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Old November 3rd, 2007, 10:17 AM   #441
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Old November 3rd, 2007, 07:57 PM   #442
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http://www.nearwestgazette.com/Archi...briefs1107.htm

GPAC/GPC tackles variety of park issues
Marie Balice Ward


Queen's Landing: Officials have contacted British firms to fund a bridge or other structure for a direct connection between Queen’s Landing/Buckingham Fountain and the lakefront east of Lake Shore Drive, said Bob O’Neill, president of GPAC/GPC. Discussions are underway to ask a British architect design the structure, O’Neill added. He mentioned two Pritzker Prize winning architects—Sir Norman Foster and Richard Rogers—who are highly regarded internationally. Work on a crossing would tie in with the upcoming 50th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s arrival in Chicago at that site.

Updating the south end: A proposal for the south end of Grant Park would update the railroad tracks and the antiquated bridge. Officials will hire planners to develop conceptual ideas in the next couple of weeks.
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Salvation Army to unveil community center plans
Nov. 05, 2007
By Brandon Glenn


The Salvation Army’s Chicago Metropolitan Division is set to unveil plans for a $160-million community center on the Southwest Side on Tuesday.

The 220,000-square-foot community center, designed by Helmut Jahn, is to be built on two vacant lots that stretch a combined 33 acres in the West Pullman neighborhood, said Lt. Col. David Grindle of the Metropolitan Division.
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, KROC CENTER PROJECT APPROVED FOR FINAL DEVELOPMENT PHASE

According to an official statement released by The Salvation Army’s Central Territorial Headquarters, which oversees the organization’s work in 11 Midwestern states and is located in Des Plaines, Ill., The Salvation Army in Chicago, Ill., has been approved for the final development phase to create a Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center (RJKCCC). Chicago is one of seven communities in the Midwest to be approved to move into this final phase which includes ensuring that the key goals of mission and ministry, financial stability, community collaboration and involvement, and design and construction of the centers are brought to fruition.

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Alderman Carrie Austin and Lt. Colonel David Grindle, who oversees The Salvation Army’s work in the Chicagoland area, were some of the people who participated in making the official announcement that the RJKCCC will be built on a currently vacant 33-acre parcel of land in the city’s West Pullman neighborhood. More than 250,000 people live within a three-mile radius of the site. The project represents the largest single investment by a social service organization in the history of the City of Chicago.

The 220,000-square-foot Kroc Center will be a state-of-the-art ministry, community and social service facility in one of Chicago’s most underserved areas. It will provide thousands of people of all ages with new opportunities. It will become an anchor for the community and a beacon of hope.

“There has never been anything like it in Chicago,” says Lt. Colonel David Grindle. “It will redefine people’s notions of what a community center can be. The array of sports, educational, arts and supportive programs has never been offered under one roof. Both the programs and the building have been designed to enrich the mind, body and spirit, to provide hope, to transform lives.

The Chicago center was approved for $109.8 million, a portion of Joan Kroc’s, McDonalds’ Founder Ray Kroc widow, $1.5 billion-plus gift to The Salvation Army for the exclusive purpose of developing, constructing and operating several world-class recreational, educational and ministry centers. In order for the center to be built The Salvation Army in Chicago must now raise an additional $50 million to complete the building and establish an endowment large enough to guarantee accessibility to the Kroc Center for every child and adult, today and for generations to come. This ensures the community’s involvement and support that Joan Kroc envisioned for each Kroc Center.

When completed, the Kroc Center will offer an array of activities and services for people of all ages that have never before been available in a single Chicago facility. Proposed programs and ministries include opportunities for worship, educational classes, sports, arts and support programs. Recreational features will include a 5,000-seat indoor sports complex, an outdoor stadium, basketball and tennis courts, an aquatic center and a water park, a state of the art fitness center, a climbing wall, basketball courts and more. Outdoor recreational facilities will include a 2,000-seat sports stadium, a golf training center with driving range and putting greens, baseball diamonds, batting cages, tennis courts and an outdoor running track.

The Family Life and Education Center will offer an array of classes and educational workshops for people of all ages, including job training, GED preparation, computer literacy, financial planning, parenting, nutrition and culinary arts.

The Kroc Center’s Academy of the Arts will include a performing arts center; an outdoor amphitheater; a media center with recording video production studios; as well as studios for instrument, vocal and art instruction. The Family Life and Education Center will offer after-school programs for children.

Murphy/Jahn’s innovative design for the Kroc Center is unlike anything seen before in this community. Jahn’s concept calls for a transparent structure to be built largely of glass walls that will offer breathtaking views during the daytime and at night. It will be an environmentally-friendly green building with energy efficient heating and cooling systems, topped by a green roof with solar collectors and skylights.

