Today’s Headlines

  • Lucas Museum Coming to Town; Soldier Field Parking Lot Will Go Underground (Tribune)
  • Detached Brake Caliper Blamed for Last Week’s Orange Line Derailment (CBS)
  • Kirk Dillard, a Republican Metra Commuter, May Be Next RTA Chairman (Tribune)
  • Delivery Driver Was Dragged and Killed While Trying to Stop Carjacker (ABC)
  • Finance Committee Approves $1.5 Million For Injured Cyclist (Tribune, Sun-Times)
  • Settlement in the Dooring Case That Led to IL Legalizing Passing on Right (FK Law)
  • Residents Excited About Edgwater Metra Stop, Worried About Parking (DNA)
  • Neighbors Oppose New Apartment Complex by Jeff Park Transit Center (DNA)
  • Flooding Shuts Down All Lanes of the Ike Near Broadview Last Night (Tribune)
  • Badass CTA Bus Driver Breaks Up Fight, Confiscates Gun (CBS)

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  • jeff wegerson

    It ain’t over until the fat singer croons. Lakefront protection ordinance must be navigated. I for one do not like the idea of a vanity so-called museum.

  • David Altenburg

    If I worked at a newspaper, I would create a template where you could plug in some new thing that was happening, and it would generate a story about how the residents are worried about parking. I could use it every day!

  • ThisManIsRight

    i was caught in that inbound Ike shutdown yesterday evening. it was bizarre, it never even rained where i was – sat for 30-40 minutes inching before i could discover why traffic was a disaster.
    i ended up having a brief phone conversation w/ ABC7 that partially aired on the 10pm news. in hindsight, i really regret not mentioning that i wished Metra had a more convenient service schedule so that there would have been fewer vehicles stuck on the road.

  • Anne A

    Dillard as RTA chair? Does anyone but him really think that will be an improvement?

  • Anne A

    TOD near Jeff Pk transit hub seems like it should be a winner. Hope that revised plan is able to get approval.

  • cjlane

    ” I for one do not like the idea of a vanity so-called museum.”

    Shedd Aquarium = Vanity project.
    Field Museum = Vanity project
    Lurie Children’s Hospital = Vanity project
    Whitney Museum, Getty Museum, Guggenheim, etc etc

    Just because there is a major donor putting their name on a museum project–and often donating their personal collection to said museum–does not make the museum a “so-called” museum.

    Now, I *totally* agree with hesitance about putting it on/near the lakefront, but the biggest blow to the lakefront was the Soldier Field reno, instead of somehow convincing the Bear to live with Field Turf (and 25% more seats) in a retractable roof stadium near the United Center. And the other biggest missed opportunity was the Nature Museum, which really should have co-located with the Garfield Park Conservatory (tho I understand that hesitation, due to perception of the neighborhood of GP).

  • ThisManIsRight

    i also wanted to ask if we could get Roger Bossard up there to help with the water drainage. everyone’s got jokes when you’re going nowhere for 2 hours. i bet there’s some comedy gold on the blue line this am.

  • Mishellie

    I dont know that LCH is a vanity project. The Childrens Memorial building was in terrible shape and the hospital was losing patients who felt that the hospital was run down.

  • Mishellie

    I wish the answer to “BUT WHERE WILL WE PARK!” could just be “IDK you’re big kids figure it out.”

  • +1 to moving the parking lots underground. I think we can all agree that the Museum of Science and Industry is better for having buried their formerly-surface parking lots.

  • cjlane

    It was in large part funded by, and was named after, individuals (yes, one of them deceased).

    My point was that just because something has someone’s name attached to it, and that person is paying for a substantial piece of it, doesn’t mean it’s a “vanity project”, nor that it is necessarily a “so-called [whatever]”.

  • R.A. Stewart

    Could be worse. I figured it was inevitable that the next RTA chair would be from the collar counties, probably the western suburbs, and therefore a Republican. At least Dillard uses transit and hasn’t been a completely anti-city, my-way-or-the-highway (or would that be tollway?) type.

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    Great, another political hack finding a home for himself and cronies at a public agency. Wasn’t there any room at the Tollway Authority for him?

  • David Altenburg

    In the case of the Lucas Museum, it’s:

    “BUT WHERE WILL WE PARK”
    “In the new underground lot we’re building for you!”
    “BUT WHERE WILL WE GRILL WHILE STANDING NEAR OUR CARS?!”

  • jeff wegerson

    Perhaps I am mistaken about the contents of this particular warehouse. Shed and Field contain collections that represent a planetary trove, for instance, so is this new warehouse going to contain a trove of media material from many and various contributors or just Lucas’ stuff?

    If just Lucas stuff then vanity warehouse if various then maybe museum.

  • Well, Bruce Rauner has supposedly been fighting him becoming chair, so that speaks well for Dillard.

  • It’s not really TOD, since it will have a 1:1 parking ration, but it’s probably hard to pitch a low-parking development in Jeff Park, a relatively remote part of the city where people would argue it’s harder to get by without a car than, say, Wicker Park.

