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Chicago's worst freeway interchange gets a study for rebuild.

 

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-04-23/news/chi-circle-interchange-reconstruction-idot_1_circle-interchange-study-aecom

 

This interchange would require a challenging redesign.  It could benefit from two lane ramps, and shallower curves.  The best way is to probably build a huge stacked, converging interchange so that you get very large turning radii.  Knock out the Morgan exit ramps and shift them to Aberdean which will be a busier commercial street in coming years.  Hopefully the Circle Interchange project would justify the CTA rebuilding or renovating the Halsted Station which looks pretty sad right now.

 

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What the hell, I've done nothing to update this thread lately and there's been tons of construction excitement and proposals!  All the last updates show the buildings all squatty!  Time to make my rounds.

 

Here's some phone shots of K-Station the other day

 

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Quite a dramatic effect driving up the Kennedy, should be better when its done.  Working the Fulton river area I kind of wish more of the Kennedy next to the Loop was capped though.

 

That and the light rail to Navy pier would be nice, this whole part of town is really disconnected from a lot of stuff.

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I had to go inspect a project site the other day.  Couldn't help but take some pics out the windows.

 

Coast of Lakeshore East Dev

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500 N LSD

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Optima Chicago

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It's got more podiums than an IKEA!


"You don't just walk into a bar and mix it up by calling a girl fat" - buildingcincinnati speaking about new forumers

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Such is the case in a city with high numbers of car ownership.  They all got to be stored somewhere.  Developers seem to love that they can get that extra height as opposed to under ground construction.  The city requires way more parking in these buildings that is needed.  For the high cost of parking downtown, there's a huge supply of empty spaces.. entire floors of parking decks...that are empty.

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I believe it. 


"You don't just walk into a bar and mix it up by calling a girl fat" - buildingcincinnati speaking about new forumers

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Demolition as part of a major overhaul of the Wilson Station in Uptown.  The project will cost $200 million.  Expanded space for business and wider platforms and new track configurations and additional exit / entrance to Sunnyside for Target and Aldi.

 

Demolition of buildings beneath the tracks should begin early next spring.

 

Existing Station House

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What the new Station house will look like:

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Hey NorthAndre--

 

I'm interested in your (and other Chicagoans') impressions of the new Ronald McDonald House.  I saw a few pictures of it a page back but wonder how it fits with the neighborhood now that it's open. 

 

I know that chunk of Grand was a little gritty and run down, sandwiched between the Navy Pier stuff and Michigan Ave, so I wonder if the development of this House has helped bridge that.  I've heard an insider report that the new House is beautiful, but looking for a citizen's view of it.

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Hey NorthAndre--

 

I'm interested in your (and other Chicagoans') impressions of the new Ronald McDonald House.  I saw a few pictures of it a page back but wonder how it fits with the neighborhood now that it's open. 

 

I know that chunk of Grand was a little gritty and run down, sandwiched between the Navy Pier stuff and Michigan Ave, so I wonder if the development of this House has helped bridge that.  I've heard an insider report that the new House is beautiful, but looking for a citizen's view of it.

 

Overall I'm happy with it. It's no marvel of architecture but it shouldn't be expected. Its purpose is to provide a comforting environment to the families inside and not draw attention to the outside. However the warm red brick was a welcome splash of color in a neighborhood full of glass towers.

 

I should also point out they have control over the next door properties. They've essentially preserved the last shreds of fine grain commercial activity in Streeterville. I think that deserves a huge applause but I'm not sure many people care or have ever noticed.

 

I think the biggest issue on grand is building the plaza deck and new stairs. Right now the city is arguing with private building owners over who should repair double decked sidewalks. Seems like no one wants to claim responsibility.

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^^^I always thought that if uptown could get its act together (with the new alderman) the spot where the Popeyes is would make a great spot for a bar. 

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Hmmm, I don't really picture a bar scene on that particular stretch of few blocks.  Further up toward the Uptown theater...yes.  But the Wilson station is in an area with a retail vibe.  The addition of Target and Aldi reinforce that commercial spirit.  Considering this structure will be linked to the main station house, it will probably be fast food or grocery store related.

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Formerly Known as Waterview is now 111 West Wacker.  The tower was originally supposed to be 1040' at 90 floors but work stopped and the construction kept the building skeleton frozen at 27 floors.  It was legally declared "abandoned" shortly later.  The structure is intact and undamaged, but will require modifications for an entirely new design.  Here's what the new design will look like.  As of this week, construction work will finally return to this site.

 

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Related Midwest

 

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Waterview back when it had a crane on top.  The city threatened to sue concerned the crane could collapse any day and it was eventually removed.

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Considering that I live here I probably should be posting in this thread a bit more often ;-).

