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Old May 17th, 2011, 06:10 AM   #601
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^you got that right, that thing is hideous. I'm sure that's just a proportionate concept and not an actual vision. It's just far too bland...
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Old May 17th, 2011, 08:19 AM   #602
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That's incredible, I didn't know that.

I found this article here that confirms what you just said. In the article is this image of a building designed by his firm Pelli Clarke Pelli for the WIU campus, and I think it's quite ugly...but several of his other works are gorgeous, particularly his post-2000 skyscrapers (which show how his style has refined and matured from the late 80s/early 90s). I hope DePaul and Lincoln Park get an amazing new building from Pelli.
Yeah im really excited and I hope it's the start of a more progressive architectural building spree.

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Old May 17th, 2011, 05:27 PM   #603
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Follow the link to Pelli's website and you can see renderings of what the new DePaul Theater School will look like. According to the alumni newsletter, groundbreaking is scheduled for June 1st.

http://www.pcparch.com/#/projects/pe...heater-school/

A quick commentary on the project; I am a fan of the design and think it will be a great diversion from the bland red bricks that dominates DePaul’s campus (which is imposed by the neighbors, not the university). However, I would prefer a better location, as the corner of Racine and Fullerton seems a bit out of the way.

I feel a magnificent structure deserves a prominent location. For example, the corner of Fullerton and Sheffield (university owned parking lot) would place it at the center of campus, steps from the EL (and viewable from it) and on a busy intersection. I believe the university would benefit from having this building exposed instead of tucking it away at the edge of campus.

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Old June 1st, 2011, 07:19 PM   #604
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http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune....lincoln-p.html

DePaul breaking ground today on new theater building designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli
June 1, 2011
Blair Kamin


DePaul University is breaking ground today on a $69 million theater building that will form a western gateway to its Lincoln Park campus. The design, whose cantilevered corner resembles an upside-down wedding cake, departs from DePaul's practice of hiring Chicago architect Joe Antunovich to design brick-faced buildings that fit quietly into the neighborhood.

The five-story building, which will be located at the southwest corner of Fullerton and Racine Avenues and will house a 250-seat theater and a flexible, 100-seat "black box" theater, clearly aims to make a strong visual statement.
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Old June 1st, 2011, 10:11 PM   #605
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I actually think that the Theater School will look good there. I really don't like how Fullerton looks between Sheffield and Southport right now. The street just doesn't flow very well, I think this will definitely help that out. I really hope that one day DePaul can take over the storage place across the street and build something nice. Same goes for the gas station across the street from DePaul.
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Old June 8th, 2011, 04:59 AM   #606
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Refresh my memory, what currently occupies that space?

As for the design, it looks kind of mediocre IMO. And it's a little reminiscent of the DePaul's brutalist SAC building. I think it's the concrete-looking exterior that gives me that impression in combination with the design. Although, it appears a bit more street-friendly and has lots of windows.
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Refresh my memory, what currently occupies that space?

As for the design, it looks kind of mediocre IMO. And it's a little reminiscent of the DePaul's brutalist SAC building. I think it's the concrete-looking exterior that gives me that impression in combination with the design. Although, it appears a bit more street-friendly and has lots of windows.
The site is currently a DePaul surface parking lot. Next to that (west on Fullerton) is the 1237 West project: http://www.smith-field.com/1237-west-loft-chicago.html
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^ These developments really are going a long way towards creating a bustling urban district on that particular block. Now if only we could redevelop those nasty strip malls just to the west of that...
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Old July 19th, 2011, 04:39 PM   #609
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I heard a rumor yesterday that DePaul has been active over the past few weeks/months purchasing (more) property around campus; specifically, some houses on the SE corner of Belden and Bissell and parcels currently controlled by Children’s Memorial. Could anyone confirm this?

Regarding the Belden properties, I understand the houses have already need demolished (or are in the process of being)? If so, I am curious what the university has in store for this land, as it is not discussed in the master plan. Nor are plans for the Children’s Memorial property if this is indeed true.

