Gallery> Tour the rehabbed Chicago Motor Club, a Henry Ford–era art deco mecca for motorists

The new Hampton Inn Chicago Michigan Avenue, which occupies the former Chicago Motor Club building. (Kenny Kim Photography)

The new Hampton Inn Chicago Michigan Avenue, which occupies the former Chicago Motor Club building. (Kenny Kim Photography)

You can credit Chicago’s recent boom in boutique hotels with revving up an historic 16-story building once home to the Chicago Motor Club, which rolled back onto the market in May as a Hampton Inn.

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Take a tour of Chicago’s newest Green Line stop, Cermak-McCormick Place, designed by Ross Barney Architects

Cermak-McCormick Place: the newest stop on Chicago's CTA Green Line, designed by Ross Barney Architects. (Kate Joyce Studios)

Cermak-McCormick Place: the newest stop on Chicago’s CTA Green Line, designed by Ross Barney Architects. (Kate Joyce Studios)

Chicago commuters transiting through the South Loop and Chinatown have had a new stop since early this year, when the Chicago Transit Authority opened its newest train stop: Cermak-McCormick Place.

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Yoko Ono breaks ground on public art project for Chicago’s South Side

Rendering of the Garden of the Phoenix located in Jackson Park, Chicago with SKY LANDING (circled) and the New Phoenix Pavilion (proposed) and Museum of Science and Industry.

Rendering of the Garden of the Phoenix located in Jackson Park, Chicago with SKY LANDING and the proposed New Phoenix Pavilion and Museum of Science and Industry. (Project 120 Chicago)

The Chicago Park District starts work today on a new project by Yoko Ono. Her first permanent public art installation in the Americas will be a meditation on world peace, harmony with nature, and Japanese-American relations dubbed SKY LANDING, which is slated for a parcel of Jackson Park once home to the historic Phoenix Pavilion.

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Hargreaves unveils Downtown East Commons, a park in the shadow of the Minnesota Vikings

A rendering of The Commons in Downtown East Minneapolis. (Hargreaves Associates)

A rendering of The Commons in Downtown East Minneapolis. (Hargreaves Associates)

Last year Minneapolis broke ground on a major mixed-use development centered around a park next to the under-construction stadium that will house the Minnesota Vikings football team. Now dubbed “The Commons,” the 4.2-acre park was the subject of a public meeting last week, at which its design came into clearer focus.

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Ride Chicago’s new elevated park and bike path, The 606, with this time-lapse video

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Scene along the 606. (Courtesy Steven Vance)

Chicago’s long-awaited bikeway and elevated park, The 606, opened last weekend (on 6/6, no less) to a rush of pedestrians and cyclists who were eager to test out the new 2.7-mile trail after years of planning, design and construction. The public park remains extremely popular in the sunny week following its debut.

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After planning commission okay, Cleveland is set to install its first pop-up parklet

Plans for Cleveland's first parklet. (Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corp.)

Plans for Cleveland’s first parklet. (Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corp.)

Parklets are coming to Cleveland. The urban planning tool remaking urban streetscapes from Los Angeles to Chicago got a nod from Cleveland’s Planning Commission last week, clearing the way for an outdoor living room to replace a parking space in front of the popular Noodlecat restaurant at 234 Euclid Avenue. Read More

The Chicago River was reversed 115 years ago—this infographic tells its story

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The Chicago River downtown is now the subject of an expansive riverwalk project, opening over the spring and summer.

The Chicago River downtown is now the subject of an expansive riverwalk project, opening over the spring and summer.

Via Chicago Line Cruises, this infographic tells the tale of one of the greatest engineering projects ever completed: the reversal of the Chicago River. Chicago was booming in the late 1800s, but like many cities of the day it lacked proper sewer infrastructure. As a result the city was choking on its own waste.

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Chicago beckons pedestrians with Dr. Seussian green and blue dots

The view of Chicago's Lincoln/Wellington/Southport intersection as part of the “Lincoln Hub” traffic calming  and placemaking project, as seen from St. Alphonsus Church. (John Greenfield)

The view of Chicago’s Lincoln/Wellington/Southport intersection as part of the “Lincoln Hub” traffic calming and placemaking project, as seen from St. Alphonsus Church. (John Greenfield)

Who polka dotted West Lakeview? The area around the Lincoln/Wellington/Southport intersection on Chicago‘s North Side looks like a giant game of Twister, as Streetsblog’s John Greenfield points out, thanks to a whimsical, low-tech placemaking initiative that is part of a larger $175,000 streetscape project along Lincoln Avenue. Read More

Plans unveiled for the Red Line Greenway, Cleveland’s answer to The High Line

A rendering of the Red Line Greenway proposal. (Original photo courtesy of Share the River, Rendering by Evan Peterson, LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, via The Cleveland Plain Dealer)

A rendering of the Red Line Greenway proposal. (Original photo courtesy of Share the River, Rendering by Evan Peterson, LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, via The Cleveland Plain Dealer)

A video released last week gives Clevelanders the clearest picture yet of plans for a greenway beside the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority’s Red Line. The idea has drawn comparisons to New York’s High Line or Chicago’s Bloomingdale Trail (aka The 606). Watch the video after the jump.

Why a florist in Detroit filled this abandoned house with flowers

"The Flower House" in Hamtramck, Detroit by florist Lisa Waud. (Heather Saunders Photography)

“The Flower House” in Hamtramck, Detroit by florist Lisa Waud. (Heather Saunders Photography)

Detroit florist Lisa Waud wants to give abandoned homes in her city a chance to bloom once more before they are demolished. Her project, The Flower House, had its trial run this month, when the Huffington Post reported she leaned out the second-story window of an abandoned house overlooking a Detroit freeway, and sprinkled white flower petals on spectators gathered below.

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Chicago’s Graham Foundation awards $490,000 for architectural research

Noritaka Minami, Facade I, 2011, Tokyo, Japan. From the 2015 Individual Grant to Noritaka Minami and Ken Yoshida for 1972–Nakagin Capsule Tower. (Noritaka Minami)

Noritaka Minami, Facade I, 2011, Tokyo, Japan. From the 2015 Individual Grant to Noritaka Minami
and Ken Yoshida for 1972–Nakagin Capsule Tower. (Noritaka Minami)

The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts today announced the latest recipients of their grants to individuals, a $490,000 pot of money split among 63 projects all over the world, including an extensive photographic survey of Le Corbusier’s completed architectural works by photographer Richard Pare; a series of community-based design and urban development courses in Costa Rica; and a compilation of criticism about Berlin‘s Institut für Raumexperimente (Institute for Spatial Experiments).

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Chicago opens newest segment of revamped Riverwalk

Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the opening of a new segment of the Chicago Riverwalk. (Office of the Mayor, Chicago)

Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the opening of a new segment of the Chicago Riverwalk. (Office of the Mayor, Chicago)

Despite a smattering of gray skies, Chicago inaugurated another stretch of its revamped riverwalk this Memorial Day weekend, and visitors were eager to explore the newly expanded public space.

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