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the urban politician Dec 16, 2014 5:06 AM

^ Not a bad idea, but that rendering does that concept a disservice

Ch.G, Ch.G Dec 16, 2014 5:11 AM

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Originally Posted by bnk (Post 6845289)
Blair did a review of Maggie Daley park today I'm too tired to provide the link perhaps someone else could

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Originally Posted by BVictor1 (Post 6845458)

He also had an interview with Michael Van Valkenburgh.

I don't think it's fair to judge it at this stage. I will say this, though:

Children love Crown Fountain. They love Cloud Gate. Neither telegraphs "playground."

Kenmore Dec 16, 2014 12:49 PM

re: maggie daley park

all other arguments aside, it's going to be a jawdroppingly cool place

pilsenarch Dec 16, 2014 3:09 PM

in reference to our many discussions re TOD, etc. etc.:

http://www.vox.com/2014/8/28/6063679...re-screwing-up

Loopy Dec 16, 2014 4:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Busy Bee (Post 6845070)
Here's the rendering for what they're planning. Design may have changed though. This is from Koo Associates:

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/apps/...-140309912.jpg
Crains


It's like a mini Apparel Mart!

Must be a Koo fixation. Koo's Wit Hotel North section REALLY looks like the Apparel Mart.
http://i.imgur.com/OezsROV.png
Koo and Associates

Via Chicago Dec 16, 2014 4:23 PM

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Originally Posted by BVictor1 (Post 6845141)
It's far from worthless; an exterior chemical wash will help bring facade details to life. I've not been on the inside, so I don't know if there's anything of value, but I wouldn't mind this being a candidate for a facadectomy.

ive been inside once. the rooms are definitely in need of a refresh...the whole interior just feels tired. but again, that hardly means it cant be reused. the cornice is charming, and that solid brickwork style feels very "chicago".

if it was going in an empty lot id be all for it but this needless tear-down culture is tiresome.

UPChicago Dec 16, 2014 4:35 PM

I'm sorry but why would I want to go to a library in the middle of an interchange.... terrible idea especially the with the fact that the through lanes are still prominently visible. Hopefully U of C's bid is much better and utilizes the area at Garfield and MLK.

Jim in Chicago Dec 16, 2014 6:30 PM

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Originally Posted by BVictor1 (Post 6845495)
http://my.chicagotribune.com/#sectio.../p2p-82297392/

Under UIC plan, part of Obama library complex would sit atop expressways
By Dahleen Glanton, Chicago Tribune
8:49 pm, December 15, 2014

http://www.trbimg.com/img-1418700303...g-20141215/750

Oh my. This will really make the people who live in that condo building go ballistic, they're already up in arms about the changes to the interchange.

woodrow Dec 16, 2014 8:06 PM

re: Maggie Daley Park. I walked around it yesterday and it is great. I was (and am) a little concerned about the prominence of the play tower on LSD and Monroe, but think the trees will ameliorate that.

Speaking of trees, even in their immature and seasonally denuded state, they are fairly impressive when walking around. They say 25 years for full maturity, but they will frame out and soften the space long before that. The park is BIG, and the way that Valkenburgh has designed the gently rolling hillocks with an overall slight descent from Randolph to Monroe is masterful. The curved paths keep you moving to see the next thing.

The skating ribbon is awesome. Truly. It makes me want to go skating and i haven't done that in 14 years.

The refresh to the fieldhouse it really cool. Seemed so off-putting in the old days; now it is very engaging and inviting.

I am excited to see what the plantings will look like come spring, especially in the areas currently covered in straw. Looking at the design images, it appears that there will be ornamental grasses and plants (prairie?).

The big light tripods are just flat out cool. I have seen complaints about how big and out of place they are but really they are just cool. Very sculptural. I am envisioning the light they put out when the trees are in leaf. Nice.

Just some quick thoughts. Didn't even talk about the plethora of seating and the use of tree logs as benches, etc.

harryc Dec 16, 2014 8:27 PM

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rlw777 Dec 16, 2014 8:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Jim in Chicago (Post 6846130)
Oh my. This will really make the people who live in that condo building go ballistic, they're already up in arms about the changes to the interchange.

I don't know I would imagine folks might be pretty excited about what I imagine would be a significant noise reduction and some added green space. Something like this could finally spur on development to the south east there.

Jim in Chicago Dec 16, 2014 8:49 PM

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Originally Posted by woodrow (Post 6846289)
re: Maggie Daley Park. I walked around it yesterday and it is great. I was (and am) a little concerned about the prominence of the play tower on LSD and Monroe, but think the trees will ameliorate that.

