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Old September 9th, 2007, 08:25 PM   #1041
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The original plan for this site was 3 identical caketop buildings - it looked like a 65 story fortress. Anyone still have that render - it was posted in a thread about the worst projects that almost came to your city.
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Old September 10th, 2007, 08:55 PM   #1042
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Chicago Children's Museum meeting tonight in Grant Park at Daley Bicentennial Plaza Field House.

We really need you to show your support for this very important project. Please come to the meeting tonight. Grant Park's success and international status are at stake. Grant Park is all of Chicago's park, it is our front yard! It does not belong to any one community but to all of Chicago's communities! This is, at a minimum, a city-wide issue not just a neighborhood issue.

Grant Park is also an international park and we need to show the world that we have the vision and leadership that will help us attract the 2016 Olympics.


Monday, September 10, 2007 - 6:30 p.m.



Daley Bicentennial Plaza - 337 E. Randolph ( just east of Columbus Drive across from the BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois Building)



Chicago Children's Museum officials will give a presentation of the brand-new design for the Museum. The building has been completely redesigned and is very green. They have listened to our requests that it be as green as possible and be lowered farther into the park. It has been.

These are some of the Chicago Children's Museum at Daley Bicentennial Plaza advantages:

It is a building per building replacement thus there is not a net gain of a building in Grant Park.
Provides children with a museum and additional facility in the Grant Park in a central location. We need more children in Grant Park! It is, after all, a park! Children will be able to interact with, and learn from people from all over the world already coming to visit Millennium Park and Grant Park.
Grant Park and Chicago will get a newly-constructed, state-of-the-art field house without funds coming from the Chicago Park District. Park District officials have repeated that funds for a new field house will not be released any time in the near future because of the increased demand for ones in other neighborhood parks.
Will allow for more funds to go to neighborhood parks. Grant Park generates millions of dollars for Chicago's neighborhoods.
Millennium Park's incredible international success brings people over the Millennium Park Bridge and a destination, gathering place and attraction are sorely needed. What will be built and how will it be funded, if not the museum?
Minimal traffic impact as many visitors will walk, take public transit and school buses will use middle-level Randolph to drop off and pick up visitors.
We believe that Grant Park is Chicago's lively, outdoor civic center in a beautiful, green setting that is open, green and active and will continue to be. It is a true urban success story.
Helps Chicago attract the 2016 Olympics.

We would never support a project that did not enhance Grant Park and we have worked for many years to green up the park, make it more attractive, accessible, cultural, and GREEN! We are, first and foremost, green space advocates and Grant Park is more green and attractive than it has ever been in its history! Grant Park is becoming a truly diverse place for people from all walks of life to interact.

Thank you for your interest and participation.

Please contact:
Bob O'Neill

Phone: 312-829-8015
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Old September 12th, 2007, 05:11 AM   #1043
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The original plan for this site was 3 identical caketop buildings - it looked like a 65 story fortress. Anyone still have that render - it was posted in a thread about the worst projects that almost came to your city.
That was me, and here you go.
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Old September 13th, 2007, 04:34 AM   #1044
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Wow, look who just popped out of his grave!

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Old September 13th, 2007, 07:52 AM   #1045
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Where you Been STR?

I know I was shocked that he quoted me. So when the heck are you going to get back to the Chicago model. STR - There are so many cool new buildings that we want to see you incorporate into your 2010 model. Put your hand to the South Grant Park Wall with OMP1 OMPW GP3 & GP4.
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Old September 13th, 2007, 05:41 PM   #1046
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JV Takes Historic Chicago Property for $31M, Plans Hotel
Sept 12, 2007

A joint venture between Songy Partners L.L.C. and Snider-Cannata Interests L.L.C. has acquired the historic Chicago Athletic Association in downtown Chicago for $31 million. The venture will convert the 114-year-old landmark property overlooking Millennium Park into a luxury Omni hotel. The renovations for the project will cost $125 million, as the property is converted into the luxury 4.5-star hotel. The Chicago Athletic Association will be vacating the 265,000-square-foot, two-building facility, which was originally built in 1893.

