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Old September 21st, 2007, 05:41 PM   #421
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^ That is one pricey bridge! But should be worth it, if only for the views of the Mich Ave cliff wall.
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 03:38 AM   #422
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I'm sure I'm not the only one who is less than thrilled about this bridge. I'm really looking forward to the Art Institute expansion being complete. I love the place . . . I'm a member for cripes sake, and Piano's at the top of the game. But the bridge seems like an unnecessary add-on to Millennium Park. It's practically a daddy-long-legs with these addition.
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 03:51 AM   #423
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I'm sure I'm not the only one who is less than thrilled about this bridge. I'm really looking forward to the Art Institute expansion being complete. I love the place . . . I'm a member for cripes sake, and Piano's at the top of the game. But the bridge seems like an unnecessary add-on to Millennium Park. It's practically a daddy-long-legs with these addition.
^ I think a better point can be made that all of these bridges would be unnecessary (and a waste of money) if the city would simply get rid of all these damn roads that run through Grant Park
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Old September 23rd, 2007, 07:52 AM   #424
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How would traffic get from Lake Shore Drive to the Loop?
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Old September 23rd, 2007, 06:51 PM   #425
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^ Roosevelt, Wacker

Listen, I get your point. But at some juncture, we must decide what's better for the city--accommodating traffic or making its premier park more people-friendly. CDOT people will have us believe that the accommodation of traffic (as Robert Moses once believed) is the most important function of a city.

I get it: the loop needs access to LSD. But I also think that Grant Park would be a X 1000 times better experience if one didn't have to cross large swaths of heavily trafficked road when walking around in it
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Old September 24th, 2007, 05:27 AM   #426
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Best, I suppose, would be for the "transverse roads" to be below grade, as in Central Park. Not so easy to do in Chicago, with the water table not much below grade.

The Grant Park Framework Plan scheme, making the roads through Grant Park more like driveable plazas, is one interesting scheme. Bridges--whether the BP Bridge, this Art Institute bridge, or a Queen's Landing extension of the Buckingham Fountain table--are another solution. What's remarkable is the degree to which these (and the 11th Street tunnel) have been made attractive to the public, as opposed to the usual situation where people dash across the road instead of climbing up to use the bridge.
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Old September 24th, 2007, 07:04 AM   #427
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They should get rid of one e-w street and bury another one that are next to each other, creating a natural, boxed in park within GP.
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Old September 24th, 2007, 05:53 PM   #428
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^ Roosevelt, Wacker

Listen, I get your point. But at some juncture, we must decide what's better for the city--accommodating traffic or making its premier park more people-friendly. CDOT people will have us believe that the accommodation of traffic (as Robert Moses once believed) is the most important function of a city.

I get it: the loop needs access to LSD. But I also think that Grant Park would be a X 1000 times better experience if one didn't have to cross large swaths of heavily trafficked road when walking around in it
Actually, I would think the traffic situation would not be all that bad. Proof is the city closing down almost all of Grant Park roadways during what is the busiest time of the year for the park, the 4th of July. The increased traffic that results doesn't appear to deter very many people.
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Old September 24th, 2007, 07:05 PM   #429
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If you mean the closures for Test of Chicago, they only close Columbus and Jackson. Even so, the traffic gets noticeably worse during rush hours all over the South Loop as a result of the extra turning movements.

If you mean the closures for Independence Eve fireworks, that's an exceptional special event that self-selecting (mostly fit, young) people expect to walk a mile or more to see--and expect to spend an hour or more leaving.
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Old September 24th, 2007, 10:56 PM   #430
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Mr. Downtown is right. Closing the roads through Grant Park != progress.
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Old September 25th, 2007, 09:16 PM   #431
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Daley 'open to compromise' on children's museum site
Mayor offers to meet alderman on Grant Park issue

By Gary Washburn | Tribune staff reporter
September 25, 2007


Mayor Richard Daley sounded a conciliatory note Monday, saying he's willing to discuss moving the Chicago Children's Museum to Grant Park with the proposal's leading foe. But the mayor also gave no indication he would back off his support for the park site.

Meanwhile, Daley also ruled out all three oft-rumored locations for a Chicago casino -- Navy Pier, McCormick Place and Northerly Island -- should Springfield approve a gambling facility here.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/p...,3872493.story
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Old September 26th, 2007, 06:08 PM   #432
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http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/5...seum26.article

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Museum 'in a cave' might be OK with Ald. Reilly
GRANT PARK | Could be built in parking garage underground

September 26, 2007
BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter/[email protected]

A Children's Museum "in a cave" -- built in Grant Park, but totally
underground -- emerged Tuesday as a possible solution to the raging conflict between Mayor Daley and downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd).
When a reporter suggested the idea, Reilly agreed to consider it, even though he had trouble believing that the Children's Museum would "want all of their programming to essentially be in a cave."...........

