Construction has begun on the latest addition to Milwaukee’s lakefront skyline, a sleek curving tower from Pickard Chilton.Â Gilbane Building Co. and C.G. Schmidt broke ground in August on the new 32-story headquarters of insurance giant Northwestern Mutual. Read More
Obama library round-up: Woodlawn, Lakeside, Bronzeville and more vying for nation’s 14th presidential library
Speculation over the future site of President Barack Obamaâ€™s presidential library has picked up as a slew of Chicago sitesâ€”as well as some in New York, Hawaii, and even Kenyaâ€”made the June deadline for proposals. Ultimately the decision is up to the President and the board tasked with developing what will be the nationâ€™s 14thÂ presidential library, but dozens of groups are attempting to tug at that group’s ears. (Even I used AN‘s June editorial page to consider the library’s urban impact.) Hereâ€™s a round-up of some of the Chicago proposals made public so far.
Party boats are common in Lake Michigan off the shores of Chicagoâ€™s more well to do neighborhoods. But local entrepreneur Beau Dâ€™Arcy wants to corner that market with Breakwater Chicagoâ€”a floating club and leisure destination anchored in the cityâ€™s downtown harbor year-round. The 33-year-old engineer told the Chicago Tribune heâ€™s hoping to create the cityâ€™s â€œnext Bean,â€ referencing Millennium Parkâ€™s Cloud Gate sculpture.
Bicyclists and pedestrians cruising down Chicagoâ€™s 18-mile Lakefront Trail generally enjoy an exceptionally open, continuous and scenic path along Lake Michigan. But near Navy Pier theyâ€™re shunted inland, underneath a highway, onto sidewalks and through road crossings that interrupt their journey in the middle of one of the popular pathway’s most congested corridors.