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Old Posted Mar 4, 2017, 4:12 PM
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831 Emerson returns with a new design

242 units, 175 parking spaces, and a new 7-Eleven





While I think this iteration of the project is generally fine, it seems like the BKL and the developer have really struggled on the design each time.
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Looks a bit like a public housing project. Not a fan.
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The unlikely success of Waukegan's Genesee Theatre

I'm quite amazed at the steady stream volume of big name performances that the Genesee Theatre lands.

Waukegan is your typical rust belt suburb with good bones that has fallen on harder times. Countless old suburban and city movie palaces have been torn down, and in suburbia there are many newer venues closer to the highway, in more affluent areas, and with way more easy parking. In addition, you have competition with Chicago itself which has plenty of music venues.

Yet somehow the Genesee is not only surviving, it's a big draw. How did they pull it off?

I would love to see something like this happen with the Uptown Theatre in Chicago
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80,000sq foot mixed use building proposed for Orland Park, with a "luxury Cinepolis theatre" on the second floor and "specialty retail and restaurants" on the first floor.


http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburb...320-story.html


http://il-orlandpark2.civicplus.com/....aspx?AID=1215

http://patch.com/illinois/orlandpark...wn-main-street
http://patch.com/illinois/orlandpark...ed-orland-park
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I'm quite amazed at the steady stream volume of big name performances that the Genesee Theatre lands.

Waukegan is your typical rust belt suburb with good bones that has fallen on harder times. Countless old suburban and city movie palaces have been torn down, and in suburbia there are many newer venues closer to the highway, in more affluent areas, and with way more easy parking. In addition, you have competition with Chicago itself which has plenty of music venues.

Yet somehow the Genesee is not only surviving, it's a big draw. How did they pull it off?

I would love to see something like this happen with the Uptown Theatre in Chicago
No great mystery here. Performers go where (they think) their fans are. Looking at the lineup, it seems most of the acts are popular with people in their 40s/50s. Those performers probably assume that their fans are white, middle-class, middle-aged, and largely live in the suburbs - places like Waukegan, or at least the towns around it.

Waukegan has the extra advantage of being a midpoint between Chicago and Milwaukee, so it can draw from both markets. And the Genesee is a historic movie palace with some ambience, unlike pretty much every other venue in Lake County, and it sits in a little Main Street ecosystem of bars and restaurants for people to eat and drink before/after the show.

There are similar lineups at the Arcada in St Charles and the Paramount in Aurora, for many of the same reasons.

It's too bad Waukegan can't parlay this into more downtown development. As you mention, it's got good bones, commuter train service to Chicago and a lakefront location. Unfortunately I think it's a little too far for regular commuters to Chicago, and the downtown has totally been co-opted by Lake County government with a massive cancer of parking lots and ugly buildings. Even the lakefront is still heavily industrial, polluted, and not easily accessible from downtown.
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Pleasant Prairie is in the Chicagoland metro region. The plant will be a half million sq ft


http://www.13newsnow.com/money/busin...nsin/425238859

Gummy bear giant Haribo to build first North American plant in Wisconsin


Jason Stein , Milwaukee Journal Sentinel , WVEC 9:16 AM. EDT March 24, 2017


PLEASANT PRAIRIE, WI -- The German giant that originated the gummy bear will open its first North American candy factory in Pleasant Prairie, bringing hundreds of jobs and nearly a quarter-billion dollar investment to the rapidly growing border area, Gov. Scott Walker announced Thursday.

Haribo of Bonn, Germany, will invest $242 million in the plant and create 400 jobs there when the factory opens in 2020, the GOP governor said.

"These are well-paying jobs above market (salary) and they tend to offer a full benefit package," Walker said at a Capitol news conference.

Flanked by GOP lawmakers from the area and Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser, a Democrat, Walker said that the company has committed to build the plant but that the state is still finishing negotiations on an incentive package. Pleasant Prairie also is still negotiating the sale of the land, officials said.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Chief Executive Officer Mark Hogan said that the state wouldn't be able to talk about the tax credits or other incentives being offered until the contract for them had been signed.

Haribo gets its name from the first letters of the names of its founder Hans Riegel Sr. and its birthplace, Bonn. There in the wake of World War I, Riegel introduced the world to gummy bears, or as they say beside the Rhine River, "Gummibärchen."

The company is as iconic in Germany as popular American candies are here, with a Depression-era German jingle that translates as "Kids and grown-ups love it so — the happy world of Haribo." The company has nearly 7,000 employees worldwide who produce 100 million bears a day.

In a statement, company officials said the announcement caps a long search for the right site to build a massive factory for continuing its growth in the American market.

“Haribo has already been in the process of selecting a location for a first manufacturing facility in the USA for several years. In an elaborate process, we have examined many different sites. We are very excited to announce this important decision today,” said Rick LaBerge, chief operating officer of Haribo of America Inc.

A 438-acre site is being purchased by Pleasant Prairie for $37.5 million to be turned into the Prairie Highlands business park, with streets, utilities and other improvements to be financed through a proposed tax incremental finance district, Village Administrator Michael Pollocoff said. TIF districts work by using the taxes generated by new development to pay off the loans issued to fund infrastructure such as new streets.

A roughly 100-acre portion of the park would be sold, in turn, to Haribo, which would not receive any other local incentives, Pollocoff said.

Pleasant Prairie isn't a stranger to big players in the candy industry — the Jelly Belly Candy Co. also has a warehouse in the village.

"It's Candyland," joked Pollocoff, who noted that food processors are drawn by the area's proximity to Chicago, transportation infrastructure and access to Lake Michigan water.

The Kenosha area has attracted high-profile investments in recent years from companies such as Amazon that have translated into 8,000 new jobs, Walker said.

According to the Kenosha Area Business Alliance, more than $1 billion in capital investment and about 9.5 million square feet of new space have been announced for the county over the past four years.

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Not sure this was ever posted here, but Target is opening a semi-large store next to the end of the Yellow Line in Skokie. The shell of the building is already complete, and it's actually really handsome with a good street presence and quality materials. All parking is in back.

I wish it could be mixed-use and it kind of overwhelms the historic stationhouse next door (now Starbucks), but really nice infill for what it is.


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Downtown Elmhurst project on York, taken today.
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Nothing special architecturally, but this downtown Barrington project is TOD and good density. Drove past it today and foundation work is well underway.

https://www.google.com/amp/www.chica...story,amp.html
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Library lot: Lower price, shorter building
By Bill Smith on April 14, 2017

Evanston aldermen will be asked Monday to authorize the city manager to negotiate a contract to sell the library parking lot downtown for redevelopment as an 11-story office building.
$1 million less for the city in exchange for 3 less floors and a traditional design (not often you see that for an office building), and people are still unhappy.
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Nothing special architecturally, but this downtown Barrington project is TOD and good density. Drove past it today and foundation work is well underway.

https://www.google.com/amp/www.chica...story,amp.html
Wow, this is frickin' amazing for Barrington. The former building on that lot (Atlas Van Lines) was torn down over a decade ago and polluted soil was cleaned up. I always assumed it would become some auto-centric piece of crap.

A previous mayor was voted out largely because he wanted a moderate-density mixed use development in this corner of downtown (the "Golden Triangle"), so I'm glad to see this getting approved in a half-decent form.
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