WBEZ | Dave Matthews Band http://www.wbez.org/tags/dave-matthews-band Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A steel mill site’s second act http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-07-07/steel-mill-site%E2%80%99s-second-act-88844 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-July/2011-07-07/P1020676 R.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>When Dave Matthews Band Caravan comes through Chicago Friday, the concert’s musicians will be playing at a site with a lot of history.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.dmbcaravan.com/">three-day festival</a> features 39 bands curated by DMB, who will headline the show each night. The tour’s first stop in Atlantic City in June drew an estimated 70,000 fans, and Jerry Mickleson, cofounder of Chicago-based concert promoter Jam Productions, which is producing the Chicago stop of the tour with Live Nation/Ticketmaster, says he expects the Chicago show to be just behind Lollapalooza in terms of attendance. According to the Chicago <em>Sun-Times</em>, Lollapalooza attracted 240,000 attendees in 2010, or 80,000 each of the three days.</p><p>They’ve chosen an unorthodox location for the show, further afield than Lollapalooza’s Grant Park or Pitchfork Festival’s Union Park. The land they’ve found is overgrown and somewhat hidden, on a scale that’s hard to imagine.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-07/P1020678 R.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 334px; margin: 5px;" title=""></p><p>The nearly 600-acre parcel runs along the lake between 79<sup>th</sup> St. and the Calumet River. Who knew there was this much empty land within city limits?</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-07/P1020476 R.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 334px; margin: 5px;" title=""></p><p>Mickelson, for one. He grew up on the North Side but drove past the site regularly as he made his way to his grandmother’s cottage in the Indiana Dunes. “I would go down the street before they put up the fences and marvel at how beautiful it was,” Mickelson says. “I always had it in the back of my mind that I’d like to use it as a concert site.”</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-07/P1020504 R.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 334px; margin: 5px;" title=""></p><p>So what is this place?</p><p>This site was once home to a giant steel mill -- U.S. Steel's South Works facility. Built in 1880 and strategically located at the mouth of the Calumet River, South Works would become the third biggest steel mill in the world by the time it turned 75.</p><p>During its roughly hundred-year lifespan South Works made I-beams and angle bars for building and bridge construction. They made the kind of large steel girders used in skyscrapers, including (together with U.S. Steel’s Gary Works facility just over the border in Indiana) 42,000 tons of steel used to erect the Hancock building. At its peak South Works employed nearly 20,000 workers, most of whom lived in surrounding South Side neighborhoods.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-07/overview 2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 278px; margin: 5px;" title=""></p><p>You wouldn’t know it now. The plant closed in 1992, and most of the signs of its industrial history are gone.</p><p>But there are remnants. Case in point, the ore walls.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-07/P1020641 R.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 334px; margin: 5px;" title=""></p><p>The ore walls run parallel to what would have been the docks right on the water. Now, they look like strange monoliths or ruins from some ancient civilization. Really they’re all that’s left of the facilities used to store the raw iron ore shipped into the steel plant.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-07/historic ore walls photo.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 681px; margin: 5px;" title=""></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-07/P1020562 R.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 749px; margin: 5px;" title=""></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-07/P1020572 R.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 334px; margin: 5px;" title=""></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-07/P1020569 R.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 334px; margin: 5px;" title=""></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-07/P1020614 R.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 334px; margin: 5px;" title=""></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-07/P1020618 R.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 749px; margin: 5px;" title=""></p><p>The site was once considered a brownfield, contaminated by more than 100 years of heavy manufacturing. However, the site has undergone significant remediation, including a project spearheaded by the University of Illinois’ Sustainable Technology Center to relocate over 900 tons of reclaimed topsoil from the bottom of Lake Peoria as part of their <a href="http://www.istc.illinois.edu/special_projects/il_river/mud_to_parks_photos.cfm">Mud to Parks program</a>. The Illinois EPA has certified that the site is now suitable for residential and commercial redevelopment.