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Kumdogmillionaire Jul 8, 2017 9:20 PM

I felt like I was in science class again after reading that. Interesting to think about though as it absolutely is right in the way of the sun for months of the year(during some hours of the day)

harryc Jul 8, 2017 10:57 PM

Shadow Pricing - NO . Even if it was a significant cost - NO.

The time of year when the sun would be a benefit (winter) is when the incident angle is the greatest, this is part of what makes it so cold up here.

Bombardier Jul 9, 2017 4:03 PM

Lots of parts delivered to the site today for the tower crane, it should start going up this afternoon and complete tomorrow if the weather holds.

BVictor1 Jul 9, 2017 10:43 PM

07/09/17

From Roosevelt & Columbus.

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Chi-Sky21 Jul 10, 2017 1:42 PM

Awesome shots BVic

Bombardier Jul 10, 2017 1:59 PM

Great photos Bvictor!

harryc Jul 10, 2017 3:19 PM

Great shots !

maru2501 Jul 10, 2017 3:29 PM

he's probably usually the 'A' in YMCA

LouisVanDerWright Jul 10, 2017 5:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by maru2501 (Post 7860206)
he's probably usually the 'A' in YMCA

Lol...

But in all seriousness, now I get why some of the gay members of our community have requested shots of the construction eye candy. That guy is ripped on a whole nother level. Probably pretty good workout to swing a 20 lbs sledge over your head while hanging halfway off a tower crane.

sentinel Jul 10, 2017 5:45 PM

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Originally Posted by BVictor1 (Post 7859686)

Lordy, I got the vapors
http://images.rapgenius.com/fcfbe512...275x212x32.gif

Thanks BVic!

qDot Jul 10, 2017 6:01 PM

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Originally Posted by LouisVanDerWright (Post 7860404)
Lol...

But in all seriousness, now I get why some of the gay members of our community have requested shots of the construction eye candy. That guy is ripped on a whole nother level. Probably pretty good workout to swing a 20 lbs sledge over your head while hanging halfway off a tower crane.

I mean, no. Go to a gym. There are a few superman/Thor/captain America looking fuckers at each one.

rlw777 Jul 10, 2017 6:20 PM

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Originally Posted by qDot (Post 7860449)
I mean, no. Go to a gym. There are a few superman/Thor/captain America looking fuckers at each one.

But as my cousin who works at a gym as a personal trainer said when I asked him if he was going to bulk up more. "Nobody is interested in a guy that's gotten so big he can't reach his arm around to wipe his own ass."

qDot Jul 10, 2017 8:16 PM

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Originally Posted by rlw777 (Post 7860486)
But as my cousin who works at a gym as a personal trainer said when I asked him if he was going to bulk up more. "Nobody is interested in a guy that's gotten so big he can't reach his arm around to wipe his own ass."

Oh no the grunting power-lifters are annoying. I used to lifeguard at a GB ymca, those tools would go in the hot tub. Same 3 guys for years.



No there are some Adonis/Amazon* looking guys/girls in each gym.





* (i feel bad i cant recall a buff female greek, i know at least one existed in AoM)

left of center Jul 10, 2017 11:46 PM

Great pics BVic! Looks like some country's Olympic team is missing its weight lifting ringer.

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Originally Posted by qDot (Post 7860692)
* (i feel bad i cant recall a buff female greek, i know at least one existed in AoM)

Uhh, Xena, Warrior Princess obviously! :haha:

Maybe you were thinking of Atalanta (person, not city in Georgia)? She was a famous heroine who performed feats of strength and refused to marry any man weaker than her, and hence never got married.

Le Baron Jul 16, 2017 4:40 PM

7/16/17
 
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KWILLSKYLINE Jul 17, 2017 1:18 AM

Holy crap thats a great view of what this will change mich Ave. Permanently. Take another 6 months from now.

Bombardier Jul 22, 2017 4:12 PM

Making good progress with the core climbing forms. This will start to be felt in no time.