“When it opens, this facility will serve people of all ages—from children to seniors,” said Grindle. “And, everyone who supports it will have an unprecedented opportunity to transform lives and make a visible impact on a community, to make a real difference for generations to come.”
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Old November 7th, 2007, 02:56 AM   #445
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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...,2287951.story

Salvation Army announces West Pullman center plan

By Blair Kamin and Mary Owen
November 6, 2007


Two years after it was forced to scrap plans for a community center next to the Robert Taylor Homes, the Salvation Army on Tuesday unveiled a design by noted Chicago architect Helmut Jahn for a West Pullman community center that would have an indoor water park, an outdoor amphitheater and a 200-foot-tall light tower that would announce the center's presence to drivers on nearby I-57.

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Old December 7th, 2007, 10:37 PM   #446
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http://www.artic.edu/aic/modern_wing...l#construction

The Modern Wing to be enclosed by January 2008

Construction UpdateAs we look toward 2008, we can reflect back on a busy and successful year at the Art Institute. Construction on the Modern Wing advances at an impressive pace. The Modern Wing is no longer a distant vision, but rather an actual entity rising from the corner of Columbus Drive and Monroe Street.

The design and construction team at the Art Institute plans to have the building fully enclosed by January, allowing crews to continue working through the cold winter months as we race toward completion of this historic project.

In order to enclose the building, crews are at work finishing the "curtain wall," or the window-wall system that serves as the exterior of the Modern Wing. The curtain wall is comprised of a double layer of glass panels separated by a walking surface used to clean the interior cavity and change light bulbs. Warmed air insulates the space between the panels, providing temperature and humidity control in the gallery spaces. This unique building feature protects priceless art from harmful light, while still allowing museum visitors to experience the museum's world-class collection in natural light.

Also to be completed are the third floor skylights and the Griffin Court skylights. As you will see when the Modern Wing opens in 2009, the character of the building in greatly informed by the light that flows through the structure.

The "flying carpet" is also currently being installed. This signature building element consists of a white, extruded-aluminum sun screen that will hover over much of the Modern Wing, capturing the north light and delivering it to the third floor gallery skylights while gently shading the garden.

The flying carpet is composed of computer-modeled "wings" developed specifically for the Art Institute's site. As part of our green building initiatives, this shade will save electricity consumption while helping to achieve ideal lighting conditions during the day.

Finally, the dedicated Museum Education children's entrance at Columbus Drive is approaching completion.

Inside the existing buildings, renovation of Gunsaulus Hall has begun, and will continue through the spring of 2008, transforming this dark central corridor into a light-filled and inviting new home for Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian art. For the first time in the history of the Art Institute, galleries of Asian art and sculpture will be displayed together in a one cohesive extended space. Trustee Marilynn B. Alsdorf has made this renovation possible through a landmark gift to name the Alsdorf Galleries of Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art.

In the spring of 2008, newly constructed prints and drawings galleries will open in a space formerly occupied by African and Amerindian art. This move will allow the prints and drawings galleries to appear alongside the Jean and Steven Goldman Print and Drawing Study Room, enhancing the experience of visitors and scholars to this world-renowned department.
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Great photos by Charles G Young.


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Old December 8th, 2007, 01:11 AM   #448
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Great photos by Charles G Young.
Frank Lloyd Wright would be SO pleased that this scene is now possible in Chicago's front yard.
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Old December 8th, 2007, 06:26 AM   #449
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Old December 15th, 2007, 06:22 PM   #450
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Old December 27th, 2007, 04:55 PM   #451
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Public housing to get museum
Remembering the positives, negatives

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Public housing has a long history in Chicago, dating back to the 1930s. The Jane Addams Homes has only one remaining building on the Near West Side, which may become the first National Public Housing Museum.

The Chicago Housing Authority promised to donate the building, located at 1322-24 W. Taylor, to CHA resident leaders who are interested in turning it into a museum, if the organizers are able to raise enough funding.
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Old January 2nd, 2008, 05:53 PM   #452
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DEVELOPERS CIRCLING
DAVID ROEDER


Reilly said at least two or three bidders are interested in the property at the southwest corner of Clark and Chestnut. That's the site owned by Lubavitch Chabad, which wants to build a Center for Jewish Life there but has yet to raise the money. It could sell the property outright or enter a partnership with a developer.
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Old January 5th, 2008, 07:34 AM   #454
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That's a rare view. I can't wait to see how the bridge turns out.
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Old January 9th, 2008, 09:56 AM   #455
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Smart Home: Green+Wired

During its 75th Anniversary year, the Museum of Science and Industry will be building a functioning, three-story modular and sustainable “green” home in its own backyard to show case the ways, big and small, that people can make eco-friendly living a part of their lives—and to highlight unique home technologies for the 21st century.