http://www.commercialpropertynews.co...ews/briefs.jsp
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Old September 14th, 2007, 03:25 AM   #1047
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So they've done it. It's a huge shame - they need to open it up to the public for a couple of days so I can experience all the history in that place, and see firsthand what life was like for a Gilded Age tycoon. It's rare that you get such an complete glimpse into Chicago's past.
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Old September 14th, 2007, 03:37 AM   #1048
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Wow, look who just popped out of his grave!

I'm too busy to die. I might pop into the next CBP meeting for a beer or 4, depending on how I'm feeling and my schedule.

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I know I was shocked that he quoted me. So when the heck are you going to get back to the Chicago model. STR - There are so many cool new buildings that we want to see you incorporate into your 2010 model. Put your hand to the South Grant Park Wall with OMP1 OMPW GP3 & GP4.
There's a thread at SSP where I asked about new stuff people want added to the model, but it didn't get much of a reply.
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Old September 14th, 2007, 04:16 AM   #1049
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So they've done it. It's a huge shame - they need to open it up to the public for a couple of days so I can experience all the history in that place, and see firsthand what life was like for a Gilded Age tycoon. It's rare that you get such an complete glimpse into Chicago's past.
^ A hotel is at least a semi-public space. It could be worse.

What's happening with the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan is a real shame to me--now you'll never get to check out those rooms or views unless you're Michael Douglas
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Old September 14th, 2007, 04:20 AM   #1050
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Wow. I'm sure glad they didn't build three of the same towers... that would have looked horrible.
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Old September 14th, 2007, 11:33 PM   #1051
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Looks like they're painting Millenium Park Plaza (aka The Doral) black. The north side looks complete, and when viewed from South Water Street, almost looks like an extension of Illinois Center. I've never been a fan of the building, but at least now, it might call less attention to it's ugly self.
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Old September 15th, 2007, 02:17 AM   #1052
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I wonder if the annex proposal is still alive? I really hope so.
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Old September 15th, 2007, 06:17 PM   #1053
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ditto that. it was a very clean-looking gateway out of the park. i haven't heard anything about the project lately.
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Old September 15th, 2007, 06:29 PM   #1054
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What was the annex proposal?
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Old September 15th, 2007, 08:03 PM   #1055
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Old September 17th, 2007, 11:45 PM   #1056
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Looks like they're painting Millenium Park Plaza (aka The Doral) black. The north side looks complete, and when viewed from South Water Street, almost looks like an extension of Illinois Center. I've never been a fan of the building, but at least now, it might call less attention to it's ugly self.
Maybe it's not paint. Maybe it's adhesive and they're just going to glue the extension on!

The Doral... er... Millennium Park Plaza has always been one of my least favorite buildings. It's a blight on that tight corner of Michigan Avenue.
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Old September 18th, 2007, 05:19 AM   #1057
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^ I have a feeling that this thing will never happen. It's such a tight squeeze there. I just don't know if it's feasible financially, but I still hope it happens.
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Old September 18th, 2007, 06:58 AM   #1058
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Yeah... i am skeptical too. the developer said he was going to build rental properties. you figure if you can sell the units at $800/SF (which I feel you could probably fetch), the rent is going to have to be ridulous like $6,000 for a 1,000 SF 1BR in order to make it work!
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Old September 20th, 2007, 06:49 AM   #1059
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The 330 North Wabash Avenue building may be converted into condominiums because IBM and Jenner & Block have departed this building and it could be over 50% vacant.
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Old September 20th, 2007, 09:08 AM   #1060
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Hmm... let's hope the conversion plan respects what is one of our best examples of Miesian International architecture, and a good counterpoint to all the mediocre imitations produced by P+W and SOM over the years.
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