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Old July 21st, 2008, 08:03 AM   #321
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Will the park extend west to Plymouth? Like I said, the loft building on Plymouth maintains the same 40-foot setback (which allowed for some very cool balconies).

Give my regards to Ms. Kristin Groce for putting in the long hours to do the sensible thing. If she has the expertise for another tricky land-swap, DPD should put her on the Fort Dearborn Post Office deal up in River North.
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Old July 21st, 2008, 09:07 PM   #322
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No, west of the alley is owned by the Mergenthaler Lofts Condo Association. It's their parking and cookout area, with the shell of the former Tom's Lunch. All that and the big bay windows were the work of Ken Schroeder in 1979.

Kristin Groce left DPD for Roosevelt University shortly after the land swap was under way.
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Old July 22nd, 2008, 12:49 AM   #323
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Water Tower Place getting all dolled up with $35 million refurbishing.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/busine...,6682806.story
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Old July 25th, 2008, 08:04 PM   #324
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the ugliest parking structure in the world is finally coming down at NW corner of wells and lake. whats going there?
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Old July 25th, 2008, 08:29 PM   #325
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200 West Lake, another Loop rental building:
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=477693
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Old July 25th, 2008, 09:18 PM   #326
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oooo yea. I like it.
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Old July 27th, 2008, 01:39 AM   #327
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Old July 28th, 2008, 02:32 AM   #328
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Came across this item in the New York Times online. It's an article with attendant slide show of LED lighting of buildings.
http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/200...HOW_index.html
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Old August 7th, 2008, 05:15 AM   #329
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/06/re...l?ref=business


William ZBaren for The New York Times
LaSalle Street is the heart of Chicago’s financial district.



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A former bank building, above, is being converted to office and retail space with a 610-room J. W. Marriott Hotel.






August 6, 2008

Renovation Brings New Vigor to Chicago’s LaSalle Street

By ROBERT SHAROFF

CHICAGO — For most of the last century, a seven-block stretch of LaSalle Street, in the central business district known as the Loop, has served as the heart of this city’s financial community.

The north end of the street is dominated by City Hall and the flying-saucer-like James R. Thompson Center; the south features the headquarters of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Chicago Board of Trade.

“LaSalle is Chicago’s Wall Street,” said Tim Samuelson, the city’s cultural historian. “It’s the one street downtown where tall, imposingly designed buildings create the kind of canyon effect you find in New York and other cities.”

This summer, the street has a prominent role in “The Dark Knight,” the latest installment of the Batman movie franchise. Much of the film, including a fateful early encounter between the main character and his nemesis, the Joker, was filmed in and around a cluster of massive neo-Classical office buildings, from the 1920s and earlier, at the south end of the street.

Over the last two decades, however, LaSalle has lost ground to Wacker Drive, a broad boulevard that intersects LaSalle at the north end and then — following a bend in the Chicago River — curves around and eventually runs parallel to LaSalle to the west.




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Old August 20th, 2008, 02:17 AM   #330
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A tidbit of information related to the structure at the west end of the river.
http://egov.cityofchicago.org/city/w...ainCategoryOID=
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Old August 22nd, 2008, 01:24 AM   #331
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This is a development that definitely bucks the trend. My hats off to this company. http://www.suntimes.com/business/112...082108.article
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Old August 22nd, 2008, 05:25 PM   #332
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And it's only costing us $20,000 for each job. At 3.5% (state income tax rate), that will be repaid in only 29 short years!

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Old August 23rd, 2008, 02:33 AM   #333
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And it's only costing us $20,000 for each job. At 3.5% (state income tax rate), that will be repaid in only 29 short years!

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Old August 26th, 2008, 01:07 AM   #334
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Just wondering --- are there any good hotels overlooking millenium park/the lake? Also - how is the commercial development around the park in terms of restaurants, cafes, etc?
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Old August 26th, 2008, 01:21 AM   #335
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No hotels overlook Millennium Park directly, though several (Congress Plaza, Blackstone, Chicago Hilton, Essex Inn, Best Western Grant Park) overlook Grant Park, which Millennium Park is part of. You can get lake views from higher floors of all these hotels, as well as the Hotel W Lake Shore, Swissôtel, Hyatt Regency, Embassy Suites, and Sheraton.

A few new restaurants and cafés (notably The Gage and Tavern at the Park) have opened around Millennium Park, and the Park Café is at the center of it. Map of restaurants here.
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Old August 27th, 2008, 04:51 AM   #336
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Anyone checked out the "riverwalk" lately? I hear it is going under quite a bit of development, and I haven't been there in 5 or so years. Is it getting actual restaurants/cafes/outdoor dining on level with it, or do you have to walk down from places above? Not much would beat eating at a restaurant located on/open to the riverwalk!
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Old August 27th, 2008, 05:46 PM   #337
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^https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=226005

& http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/we...tOID=536990661
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Old August 29th, 2008, 07:34 AM   #338
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Roger Ebert review: Thumbs down on Jay Mariotti and his final scene
By Phil Rosenthal | Tribune media columnist
6:22 PM CDT, August 28, 2008

Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert gave two big thumbs-down to Jay Mariotti, who resigned Tuesday as a Sun-Times sports columnist, in an open letter on Thursday. Apparently, Mariotti's exit looked to be the feel-good move of the year, but Ebert was no fan of the scene Mariotti made at the very end, especially the dialogue about newspapers being dead. Here is Ebert's review, er, letter:

An open letter to sports columnist Jay Mariotti, who resigned from the Sun-Times and lashed out during a TV interview announcing that newspapers were dead:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/chi-ja...,7831026.story
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Old September 7th, 2008, 04:58 AM   #339
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I'll be leaving this forum now, but not without thanking everyone involved for a most informative experience in so many ways. Here's to your health and that of our great city! Yaakov
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^ Sorry to hear that, although I'm kind of not sure how exactly you leave an internet forum. After all, you can always come & go as you please..
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