10023 Jul 23, 2017 12:03 AM

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Originally Posted by KWILLSKYLINE (Post 7866983)
Holy crap thats a great view of what this will change mich Ave. Permanently. Take another 6 months from now.

Hopefully the Ebony/Jet building and the lot next to it are the next to be redeveloped.

left of center Jul 23, 2017 12:08 AM

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Originally Posted by 10023 (Post 7872929)
Hopefully the Ebony/Jet building and the lot next to it are the next to be redeveloped.

Didn't the city consider landmarking the Ebony/Jet building? Frankly, I think its hideous and redeveloping it would be a great idea, as opposed to keeping it around like an ugly birthmark on the face of Boul Mich.

SteelMonkey Jul 23, 2017 12:47 AM

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Originally Posted by left of center (Post 7872930)
Didn't the city consider landmarking the Ebony/Jet building? Frankly, I think its hideous and redeveloping it would be a great idea, as opposed to keeping it around like an ugly birthmark on the face of Boul Mich.

Yeah they did landmark it back in March.....unfortunately

the urban politician Jul 23, 2017 1:03 AM

^ It's an important piece of Chicago history even though the building isn't that special. I think that counts for something

HomrQT Jul 23, 2017 1:12 AM

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Originally Posted by SteelMonkey (Post 7872946)
Yeah they did landmark it back in March.....unfortunately

That hunk of garbage is landmarked. Wow.

thewaterman11 Jul 23, 2017 5:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Stockerzzz (Post 7873067)
The Ebony / Jet building looks horrendous. The company left Chicago for LA.

Put some memorabilia in a museum and raze it.

iirc, the stony island arts bank has most of its archives already... still, some of the interiors of ebony/jet maintain 1970s-era decor that few other places still have.

https://www.wbez.org/shows/wbez-blog...9-9aa99df0fb22

admittedly, the building's no looker from the exterior, but still... :shrug:

KWILLSKYLINE Jul 23, 2017 11:24 AM

Screw it. Throw those interiors into a museum and tear it down. You know know some big name hotel will buy that property in a second and build a highrise. I'm looking at you mandarin Oriental. Plus that new tower and essex would stand spectacularly with the tiny college in between it. Then hilton can put a highrise up as well. Sorry, im writing myself into a daydream.

BuildThemTaller Jul 23, 2017 5:06 PM

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Originally Posted by KWILLSKYLINE (Post 7873159)
Screw it. Throw those interiors into a museum and tear it down. You know know some big name hotel will buy that property in a second and build a highrise. I'm looking at you mandarin Oriental. Plus that new tower and essex would stand spectacularly with the tiny college in between it. Then hilton can put a highrise up as well. Sorry, im writing myself into a daydream.

My goodness, those interiors! I hope the interiors never change.

I think this building would look a lot better if it had a neighbor to the south. The semi-exposed cinder block wall is the biggest problem to me. I would enjoy seeing a tall tower alongside to fill in the gap. That would help emphasize the horizontal lines and clean look of the exterior.

spyguy Jul 23, 2017 5:59 PM

The interiors are amazing and would be great to preserve. The exterior I'm no huge fan of, but there is history there...

830 S Michigan (old YWCA) should be a prime development site.

SolarWind Jul 27, 2017 1:34 AM

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BVictor1 Jul 28, 2017 12:33 PM

07/27/17

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scalziand Jul 31, 2017 1:55 AM

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Originally Posted by spyguy (Post 7873329)
830 S Michigan (old YWCA) should be a prime development site.

Yeah, it really sholl haven been.

left of center Jul 31, 2017 2:36 AM

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Originally Posted by scalziand (Post 7880325)

Wish they could have at least saved the old YMCA building. Shame it had to be torn down.

HomrQT Jul 31, 2017 7:16 AM

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Originally Posted by scalziand (Post 7880325)

Damn, not bad....

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CAX1fhvP0I...rkmichigan.jpg

HomrQT Jul 31, 2017 7:19 AM

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Originally Posted by left of center (Post 7880353)
Wish they could have at least saved the old YMCA building. Shame it had to be torn down.

