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  1. Hayward

    Pet Peeves!

    Getting tired of the "Can I park here?" Questions from out of towners going to the Cubs game who catch me walking into my apartment after work then debate the risk...yes debate the chance of getting busted. Yeah like I don't know...I just live heere. There is a sign and I will not say whether or not you are likely to get towed or not. You are the adult making the risky decision. The sign is so obvious PERMIT 383 REQ 6:00 PM- 7:00 AM Everyday © Cubs Night Games TOW ZONE It's obvious you are going to a Cubs night game which makes it a tow zone if you arent a neighborhood resident that can only hold those permits. Don't blame anyone but yourself for taking the risk and coming back to see your car has been towed.
  2. Can't say for sure, but it almost looks like the outfield concourses were bumped out a little further. Might just be the perspective with the construction fencing and all. Scoreboard is HUGE though. It's way bigger than I thought it would be. I live over in the Southport Corridor less than a mile from the field and damn are those new speakers loud! I can deal with it, but I'm sure the Lakeview NIMBYs are pissed.
  3. Artist rendition of 9 Walton. This one of the few remaining empty lots in Gold Coast. I like the massing on this one. http://9walton.com/
  4. Kingsbury Blackhawk....MOAR MALL http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2015/03/24/new-city-expansion-clybourn-corridor.php The amount of retail in the North / Clybourn corridor is insanity. I'm liking all the towers going up along Blackhawk but the traffic from all the malls and parking garages has made this area a nightmare. Just wait until New City opens and all those cars will try to be turning on Halsted. I don't drive, so yeah...the traffic isn't a big deal to me. But for anyone who is a pedestrian or cyclist in that area it's a deadly adventure. Narrow sidewalks, obsolete bike lane design, cars existing hidden driveways, backed up turn lanes. It's become quite a mess.
  5. Meanwhile, a block over from New City.... Source: Me Source: Curbed And, one development I haven't heard much on, but a new building on the City Farm site which is just to the right of the photo I took. The farm will be moving to a bigger location down the street. In the 10 years since I've been living in Chicago and traveling to beforehand, I've taken quite a few photos of Cabrini when the projects were still active, were demolished and then rebuilt as new apartment towers, condos, townhouses, malls and department stores. Same can be said for Prairie shores which looks like a boomtown these days.
  6. The architecture of new city is disastrous. I don't know why they chose such a jumbled collection of materials. I would have played off the 50's streamline modernism of the station, some of that which is evident in the tower. Maybe have a total aluminum clad base with nice rounded corners. That would have been spectacular instead of the clunky brick facades and circus tent metal panel.
  7. Another flagship for the Mag Mile. http://www.chicagomag.com/style-shopping/February-2015/Under-Armour-is-Opening-Their-Biggest-Brand-House-Ever-on-Michigan-Avenue/ Since Eddie Bauer moved to their new store, under armor will take over this space. I also noticed Harley Davidson will moving into the 2nd floor of the Ritz Carlton with Shake shack is now open in the previous Harley space on Ohio. Also heard that All Saints will move to a new boutique location which means the Mich ave space will be freed up. I have a gut feeling Apple may be interested but who knows. But that would mean the existing apple space would become available. Also lots of work going on at the Uniqlo store on the 5th and 6th floors of the Bonwit Teller building, which also features a new Verizon flagship And what appears to be an in-process facade renovation of H&M. Still waiting on tenants to be announced for two hundred north and the Northbridge Mall expansion. (New department store?). A couple new tenants opened at millenniun plaza and the new Blackhawks store on the 2nd level of 333 North.
  8. I was gonna say, you really got around in a short period of time! Fun fact, the ornate building to the left of the oriental theater was actually cut in half to build the theater. I recently saw an old photo and found it originally extended about halfway down the block.
  9. Thanks for the replies! Southport is definitely in flux. Certainly isn't the same neighborhood it was 15 years ago. So much of the original building stock near the EL was leveled and 4 buildings are scheduled to be demoed and replaced this fall. Pretty much the Victorian brick and stone stuff is preserved because of its value, but wood frames or standard 1900's storefront stuff is being demoed for much higher end boutique stores and 4-story mixed use bldgs to densify the corridor. I'm okay with balanced approach of progress and preservation. Nice to know I have some neighborhors on here!
  10. I love Chicago in the fall. The trees changing, the shopping districts getting busier, football brunches, beginning of hockey season, and comfortable temps. This fall is a bit different. 1 year ago I had a different job and lived in a different neighborhood. It's been a welcome change to switch careers, move out of downtown...not that there was anything wrong with it, but living and working in the same square mile got kind of tiring and I never hung out much in the neighborhood. Now I'm closer to my friends, the places I frequent, and have upgraded my digs from a tiny apartment to a rental condo in the Southport Corridor when many of these pics are taken. You'll see the neighborhood gets in quite the spirit for fall holidays as well. I'll start out the thread with a special tour I got of the Blackhawk's facilities from a friend of a friend who had connections Quite utilitarian....I mean that's NHL. Seems like all other pro sports...college too have upgraded to these fancy VIP lockers and training facilities. I like this for what it is. Equipment maintenance room Just about died when I was allowed to skate on the ice. Divvy bikesharing now seems like a regular part of life in the city. It's a normal way to get around. Of the thousands of blue bikes there were 5 blackhawks bikes. People would take pics of the bikes and upload them to social media to win prizes. I won nothing, but the above tour way outdid any of the prizes. The Block 37 shopping mall is getting a tower, and a theater, and .......STORES! The mall has languished with vacancy because of alot of things best left unsaid. There's nothing really wrong with the mall itself. So it makes sense with an improved economy and new developers, a whole bunch of good stuff is happening including the addition of this apartment tower to the top of the existing building. No question at all, the Emmanuel era brought billions of dollars of civic investment that will be his legacy. The feds have pumped lots of money into building elevated parks, river walks, and bicycle infrastructure. While the riverwalk may not be open until next year, Chicagoans' are looking forward to Maggie Daley Park opening just East of Millennium park which is designed to be a sort of playground for all ages vs the formal sculptural park that MP is. Next month they will open a skating ribbon or "ice road" that I can't wait to try. Canal street was mostly vacant lots and low slung factories in the South Loop, now it's a shopping destination. What a difference 10 years can make. This was once an abandoned rail yard, now it's a mall. Orange water for Halloween Yeah, the city got its first Sonic in Uptown. I couldn't help but go there out of curiosity Wilson station in the background which will be demolished and rebuilt Now showing photos of Ravenswood. This is directly north of where I live. Southport had some halloween festivity going on. The stroller mobs were out and about Now heading back downtown View from my new office! Hope you enjoyed!
  11. Hayward