The home, conceived by Michelle Kaufmann Designs and built by All American Homes, will form the exhibit Smart Home: Green + Wired, Powered by ComEd and Warmed by Peoples Gas, which will run from May 8 through January 4, 2009.

Celebrating exciting new directions in sustainable living and spectacular, environmentally-friendly technology, Smart Home: Green + Wired will offer guests guided tours of the 2,500 square-foot home and grounds, located in a park on the east side of the Museum. Guests will be able to view the latest innovations in reusable resources; smart energy consumption; sustainable gardens and green roofs; and clean, healthy-living environments in a contemporary setting.

This exhibit requires an additional timed-entry ticket. Tickets will go on sale February 15th. Additional exhibit sponsors include Honda, Motorola and Dominick’s.



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This looks like a nice way for MSI to cash in on the green trend that's sweeping the city and the nation. It's also a good use of the pretty but underused lawns surrounding the museum, and it harkens back to the 1933 Century of Progress fair, where "Homes of the Future" were also exhibited.

I saw one of Michelle Kaufmann's homes at the National Building Museum in DC. It was a great exhibit, because it listed manufacturers, prices, and websites for every bit of green gadgetry in the house. The design of the house itself was remarkable, too, considering that it was built on a trailer-park foundation.
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Thanks to Chris Kennedy at the Merchandise Mart, Chicago has not only recovered it's position in the international art world, we practically own it now.
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Art Chicago announces purchase of Toronto fair

By Charles Storch
January 14, 2008


Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. continues to expand rapidly in the art exposition business, acquiring an international contemporary art fair in Toronto even as it prepares for an expanded Art Chicago this spring.

The Chicago-based Mart is to announce Monday that it has bought, for an undisclosed sum, the Toronto International Art Fair, a contemporary art exposition founded in 2007 and held each October. That fair, which had been owned by Universal Fine Arts Expositions Inc. of British Columbia, last fall drew 110 exhibitors and about 18,000 visitors.
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Are they going to move that art show to Chicago or is it going to stay in Toronto? Sorry if this is a stupid question.
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I don't know if this is right place for this sucker....

Shedd's Oceanarium to close this year for renovations
By William Mullen | Tribune reporter
6:06 PM CST, February 5, 2008

Shedd Aquarium will close its popular Oceanarium marine mammal building "for several months" starting in September to allow construction crews to update and renovate existing exhibits and create new ones.

Aquarium officials said Tuesday they were reluctant to discuss the project pending a major announcement in coming days, but a short article on the planned changes appeared in Water Shedd, a quarterly newsletter for members that was sent out early this week.

Some if not most of the animals living in the 170,000-square-foot pavilion apparently will have to be moved for the construction.
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"After 17 years, it's time to spruce up the Pacific Northwest rain forest and other ecosystems in a major way, as well as add new exhibits, features, guest amenities and animal life-support systems to keep the Oceanarium a spectacular, state-of-the-art facility well into the 21st Century," the newsletter said. "So come September, we'll begin renovation, remodeling and improving Shedd's most significant exhibit."

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Buckingham Fountain set for $25 million face-lift
Grant Park landmark would be shut off for months during work

By Robert Mitchum | Tribune reporter
7:58 PM CST, February 13, 2008

Buckingham Fountain, the landmark centerpiece of Grant Park's lakefront landscape, may be under a tent as soon as September after the Chicago Park District approved a $25 million renovation project Wednesday that is expected to last several months.

The project would be the most extensive renovation ever done on the 81-year-old fountain, and the second project requiring the fountain's closing in the last 15 years.

The $25 million price tag for the fountain's restoration, almost 10 times the cost of the restorative work done in 1994 and 1995, would be paid for by a mixture of public and private funds, Park District officials said.

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Chicago Children's Museum

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Chicago alderman gives long list of alternate sites for kids museum
2 dozen other sites suggested in letter
By Gary Washburn | Tribune reporter
11:45 PM CST, February 20, 2008

.....The list was contained in a letter sent Friday to museum CEO Peter England and board Chairwoman Gigi Pritzker, said Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd).

A few of the sites, such as the Museum Campus and Northerly Island, previously have been suggested by the alderman. But most came from open-space advocates, grass-roots organizations and "residents from all over the city of Chicago," he said.

Those locations include parcels next to Lincoln Park Zoo and the Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park; the Chicago Riverwalk at Lake Michigan; McCormick Place East; and the old U.S. Post Office that spans Congress Parkway. City neighborhoods that were suggested, without specific sites, include Logan Square and Englewood......
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