 

I just learned that a new 11 story building is coming in at the Polish Triangle on Division street where historically there was a grand old theater, but more recently it has been a Pizza Hut.  Walgreens tried to develop the site into a suburban style store, but the community pushed back and this is what's coming in its place:

 

http://www.wickerparkbucktown.info/content-arts/11-story-development-ashland-division-wicker-park?A=SearchResult&SearchID=2879061&ObjectID=5120298&ObjectType=35

 

http://news.eastvillagechicago.org/2012/03/pizza-hut-no-more-division-ashlands-new.html

 

Kind of an ugly building, though the 11 story mural on the west side is really cool.  I hope that this is just the thing that the Polish triangle needs to be revitalized - while the neighborhood is decent its surprisingly dead for the intensity of the district - its kind of a quiet counterpart to the 6 way intersection at Damen/Milwaukee/North a few blocks to the northwest.  Note how parking is handled.

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Thanks for the update.  As far as I'm aware, construction on Pizza Hut Tower began this week.

 

So in Chicago area transportation news looks like the O'Hare tollway bypass is moving along

 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-tollway-to-spend-771-million-on-i90-and-elginohare-bypass-in-2013-20121025,0,6470826.story

 

You can see the undeveloped right-of-way along Thorndale where this will go.

http://goo.gl/maps/rBW7p

 

 

In CTA news, I present more detailed renderings of the Wilson Station at Uptown Update:

http://www.uptownupdate.com/2012/10/new-wilson-station-renderings-available.html

 

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^-I think the results of the new EL station are really causing that whole area to take off - went on a work outing to Belly-Q and saw all kinds of new stuff opening up along Randolph in the West Loop.  Its nice because I work here now, and its a pretty spartain neighborhood (how can so many buildings hold so little).

 

I'm kind of glad this is at least a shell of an older brick building and not yet another white glass and steel skyscraper.

 

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Construction of a new Chicago Convention Center on the NW side

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SSP

 

- 17 Floor Starwood Element, 321 Rooms

- 19 Floor IHG Hotel Indigo, 209 Rooms + Staybridge Suites, 154 Rooms

- 14 Floor Hyatt Place, 148 Rooms + Hyatt Summerfield Suites, 148 Rooms

- 995 Total Rooms

- LEED Platinum

- 4 Floors of Conference space totalling 290,000 SF

- 1,720 Space robotic/automated parking garage

- $734 Million project cost

- Largest hotel green roof in the country with nearly 1 acre of green space

- Miniature Golf Course on the Roof

- To be completed January 1, 2014

 

Currently Under construction

 

Discuss....

 

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Meh, it captures my interest but I still think "in 30 years..."


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Neither, though closer to Rosemont, here is the approx location:

 

https://maps.google.com/?ll=41.986199,-87.834481&spn=0.00185,0.004753&t=h&z=18

 

From:

 

http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2012/11/20/the-other-trihotel-995room-development-breaks-ground-near-ohare.php

 

Its still technically in the City of  Chicago, not sure on the neighborhood, but one of those semi-suburban ones at the fringes of the city with mostly 1950s architecture.

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It's in Chicago's Norwood Park.

 

Definitely in direct competition with the Akoo And Stephens Centers, hotels, and that mall thing further down the street in Rosemont.

 

Regardless it's a benefit for the city and the drab towers that were there are being demolished for this project

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Regardless it's a benefit for the city and the drab towers that were there are being demolished for this project

 

Agreed.  The only issue I see is maybe providing easier direct connection to the Blue line like the offices on the other side.

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Regardless it's a benefit for the city and the drab towers that were there are being demolished for this project

 

Agreed.  The only issue I see is maybe providing easier direct connection to the Blue line like the offices on the other side.

 

Yeah that's one of my concerns too.  I suppose you could run a shuttle to the blue line since this complex is made of 3 hotels and the convention center.  If the Cumberland station was longer in the eastern direction they could have possibly done a skybridge connection.  The only physical connection to the property I see is a 10' wide sidewalk and landscaping. 

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I know it's terrible.  Technically Clark and Division is my most convenient stop, but I get off at Chicago for the past two years.  Once I got off at Clark and Division and I swear they were spraying everything down with some caustic acid.  The vapors burned my throat and eyes.  I was like, damn this is what it takes? 

 

Technically the whole system architecture is a failure.  The stations were antique design even when they were built.  They had things like columns, narrow stairways, separated mezzanines, and stair enclosures.

 

It was until the 60's that deep-tunnel innovation was perfected.  You then started seeing column free stations, floating mezzanines and stairs.  In such configurations, one security guard or station attendant could monitor fare and train platforms from one point.  There were no places for people to hide or sleep. 

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And where on earth are all those street people coming from? There might be some projects on Division west of that, but nothing in theimmediate area. And it's the freaking Gold Coast of all places.

