August 2021 Newsletter

Cook County Jail, 2602 S. California Avenue, South Lawndale-90-Day Demolition Delay

Address: Cook County Jail, 2602 S. California Avenue, South Lawndale #100913991 Date Received: 5/19/2021 Ward: 24th Ward Alderman Michael Scott Jr. Applicant: Cook County Jail Owner: Sheila Atkins (Cook...

Riis Park Fieldhouse, 6100 W. Fullerton Avenue, Belmont Cragin-90-Day Demolition Delay

Address: Riis Park Fieldhouse, 6100 W. Fullerton Avenue, Belmont Cragin #100913335 and #100925159 Date Received: 06/17/2021 Ward: 30th Ward Ald. Ariel Reboyras Applicant: Public Building Commission of Chicago C/O...

August 2021 Month-in-Review Newsletter

ADVOCACY WIN: Pullman National Monument LOSS: Woman's Garden in Jackson Park Bulldozed LOSS: Supreme Court Denies Temporary OPC Construction Halt THREATENED: Thompson Center Bid...

LOSS: Bulldozers Begin Clearing Woman’s Garden and 800 Old Growth Trees from Jackson Park for Obama Presidential Center Construction (Chicago 7 2017, 2018, 2019,...

"On August 16, the Obama Foundation started work on the Obama Presidential Center, but without the fanfare that one might expect. Over the past...

LOSS: Request for Temporary OPC Construction Halt Denied by Supreme Court (Chicago 7 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021)

"The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a request by a Chicago parks preservation group for a temporary halt to construction of the Obama Presidential...

LOSS: Lake View Bank/Belmont National Bank Demolished Despite 2,000+ Petition Signatures to Save It

"Preservationists are trying to stop a developer from tearing down an old bank building in Lakeview to make way for a massive commercial project. "Crews...

THREATENED: Why was the Thompson Center Bid Deadline Extended? (Chicago 7 2016, 2018, 2019 & 2020)

"The state has extended the cutoff date for any would-be buyers to bid on Chicago’s James R. Thompson Center, but officials say they’re sticking...

PARTIAL WIN: Creative Adaptive Reuse Ideas Emerge From Chicago Architecture Club’s Thompson Center Competition (Chicago 7 2016, 2018, 2019 & 2020)

“Governor Pritzker has the opportunity, after years of neglect by his predecessors, to lead through the sale of the Thompson Center by giving it...

Chicago Tribune Editorial: Why the Magnificent Mile Needs the Drake Hotel

"The Drake, which was put up for sale Thursday, sits at a 90-degree angle to the lake, meaning that an arrival from the north...

WIN: Little Village Arch Receives Preliminary Landmark Status

"The Little Village Arch, a gateway into the predominantly Latino Southwest Side neighborhood, has received a preliminary landmark designation — the first time an...