But the alderman maintained that Navy Pier, Northerly Island and the museum campus are far better choices. He also questioned how much the city would have to pay to Morgan Stanley, which has a 99-year lease to operate the city's downtown garages.............
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Old September 26th, 2007, 08:48 PM   #433
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Museum Could Cover Exposed Railyards In Grant Park

Now I hope that I'm posting in the right thread, cause its hard to find all the topics that have been discussed on this board . . .

Anyway, I had visualized a cultural institution covering up some of the exposed rail track in the mid- and southern-ends of the park. The Daley Administration had some plans on the drawing board in the past. The Children's Museum, or any cultural institute willing to bear the costs, would be welcome in my opinion.
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Old October 13th, 2007, 04:58 AM   #434
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This article, otherwise about development in the 27th ward, mentions that construction on the Hellenic Greektown Museum will start this fall:

http://www.nearwestgazette.com/Archi...News100701.htm
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Old October 19th, 2007, 03:25 AM   #435
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http://www.suntimes.com/business/fed...eder04.article

Back at work
With little explanation, construction resumes on new broadcast museum

October 4, 2007
BY ROBERT FEDER


After a delay of more than 17 months, construction resumed at last this week on Chicago's new Museum of Broadcast Communications.

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The Reader reports, however, that the work is limited to "shoring up the foundation."
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Old October 19th, 2007, 03:34 AM   #436
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How'd we miss this one?

http://poetryfoundation.org/foundati...se_101107.html

John Ronan Architects Selected to Design Home for Poetry Foundation
October 11, 2007


The Poetry Foundation board of trustees has selected John Ronan Architects to design its planned home for poetry in Chicago. The board made the unanimous decision at its September 19 meeting.

Eighteen firms applied to design the project. Chicago-based John Ronan Architects was chosen from a group of three finalists including Rafael Viñoly Architects, of London and New York, and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, of New York. Founded in 1997, Ronan’s firm recently completed the widely heralded Gary Comer Youth Center, home of the South Shore Drill Team, in Chicago.

“John Ronan is the perfect and exciting choice to guide the Poetry Foundation to its permanent home,” said John Barr, president of the Foundation. “The project confirms the Poetry Foundation’s commitment to the City of Chicago and is a testament to Chicago’s historic and ongoing role in the national literary culture.” The firm’s youthful energy, fresh imagination, responsiveness to client concerns, and success designing mixed-use projects appealed to the selection committee, according to Barr.

“I am honored to be chosen to assist the Poetry Foundation in their vision of a home for poetry,” Ronan stated. “The project is unlimited in its potential because there exists no model for what the Poetry Foundation is trying to create. I look forward to the challenge.”

Located on the southwest corner of Dearborn and Superior Streets in downtown Chicago, the new building is expected to encompass 25,000 square feet and include offices for the Poetry Foundation headquarters, editorial offices for Poetry magazine, a library and archives containing 30,000 volumes now housed at the Newberry Library, a public reading room with access to the collection, a visitors’ center, a garden or similar outdoor space, and multipurpose space designed to support the newly created Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute as well as the Foundation’s roster of public programming events such as readings, lectures, and panel discussions. The Foundation expects the project to be designed in an environmentally responsible manner.

“The building will be a destination for visitors wishing to read, listen to, research, or simply enjoy the pleasures of poetry,” said Ethel Kaplan, chair of the board of trustees. “It will be designed from the ground up to honor the art form we serve.” Work is expected to commence immediately, with an expectation that final design plans will be ready next summer. The project is scheduled for completion in 2010.
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^ Spyguy, I vaguely remember this project being mentioned a long time ago (perhaps a year ago?). But it's good to know that it's still going ahead.

Good news on the Broadcast Museum as well...
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Old November 2nd, 2007, 06:52 PM   #438
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Moniker cool, creator says of Millennium art

By Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah | Tribune staff reporter
November 2, 2007


"Popsicle" sticks.

The nickname for a proposed ice sculpture in Millennium Park, coined in a Tribune headline Thursday, is fine with Canadian artist Gordon Halloran, he said as he announced plans for the multicolored wall of ice.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...,4141362.story

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"Popsicle," eh? Yet another sobriquet for yet another piece of Millennium Park art.
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Old November 3rd, 2007, 01:56 AM   #439
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Art Institute Modern Wing

Anyone have updated pictures of the project?
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Old November 3rd, 2007, 07:16 AM   #440
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Here's a pic of a mock-up from the Trib article:



Full article: http://www.chicagotribune.com/servic...=chi_home_util
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