I will note, however, that I believe the Children’s Memorial property is not contiguous with the hospital and are other buildings in the neighborhood.
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Old July 27th, 2011, 07:03 PM   #610
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Does anyone know what's going on at the old Blockbuster on Clark and Wrightwood? It seems like the building is being readied for a permanent tenant. Last Saturday, there was a crane on Clark that was hoisting what may have been an HVAC system onto the roof.
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Old July 31st, 2011, 01:39 AM   #611
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Apparently, a restaurant that will serve alcoholic beverages is going into the old Blockbuster.
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Old August 4th, 2011, 02:48 AM   #612
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Belden-Stratford is for sale. I hope the new buyer takes care of this beauty.

The former Park View Hotel will become the "Hotel Lincoln" and will have a rooftop bar.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/busine...1456770.column

Hotel on the way
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Joie de Vivre, a San Francisco boutique hotel company in which John Pritzker has a majority stake, will open its first Chicago hotel in February. Pritzker is a son of late Hyatt Hotels Corp. founder Jay Pritzker and lives in California.

Joie de Vivre will manage the 184-room, 12-story property, to be called Hotel Lincoln, on North Clark Street in Lincoln Park. Restaurant Perennial Virant opened in the building earlier this year and will supply room service for guests.
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Belden-Stratford is for sale. I hope the new buyer takes care of this beauty.
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Gorgeous building. Being in such a prime location, I wouldn't worry about the new owners.

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Does anyone know what's going on at the old Blockbuster on Clark and Wrightwood? It seems like the building is being readied for a permanent tenant. Last Saturday, there was a crane on Clark that was hoisting what may have been an HVAC system onto the roof.
Check out my post here (the middle section of my post, where I respond to tkelly1986). On DePaul's master plan, it looks like DePaul has been planning to buy that site, as well as the industrial building next to it, and build a residential/classroom/hotel/retail complex. Hopefully DePaul is sticking to these plans, and that crane you saw was getting ready to actually demolish that eyesore (not sure why it would be hoisting an HVAC-looking thing to the roof, though).
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^You're thinking Fullerton & Kenmore. The building I'm referring to is on Clark & Wrightwood.
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Old August 4th, 2011, 08:33 PM   #615
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^You're thinking Fullerton & Kenmore. The building I'm referring to is on Clark & Wrightwood.

http://chicago.eater.com/tags/vapiano

I knew I saw it posted somewhere else awhile back
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Old August 5th, 2011, 05:30 PM   #616
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^Thanks.

This is an interesting quote:
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"'Why Chicago next? [It's the] next city similar to a European city,' said Bill Bessette, CEO of Vapiano USA."
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Has anyone heard the latest on the Children's Memorial site/McCaffery? There have been no renderings or indication of what might be included. I have heard rumors of a hotel, lower-income housing, green space, a town square ext...But nothing concrete. Furthermore, I heard rumors that DePaul was looking to partner on some of the property with McCaffery, such as the parking garage. Does anyone have more news on that? Will DePaul make a move on any of the property? Or, will there be student housing on any piece?
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Old November 19th, 2011, 07:07 AM   #618
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^Here is a write-up I did on Children's for Curbed. At this point, DePaul will have nothing to do with the plans.

http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2...trickle-in.php
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I hope that community pushes McCaffery on their architecture. I am not impressed with the architecture of their projects. It's not terrible but very it's safe and almost suburban.
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Old December 15th, 2011, 08:08 PM   #620
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^I attended the Children's Memorial Hosp meeting last night. The possibility of adding new architects was brought up, and the developer is open to the idea. Here's my write-up for Curbed, if anyone wants the details:

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Thursday, December 15, 2011, by Kevin Dickert

To update our coverage of the Children's Memorial Hospital redevelopment, Curbed attended last night's "Conceptual Plan Town Hall Meeting" in Lincoln Park. This is the 24th meeting since McCaffery Interests was selected as developer for the project.

Here's the timeline: City Council is set to vote in the third quarter of 2012; Children's Memorial Hospital moves to its new digs in Streeterville on June 9, 2012; and, during the summer and fall of 2012, the old hospital will be decommissioned. Buildings will be available for demolition in November 2012. Daniel McCaffery and 43rd Ward Alderman Michele Smith both stressed the desire to begin work as soon as possible.

More here: http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2...ng-clearer.php
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