5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

What's up with the former bank at Halsted and Madison

HI..with all the buying of land and building in the west loop, I often wonder about the building on Madison and Halsted. I think it used to be the old MB bank. I just love the arched windows on the building and wonder why no one does anything with that building. I would think a nice restaurant would love the bottom floor with those windows.

Anyone ever hear of anything going on with this building?

  • atennislover: Thank you for posting the question. I know that there was talk about something going in the building long before the Mariano's complex was built but I have not heard anything since then. I agree with you that the exterior of the building begs for a restaurant or some other positive use. My fear is that restoring the building is cost prohibitive.

    Perhaps others know more. Thank you.

Apr 04

Updated Apr 06

New Building on Morgan and Van buren

HI..anyone know what is going up on the corner of Morgan and Van Buren? Next to the West Loop Auto shop?

  • I would also love a book store in the area. The closest one we have was on Halsted by UIC - I believe it was a Barbara's bookstore. Now it is a Powell's.

  • Kevin C West Loop

    It's a 26 unit apartment building. It's by the same group that just built the apartments at Madison and Aberdeen.

Mar 24

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Mar 24

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Mar 24

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Camp programs can be found at more than 200 parks throughout the city where children enjoy water fun, field trips, athletic activities and cultural experiences.

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Mar 03

Updated Mar 24

What should I do with grandpas old LP records???

A suitcase of old records: Limelighters, Sandler & Young, Mantovani, sing a long with Mitch, some big band....they need to go....where do I take them? Dump or what? Ideas?

  • NAFSBUC Walking my Fitbit and Flatcoat 10k steps/day

    Mike: Only 1 Jazz- Dave Brubeck "Take Five"
    Otherwise, Stacy was first but I will give George B a call and let him have half of them. It sounds like they will be enjoyed and I really appreciate the assistance. Love EveryBlock

  • Apple Jaxx Pissing people off not once, but twice...

    Take them to the Brown Elephant on Halsted.

Mar 21

Updated Mar 22

Pete's Fresh Market - Madison/Western

Does anyone know if Pete's is open on Madison and Western? If not, is it still being built?

Dec 28 2011

Updated Feb 28

City Wasting Money

So I just noticed today at Western and Jackson, and the few blocks surrounding, the city put in paving stones for the crosswalks.

That's in addition to the medians on western that they are building in that area.

Does this anger anyone other than me? Seriously the city is cash strapped for money, they are raising fees on everything they can. And then they put in paving stones for crosswalks?

That, and the medians. What a waste of money. Completely unnecessary. It really angers me that our tax dollars are being spent that way when the city is in such financial trouble.

  • Barney Seth Barnhart Thirteen year Garfield Park resident

    It will be interesting to see how the city handles this problem.

  • Taras Hryniw A Resident on a Mission

    It's called the city is wasting it's money. I started this thread. Am I surprised? Absolutely not!

    Stop living in a fantasy land and come to terms with the fact that those medians get trashed and ran into. Of course, I could live in the fantasy that someone downtown will...

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    It's called the city is wasting it's money. I started this thread. Am I surprised? Absolutely not!

    Stop living in a fantasy land and come to terms with the fact that those medians get trashed and ran into. Of course, I could live in the fantasy that someone downtown will get a grip and have those things ripped up and stop putting them in for good, but a more realistic viewpoint is that nothing will change and the city will continue to waste money on it, as I know people won't stop running into it any time soon.

Feb 26

Updated Feb 26

Architects win award for Viceroy Hotel transformation into Harvest Commons

For creating a welcoming new presence on the Near West Side and preserving a legendary Chicago landmark, Landon Bone Baker was the 2014 winner of the First Place Richard H. Driehaus Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design, for Harvest Commons.

Opened in 1930 as the Union Park Hotel, this six-story, terracotta-and-brick building 1519 W. Warren Blvd. is a Chicago landmark and classic example of Art Deco architecture. But in recent years the building fell on hard times. The structure...

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For creating a welcoming new presence on the Near West Side and preserving a legendary Chicago landmark, Landon Bone Baker was the 2014 winner of the First Place Richard H. Driehaus Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design, for Harvest Commons.

Opened in 1930 as the Union Park Hotel, this six-story, terracotta-and-brick building 1519 W. Warren Blvd. is a Chicago landmark and classic example of Art Deco architecture. But in recent years the building fell on hard times. The structure wore signs of its several transformations: first, an “apartment hotel” and later as the Viceroy Hotel, one of the city’s many SROs, which advertised a cheap place to sleep.

The Viceroy Hotel has been born again as Harvest Commons Apartments, an affordable housing development and supportive services project designed by Landon Bone Baker Architects that seeks to contribute to the on-going rejuvenation of the Near West Side.

The award was presented Feb. 20 at the Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards, organized by LISC Chicago. Read more and view a short video here:
http://www.lisc-cnda.org/Past-winners/20th-CNDA-Winners/The-Richard-H-Driehaus-Foundation-Awards-for-Architectural-Excellence-in-Community-Design-First-Place.html

  • PBarry Rogers Park since '61

    That's the Near West Side, Apple Jaxx, one of Chicago's 77 official Community Areas.

Feb 21

Updated Feb 24

Can anyone recommend a good alterations person?

I have a silk shirt that I love that needs to be made smaller and my favorite winter jacket needs a new zipper...taking suggestions. We'll see if the alteration is even possible but it would hurt my heart to toss a really good jacket for lack of a working zipper..help!

  • I was going to recommend Star Cleaners as well. They do great work at a reasonable price (and can also do it quickly).

  • NAFSBUC Walking my Fitbit and Flatcoat 10k steps/day

    OK, I went to Star Cleaners as they are close to home (I am in Tri-Taylor) and because they got two mentions. Owner fixed zipper without replacing it...I guess I was doing something wrong. He then went to the shirt, said it might be expensive and I should buy a new one. That not being an option, he is doing the alteration at a price I consider reasonable.
    Thanks EveryBlock!!

Feb 22

Updated Feb 24

2204 Warren

Anyone else notice this building is going to collapse any day now? Looks potentially very dangerous.

  • Thanks! You can call 311 and file a complaint with the Building Dept. It's best if you ask for a tracking number so you can follow up if you don't see the city taking any action. That sure does look immediately dangerous.

  • You can also notify your alderman

Feb 04

Updated Feb 20

OH NOOOOOO!

Joe's Cleaners (Taylor/Oakley) is closed....gone....empty! He was so nice and was my go-to guy when I needed something hemmed in a hurry. One fewer service for Tri-Taylor residents. Sad:-((

  • Ashton From New Orleans to River West to Tri-Taylor

    No way!!!! I was just there a couple weeks ago. Did you find you find out if he just moved? Or gone for good?

  • NAFSBUC Walking my Fitbit and Flatcoat 10k steps/day

    The place is totally EMPTY! No kidding. I saw a truck moving stuff about 1.5 weeks ago but thought it was for the store next door and since I was walking the dog, I did not stop. Next time I went by on the other side of the street, I thought it looked closed but until I really looked inside, I was in denial. It is gone. The store next to it was not open this morning so I have not been able to get details-

  • Victor Lopez Free lance artist

    Been a local all my life and went there as an option. There is another dry cleaners on Harrison and Western; i't's on the north west side of the intersection

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