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Old November 15th, 2008, 11:23 PM   #521
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Art Institute's new Modern Wing strives to resolve conflicts between art and vistas
Blair Kamin


For a fleeting moment Thursday, a hint of tension crept into the voice of James Rondeau, the Art Institute of Chicago’s contemporary art curator. An out-of-town journalist had asked whether the museum would set up benches inside the galleries of its unfinished Modern Wing so people could sit and stare at the knockout view of the Pritzker Pavilion’s metallic shells and the painterly swath of the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park.


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Old November 17th, 2008, 11:29 PM   #522
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Dirk Denison designing Modern Wing's restaurant; Spiaggia chef will run restaurant; Ellsworth Kelly shaping work to overlook wing's East Garden
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--Chicago architect Dirk Denison has designed the Modern Wing's restaurant, now taking shape on the building's third floor...

-- Mantuano will work with the museum's food service provider, Bon Appetit Management Company. The restaurant is set to be open seven days a week for lunch. There may be dinner service on Thursdays and Fridays.

--Artist Ellsworth Kelly has designed 50-foot-long, fan-shaped piece that will be placed on the now-bare north wall of the Art Institute's Columbus Drive addition from 1977. The Kelly piece will be a focal point of what the museum is calling the East Garden, an outdoor space sandwiched between the Columbus Drive addition and the Modern Wing. It is scheduled to be installed in late March.
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Old November 18th, 2008, 12:25 AM   #523
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Dirk Denison designing Modern Wing's restaurant; Spiaggia chef will run restaurant; Ellsworth Kelly shaping work to overlook wing's East Garden
Blair Kamin


--Chicago architect Dirk Denison has designed the Modern Wing's restaurant, now taking shape on the building's third floor...

-- Mantuano will work with the museum's food service provider, Bon Appetit Management Company. The restaurant is set to be open seven days a week for lunch. There may be dinner service on Thursdays and Fridays.

--Artist Ellsworth Kelly has designed 50-foot-long, fan-shaped piece that will be placed on the now-bare north wall of the Art Institute's Columbus Drive addition from 1977. The Kelly piece will be a focal point of what the museum is calling the East Garden, an outdoor space sandwiched between the Columbus Drive addition and the Modern Wing. It is scheduled to be installed in late March.
Dirk Denison is the same architect/designer who did the recently opened L2O at the Belden-Stratford.

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Old December 14th, 2008, 05:54 AM   #524
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MBC Building is for Sale
Produced by Susie An on Friday, December 12, 2008


The Museum of Broadcast Communications sits on the corner of State Street and Kinzie, the building only half finished. Unable to secure expected state funding...the museum halted construction in 2006. Museum president Bruce DuMont says economic problems this year forced the museum's board to go a step further and put the building up for sale.

...DuMont says the broadcast museum is in the early stages of finding a broker to handle the deal. He says the board hopes to find a buyer willing to let the museum stay on as a tenant. DuMont says if it doesn't work out, they'll have to relocate or simply exist as an online operation.
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Old December 14th, 2008, 05:56 AM   #525
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Old December 15th, 2008, 05:17 AM   #526
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Groundbreaking - a nice article about Columbia's Media Production Center





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Old December 20th, 2008, 11:51 AM   #528
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New link planned for Millennium, Grant Parks

December 19, 2008 at 8:12 PM | Comments (1)
The Chicago Park District plans to rebuild the north end of Grant Park to create a more inviting, family-friendly link between Millennium Park and Lake Michigan.

Using $35 million from a lease of city parking garages, the district will transform 25 acres that include Daley Bicentennial Plaza and two smaller areas to the east known as Cancer Survivors Garden and Peanut Park, officials said.

Park advocates hope that once the project is complete, the phrase "bridge to nowhere" is no longer used to describe the BP Bridge, designed by architect Frank Gehry, which snakes from Millennium Park to Daley Bicentennial Plaza.................

The $35 million will cover re-topping the area with landscaping. Additional amenities, like public art or fountains, likely would cost extra, and one way to pay for them might be with naming rights, Mitchell added.
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Old December 22nd, 2008, 08:24 PM   #529
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How about they spend some money covering the remainder of the train tracks and removing that massive gash in the park?

