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Old August 21st, 2007, 08:10 PM   #321
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Here's a closeup of the bridge, from the New Eastside
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Old August 23rd, 2007, 06:52 PM   #322
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http://www.chicagojournal.com/main.a...59&TM=40334.21

DuSable Harbor to get long-awaited boathouse
Low-profile facility to be ready for boating season 2008

By HAYLEY GRAHAM


Boaters of the DuSable Harbor may finally have the boathouse they have been waiting for just in time for next year's boating season.
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Old August 25th, 2007, 02:31 AM   #323
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The Chicago Childrens Museum is running radio spots about how much they need a new site in Grant Park. They direct folks to their website, where this image appears:

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Old August 31st, 2007, 04:17 AM   #324
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http://www.suntimes.com/business/534...reek30.article

Greek museum might get new home
Project could be tied to condo tower

August 30, 2007
BY DAVID ROEDER


David Wallach, principal of W Developments LLC, is working with the Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center to build it a new home near the northeast corner of Halsted and Van Buren in Greektown. To make the project feasible, it would be tied to -- what else?-- sales in a new condominium tower.
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Old August 31st, 2007, 04:21 AM   #325
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Image of the Regenstein Library expansion



BTW, the first page has been updated with newer renderings.
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Old August 31st, 2007, 04:30 AM   #326
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Old August 31st, 2007, 04:38 AM   #327
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Yes, it's Murphy/Jahn. There is certainly a ground floor and one floor underneath, but besides that I don't know since I have limited knowledge on how much space an ASRS needs, especially with a capacity of over 3 million volumes.
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Old August 31st, 2007, 05:06 AM   #328
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Regarding the Children's Museum, it looks nice and certainly doesn't take much away from Grant Park. Plus it gives a reason to actually go across the Gehry bridge. Plus with the glass and green roofs, it doesn't look intrusive to the park, rather its another feature of the park.
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Old August 31st, 2007, 05:11 AM   #329
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Regarding the Children's Museum, it looks nice and certainly doesn't take much away from Grant Park.
Other than the main feature of Grant Park: that it's to remain forever free, open, and clear of any buildings whatever.
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Old August 31st, 2007, 05:33 AM   #330
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There should be no buildings build in grand park. That is why is called a park.
Europe has parks with art and sculptures but it is still a park. Like millenium park. No museum
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Old August 31st, 2007, 06:02 AM   #331
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^Think of it as a large, inhabitable structure. With its openness, i would consider this to be on the same level as the Pritzker Pavillion in Millennium Park, in terms of buildings in the park.
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Old August 31st, 2007, 06:41 AM   #332
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People have put up many a fight, i.e. Montgomery Ward, to protect the laws in place as written on the survey. As much as I like this project and feel it is not that obtrusive, it sets a bad precedence that this particular law may be violated. Think of the future of Grant Park... unlike the green light for the railroads to build there (not that it was much of a park then).

Certainly they can find a better place... i still vote for the northeast corner of Roosevelt and Michigan!
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Old August 31st, 2007, 07:43 AM   #333
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Bob O'Neill, self-appointed Grand Potentate of the Grant Park Conservancy, is circulating an RFP inviting design firms to do a plan for the southwest corner of Grant Park. While no actual public involvement is invited, the program does recommend a concession comparable to New York's Tavern on the Green. O'Neill, of course, has no actual authority over what gets built in Grant Park, so the Park District's response has so far been a wary "ideas are welcomed from anyone." Apparently, though, Central Station is financing the RFP process.
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Old August 31st, 2007, 03:14 PM   #334
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Well at least they are looking to doing something there! What do you think they should do there. It just seems so desolate.
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Old August 31st, 2007, 05:27 PM   #335
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Bob O'Neill, self-appointed Grand Potentate of the Grant Park Conservancy, is circulating an RFP inviting design firms to do a plan for the southwest corner of Grant Park. While no actual public involvement is invited, the program does recommend a concession comparable to New York's Tavern on the Green. O'Neill, of course, has no actual authority over what gets built in Grant Park, so the Park District's response has so far been a wary "ideas are welcomed from anyone." Apparently, though, Central Station is financing the RFP process.
^ It sounds like he's doing more for that part of Grant Park than a guy who wastes everybody's time with frivolous shadow studies
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Old August 31st, 2007, 11:29 PM   #336
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superiority issues?

[quote=Mr Downtown;15090597]Bob O'Neill, self-appointed Grand Potentate of the Grant Park Conservancy,

It seems quite interesting that "Mr. Downtown" takes such exception with Bob O'Neill representing Grant Park, when "Mr. Downtown" takes every opportunity he can to "represent" the South Loop. If that isn't the pot calling the kettle black.....

'Mr. Downtown", I've never asked or endorsed you to ever represent my interests or opinions regarding the South Loop.
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Old September 1st, 2007, 07:34 AM   #337
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In my opinion, Bob O'Neill is the only responsible citizen willing to dedicate his own time to ensuring excellence in Grant Park.

If Central Station chooses to get involved, so much the better. Any improvement at that site will benefit them and benefit the city greatly.

Lastly, attempting to bring the south portion of Grant Park in line with the north portion, at least in terms of pedestrian traffic and attractions, is perhaps THE most important thing the city can do to transform the South Loop into a high-urban environment. The ripple effect of Millennium Park just confirmed this for me.

Park improvements are also less susceptible to NIMBYs, because how can you argue for the status quo?
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Old September 3rd, 2007, 05:58 AM   #340
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Do you truly find [Central Station's] involvement here to be unreasonable?
No, not at all. What seems curious to me is doing this through the self-appointed Bob O'Neill rather than any sort of public process involving the Chicago Park District or elected officials. The RFP doesn't anticipate any sort of public participation at all.
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