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According to the first letter (upper left corner) of this page of the Hyde Park Herald, there will be a community meeting today at 7pm with Antheus Capital. This meeting will involve developments planned.

Looks like the NIMBY's are lining up.

I just thought I'd make you guys aware, if any of you live in Hyde Park and would like to attend
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Actually, New York is already pushing for this.

Since when were Crown Vics the cheapest cars out there?
Perhaps not new, but there's always a huge supply of used cop cars and the ensuing economy of scale for refitting them as taxis, not to mention lowered repair costs by having most taxis use the same parts, etc.
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Demolition Alert

The building next to 600 North LSD is surrounded with scaffolding and dumpsters. Is this coming down? Anyone know why and what will replace it?
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Old Posted Oct 7, 2007, 11:02 PM
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This is outside of Chicago (less than a mile though) in Hammond. If it would be better in another thread, go ahead and move it. Maybe some of you have already seen something about this.


From http://www.harrahs.com/casinos/horse...ab-detail.html



Construction Camera

The all new Horseshoe Casino Hammond will soon completely transform its coveted location along Lake Michigan. Construction is well underway to create an amazing new gaming and entertainment facility – the total size will be an unbelievable 350,000 square-feet.



With over 108,000 square feet of gambling space, more than triple in size of the current casino, the new casino will include spectacular amenities, an incredible entertainment venue, and more luxury than ever before. It’s truly a remarkable expansion boasting a $500 million price tag.



Construction on the all new Horseshoe Casino Hammond began in late 2006 and is expected to be the largest casino and entertainment destination in all of Chicagoland when it is completed in late summer 2008.


More space, more comfort, more luxury:

* 350,000 square-feet of total space
* 108,000 square-feet of gambling action
* More than 100 tables
* Over 3,200 slots
* World class poker room
* 650-seat Buffet
* New Diamond Lounge
* New Seven Stars Lounge
* Two Feature Bars
* Entertainment Center
o Famous-name performers
o Sports Viewing
o Nightlife
o Capacity for 2,500 people theater style seating
o Capacity for 4,000 general admission with standing room
o Banquet facilities for 1,500





Hotel tower plans are supposed to be announced next year.
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Another casino to bilk the monies from the Chicago folk.

How many casinos does NW Indiana have already?


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Demolition Alert

The building next to 600 North LSD is surrounded with scaffolding and dumpsters. Is this coming down? Anyone know why and what will replace it?
Yeah, I saw that too... doesn't look good.

However, I thought this building was condo... which would make repair much more likely. Otherwise, with the lake views gone and 600 N. LSD garage in one's face, it might not last very long.
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Demolition Alert

The building next to 600 North LSD is surrounded with scaffolding and dumpsters. Is this coming down? Anyone know why and what will replace it?
South or North ? - I can't imagine 680 ( old 666 ) N LSD could be taken down.
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Old Posted Oct 8, 2007, 3:33 AM
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Another casino to bilk the monies from the Chicago folk.

How many casinos does NW Indiana have already?


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I think Indiana has a total of 10-12 casinos. Some of those are along the Ohio River. About half of those are in NW Indiana. Indiana doesn't have the size restrictions that Illinois has, so they have been expanding to much larger casinos. Horseshoe takes in the most money at more than a $million a day.

Maybe the hotel tower will be descent looking. It will be clearly visible from the Loop and Streeterville, despite that Spire video removing NW Indiana from its video.
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South or North ? - I can't imagine 680 ( old 666 ) N LSD could be taken down.
It's due west on the south side of the property.... an old loft building.
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Moving the Childrens Museum to grant park is a HORRIBLE idea. That are of the park needs to be redeveloped (meaning un-developed in to PARK).

End of Story imo. The Park should be immutable.

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Oct 4th 2007 | CHICAGO
From The Economist print edition


In a fight over Grant Park, Chicago's mayor faces a small revolt

RICHARD DALEY is used to getting what he wants. Elected Chicago's mayor in 1989, he is often called “the emperor”. Now he is facing a rare opponent: a 35-year-old, first-term alderman. Last month Brendan Reilly said he would fight plans to move the Chicago Children's Museum to a treasured spot in his ward, Grant Park, the city's so-called front yard. Mr Daley erupted, hinting that the museum's critics simply want to keep black and Hispanic children out of the park. He declared it “a fight for the future of this city”.

Mr Daley already seems sheepish about framing the fight in such dramatic terms. He has softened his tone and says he is open to compromise. But Chicagoans are still waiting for the details. For though Mr Daley can usually rally the city council to his side, Mr Reilly has claimed a powerful ally: Aaron Montgomery Ward.

True, Ward died in 1913, but he rules over Grant Park from the grave. Having made a fortune from America's first mail-order business, Ward went to court to keep developers out of the park. He based his case on the words of three commissioners, who in 1836 wrote that what is now Grant Park should be “Public Ground—A Common to Remain Forever Open, Clear and Free of any Buildings, or other Obstruction Whatever.” During his life Ward was often perceived as a stubborn pest—the Chicago Tribune called him a “human icicle”. But for decades he has been praised as the guardian of the park, which covers 320 acres (1.3 square km) along Chicago's lakefront.

