In the above photo, the Willis Tower is visible to the left. And Trump Tower can be seen in the middle of the picture. The forest of tall buildings is also quite deep: There are skyscrapers behind skyscrapers. Look at this view taken in 1940 from almost the same spot.
The project — likely the most expensive rehab in the school district's history — could also equip the 72-year-old Art Deco-designed school at 2100 E. 87th St., with new furniture, fixtures and on campus parking, according a request for qualifications issued last Thursday by the Public Building Commission.
Here's a building I'd forgotten about until I ran across the above video clip on YouTube recently: The McCormick Inn, a high-rise convention center hotel that was demolished after only 20 years of use.
The silent video, posted by YouTube user firemann57, shows the action around a 1976 two-alarm fire at the hotel, located at 23rd and Lake Shore Drive. Drive. The camera sweeps around a bit, but there are great views of the glassy, black 25-story hotel designed by A. Epstein & Sons as a companion piece to the then-new McCormick Place on the Lake.
I'm also digging the clunky fire equipment, the old school green-and-white CTA bus stop sign at 1:22 and the traffic whizzing by on a stretch of 23rd street that--like the hotel--no longer exists. At 1:39 you can see McCormick Place (now Lakeside Center) and the open breezeway that separated the convention center side from Arie Crown Theater. The opening was later closed with a glass wall.
The 625-room McCormick Inn opened in 1973 at a cost of $30 million with the Teamsters' Union pension fund covering about $20 million of the construction price. The hotel was demolished in 1993 to make from for McCormick Place's western expansion — which included a new hotel.