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Architecture Sat Dec 20 2008

Redesigning "Nowhere" in Grant Park

The Chicago Park District has announced a $35 million plan to redesign the controversial site in front of the proposed Chicago Children's Museum. Daley Bicentennial Plaza, seen universally as the "nowhere" at the other end of Frank Gehry's BP Bridge, was the subject of a Request For Qualifications (RFQ) for design services issued last week. The new design work will be coupled with repairs to the moisture membrane over the Monroe Street garage. The park district's intention appears to be for the new design to assume the Children's Museum is in place.

In all likelihood, the new design will be much more modern than its current Beaux-Arts composition. Continuing the precedent set by Millennium Park, new projects should continue to transform the lakefront from an outdated promenade to an egaging 21st century space.

 
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J / December 22, 2008 5:06 PM

Seen UNIVERSALLY as "nowhere"? Please. To many, including this writer, Daley Bi is a lovely park that needs no improvements, save maybe a connection over LSD to the lake. Millennium Park is great, I'm just not sure why we need more than one.

Mike / October 26, 2009 3:23 PM

I think it’s a great area already. We don't need to turn our classic parks into another amusement park. This park was made for strolling through and enjoying the beauty of the plants and trees throughout. It is a place to escape the busy city life and tour groups taking pictures.

Millennium park is great, but we also need the quieter peaceful parks were one can get away, stroll, picnic, and gain peace of mind before returning to the bustling streets.

The people who think it's nowhere are probably the tourists who think the bridge is leading to a farris wheel or boat ride or some tacky touristy attraction. I hope they use the money repair and enhance this already beautiful area and not to change it too much.

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