If your Greyhound is in the shop, better pick it up soon

Looking north across the Chicago River to Goose Island, the future site of Halsted Point.

If you haven’t heard by now, you haven’t been paying attention. To everyone.

All of Chicago is talking about Halsted Point, the new development from Onni Group planned for Goose Island.

Alby Gallun in Crain’s Chicago Business (heh. bus-iness. Greyhound. Well played.)

Ryan Ori in the Chicago Tribune

David Roeder in the Chicago Sun-Times

Jay Koziarz in Urbanize Chicago

The Real Deal

Matt Hickman at The Architect’s Newspaper

You should be able to find all you need to know about Halsted Point from those sources.

In the meantime, this is what will be replaced. I don’t think we’ll miss these buildings:

Goose Island and Wicker Park team up for a Friday Flag, Tank, and Crane

Flag tank crane

A goose island water tank, back by an American Flag and a tower crane in Wicker Park.

Your Flag, Tank, and Crane shot for Friday, September 08 features:

The water tank at Carbit Paint, 927 West Blackhawk Street

The American Flag atop 1200 North Ashland Avenue

The tower crane working on the Wicker Park Connection, 1640 West Division Street

Carbit Paint water tank

A better view of the Carbit Paint water tank.

Wicker Park Connection Tower crane

A better view of the Wicker Park Connection tower crane, and the flag atop 1200 North Ashland.

Our robot demolition overlords are tearing apart 1450 North Dayton

The robots are on their way, and they’re coming after our infrastructure.

Along the emerging Clybourn Corridor in the Goose Island neighborhood, Alpine Demolition (KnockItDown.com — I like it) is knocking down the 3-story brick building at 1450 North Dayton Street. Curbed had the story back in August about the planned demolition.

In its place will be a mixed-use building of office and retail space called, for now, the Big Deahl at Kingsbury and Blackhawk. If that name doesn’t make immediate sense, know that Kingsbury runs past the rear of the site, and to its north. Danny Ecker at Crain’s had the story about the new development last month.

1450 North Dayton demolition



But I want to talk about that demolition robot. Those two bright eyes look like they could pierce masonry, let alone the built-in jackhammer. If these aren’t readily available to the public, maybe Alpine will let me control theirs for awhile.

Another Chicago water tank has been doomed by a demolition permit

1500 North Halsted water tank

The doomed tank atop 1500 North Halsted Street in Goose Island.

Wednesday, a demolition permit was filed by the City of Chicago, spelling doom for yet anther Chicago Water Tank, this one at 1500 North Halsted Street in the Goose Island neighborhood.

You’ve noticed this tank every time you’ve passed through the S-curves over North Avenue on the Brown and Purple Line trains, between the Sedgwick and Armitage stops. And if you’re living in or visiting the New City development, you’re right next door to it. But not for much longer.

Milburn LLC of Hillside, Illinois will do the dirty work of demolishing the tank.

1500 North Halsted water tank

The Demolition Permit

1500 North Halsted water tank


Clybourn 1200 Piecing Together Nicely

Clybourn 1200

Clybourn 1200 is being pieced together by a massive ground crane, like an out-of-hand game of Tetris.

Clybourn 1200 is a new mixed-use, mixed-income apartment project from Brinshore Development. Depending on your perspective, it’s in the Gold Coast neighborhood, the Goose Island area, the Cabrini-Green neighborhood, or the Near North.

The V-shaped building, designed by Pappageorge Haymes Partners to fit in the triangular lot at 1200 North Clybourn Avenue, will have 77 apartments for people, a whole bunch of roof-top hives for bees, and 17,000 square feet of space for retailers, including a day-care center for children.

McShane Construction is on the build, a notable site for its massive red crane parked in the middle of the lot.