The amount of times that Chicago has shot itself in the foot by losing such wonderful architecture is infuriating.

https://chuckmanchicagonostalgia.fil...0.jpg?w=555&h=

Notyrview Jul 31, 2017 1:19 PM

It's a damn shame. The Chicago Federal Building 😫

But the collective loss of all the brownstones and greystones, and even just brick 3 flats, is greater than any one great demolished building.

Khantilever Jul 31, 2017 1:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Notyrview (Post 7880532)
It's a damn shame. The Chicago Federal Building 😫

At least with the loss of the Federal Building we got Mies' Federal Plaza which, arguably, did more for architecture and Chicago.

I'm not necessarily against losing some of these old buildings if we replace them with similarly impressive structures.

Mr Downtown Jul 31, 2017 2:28 PM

Some confusion here. The building at 830 S. Michigan was the YWCA, not the YMCA, which had the huge building at 9th & Wabash (now Burnham Park Plaza).

Park Michigan proposed saving only the front 40 feet, a mere façadectomy.

KWILLSKYLINE Jul 31, 2017 3:30 PM

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Originally Posted by HomrQT (Post 7880454)

Millennium tower was a tragedy to lose especially with that awesome crown. Maybe it will go up elsewhere someday. I'm looking at you Hilton. Twin towers?

Ned.B Jul 31, 2017 6:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HomrQT (Post 7880456)
The amount of times that Chicago has shot itself in the foot by losing such wonderful architecture is infuriating.

https://chuckmanchicagonostalgia.fil...0.jpg?w=555&h=

FYI, these buildings still exist. On the left is the Central YMCA, 19 S. Lasalle, on the right is the National Life Building, 29 S. Lasalle. Both were designed by Jenney & Mundie. Since this post card 19 had it's top floor replaced by 3 floors without the mansard roof and 29 had it's entire facade renovated by Holabird & Root in the 1940s.

Jim in Chicago Jul 31, 2017 7:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Ned.B (Post 7880834)
FYI, these buildings still exist. On the left is the Central YMCA, 19 S. Lasalle, on the right is the National Life Building, 29 S. Lasalle. Both were designed by Jenney & Mundie. Since this post card 19 had it's top floor replaced by 3 floors without the mansard roof and 29 had it's entire facade renovated by Holabird & Root in the 1940s.

Sounds like 29 S. isn't long for this world:

http://www.gpchicago.com/architectur...redevelopment/

SteelMonkey Jul 31, 2017 8:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Jim in Chicago (Post 7880890)
Sounds like 29 S. isn't long for this world:

http://www.gpchicago.com/architectur...redevelopment/

Wish that was the case but I believe 29 is being converted to apartments.

https://chicago.curbed.com/2017/1/17...uction-chicago

BrandonJXN Aug 2, 2017 5:45 PM

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Originally Posted by thewaterman11 (Post 7873083)
iirc, the stony island arts bank has most of its archives already... still, some of the interiors of ebony/jet maintain 1970s-era decor that few other places still have.

https://www.wbez.org/shows/wbez-blog...9-9aa99df0fb22

admittedly, the building's no looker from the exterior, but still... :shrug:

This would make one hell of a boutique hotel conversion.

SolarWind Aug 3, 2017 3:40 AM

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harryc Aug 9, 2017 3:06 PM

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left of center Aug 10, 2017 10:36 PM

Awesome to start seeing this gap along Michigan Avenue filling up!

BVictor1 Aug 24, 2017 5:28 AM

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SolarWind Aug 29, 2017 5:19 PM

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harryc Aug 29, 2017 5:29 PM

Aug 23


Concrete pump on the other side of the existing hotel - pumping through the hotel.


(nice one with the faces Solar)

Joe Zekas Sep 2, 2017 8:14 PM

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The tower crane for Essex on the Park apartments, 800 S Michigan

by YoChicago, on Flickr

denizen467 Sep 2, 2017 9:33 PM

^ Reminds me, if they can tunnel the McCormick Busway under the IC tracks so simply, then think of what all else they could do for transit ...


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