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Old March 14th, 2009, 10:32 PM   #541
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Groundbreaking - a nice article about Columbia's Media Production Center



^ Looking back at these pics, if this project's colors turn out as bright as they are in this rendering, it will add a heck of a lot of visual interest to this part of the south loop
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Old March 21st, 2009, 08:10 PM   #542
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About a month old, but still a cool perspective of the Mansueto Library:

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Old April 8th, 2009, 01:41 AM   #543
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Watch out, Bean: Two new pavilions heading to Millennium Park to celebrate 100th anniversay of Burnham Plan
Blair Kamin


Move over, Bean, you’re about to get company.

Seeking to spotlight the 100th anniversary of the document that changed the face of Chicago, celebration organizers brought out the bling Tuesday night and unveiled designs for two temporary pavilions in Millennium Park by internationally-renowned architects.
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Old April 8th, 2009, 02:17 AM   #544
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"Cool beans." lol
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Old April 30th, 2009, 12:36 AM   #545
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Deal ends contractor's lawsuit against broadcast museum
By Eddie Baeb, April 29, 2009


Pepper Construction Co.’s foreclosure lawsuit against the half-built Museum of Broadcast Communications has been dismissed as part of an unusual deal that gives the general contractor a mortgage on the River North property.

The deal breathes new life into the ambitious, 50,000-square-foot proposed museum at State and Kinzie streets that seemed all but dead in December when the museum’s board decided to try to sell the property.

While the project, which has been stalled nearly three years, remains a decided long shot, museum CEO and founder Bruce DuMont says the deal with Pepper gives him time to find private donors and make another plea for state funding.
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Old May 8th, 2009, 01:56 AM   #546
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The Modern Wing - Griffin Court

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Old May 8th, 2009, 03:22 AM   #547
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From the University of Chicago Magazine
The photos are a few months old, but still pretty good quality
Knapp Center

New dorms

Searle Chemistry Lab renovation almost finished

Looking into the chiller plant
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Old May 21st, 2009, 02:00 AM   #548
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5/20 Took a walk up the Nichols Bridge at MP:

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Stitch. Will have to return to do this vista up right. The view from the bridge is really pretty amazing.

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Old May 22nd, 2009, 10:33 PM   #549
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Does anyone know if the Mansuetto Library will have entrances itself? Or is the only way of accessing it through the main Regenstein Library.
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Papers of 'Chicago Defender' Founding Family Donated to City Library
By E&P Staff

Published: May 27, 2009


The Chicago Public Library on Wednesday announced the acquisition of a trove of historical documents from the family that launched the Chicago Defender. The archive is described as the largest and most significant collection from the U.S. black press ever donated to a library.

...The Chicago Sun-Times reported in a story by staff reporter Maudlyne Ihejirika that the collection had been sought by several national institutions including the Smithsonian Institute, which offered to buy it. But Robert Sengstacke concluded the archive should stay in Chicago.
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Old June 6th, 2009, 07:46 AM   #552
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National Public Housing Museum plans two open houses in June


Above, an artist’s rendition of what the National Public Housing Museum on Taylor Street will eventually look like.

By Susan S. Stevens | June 2009

A tour through the roughed-out version of the National Public Housing Museum brought such accolades from some of those who attended that museum officials have planned two more such events.

Because many people in the April 17 tour’s crowd of about 300 said they wanted friends and relatives to see what is being done, Keith L. Magee, the museum’s founding executive director, said the building will reopen to the public from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 12, and from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 13.

“I thought it was absolutely fantastic,” Deverra Beverly said after the open house, noting she “was shocked” so many people turned out. Beverly is chairwoman of the ABLA (Addams-Brooks-Loomis-Abbott) Local Tenants Council and, with Beatrice Jones, another ABLA resident, came up with the idea of a museum in one of the old ABLA buildings. Since then, Beverly has been named the museum’s founding chair.

Now under construction in a former low-rise apartment building at 1322-24 W. Taylor St., the museum will occupy the last remaining building in the Jane Addams Homes. The museum will be the first cultural institution in the United States dedicated to interpreting the American experience in public housing. ABLA Homes began going up in 1938 and was occupied until 2000, shortly before the start of demolitions of the outdated structures to make way for the Roosevelt Square mixed-income housing development.

The developing museum space now contains mostly old furniture and washing machines, plus depictions of activities such as what the janitors did at ABLA and other developments, said Beverly, who contributed one piece of furniture.

“I have a chair in there that my father had,” she said. “It is 70 or 80 years old. All the things that had been happening in public housing” are being depicted, she explained. Eight apartments will display eight decades of life in the project, Magee noted.

Four apartments will be open for this month’s tours. One will hold furniture, another will present a film on public housing, and the others will display architectural drawings, interpretational literature, and a history and photos.

Though the ABLA population in later years was almost all African-American, the museum’s builders should remember that most early tenants were Italian-Americans, said Vince Romano, a Near West Side native who created the Taylor Street Archives at www.taylorstreetarchives.com.

The museum will be devoted to “every race and ethnicity,” according to its mission statement.

“I think the critical thing for the museum is to really talk about the lives and experiences of people who have lived in public housing, across race,” Magee said. He acknowledged the first ABLA residents’ Italian heritage, noting “every group of people” historically lived in public housing projects, as they provided housing and communities for poor and working class people.

Romano, however, doubts Italian-Americans will receive much attention, even though ABLA was constructed in the middle of the Taylor Street neighborhood, long known as the home of Chicago‘s Italian-American community.

At nearby Hull-House, for example, he believes historians play down the huge numbers of Italian-Americans who used the settlement house — so many that in 1890 Hull-House founder Jane Addams issued the first invitation to Hull-House in Italian, he said.