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-07/P1020680 R.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 334px; margin: 5px;" title=""></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-07/P1020590 R.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 749px; margin: 5px;" title=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-07/P1020596 R.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 749px; margin: 5px;" title=""></p><p>Still, there are significant changes forthcoming that, if executed, would transform this portion of Chicago’s South Side. U.S. Steel’s Real Estate Division has <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/29/realestate/commercial/29chicago.html">plans to co-develop the site</a> with Chicago-based McCaffery Interests, which has also developed sites in Chicago at 669 N. Michigan Ave. and in River North.</p><p>The development, christened <a href="http://www.facebook.com/robin.amer/posts/2022642158820#%21/ChicagoLakesideDevelopment">Chicago Lakeside</a>, would be massive. Phase 1, scheduled to break ground in late 2012, calls for 840,000 square feet of retail, 250 residential rental units, 136 townhomes, and three high-rise towers.&nbsp; Future phases include plans for an additional 12,500 residential units, 16,600,000 square feet of commercial space, a new harbor, and an <a href="http://www.chicagovelocampus.com/">indoor cycling facility</a>. (Construction has already begun on a temporary outdoor cycling track, which is scheduled to open later this summer.) In total, McCaffery says they plan to invest nearly $4 billion into the site.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-07/P1020676 R.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 334px; margin: 5px;" title=""></p><p>WBEZ’s Kate Dries and Meghan Power will be at the Dave Matthews Band Caravan this weekend, looking into the relationship between the event and the surrounding neighborhood. They’ll have photos of the site as it looks revamped for the show and other coverage next week.</p><p><em>Historic photos courtesy of U.S. Steel. </em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 07 Jul 2011 18:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-07-07/steel-mill-site%E2%80%99s-second-act-88844 The IOC says Chicago didn't get the Olympics because they wanted to go somewhere they've never been. Good info to know...earlier http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2010/02/the-ioc-says-chicago-didnt-get-the-olympics-because-they-wanted-to-go-somewhere-theyve-never-been-good-info-to <p><strong>Top story:</strong> I didn't see too much on this story this morning, but an IOC official spoke to the media yesterday on why the Chicago bid failed. She said that some members of the IOC wanted to take the 2016 Olympics to a part of the world they have never been before. Makes sense. But wouldn't this be information they could have shared BEFORE we spent a gazillion dollars? If we were never in the running, why were we in the running. Something stinks. And it's not the beaches in Rio... <strong>B story: </strong>Cate Cahan's <a href="/ccahan/2010/02/mayor-daley-on-war-protests-what-happened-to-america/14738">post about Mayor Daley</a> waxing about the lack of anti-war protests in America is picking up steam. Of course, there are three usual comments: 1) Yeah, well I don't want to get arrested by you anymore...2) You only care because your son was called back into action with the Army, and, 3) Your Dad sucked. <strong>C story:</strong> Lincoln's birthday is today! Last year, we celebrated his 200th birthday. This year? 201! Yea! Last year, <a href="/blog/wbez/chicago/lincoln-blogs">we went around the WBEZ offices with a Lincoln top hat and beard and took candid photos</a>. <!--break-->It was a great idea that was then stolen by the Chicago History Museum and plastered on sides of buses. Whatever, you can see Torey Malatia, Steve Edwards, Claude Cunningham and everybody else making a fool of themselves. Ah, thank you for archives! <strong>Weather:</strong> Where's the snow? Today? <strong>Sports: </strong>The Big Hurt is in town and rumor has it he is having a press conference at U.S. Cellular <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100211&amp;content_id=8063648&amp;vkey=news_cws&amp;fext=.jsp&amp;c_id=cws&amp;partnerId=rss_cws" target="_blank">today to call it a career</a>. This is a bittersweet day for Sox fans. We love Big Frank. But we hate to see him go. <strong>Kicker:</strong> Am I <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/2038887,CST-NWS-wrigley10web.article" target="_blank">reading this correctly</a>? Dave Matthews Band is a finalist for a show at Wrigley Field in September? Are you going to take that? <a href="http://www.google.com/search?q=dave%20matthews%20band%20chicago%20river&amp;hl=en&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;tab=nw" target="_blank">They defecated</a> on your aunt and uncle! Geesh, and now you are going to drop 80 bucks to have them defecate on you with their music? I'm sure there is a law against that.</p> Fri, 12 Feb 2010 08:07:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2010/02/the-ioc-says-chicago-didnt-get-the-olympics-because-they-wanted-to-go-somewhere-theyve-never-been-good-info-to