A Little Bit Of Europe in Uptown

You might get a little confused walking in Uptown next year. Summer, 2016 will bring the first European type street plaza to Chicagoland. From Curbed Chicago (

The $3.6 million project will transform Uptown’s Argyle Street between Broadway and Sheridan Road, killing all curbs and reducing the vehicle speed limit to 15 mph to create a plaza-like feel to entice more pedestrians and bicyclists to visit the stretch. Engineering and architecture outfit Burns & McDonnell led the primary design duties for the project, which is expected to be completed next summer.




Movement To Save Seattle’s “Up” House

Kickstarter campaign has been started to save a Seattle building that has drawn comparisons to the home featured in the movie, “Up”. Over $200,000 is needed by September 15th to move the home via a barge to Orcas Island.

From Yahoo News:

The house, located in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, became famous when its elderly owner, Edith Macefield, famously refused an offer of $1 million from real estate developers. Macefield stayed in the home until her death in 2008 at age 86 and developers built around her home.
When the commercial development’s concrete walls sprung up around Macefield’s house, an old farmhouse, the home drew comparisons to the home of balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen in the 2009 animated Disney movie “Up,” earning it the nickname, the “Up house.”

The creepy talking dog featured in the movie was unavailable for comment.


Hottest Areas In Chicago For Construction

Gary Lucido, a blogger at Chicago Now, has put together a wonderful comprehensive analysis of the hottest areas for construction in Chicago. He collected all the listings either closed, on the market, or under contract during the last 12 months and plotted them on a very cool interactive map. You can check out Lucido’s blog at:


Neighborhood Spotlight: Albany Park

From time to time, we’ll be highlighting one of Chicago’s historic neighborhoods. Let’s take a look at one of the city’s oldest communities, Albany Park. Located on the far northwest side, their Chamber of Commerce boasts:

We’re the city’s most ethnically diverse community! Albany Park is a premier destination for shopping, dining, culture and entertainment on the northwest side. Experience nationally renowned and critically acclaimed theater and musical performances such as Flamenco dancing, Irish music or Cambodian art after dining at an award-winning restaurant!

Enjoy a great virtual walking tour at:


I Pity The Tool

We applaud Mr. T and wish him luck with his new home renovation show, “I Pity the Tool”. The native Chicagoan will be helping deserving families “demolish and renovate” their homes. Mr. T, if you need any help or pointers, we can be your “A-Team”. More info on Mr’ T’s new program can be found here.


Finding New Buildings in the Dust of the Old

With the continued and growing emphasis on sustainability in construction, we could be on the verge of a radical shift in how we think about the current stock of buildings. The time may be coming when we stop planning for building replacement, and instead plan for building reuse. That in turn would significantly change the roles of designers, builders and structure removal specialists, like Midwest Wrecking.

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