    Pet Peeves!

    I think what is meant is people from out of town wouldn't board an overcrowded subway at crush load moments of rush hour. They wouldn't understand that it's okay to simply push your way on whether or not there is space.
  12. Hayward

    Pet Peeves!

    Why do you say that? A sneeze can go far.... and no, sneezing into your clothing or sleeve is not acceptable as your outerwear brushes up against other passengers but I guess it's better than not making any attempt to cover a cough or sneeze. I guess expectations are more specific as spaces get more confined. Most people unfamiliar with crowded commutes simply won't board a train. When visitors come into town and ride downtown with me I get the "no way [ northandre], you don't really think we can fit on that train??" One thing I noticed since I started taking the train everyday is I get these light colds more often. my friends warned me.
  13. Hayward

    Pet Peeves!

    I'm getting annoyed with just about everything on a crowded train commute downtown. I swore I'd never do a regular commute on public transit unless it was raining or if I moved to a city where no one takes the train. If anyone has ever done a morning into the loop on the red line between 7:30-8:30 it's generally a miserable experience. I used to walk or bike in everyday when I lived downtown, but opted to rent a condo 4 miles from downtown. My regular day involves just about every pet peeve one could think when in compact and confined spaces. - Slow walkers up or down stairs not letting people rush by to the left toward the platform. - Not moving to the center of the trains - Not stepping off the train at every stop if you are blocking the doors. - Blocking the doors so they can't close and trains can't leave (see backpacks below) - Sneezing in someones face - Sneezing on handles and poles - Sneezing anywhere but in a tissue. - Coughing in the same way above. - Music is too loud in headphones - Not taking backpacks off - Not sitting on the open seat in front of you - Trying to move toward the doors when the train is still in motion - Eating fruit or any breakfast food that gets on everyone else. Fortunately the CTA plans to de-crowd trains and buses. http://www.transitchicago.com/news_initiatives/projects/decrowding.aspx But i worry it will come too late. I've found driving and parking downtown not as bad if you live in the city. As much of a transit advocate I try to be, it's just too difficult to deal with overcrowded trains everyday. Pretty soon my new office will get bike and shower rooms and I will probably bike into work as much as I possibly can and cab / drive on rainy days. I'll still get my daily dose of train experiences, see below: And yes… I have left a whole hour earlier for work and it's less crowded. At least in a sense that you aren't being smashed into a wall or between two people. But that's a whole hour I could have slept in. Or I guess I could move somewhere along the green line.
  14. Hayward

    Pet Peeves!

    Always thought this was big in architectural and planning schools back in the early 2000's I criticized it then as annoying and find it totally stupid now. While I'm thinking of dumb trends, I hate advertising photography (especially in social media) that takes photos of stuff looking straight down. For example, it will be an ad for coffee or something on a perfectly arranged desk. Like anyone has desk like that unless they are OCD. Mine is a total disaster so I'm not the target audience. Then you have the ads where the person is holding something looking straight down and all you see is the marketed item and their feet. Being that it's fall, product, boots, and ground with leaves. I think these stupid marketing and advertising trends live in art schools and get carried into big companies by recent grads or interns. I have two cousins in art school and they did that exact type of photography for awhile and then immediately stopped when it went from trendy online boutique retailers to big fast food places like Wendys.
  15. I don't really see that. Then again, I don't know how much of Chicago you've visited. I would say Chicago is perhaps the most pronounced architecturally of ANY city in the midwest if not anywhere between the coasts. No other city has such a diverse spectrum of architecture outside of New York...no one. And it's not like it's episodic clusters of buildings on some must see street on a tour. Traveling the extents of the city in all directions and each neighborhood will seem like a different chapter of a book. If you're hanging around Gold Coast, Lincoln park and lakeview all the time...sure it's going to feel the same. But the city has 77 neighborhoods, and each one is most certainly different from one another, not only in building style but memorable urban vignettes at busy street corners.
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