Lost Legends #5: Grand Central Station in South Loop

Chicago once had its own Grand Central Station, a proud and bustling hub of railway activity, now existing only in the annals of history. The magnificent South Loop structure, designed by a renowned architect and boasting a rich past, was eventually overshadowed by its more famous counterparts. This latest installment in our series delves into the story of this lost legend, exploring its history, the vision of its architect, its demolition, and its present day incarnation.

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Rendering of 535 E 47th Street by SGW Architecture & Design

Details Revealed For Mixed-Use Development At 535 E 47th Street In Bronzeville

Details have been revealed for a new mixed-use development at 535 E 47th Street in Bronzeville. Located on the southwest corner with S St Lawrence Avenue just east of the CTA Green Line at 47th station, the proposal will replace an empty lot down the street from the upcoming five-story project from Two Fish Crab Shack at 641 E 47th Street. Developer Bronzeville Corridor LLC is working with local firm SGW Architecture & Design.

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Updated Plans Presented For 357 N Green In West Loop

Updated details have been revealed for the mixed-use development at 357 N Green Street in the West Loop. Sandwiched between Green Street to the west and N Halsted Street to the east, the project tackles a unique site which is traversed by the Kennedy Expressway on the northeast corner. Recently Canadian-based developer Onni Group presented slightly revised plans at a community meeting for the SCB-designed tower with Confluence working on its landscape design.

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Illinois Bell Building circa 1970. Image by Chicago History Museum

Scaffolding Spotted for Illinois Bell Building Renovation in The Loop

The historic Illinois Bell Building, located at 225 W Randolph Street in The Loop, is finally set for renovation as scaffolding rises around the structure, signaling the imminent start of construction. The building, which has been granted landmark status and Class L tax incentive by the Chicago City Council, is being redeveloped by Onni Group, with work expected to reach completion for the revamped offices in 2024.

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