  • Anne A

    In the sense of higher density development in close proximity to a major transit hub, I would consider it TOD. Context makes a difference. As you pointed out, it is a relatively remote low density area. If someone built a similar development next to the 95th St. Metra station in Beverly, I would make the same argument for the same reason.

  • Anne A

    Yes, it does.

  • Mishellie

    Bruce Rauner seems scary and menacing. I don’t know a ton about him (should probably do some learnin’) but his commercials send a shiver down my spine for some reason.

  • To be fair, tailgating is a massively emotionally-charged part of football culture, part of how ‘real fans’ separate themselves from those dilettantes who just watch at home on TV. Which doesn’t mean the team has any obligation, necessarily, to provide a place for it to happen, but I can easily see why fans’ first shocked thought would be in that direction.

  • That entire area could use a massive infusion of wayfinding. I knew the walkway across the highway existed because Google Maps said it did, but when I went walkabout to try to do an errand at one of the businesses right by the station (I live east of the Kennedy and didn’t want to walk through the Lawrence/Milwaukee mess), it involved a lot of backing and forthing to figure out exactly how to GET to the walkway. There were several scary chain-link fences and a lot of unlabeled wooded areas without adjacent sidewalk.

    I bet the residents near Argyle and Long are used to thinking of themselves as living in an inaccessible cul-de-sac that’s a massive pain in the butt to get into or out of, and absolutely requires cars … because they either don’t know about or distrust the pedestrian tunnel (from which, it must be admitted, it’s very inhospitable to get to the TRANSIT stop, once you’re across the highway).

    So from their POV, what’s up with a massive apartment complex coming out of nowhere to be plunked down in their corner? Who would want to live there? Where from the developers’ view (and urbanists’), it’s the best possible place because it’s a tiny walk from massive amounts of transit and one of the best bike arteries in the city.

  • duppie

    I know that tastes differ, but those renderings look God awful. The developer could not create a more bland building even if they tried.

  • The developer said they purposely modeled it on a senior-citizen housing complex “nearby”. I bet “nearby” is in a mostly 3-4 story context; that thing’s going to look really strange rising out of the lot at Long and Argyle (which is mostly surrounded by peak-roofed farmhouse-type or Craftsman 1-2 story single family homes).

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    How many pensions will he be entitled to when we are done with him?

  • cjlane

    So, do you similarly dismiss the Whitney, in NY, bc it started off as the collection of a single person? What about the Getty? The Guggenheim?

    Even the greatest museums have to start somewhere, and that is often with someone’s personal collection.

    Now, this may of course turn into a ridiculous joke of a memorial, but just so long as we aren’t subjected to a horrendous blob like the “experience music project” (nb: It’s kinda cool, in Seattle, but the only benefit here would be to take people’s eyes off of Soldier Field).

  • Agreed. The “Friends” of the Park people need to figure out which fights are worth fighting. I bet the end result of this project is an increase in the about of planted space on the lakefront. If the absurdity of opposing this project to protect parking lots leads the City Council to start amending or repealing the Lakefront Protection Ordinance, the city and lakefront will be worse off.

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    But it is really a shame that it couldn’t be built in an area that could really use some economic development like the near west side. i.e Garfield Park area. What a stimulus it would be.

  • forensicgarlic

    The Art Institutes’ world class collection of impressionist art was started from a single person’s collection.

  • Anne A

    I didn’t say it was a beautiful design. Too much of what’s getting built today is bland as hell. I hope the revised plan is better.

  • Anne A

    I find him creepy as hell. It’s not just you.

  • Depends what’s developed around it. MSI isn’t much of a stimulus to its neighborhood because there’s almost nowhere nearby to GO from it, even if you didn’t drive to the museum. I discovered this when there with a large group who didn’t want to pay museum-concessions prices for lunch and tried to go somewhere else … the only place open on a weekend was Medici, which was less than ideal for other reasons, but was the only option within even long walking distance.

    Most people going to MSI zip in, do the museum, and drive back home to wherever they came from, spending their money there. Similarly, trips to the Garfield Park Conservatory don’t lead to any significant economic input to the neighborhood because it’s surrounded by residential, parkland, and businesses not aiming at retail foot trade. I’d love it if there were a sandwich or ice-cream shop or something anywhere near the Conservatory (closest is a cluster of sketchy grease joints down by Pulaski/Madison), but there isn’t, so we get back on the El and go somewhere else to spend.

  • I’m not so sure that there is much evidence of a museum (or similar building) bringing much stimulus to the immediate area around it. Woodlawn has been just on the other side of the museum of science and industry for decades and it really hasn’t done much for it. The south loop had the 3 museums for an equally long period of time and I don’t think its rebirth had much to do with the presence of the museums. Heck, the Garfield Park Conservatory is awesome yet Garfield Park is still a scary area. The Lucas museum will definitely be a stimulus for the city as a whole and a nice asset for the immediate community but there’s pretty good evidence that adding a museum alone isn’t enough to help a depressed community.

  • Alex_H

    Elliott, next time you go to Garfield Park, you might consider this place: http://www.yelp.com/biz/inspiration-kitchens-chicago-4 (I haven’t been but have heard good things)

  • jeff wegerson

    Who was the single artist that collected their own work and created a museum. I’m sure there are some but the Art Institute isn’t one.