Frank Lloyd Wright Home May Be Spared From The Wrecking Ball

A historic Highland Park Frank Lloyd home may have been spared from the wrecking ball. The owners, Juan and Claire Montenegro applied and received a permit for conditional demolition of the home that had been listed since 2011. Ten days after the permit was issued, the home was finally sold. The new owners intend to live in the home. has a great synopsis of the whole ordeal here.


Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow Influencing O’Hare Airport

It’s been nearly a century and a half since Mrs. O’Leary’s cow started the Great Chicago Fire, but the animal is still influencing construction going on at O’Hare airport. Since the Great Fire, Chicago has extremely stringent fire safety when it comes to free standing towers. The $28 million South Air Traffic Control Tower will need to have two enclosed fire escape stairwells which has made the design challenging. Chicago construction news has a great article here. O’Leary, O’Hare, O’My!


Who Wants To Buy A Chicago Icon?

chi-tribtower-p-20120711Up till just a few weeks ago, if you wanted to buy the Chicago Tribune building you would have had to settle for a four inch replica sold in souvenir gift shops. Not anymore. Earlier this month, Tribune Media announced that the landmarked neo-Gothic building, which houses the Chicago Tribune and other tenants is up for sale. The thirty six story building, located on perhaps, the most scenic stretch of land in the loop has been an iconic part of Chicago’s skyline for ninety years.

No word on what the listing price will be or if you’ll get the Sunday edition free with purchase.


Engineering News Record Releases List Of 400 Best Contractors

Engineering News Record has released it’s annual list of the top 400 contractors in the nation. As usual, Chicago is well represented. O’Neil Industries, Clune Construction, James McHugh Construction, The Walsh Group Ltd., Clayco Inc., Power Construction Co., Pepper Construction Group and Leopardo Cos. Inc. are just some of the area contractors that made the list.


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.


Top 20 Real Estate Markets for July 2015

Here are the top 20 real estate markets for July, 2015 according to Here’s a short excerpt from the article:

Based on data for the first three weeks of July, the median list price increased to $234,000, up 7% year over year and 1% over June. Median days on market increased to 69 days, down 7% year over year but up 5% month over month. Housing supply usually peaks in July or August as families rush to close before the school year begins.


1) San Francisco, CA
2) Denver, CO
3) Dallas, TX
4) Vallejo, CA
5) Santa Rosa, CA
6) San Jose, CA
7) Midland, TX
8) San Diego, CA
9) Ann Arbor, MI
10) Santa Cruz, CA
11) Detroit, MI
12) Sacramento, CA
13) Stockton, CA
14) Yuba City, CA
15) Columbus, OH
16) Austin, TX
17) Los Angeles, CA
18) Oxnard, CA
19) San Antonio, TX
20) Fort Wayne, IN