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Old October 28th, 2004, 05:54 AM   #81
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The arch will rock.

Honestly, guys, I am looking at pictures of LSE taking shape and it is seriously blowing me away.

Can you guys think of another city in this country creating anything the likes of LSE and Central Station (as well as Kingsbury and Riverside Parks, for that matter)? Chicago is just kicking so much ASS right now
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Old November 6th, 2004, 06:06 PM   #82
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Does anybody have new pics of LSE? I was looking on the web, and it looks like the park in LSE is coming along very nicely. There appears to be some sort of grand staircase with ornamental streetlights descending into the neighborhood. So incredibly charming! Anybody know how these things are all coming along?
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Old November 6th, 2004, 07:19 PM   #83
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Does anybody have new pics of LSE? I was looking on the web, and it looks like the park in LSE is coming along very nicely. There appears to be some sort of grand staircase with ornamental streetlights descending into the neighborhood. So incredibly charming! Anybody know how these things are all coming along?


Having seen it myself numerous times, I'd say you're pretty accurate. The park is coming along nicely. No construction yet on the CPS school; I'm sure that won't be coming until a lot more people move into the development. Grade work has been done on the four sides of the park for town house construction, but no ground breaking yet.

I still don't have a clue on the market; shopping complex, as to where it will go (although it will be on the west end of the development, near Columbus). I'm also wondering (I've expressed this one before) if there will be an effort to put some type of Wrigley type ivy on the exposed concrete walls which are vestiges of Illinois Center's 3 level roadway system. I sure they plan to cover these up in some attractive way; they have a raw, unappealing under-construction look about them, completely out of sync with the rest of the project.
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Old November 6th, 2004, 08:17 PM   #84
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edsg... are you sure about the retail location? I certainly hope you're right! I always just assumed all that would go on the east side of the development (I'm not sure why)... but your proclaimed location is much better!!
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Old November 6th, 2004, 08:49 PM   #85
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A few weekends ago, I was wandering downtown with my hitched partner (long story... to put in a few words, I was tied to someone of the opposite sex for 37 hours) and I got to see LSE upfront. Man, pictures just capture the amazing wonder that is LSE. Of course, my partner then learned I was a city/architectural buff when I just started pointing and rambling about Lancaster, Shoreham, LSE, the arch, 340, and on and on. This project makes me incredibly happy.
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Old November 7th, 2004, 04:09 AM   #86
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edsg... are you sure about the retail location? I certainly hope you're right! I always just assumed all that would go on the east side of the development (I'm not sure why)... but your proclaimed location is much better!!
the website gives the general area, but not a specific.
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Old November 7th, 2004, 08:36 PM   #87
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lol @ sim.

I don't know about everyone else... but, now I'm just too curious about this "partner"
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Old November 7th, 2004, 08:40 PM   #88
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Sim, do you mean "tied" in the literal sense, or just obligatory?
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Old November 8th, 2004, 05:03 AM   #89
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Well, someone requested some photo updates of LakeShoreEast, well I took some today. I was able to "sneak" in and take some photos of Harbor Park, befor I got kicked out that is

Looking northeast from the Blue Cross Blue Shield plaza.


Looking west across Harbor Park.


Another shot looking west over the park.


The junglegym. Looking north, that's the Shorham under construction in the background.


On the walking paths.


The park and the Lancaster.


Another Lancaster shot.


Paths and future water features.


The Shoreham and The Lancaster overlooking Harbor Park.


The Shoreham nearing the topping out stage.


The Lancaster.


I hope that these are okay. ENJOY!!!!!
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Old November 8th, 2004, 05:12 AM   #90
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fricking awesome... good job... now hopefully they start construction 340 on park and the regetta soon.
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Old November 8th, 2004, 06:26 AM   #91
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BVictor, I have just built a 10 foot tall shrine of you in my house, I plan to worship it on a daily basis


BTW, does anybody have any idea what will happen to those concrete slab bases of all those Illinois Center buildings? Is there any plan to cover them up or do anything to "make them go away"? They would really cramp the style of what is otherwise likely to become an absolutely gorgeous highrise neighborhood
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Old November 8th, 2004, 06:34 AM   #92
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I am awe-stricken.

If nothing else, one thing Chicagoans know how to build better than anyone is a friggin park!

I remember, just a mere 2 years ago, when they were clearing this site. It was completely empty--a giant slab of dirt. I remember telling the girl I was dating at the time that some day I would own a house there (I already knew about LSE, btw). Now I look and see all that has transpired in a 2 year period and it blows me away. I can't even imagine how this neighborhood will look in 10-15 years. It is honestly the most beautiful thing ever--I just hope they find a way to resolve the issue of the bases of those older Illinois center highrises.

We can only hope that Riverside Park, Lasalle Park, and Kingsbury Park are built with the same concientious urban design

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Old November 8th, 2004, 07:33 AM   #93
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BTW, does anybody have any idea what will happen to those concrete slab bases of all those Illinois Center buildings? Is there any plan to cover them up or do anything to "make them go away"? They would really cramp the style of what is otherwise likely to become an absolutely gorgeous highrise neighborhood
That's what the townhomes are for.
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Old November 8th, 2004, 07:36 AM   #94
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Lower Columbus Drive and much of Middle and Lower Wacker Drive will be covered up as well by towers and townhomes. This area will look nothing like how it used to look like back when it was a 9-hole golf course.
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Old November 8th, 2004, 12:29 PM   #95
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edsg... are you sure about the retail location? I certainly hope you're right! I always just assumed all that would go on the east side of the development (I'm not sure why)... but your proclaimed location is much better!!
There will be a two story Target and other things at the base of the Regatta, NE of the Shoreham.
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Old November 8th, 2004, 01:41 PM   #96
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That's what the townhomes are for.
unfortunately not. They will not block the concrete. The setting is essentially a valley. Not a negative, per se. But something has to be done with the concrete walls. I've said it before: run up to Waveland and Sheffield and steal some of that ivy!
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Old November 8th, 2004, 01:42 PM   #97
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There will be a two story Target and other things at the base of the Regatta, NE of the Shoreham.
Target would make a helluva lot more money if it simply moved over a half mile to State Street.
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Old November 8th, 2004, 04:56 PM   #98
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I've heard mentions of a Target at LSE before, as much as I would like one to be there, I just can't imagine enough local traffic to support one. I also question how much it will draw from other areas, how they would handle potentially massive traffic, and how these folks who are paying enourmous sums of money to live there would feel about a Target in their midst, as it would draw people of "lesser means" to the area. I would also argue that the price of retail space would be far too high for a discounter to make a profit. I won't say it's impossible, but I think they could be much more successful locating a bit to the west in the area around what's left of Cabrini.
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Old November 8th, 2004, 10:34 PM   #99
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unfortunately not. They will not block the concrete. The setting is essentially a valley. Not a negative, per se. But something has to be done with the concrete walls. I've said it before: run up to Waveland and Sheffield and steal some of that ivy!
Or maybe they could have some of the Gallery 37 kids design some murals to be painted on the walls. That would look sweet.
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Old November 9th, 2004, 07:32 PM   #100
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I was always so excited about the LSE Target thinking "ahh, so close... so, convenient!" But, now that I actually really think about it... it will be much more annoying to get to than the other new Target at Clark and Roosevelt. I agree that the location should maybe be reconsidered. But, retail will still be a very important component to LSE's success. No true neighborhood can prosper without it.
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