Speaking of trees, even in their immature and seasonally denuded state, they are fairly impressive when walking around. They say 25 years for full maturity, but they will frame out and soften the space long before that. The park is BIG, and the way that Valkenburgh has designed the gently rolling hillocks with an overall slight descent from Randolph to Monroe is masterful. The curved paths keep you moving to see the next thing.

The skating ribbon is awesome. Truly. It makes me want to go skating and i haven't done that in 14 years.

The refresh to the fieldhouse it really cool. Seemed so off-putting in the old days; now it is very engaging and inviting.

I am excited to see what the plantings will look like come spring, especially in the areas currently covered in straw. Looking at the design images, it appears that there will be ornamental grasses and plants (prairie?).

The big light tripods are just flat out cool. I have seen complaints about how big and out of place they are but really they are just cool. Very sculptural. I am envisioning the light they put out when the trees are in leaf. Nice.

Just some quick thoughts. Didn't even talk about the plethora of seating and the use of tree logs as benches, etc.

Semi-related. Have we discussed what's up with what appears to be repairs to the passenger bridge across Columbus linking MP to MDP? They've been doing some work and there is a rather slipshod repair to the scales on the south-facing side, there is still a much more obvious crack on the north side - this is where bridge meets land on the eastern edge.

wierdaaron Dec 16, 2014 9:00 PM

Fog cleared up for a few seconds so I got a shot today.

http://i.imgur.com/ueFeEbcl.jpg

Ants.

Jim in Chicago Dec 16, 2014 9:08 PM

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Originally Posted by wierdaaron (Post 6846384)
Fog cleared up for a few seconds so I got a shot today.

http://i.imgur.com/ueFeEbcl.jpg

Ants.

Actually, you can see the missing "scales" and construction equipment on this picture.

Remy_Bork Dec 16, 2014 9:09 PM

Was there any special treatment planned for the ice skating ribbon at Maggie Daley Park for the off season?

wierdaaron Dec 16, 2014 9:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Remy_Bork (Post 6846398)
Was there any special treatment planned for the ice skating ribbon at Maggie Daley Park for the off season?

There was an article about that today.

What Happens to Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon When It Warms Up?


I still think scattered cafe tables and chairs would be nice.

sentinel Dec 16, 2014 9:25 PM

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Originally Posted by wierdaaron (Post 6846384)
Fog cleared up for a few seconds so I got a shot today.

http://i.imgur.com/ueFeEbcl.jpg

Ants.

Great shot Aaron - I was randomly there on Saturday evening with two friends, and all of us were pretty nicely blown away with how awesome the park appeared, and how many people were still around as things were winding down around 9:30-10pm.

It looks great and will look even greater in the Spring and Summer, especially with added greenery. It's a shame that dogs aren't allowed in the park, but honestly, I can understand both sides of the debate (I do consider careless, apathetic dog owners much much more of a nuisance than the dogs themselves).

Per Aaron's picture above, the park looks deceptively small, but when you realize those tiny little specs are humans, it's a nice surprise, and reinforces the idea that there will be a lot more to do in the park once the weather improves..

PKDickman Dec 16, 2014 9:25 PM

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Originally Posted by woodrow (Post 6846289)
re: Maggie Daley Park.

The big light tripods are just flat out cool. I have seen complaints about how big and out of place they are but really they are just cool. Very sculptural. I am envisioning the light they put out when the trees are in leaf. Nice.


I didn't think much of the lights when I first saw them, they seemed to full of unnecessary engineering problems.

But then I caught them at the right angle and they reminded me of the corn shocks in McCutcheon's "Injun Summer".
It brought back such a flood of old Chicago memories, that I warmed up to them.

Tom Servo Dec 16, 2014 9:56 PM

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Originally Posted by wierdaaron (Post 6846384)
Fog cleared up for a few seconds so I got a shot today.

http://i.imgur.com/ueFeEbcl.jpg

Ants.

Wow. :yuck: What a hideous waste of $60 million dollars!

It's a god damn child's playground! But man, that giant jungle gym castle sure does look world-class against the skyline... :rolleyes: What a fucking joke.

Steely Dan Dec 16, 2014 10:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Tom Servo (Post 6846479)
It's a god damn child's playground!

yes, what fucking genius decided that putting a playground in a park was a good idea?

i'm outraged! what's next, water slides at public swimming pools? AHHHHHH, where does the madness end?


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