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[18 Apr 2008 | Comments Off | ]

Anybody who’s been to Chicago is familiar with Bertrand Goldberg’s Marina City which resembles two giant corncobs–that’s meant to be descriptive not unflattering. They are among Chicago’s most recognizable landmarks. I even know somebody who went out there to paint them while they were still under construction. The Chicago Tribune came out with three stories this week, including one, interestingly, that summarizes the other two stories:
The first of the stories, by E.A. Torriero, chronicles how residents of Marina City (left) are banding together to fight an architecturally-disruptive incursion from …

Downtown, History, Politics »

[10 Oct 2007 | Comments Off | ]

Unfortunately I missed the Committee of the Whole meeting, which had some interesting things on their agenda this evening:

a DOJ grant for surveillance and recording systems–what is that all about?
consideration of appeal for a denied permit to remove masonic symbols from the old masonic temple–an important landmark, now the Family Life Church
$250K $40K to Rodney Cavitt for facade improvements at 203-209 and 211-213 National Street in downtown Elgin, to be completed in 2008 for work already completed. City staff recommendation for additional $206K for improvements at 217-219 National Street …

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[19 Sep 2007 | 17 Comments | ]
DC Cook, Judson bridge revisited

I first mentioned this idea two years ago, and I thought since Judson College is now Judson University and the DC Cook building is no longer in imminent danger of being converted into some sort of residential development, I might put this idea out again and see what others think.

The idea is for a foot and bike bridge across the Fox River at a narrow point just north of the DC Cook building. The west side of the river, I think, is already owned by Judson University and is …

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[1 Jul 2007 | 2 Comments | ]

I received a message in my Flickr account last week:
I was born in Elgin but only lived there 4 years, although I visited my grandparents and aunt there very, very regularly for the next 12 years. I haven’t been back since the early ’70s when my family moved out of state
Most of my memories of Elgin are of my grandparents’ home. It was a big, old house on a very large lot (2 or 3 acres), a good portion of which was on a hillside that made for fun sledding …

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[1 Jul 2007 | 2 Comments | ]

I received a message in my Flickr account last week:
I was born in Elgin but only lived there 4 years, although I visited my grandparents and aunt there very, very regularly for the next 12 years. I haven’t been back since the early ’70s when my family moved out of state
Most of my memories of Elgin are of my grandparents’ home. It was a big, old house on a very large lot (2 or 3 acres), a good portion of which was on a hillside that made for fun sledding …

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[29 Jun 2007 | Comments Off | ]

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been almost two years, since I first mentioned this house. I drove by it on Sunday, expecting it to have been finished by now, but renovation continues!

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[10 Apr 2007 | 2 Comments | ]

This is a nice exhibit, and I recommend it.