five residential, hotel, and office skyscrapers perched atop a massive parking, retail, and transit podium spanning the Chicago River. The highest profile portion of the project is a 120-story tower to be built just west of the river at 350 West Harrison...

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Slice of Life: A Boatload of Tourists

It’s a boatload of tourists on the Chicago River.  What did you...

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Slice of Life: The Taste of Summer

  This is what we need today.  With temperatures in the 90’s, and swamp-like humidity, a little ice cream would really hit the spot.  This Good Humor man was spotted near Riverside Plaza, but there are plenty of mobile purveyors of frozen treats in Chicago, especially in the city’s Mexican neighborhoods. You may notice the old-fashioned style of the ice cream truck.  The Good Humor company recently changed its...

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Whither Art Magnolia’s Bloom?

It was back in March that all the usual Chicago blogging suspects went nuts reprinting, re-linking, and recirculating the same tidbit of press-release information: That New York’s famous Magnolia Bakery was going to open an outlet in Chicago.  Soon.  Like June. Well, June has come and gone, and all that seems to exist of Magnolia is the sign at Block37, a note on Block37’s web site stating that it’s “coming...

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Slice of Life: Four Black Men Chasing After a White Lady…

Date: July 13, 2011Time: 6:37amLocation: CTA #8 bus A middle-aged woman pulling a wheeled suitcase and with a crutch boards a southbound bus at Maxwell Street. The bus drives slowly as she organizes her fare. I sit in my seat wondering if I should go up there and help her with her bag.  But it doesn’t matter. After a short discussion with the driver, she is discharged at West 14th Place for not having enough money. As she...

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More Photos: Ikram’s New Red House of Fashion

We keep hearing that Chicago’s leading fashion trendsetter, Ikram Goldman, is going to open her new boutique at 15 East Huron Street any day now, so we stopped by over the weekend to see how things were progressing. Based on what we saw, “any day now” seems somewhat optimistic, and in fact the official opening day is set for July 27th.  That seems very realistic. Behind the black burlap and white protective...

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