Today’s Headlines for Monday, March 26

  • CNT: 1/3 of Off-Street Parking Spots at Chicago Apartments Building Are Unused (Tribune)
  • Active Trans Ponders the Potential Benefits & Downsides of Driverless Cars
  • IL Policy Institute Argues Against Mandating Chauffeur’s Licenses for Ride-Share Drivers
  • Police: Shooter Fleeing Chatham Murder Scene Struck Woman With Car (Tribune)
  • Hit-and-Run Driver Injures Pedestrian in Chicago Lawn (DNA)
  • RTA’s Dillard: If 5% More Residents Switched to Transit, Congestion Could Fall by 30% (Tribune)
  • Tribune Looks at the Proposal to Create Public Space Under ‘L’ Tracks Near Wilson
  • Bike Walk Lincoln Park Checks Out the New Paths & Parkland at Fullerton and the Lake
  • Bensenville Adapts a Transportation Plan & Complete Streets Ordinance (Active Trans)
  • Charismatic CTA Bus Driver Darlene Coleman Is a Hit With Riders (RedEye)
  • Meeting Tonight Re: Cedar Street’s Plan to Turn 5050 N. Broadway Building Into a TOD (DNA)
  • Job Opportunity: Active Trans Is Hiring an Advocacy Manager

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  • aweg

    The trib article about transit and congestion has a bad link.

  • Chicagoan

    Does anyone know when 5050 N. Broadway was built? Evokes a definite mid-century modern feel to me, somewhat Mies-inspired. It’s a cool building, offers a neat contrast to all of the early 20th century architecture in Uptown.

  • BlueFairlane

    You might not know about this … http://buildings.transitized.com/

    Navigation is a kind of difficult, and you have to really know the street grid, but it’s got loads of information I use often.

    It doesn’t, however, list an age for 5050 N. Broadway, though it does list an age for 5036, which I believe is the same building. It gives a construction date for 5036 N. Broadway of 1965.

  • Chicagoan

    Thanks! 1965 looks spot on, architecture-wise. I’d been curious about this building, like I’d been curious about the Chicago Fire Department’s stationhouse at Racine & Wilson. One day I was walking on by and I saw a plaque, dating the completion to 1968. Had Richard J.’s name on it and everything.

    Uptown is a treasure trove of architecture, love that neighborhood.

  • cjlane
  • Roland Solinski

    5050 N Broadway – built as the headquarters for the Combined Insurance Company, designed by A. Epstein and Sons.

    http://www.epsteinglobal.com/whats-new/2015/throwback-thursday-combined-insurance-company-of-america

    It’s not clear why Combined Insurance decided to locate in Uptown. Possibly they wanted to be equally convenient to downtown and the North Shore. Certainly they were the only major white-collar employer to locate in the area.

  • BlueFairlane

    Ah … now it becomes clear. This really is two buildings, with the northern half (5050) being built in 1962. I’ll bet the taller half is 5036, and that’s the structure Transitized got the information on.

    (I hate to think about the process involved in doing that.)