The Value is in the Land: 1000 W. Monroe

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1000 W. Monroe, in March of this year [John Morris]

Almost a year ago a plan was unveiled for the corner of Monroe and Morgan in West Loop. It featured 12 luxury residences with a parking spot for each unit, and called for replacing a 6 unit building constructed in 1889.

Last week, demolition began on these 19th century twin Italianate three-flats to make way for the new condo building.

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Why save the South Shore Nature Sanctuary?

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South Shore Nature Sanctuary [Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns]

South Shore Nature Sanctuary [Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns]

Every inch of Chicago’s lakefront has been shaped by human hands. Transforming a swampy scrub into terrain suitable for a major metropolis is no small project, and the contours of the shore have been aggressively adjusted to make space. Continue reading »


63rd Street Heyday’s Remnants at Risk as Woodlawn Development Takes Off

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63rd Street in Woodlawn [Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns]

63rd Street in Woodlawn [Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns]

With the coming of the Obama Presidential Center, the continued southward expansion by the University of Chicago and a tentative plan to remake the Jackson Park golf course into a PGA Tour-worthy venue, the fortunes of Woodlawn look to be rapidly changing.  Once one of the city’s largest entertainment and night-life districts, a new spotlight is shining brightly on an area long marked by disinvestment, demolition and decline.

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Gary Preservation Tour Open House on June 17

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City Methodist Church (Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns)

City Methodist Church (Eric Allix Rogers/Chicago Patterns)

Mark your calendar for June 17! You’ll want to be in Gary, Indiana for the first-ever Gary Preservation Tour Open House. After beating their crowdfunding goal by 20%, the organizers have been hard at work lining up sites to open to the public from 10am to 4pm.

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