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Lucky 21: Almost Two Dozen Highrises Currently Under Construction in Chicago

Highrises seem to be all the rage in Chicago. Currently there are 21 high-rises under construction within the city limits. What’s great for the construction industry might spell trouble for the rental market. While estimates vary, the building boom may produce up to 5,000 new rental/condo units. Are we heading towards a rental bubble in the next few years? 

One of our favorite blogs, Curbed Chicago has a great wrap-up of what’s going on:

http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2015/10/06/chicago-highrises-under-construction.php

 

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Go Bears! A Little Soldier Field History

stadiumhistory_header The Bears season starts tomorrow against the Green Bay Packers. Let’s look back at the iconic Soldier Field. Some history from their website:

The former South Park Commission (the Commission merged with 22 other park systems to establish the Chicago Park District in 1934) hired Chicago architects Holibird and Roche in 1919 to design a stadium that would serve as a showcase “for events and a playground for the people.” On October 9, 1924, the Grant Park Municipal Stadium premiered and one year later, at the request of the Chicago Gold Star Mothers, the stadium was renamed Soldier Field.

It was known as one of the great venues during the “Golden Age of Sports” and one of Chicago’s most famous landmarks. Crowds in excess of 100,000 were commonplace, marked by several memorable events including the 1926 Army-Navy game and the epic 1927 Jack Dempsey/Gene Tunney heavyweight rematch featuring the controversial “long count”. In 1944, 150,000 spectators attended a wartime visit by President Franklin Roosevelt and thousands turned out to hear evangelist Billy Graham in 1962. Soldier Field is also the birthplace of the first Special Olympic Games in 1968. College and Professional football, rock concerts, festivals, rodeos, stock-car races, and even a skiing/toboggan event have called Soldier Field home. The Chicago Bears moved from Wrigley Field and began using the facility in 1971 and played their first game in the renovated Soldier Field on September 29, 2003.