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#NextStarProject: Big Willie Style Overtaken


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The Willis Sears Tower (aka Big Willie Style) has been overtaken by the new One World Trade Center in NYC as the tallest building in the US.  While it was a controversial ruling (see entire backstory here), the great architecture critic from the Chicago Tribune, Blair Kamin provides perspective: At 2,717 feet, Dubai’s staggeringly high Burj Khalifa is taller than the John Hancock Center and the Willis Tower combined.. Saudi Arabia is building a skyscraper that will soar to about […]

#NextStarProject: CNN to Create 8 Part Documentary Called “Chicagoland”


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We’re always fascinated to hear and see outside opinions about our beloved city.  While sometimes  we don’t always agree with their view, it’s a good way to take stock in our beliefs.  That’s why were excited to see what we learn from a new CNN unscripted mini-series about Chicago: Executive produced by Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance Productions, and award-winning filmmakers Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin of BCTV, CHICAGOLAND is a non-scripted, eight-part original series about a heartland American city.  It is as authentic an American city as […]

#NextStarProject: Chicago’s Mega-Loop is Booming


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Chicago’s Mega-Loop (which is defined as 10 square miles roughly from Cermak Road to North Avenue and from the lakefront to Ashland Avenue) is booming according to a recent article in Crain’s Chicago: The Chicago Loop long has been one of the world’s greatest job centers, of course. For much of its history, though, downtown emptied out after office hours. And as the city aged and its population declined, the suburbs rose to become the preferred home to generations of […]

#NextStarProject: High Living in the Chi for $32 Million


Because it’s fun to dream, we bring you this lovely segment from CBS’s Sunday Morning.  If you got $32+ million, we’ve got a property (and vodka business investment opportunity) for you:

#NextStarProject: Intriguing Ideas for River Walk Expansion


We love public spaces. We love Lake Michigan. We love Grant Park. We love Millennium Park. And for that matter all the parks throughout Chicago.  Yes they can be filled with annoying tourists, but  we live in a beautiful city…obviously people are going to want to visit. We like the idea of the river, it’s just that at some places it doesn’t love us back. Well the city just unveiled new concepts to extend the river walk all the way down to […]

#NextStarProject: Northerly Island to Become “Ecologically Diverse Habitat”


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Northerly Island is probably one of the most high-profile but amazingly underutilized pieces of land in Chicago.  While it is used, the Southern part of this “island” tends to be pretty desolate.  While that’s not a bad thing for some people who like the tranquil retreat that it provides, the reality is that it’s this way because there is not currently much to do there. Realizing this, the city and Army Corps of Engineers has drafted an ambitious plan to transform […]

#NextStarProject: Laughing at Yourself through Slightly Insulting Chicago Posters


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As the enlightening quote states: Learn to laugh at yourself, before anyone else can.   With this wisdom in mind, we highly suggest you take a look at the amazingly comedic tumblr page, Slightly Insulting Chicago Posters.  It’s chock-full of hilarity and given how passionate people are about their neighborhoods in Chicago, it probably wouldn’t hurt for them to laugh at themselves before others do.  Here’s one of our favorites:

#NextStarProject: Keep Michigan Avenue Classy


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In case you missed this story last week, the Chicago Tribune is reporting that flashing and changing signs could be coming to Michigan Avenue: The author of the proposal to allow Michigan Avenue malls to erect flashing and changing-image signs is trying to quell concerns that the Magnificent Mile would morph into a version of New York’s Times Square.   Alderman Brendan Reilly, 42nd, told the Tribune on Tuesday that the proposal would limit the signage to three malls on […]

#NextStarProject: Panera Introduces “Pay-What-You-Can” Restaurant in Lakeview


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Far too often, we hear of corporate greed and wrongdoing.  The newspapers are lined with stories of ignominious CEO’s and cheated consumers.  Panera is choosing to do something different.  With deep Chicago roots, Panera is trying to make an impact in the community.  Panera is opening a “a pay-what-you-can” cafe in Lakeview.  The Chicago Tribune’s take on it here: Panera is turning one of its first Chicago stores over to the community. The store at 616 W. Diversey Pkwy. is converting to a pay-what-you-can model […]

#NextStarProject: Motorola Moving to Merchandise Mart – Could Help Downtown Chicago Become “Silicon Prairie”


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Many questioned whether or not Google would buy Motorola and move them out of the region once they officially acquired the company (conventional wisdom screamed Silicon Valley).  Many thought it would be a blow to Chicago’s tech community.  Based on this article from Chicagorealestatedaily.com, it sounds like they’re committed to the region and even better making a bet on downtown Chicago: The Merchandise Mart has emerged as the likely destination of Google Inc., which is in talks for a lease that could exceed 500,000 […]