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Old January 23rd, 2009, 06:06 PM   #421
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Very cool.....I wish however there was an eight story building going up where that Borders is though. That could make a real cool wedge building on that space.
I agree, but as it is it's at least nice to have all spaces filled by buildings and not gas stations or parking.

I lived right on Diversey/Lincoln/Racine, and it drove me nuts how the south side of Diversey was so beautiful and had those old buildings....and all 3 wedges on the north side were quite awful.

Especially the wedge open lot on the northwest corner! Right across from my apartment, and that open space was just dying for a cool building. There was a development sign up for that last spring, but I've since moved away and I'm not sure what's happening there.
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Old January 24th, 2009, 10:24 PM   #422
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Never knew the penthouse was so much

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Lincoln Park 2520
January 26, 2009


The developers have a prime location overlooking Lincoln Park and a partner with deep pockets, General Electric Co.'s pension fund. But what Ricker-Murphy lacks is the loan of $200 million to $250 million it needs to build this Lucien Lagrange-designed complex.

With an asking price of nearly $900 a square foot, the development ranks among the city's most expensive condo projects. The penthouse has an asking price of about $40 million.
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Old January 25th, 2009, 12:02 AM   #423
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It doesn't have financing yet? This is a total shock. Great, we can have a surface lot fronting the park for the indefinite future.
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Old January 25th, 2009, 01:17 AM   #424
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$40 million for a penthouse? Jeez...

Great to see yet another company demolish historic building stock without securing financing, GMAFB.
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Old January 25th, 2009, 05:56 AM   #425
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^Right. Not only was the historic portion of the old hospital torn down but so was Cabrini Hall. Poor Cabrini Hall didn't have a single advocate trying to prevent its demolition.
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Old January 26th, 2009, 03:33 AM   #426
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^Yes, it's a damn shame, really. The other example that I was thinking of was that project on Ontario (150 East), where a nice chunk of old flats was demo'ed without any financing in place (not to mention the fact that the design changed frequently in both appearance and form many times--certainly doesn't bode well for its prospects).
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Old February 16th, 2009, 06:21 PM   #427
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^ Look on the bright side: there's a chance we might be spared another Lagrange...
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Old February 17th, 2009, 03:44 PM   #428
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^Do you really despise Lagrange so much that you'd prefer a vacant lot to a 450'+ building? As much as we tend to lose sight of it on this forum, there's more to a project than just architecture, such as increasing population density, adding to the built environment, and creating new taxpayers.
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Old February 17th, 2009, 05:45 PM   #429
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^ In a word, yes.

It's a prominent and, I imagine, coveted site, and I would much rather see a mostly vacant lot (there is that chapel there) for a few more years than the monster Lagrange has designed; I don't doubt that another developer would snap it up should the current one renege. And, as it is, the neighborhood's not hurting for population density and the other urban features a development like this might contribute to.
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Old February 20th, 2009, 07:02 PM   #430
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http://www.chicagorealestatedaily.co...ws.pl?id=33039

Foreclosure suit hits Armitage Ave. shopping center
By Eddie Baeb, Feb. 18, 2009


...Mr. Hunt’s firm also owns a site at North and Clybourn avenues, where sources say Apple Inc. is in talks for a second Chicago store.
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They could just be repeating old information, but at least it's something...
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Old February 21st, 2009, 12:50 AM   #431
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^To go along with that, I saw this on a blog a month ago. Take it with a grain of salt, of course, but it still sounds pretty interesting.

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I received a rumor from a reliable source today: firm plans exist to build an Apple store above the Red Line station at North Avenue and Clybourn. Cool!

...Sounds good. But what I heard was a little different... my source told me Apple is partnering with the CTA/Chicago to rebuild the adjacent red line station and mash it together with the newly constructed store. Apple would in essence "donate" the station for the right to have it connect/integrate with the retail space.
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Old February 21st, 2009, 01:40 AM   #432
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^ I think that would be insanely awesome. I hope it is true and I hope it works out. That could turn out to be a really cool station.

There is still a piece of equipment on the site, but I don't think it has been doing anything.
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Old February 21st, 2009, 06:35 AM   #433
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Oh, no! That is one of the most spectacular stations on the "Initial System of Subways," and unique in having an actual headhouse building. It's comparable in design quality to the famous London Underground Arnos Grove station.



Some of us have been trying to get portions of the subway system on the National Register for years, but the SHPO has been dragging its feet with absurd excuses, "losing" the application, long, suspicious delays, etc.

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Old February 21st, 2009, 08:28 PM   #434
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Oh, no! That is one of the most spectacular stations on the "Initial System of Subways," and unique in having an actual headhouse building. It's comparable in design quality to the famous London Underground Arnos Grove station.

Some of us have been trying to get portions of the subway system on the National Register for years, but the SHPO has been dragging its feet with absurd excuses, "losing" the application, long, suspicious delays, etc.
I agree... I really like this station... I hope they "restore" it... I doubt they rebuild it... that would be extremely expensive.

The concept of retailers partnering to rebuild stations is very interesting... i suppose it was part of the Block 37 project as well.

Could this work with the Harrison red line stop with a developer who takes the Jones College Prep space after they rebuild the school at Polk/State?
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Old February 21st, 2009, 08:54 PM   #435
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I wish, but CTA/CDOT seems really reluctant to integrate stations with adjacent buildings, the way it's done in Washington and New York. State Place is a perfect example, where the elevator and even a big, fabulous entrance could have been integrated with the development, but instead an elevator pavilion was put on the sidewalk. I'm not sure if the long delays integrating Clark/Lake station with 203 N. LaSalle and the Thompson Center are further evidence of this reluctance—or the cause of it.
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Old February 25th, 2009, 05:17 PM   #436
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The old Columbus Hospital has been completely leveled. The site now consists of a scattering of debris piles.
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The old Columbus Hospital has been completely leveled. The site now consists of a scattering of debris piles.
Depressing isn't it? Especially knowing this will most likely be parking lot for the next 20 years .

I live right by there, like right by there, I live at Hampden Ct and Wrightwood. I may walk over there and see if I can get some pics of the giant hole before they pave it over into a parking lot in a year from now.
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Old March 8th, 2009, 07:42 PM   #438
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Children's Memorial

Any update on Children's Memorial. If I remember correctly they were supposed to move in 2012. Is this still the plan? And if so, any word what will happen with that land? Has anyone heard rumors about a potential buyer? I would assume DePaul would be interested, but I don't know anyone in the Depaul community. Does anyone on this board?
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Old March 10th, 2009, 07:36 AM   #439
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Any update on Children's Memorial. If I remember correctly they were supposed to move in 2012.
http://chicagojournal.com/main.asp?S...ArticleID=7121

the new hospital is already under construction, next to the MCA. DePaul seems to be happy with its land to the west, and downtown buildings.
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Old March 12th, 2009, 01:23 AM   #440
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Also, now that West Elm is going into the old Whole Foods, anyone know if Williams Sonoma Home will open a store nearby as well?

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