Mr Daley has shown himself more flexible than Ward purists. One of his greatest achievements, Millennium Park, defies Ward's principle of pure open space. The park is dotted with attractions, including Frank Gehry's Pritzker Pavilion, which called itself a piece of art to dodge conflict over new construction. The park has been enormously popular since opening in 2004; last year it had 3m visitors.

Officials at the Children's Museum hope that a new home in Grant Park, just over a bridge from Millennium Park, would build on this success. But Tom Wolf of Friends of Downtown, a civic group, worries that the museum would be a precedent that would let other developers invade Grant Park.

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Here's an idea... build the childrens museum south of the art institute, over the damn tracks... like millenium...
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Demolition Alert

The building next to 600 North LSD is surrounded with scaffolding and dumpsters. Is this coming down? Anyone know why and what will replace it?
That's the Dunham Building:

http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=...chicago-il-usa

I saw that too, but I don't know what's planned for it.

Regarding the Children's Museum - if the city can find a good site for it, away from Grant Park, it will have a much better chance of making an architectural statement. It would also have room to grow. We all know how museums like to build additions over time... for this reason alone, the Grant Park location would be a problem.

Northerly Island seems like a natural location, or someplace by the river in an expanded Ping Tom Park. I also like the idea someone here mentioned recently of turning Goose Island into a park. I think that would have been a much better site for the Olympic Stadium.
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^ WTF? Only an asshole would demolish such a beauty.

Where was the Preservationist community on this one?
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1) what's going on with the building on the NE corner of State/Elm? The commercial tenants have all been evicted. Is this getting torn down?

2) The Children's Museum can't move to a low-traffic location far from the core tourist zone around Navy Pier and Michigan Avenue. Maybe the north end of Grant Park isn't the best place for it, but I haven't yet heard a suggestion of a more viable place.
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2) The Children's Museum can't move to a low-traffic location far from the core tourist zone around Navy Pier and Michigan Avenue.
Throughout the museum's history, it has acted as an "anchor" that drew traffic to new locations, not as an incidental, drop-in-on-the-spur-of-the-moment kind of place. First it helped bring people to the reopened Cultural Center, then to an unused building in Lincoln Park, then to the new North Pier development, and finally it helped guarantee that people would come out to Navy Pier even in winter.

It could now serve the same rôle in some place like Motor Row or Canal-Taylor or Burnham Park or the West Loop.

The Childrens Museum is a destination, a place you plan an outing to with very young children. Combining it with anything other than a train ride to the city or lunch nearby is inviting for a toddler meltdown. So a Museum Campus location seems a little odd. There needs to be convenient adjacent parking, and you're not likely to be taking in any other museums that day.
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2) The Children's Museum can't move to a low-traffic location far from the core tourist zone around Navy Pier and Michigan Avenue. Maybe the north end of Grant Park isn't the best place for it, but I haven't yet heard a suggestion of a more viable place.
Build it over the track just south of the Chicago Art Institute. It is in the park, accessible by extensive rail and bus routes, has loads of pedestrian traffic, covers the gapping hole than runs through the park...blocks away from the Library, CAI, Fields, Shedd......
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Robinette Demolition out in front of Dunham Building

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The building next to 600 North LSD is surrounded with scaffolding and dumpsters. Is this coming down? Anyone know why and what will replace it?
This morning Robinette Demolition put up their dumpsters in front of the Dunham Building. I talked to a couple of guys on the ground who confirmed the building is coming down. They didn't know what was going in its place.
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^ WTF? Only an asshole would demolish such a beauty.

Where was the Preservationist community on this one?
I'm a bit out of the loop these days, but generally, no one would have known this building was coming down unless it was Orange-rated. (Which it almost surely is not, since the top has been altered. I know, stupid policy, but that's what we have to deal with.)

In Chicago, there is still no good way to know what's being planned for demolition unless it happens to fall within the Demo. Delay (Orange-rated buildings) ordinance, and the vast majority of structures do not meet this criterion.

A huge loss, I agree. What a shame.
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Danhausen house demolished!

In other extremely depressing news, the home and studio of late Chicago artist Eldon Danhausen has been demolished. This was a home that he essentially crafted by hand. While executed in a currently out-of-vogue 1970s style, the building had incredible artistry throughout and gardens that were cherished by most of Old Town.

The community tried to save the building, and Vi Daley actually did institute a downzoning ordinance, but Chicago pols and residents need to wake up and realize that downzoning DOES NOT save buildings. Some developers are simply cruel.
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This morning Robinette Demolition put up their dumpsters in front of the Dunham Building. I talked to a couple of guys on the ground who confirmed the building is coming down. They didn't know what was going in its place.

Maybe a lovely parking garage, or maybe the developer will decide against his planned project when the real estate market dips, and there will just be an empty lot there for many years.

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