 

My guess is some of the Wilson and Lawrence bums/mentally ill/street people/rehab center and halfway house residents/etc make the trip there, at least the ones who aren't wheelchair bound (cause there sure isa lot of that too) but still, what the hell is going down in/around that station? The only physical confrontation I've had in the city is with some unstable fellow who wouldn't stop harassing me and my roommate at night. And of course, it's not like there's an ounce of security anywhere.

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I think there's a shelter down the ways on Clyborn and that flophouse right there at the corner.  While the total number of rooms isn't much, if only a small fraction of the residents were near the stop loitering it would be a decent sized crowd.

 

The proximity of that housing + very cheap fast food joints + convenience stores that sell alcohol + Jewel that sells alcohol and has a coinstar machine + proximity to a very rich neighborhood + proximity to busy subway stop I guess make the perfect storm for a panhandler hangout. 

 

Generally all the people there are harmless and rarely harass anyone.  Just kind of stand around and exist.  But some individuals are mentally ill and it's very sad.  Someone needs to give them assistance and treatement.  Even if they have access to a warm bed in their own room, it's only just a small part of the solution.  Standing outside all day in a cold Chicago winter is not healthy for anyone.

 

But there's nothing wrong with banning people form loitering around subway stations.  It doesn't matter if it's a group of homeless or rich people.  Keep the area around stairways clear of people so we can get where we need to go.

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I know it's terrible.  Technically Clark and Division is my most convenient stop, but I get off at Chicago for the past two years.  Once I got off at Clark and Division and I swear they were spraying everything down with some caustic acid.  The vapors burned my throat and eyes.  I was like, damn this is what it takes? 

 

Its crazy but the Chicago stop has a lot of the same issues, the McDonalds right next to it is a hotbed for crazy stuff - I see an army of police there all the time and have heard many a story of flashmobs and fights.  At least on that Stop I've pinpointed the source, there is a particularly rough YMCA in the same building as the Foot and Ankle clinic.  Its crazy because again its the gold coast, and not only that but also a huge touristy/suburbanite nightlife district.

 

I'm glad they are cleaning up the Clark/Division stop, I think its the last really decayed red line stop - I still remember Grand looking like something out of the third world and now its quite a showpiece for the rest of the system.  I think Rahm's administration has done positive for the design of new stations - the ones put in under Daley have a lot of issues esp the brown line stations without proper shelter and already rotting wood.

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I know it's terrible.  Technically Clark and Division is my most convenient stop, but I get off at Chicago for the past two years.  Once I got off at Clark and Division and I swear they were spraying everything down with some caustic acid.  The vapors burned my throat and eyes.  I was like, damn this is what it takes? 

 

Its crazy but the Chicago stop has a lot of the same issues, the McDonalds right next to it is a hotbed for crazy stuff - I see an army of police there all the time and have heard many a story of flashmobs and fights.  At least on that Stop I've pinpointed the source, there is a particularly rough YMCA in the same building as the Foot and Ankle clinic.  Its crazy because again its the gold coast, and not only that but also a huge touristy/suburbanite nightlife district.

 

I'm glad they are cleaning up the Clark/Division stop, I think its the last really decayed red line stop - I still remember Grand looking like something out of the third world and now its quite a showpiece for the rest of the system.  I think Rahm's administration has done positive for the design of new stations - the ones put in under Daley have a lot of issues esp the brown line stations without proper shelter and already rotting wood.

 

They should have used synthetic wood.  I realize there's this historic attachment with wood platforms, but there's nothing cool about it when people laugh at their condition.  The synthetic wood could have been done tastefully, provide better slip resistance, better ADA travel surface, better color retention, and much easier to clean. 

 

I'm also not pleased with using concrete at Fullerton and Belmont years ago.  They should have used some sort of diamond / hone finish granite that looks even, doesn't stain, and will last a century.

 

 

Here's a pic of the new Target construction in Cabrini Green.  It will be 3-stories and totally concealed parking

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http://www.skylinenewspaper.com/news/07-27-2011/Cabrini_Target_reveals_design

 

I actually wish the target was built at Halsted and Division, not Division and Larrabee.  I also don't understand why CDOT had not begun improvements on Division in late summer early fall.  They are supposed to replace the bridge and widen the street but that could take over a year.  Things just seem badly coordinated.

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I actually wish the target was built at Halsted and Division, not Division and Larrabee.  I also don't understand why CDOT had not begun improvements on Division in late summer early fall.  They are supposed to replace the bridge and widen the street but that could take over a year.  Things just seem badly coordinated.

 

Knowing how long it takes anything to get done here, I think they are probably right on Target (yes unintentional pun, harharhar).

 

I seem to remember the Uptown Target taking FOREVER to get going as well as the one in the Loop.  By the time both of them opened I was either living or working in less convenient places to get to them even though when I heard about them it seemed like a great thing.

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