“It may not be popular to include Italians in the history of anything,” Romano said. “I think it [the museum] will focus on whatever the loudest voices are.”

Magee and Beverly expect few problems in opening the museum on its target date in 2012, despite the current economy. “I think we are going to be fine,” Beverly said. “We have been raising money in all kinds of ways.”

Officials estimate the building will cost $13 million, Magee said. If a $17 million fundraising drive succeeds, any extra money will pay for opening the museum and operating it for the first five years.
Donors so far include the Driehaus, MacArthur, Alphawood, Joyce, and Polk Brothers foundations; Boeing Company; Chicago Community Trust; LaSalle Bank; Woods Fund; Ariel Investments; the Illinois Humanities Council; the National Equity Fund; and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Scores of individuals and the Chicago Housing Authority also are contributing. “We have made over $13 million in requests,” Magee commented. He declined to say how much is in hand or guaranteed, but he expects to hear “any day now” about additional funding and he expressed excitement about a recent $40,000 NEH grant, which will pay for almost half the work of documenting histories of people who lived in the project.

“An important part of the museum will be the stories people tell,” Magee explained. A library with exhibit space will complement the apartments. In addition, the International Center for the Study of Housing and Society will make its home in the building. Magee said he hopes to develop partnerships with universities as well.

The first tour came less than a month after the museum hired Magee, 41. His resume counts service as senior director of institutional advancement at the Museum of African American History in Boston and as senior pastor of two congregations in Boston. One of the museum’s contributors, the Driehaus Foundation, provides him with an office at 203 N. Wabash Ave.
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Old June 18th, 2009, 12:48 AM   #553
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Arts center unveiled
By Kate Hawley


The University of Chicago is planning to break ground next April on a $114-million arts center — a key element in its wide-ranging construction plan for the south campus.

Schematic drawings for the Reva & David Logan Center for Creative & Performing Arts, presented at a public meeting Monday, June 8, showed a geometric tower that sits alongside a sprawling rectangular building with a distinctive sawtooth roofline.

University architect Steve Weisenthal, who is overseeing the south campus improvements, described the new arts center as a “mixing bowl for the arts.” It will house a gallery, two theaters, a 450-seat auditorium, art studios, digital labs, classrooms, a café and a glass-walled performance venue at the top of the tower. An outdoor courtyard will give students space to congregate or even hold outdoor performances.

...Besides the new construction, the arts center project also includes a full restoration of a historic house and the adjoining Midway Studios, a city landmark where the renowned sculptor Laredo Taft worked in the early 20th century.

A 1972 addition to the Midway Studios by the prolific mid-century architect Edward Dart — a building preservation advocates have recently made a pitch to save — will be demolished, Wiesenthal said.
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That's awesome. I knew it was starting construction but I had no clue it was that far along. A great addition to the neighborhood!

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Old July 1st, 2009, 07:47 PM   #556
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Saw this proposal for UIC on Daniel Coffey's website

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This confidential project is a special assignment for Daniel P. Coffey & Associates, Ltd. that was requested by the University’s Chancellor to study a way to fulfill an unfounded need on campus. That need is a performing arts center and arts education facility for music and drama with appropriate practice and rehearsal spaces clustered around other related academic space and performance spaces. The spaces include a 1500-seat Proscenium Stage for Drama, Dance, Opera and Music with Shell, Flexible Acoustic Absorption and Proscenium Reducer, a 300-seat Chamber Music space, plus a 150-seat Flexible Studio. This $110 million facility will be funded by adjacent retail and residential development and tax increment rather than state appropriation or traditional contribution methods.


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Wow. Gross. I typically try to find something nice in any project, especially cultural/artistic/educational facilities, but there is nothing endearing about this - it looks like giant globs of paint fell onto a sterile, 1950's-era 'superdiner'. Unf**kingbelievable.
Compare this trash to the sophistication of the new Rush hospital down the street on Harrison and it's night and day - I really hope this is VERY preliminary and not being built in it's current form, or even being considered anymore for that matter.
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Wow. Gross. I typically try to find something nice in any project, especially cultural/artistic/educational facilities, but there is nothing endearing about this - it looks like giant globs of paint fell onto a sterile, 1950's-era 'superdiner'. Unf**kingbelievable.
Compare this trash to the sophistication of the new Rush hospital down the street on Harrison and it's night and day - I really hope this is VERY preliminary and not being built in it's current form, or even being considered anymore for that matter.
Oh my god, absolutely. When I first saw that, I was like "um... did they forget to add textures to that rendering?" It looks like a play-doh factory reject. I'm all for making bold statements, and love bold use of color, but this is just ostentatious for ostentatiousness's sake.
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How strange. I was just looking at an aerial of this very parcel of land wondering if UIC had any plans for it. The colors are an odd choice for Chicago. I could see this in Los Angeles or Phoenix or some other desert location. I suppose those blobs are likely to be the vaulted sections of the performance spaces. One thing going for it is that it looks like it may address the streetscape a bit better than many of the other buildings in that area. Are there any other renderings of this?
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Old July 13th, 2009, 06:51 PM   #560
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Children's Museum move to Grant Park in trouble:

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A moribund economy has crippled fund-raising, while projected costs have climbed by tens of millions to $150 million or more, insiders say. Sources close to the project say odds now are 50-50 at best that the Grant Park plan will proceed.

As a result, the museum is considering its options, including downsizing the proposed facility, getting a cash infusion from the Chicago Park District or extending the lease on its current space at Navy Pier as far as 2025.
Entire article at Crain's: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/cgi-b...entId=blogDest
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