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Old Posted Jul 21, 2018, 6:48 AM
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Illume turned out nice.

Probably pisses off the neighbors who bought condos in that POS next door. Not only did Illume block their views, but it’s a 100 times more attractive and higher quality building.
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Illume turned out nice.

Probably pisses off the neighbors who bought condos in that POS next door. Not only did Illume block their views, but it’s a 100 times more attractive and higher quality building.
Illume looks like even worse POS inmho way to busy, I'll proportioned, confused architecture, no cohesiveness or character. The whole street pisses me off as failed architecture. The brick boxes going up nearby while not ground breaking design are at least restrained and add character to the district by relationship to the old warehouse loft buildings.
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Illume looks like even worse POS inmho way to busy, I'll proportioned, confused architecture, no cohesiveness or character. The whole street pisses me off as failed architecture. The brick boxes going up nearby while not ground breaking design are at least restrained and add character to the district by relationship to the old warehouse loft buildings.
I don’t know, I don’t feel that you need to copy old school buildings with a half ass modern version of the same to complement them
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Old Posted Jul 21, 2018, 3:31 PM
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But it's not copying, it's evolved precedent. The never ending quest for novelty has ruined architecture and many cities.
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That crappy looking parking garage at State & Kinzie (across the street from the former IBM Building) is getting some sort of 1st floor restaurant. Owner's name is the same as one of the guys behind Bernie's Lunch & Supper. It's not a super rare name though so who knows. It will be good if it's taking up space right now that's just a blank wall along the street.
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Glad they are repurposing the old building but a country themed TexMex place sounds terrible.

I'm not sure which is worse. But the combination of the two?
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That crappy looking parking garage at State & Kinzie (across the street from the former IBM Building) is getting some sort of 1st floor restaurant. Owner's name is the same as one of the guys behind Bernie's Lunch & Supper. It's not a super rare name though so who knows. It will be good if it's taking up space right now that's just a blank wall along the street.
Looks like the owner of that garage finally came to realize that there's a city around it.

We need to see more of this, as well as some sidewalk widening in many parts of River North. River North is no longer a neighborhood. It's downtown. It's basically another offshoot of the Loop
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Illume turned out fantastic. Perfectly proportioned and a great addition to the West Loop.
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Illume turned out fantastic. Perfectly proportioned and a great addition to the West Loop.
Agree. I think this one turned out nicely. It’s visually interesting to look at vs the bland flat glass boxes we see typically.
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Illume turned out nice.

Probably pisses off the neighbors who bought condos in that POS next door. Not only did Illume block their views, but it’s a 100 times more attractive and higher quality building.
I agree that Illume turned out great, certainly a lot better than it's renderings, but that base is brutal as usual. Arent all these West Loop midrises great? Nothing screams "street life" like a concave concrete vacuum cleaner sucking up and spitting out cars and a few people taking their dog out to shit twice a day... Again though, I can see how this building is perfectly designed to drive off any and all pedestrians forcing them all up to Randolph and Fulton where they don't feel like they are in some sort of dystopian novel.

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Pssshhh, get off your ivory tower. TexMex is delicious. Country themed however sounds tacky as fuck and doesn't make sense in a city like Chicago with zero country culture or history
Uh no dude, you forget that Chicago literally was the "West" at one time and that originally the cattle for the Union stockyards were driven in off the prairie by cowboys before the railroads started building further west. Chicago, if anything, is THE prototypical Western frontier boomtown. Started as a freaking fur trading Post and then a Fort for Pete's sake! It may have gone metropolitan, but for the first 75 years of it's existence Chicago was literally a wild west pseudo lawless boomtown.

MidWEST, NorthWESTERN University, etc, this entire area used to be the end of the line and Illinois used to be the far Western border of the US before the Louisiana purchase. The area saw it's most significant settlement during the peak of the wild west era from 1830-1900. Remember that everything from the East came to Chicago first before fanning out in all directions across the plains. Everything from the plains and mountain west was gathered up and consolidated in Chicago before it was sent back East. St Louis might have the gateway arch, but Chicago was the true pinch point, everything started and ended here. Chicago enabled and exists because of the great settlement of the West, it was the "great funnel of the West" consolidating all the wealth of the West and shipping it back East.
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Glad they are repurposing the old building but a country themed TexMex place sounds terrible.

I'm not sure which is worse. But the combination of the two?
I think you need to start to realize that the West loop is no longer cool, and its a tourist trap now (thank instagram and eater) so why not pander to people that come from down south, and who doesn't love a good tex mex place pink taco and el hefe in river north is just awful, overpriced food and the place is packed all the time, so It should work in the west loop as well

Also country music is pretty big here in Chicago, us99 gets ratings similar to the rest of the stations in town and considering Chicago's demographics that's pretty impressive IMO

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Looks like the owner of that garage finally came to realize that there's a city around it.

We need to see more of this, as well as some sidewalk widening in many parts of River North. River North is no longer a neighborhood. It's downtown. It's basically another offshoot of the Loop
This will be a second Chicago location for Memphis-based Gus' Fried Chicken. The first one is on Fulton Market, pretty tasty.

Good to see them adding retail space to the west end of that garage, hopefully they don't butcher the architecture too badly. The east side has had a (clumsy-looking) Dunkin Donuts and a newsstand for years. It's understandable they built the garage as a fortress, the River North entertainment district was a notorious skid row area at the time until Friedman got his hands on it.
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The whole Tex/Mex, Chicago Country Music, Bluegrass/Butt-grass discussion has been moved to 'CHICAGO General Discussions WHERE IT BELONGS. Please be mindful of where you are posting, we've all been forum members for long enough to (hopefully) understand this. Final warning
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i get it, but i think its inevitable side-discussions will arise when talking all day around the uses behind new buildings, hence why this always happens, and its not always easy to jump immediately to a new thread the exact second a tangent occurs. not everyone is even aware of the other thread, which is buried in a subforum of a subforum.

is it not OK to discuss the potential viability of a project like Lincoln Yards and the types of programming they intend to implement? or with a place like the Uptown Theater? if its a public message board, opinions are inevitably going to be a part of the mix, unless this is just intended to be pictures of rebar and caissons. it can be confusing, and some things slide while other very similar things dont. i understand no one wants this to become a dining/social life/political thread. fwiw i dont see any guidelines, maybe it would be helpful to be explicit about what is/isnt allowed, or create a sticky with generally accepted rules? its hard to follow them when theyre not listed and at the discretion of the moderators mood (and new posters do come all the time, so not everyone is aware of whats "unwritten").

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