Friday, May 23, 2014

WOW - Look at Northerly Island!

Yesterday we were reading Curbed Chicago and came across something that stopped us in our tracks - an arial picture of the progress at Northerly Island:

Pretty amazing that this much progress has been made (not sure why - but it looks pretty striking).  For some reason, we were very skeptical of this project.  We even went back to a post we did in April and this has been the plan all along. 

However, seeing it in this manner really brings it into focus for us.  Looks pretty sweet and can't wait to check it out.

Anyway, Curbed provides some additional information:
Northerly Island's $7 million makeover is still underway, however, according to a recent update on Facebook, the city hopes to have the first phase of the island's massive construction effort completed by this summer. The 91 acre man-made peninsula was once the home to Meigs Field, a single strip airport that was famously bulldozed in the middle of the night on orders from Mayor Richard M. Daley. However, several years after the famous incident took place, a dramatic plan to turn the small island into an urban oasis was presented. Hometown architecture heavy-weight Studio Gang was tapped to develop the master plan and came up with a vision that called for five different ecosystems with winding trails and a deep-water lagoon.
Pretty interesting!

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