That thing is a complete embarassement. If Chicago gets the 2016 Games, it better be addressed.
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Old December 22nd, 2008, 10:32 PM   #530
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There are plans for that as well and there was a Grant Park meeting about it last week in fact (not so much in the way of specific plans). That said I feel that the IC tracks getting covered should be a higher priority from an aesthetic. I guess the city finds that the revenue generating Monroe street garage's membrane is of higher priority.
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Old December 29th, 2008, 09:14 PM   #531
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Michigan Avenue bridge set to reclaim some of its ancient luster
Handrails, sidewalks will be restored over next six months, officials say

By James Janega | Tribune reporter
December 27, 2008

Beginning in January, the city will restore decorative handrails on the Michigan Avenue bridge to a design reminiscent of their original 1920s Beaux Arts pattern while also replacing sidewalks on the bridge with non-skid fiberglass decking.

The project will restore a stroke of beauty to one of the city's most iconic tourist and pedestrian landmarks and address one of Chicago's iciest river crossings. But it also promises to snarl pedestrian traffic for up to six months as first one side of the bridge and then the other is closed in the $3.5 million face-lift.

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Old January 5th, 2009, 02:03 AM   #532
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Development Project Update: Poetry Foundation at Superior and Dearborn Streets
December 5, 2008


The Poetry Foundation will be constructing their new headquarters at 720 North Dearborn Street, at the southeast corner of Superior and Dearborn. While some details are still being finalized, the overall design calls for construction of a 21,000-square-foot, two-story building, with the first floor featuring galleries, a reading room and poetry library to be open for public use, and the second floor containing office space for the Foundation. The design also calls for an open garden to be located at the building's entrance, and the installation of a green roof.

The existing building at this site is currently being demolished. New construction is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2009, with the building to be opened for use in the spring of 2010. This initiative is privately funded by the Poetry Foundation, a not-for-profit independent literary organization.
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^ zzzzzz.....eh?
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Old January 6th, 2009, 01:38 AM   #534
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^Yeah, I was expecting more than 2 floors. Still, it is going to be designed by Ronan and it will have public spaces and create a home for the magazine and foundation (tourism possibilities?). And they didn't demolish the rest of the buildings on Dearborn, which are quite nice.
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A building dedicated to poetry is going forward (seemingly) without funding issues, yet the broadcaster's museum sits as a half-finished barren shell. Who woulda thought...
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Well, that Eli Lilly heiress did give them hundreds of millions of dollars a few years ago. I'm guessing that's the difference.
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Well, that Eli Lilly heiress did give them hundreds of millions of dollars a few years ago. I'm guessing that's the difference.
The good thing about the Poetry Foundation is that they are making sure that a lot of the money goes into their founding goal: which is to foster and support poetry, poets, and poetry-writing here and elsewhere in the US and the world.

They have been very careful not to spend the huge Eli Lilly endowment on anything else. They should be commended for this.
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Freedom Museum leaving Tribune Tower
By: Eddie Baeb Jan. 30, 2009


Just three years after opening, the McCormick Foundation’s Freedom Museum is closing its high-profile location in the Tribune Tower.

The foundation announced Friday that it will vacate 435 N. Michigan Ave. on March 1, with plans to instead operate a “mobile museum” that would travel to schools and communities throughout the Chicago area.
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The good thing about the Poetry Foundation is that they are making sure that a lot of the money goes into their founding goal: which is to foster and support poetry, poets, and poetry-writing here and elsewhere in the US and the world.

They have been very careful not to spend the huge Eli Lilly endowment on anything else. They should be commended for this.
What if they were to build a taller structure, occupy x-number of floors and lease the rest? That's not an uncommon strategy in denser areas. And wouldn't it have been a guaranteed source of income...?
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U of C cuts budget as endowment shrinks
By: Steven R. Strahler March 05, 2009


...He said the university halted unspecified construction projects totaling $30 million while reiterating that three major developments would proceed: hospital and library additions and an arts center south of the Midway.

...Some construction projects, including a proposed $200-million Milton Friedman Institute that has stirred controversy, will be delayed. Faculty members said university President Robert Zimmer told them in January that some $40 million had been raised for the institute.
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