WBEZ | Purple Hotel http://www.wbez.org/tags/purple-hotel Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Ina Pinkney shuts her doors and retires http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-09-03/morning-shift-ina-pinkney-shuts-her-doors-and-retires <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Ina - courtesy of www.omega-9oils.com_.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago&#39;s &quot;Breakfast Queen&quot; serves her last plate this year and we celebrate her legacy built on pancakes and good ole fashioned hospitality. And, Congressman Mike Quigley his meeting with the President to discuss next moves in Syria.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-56/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-56.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-56" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Ina Pinkney shuts her doors and retires" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 08:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-09-03/morning-shift-ina-pinkney-shuts-her-doors-and-retires Morning Shift: Gov. Quinn organizes transit task force to take on scandals at agencies http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-22/morning-shift-gov-quinn-organizes-transit-task-force <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Red Line - Flickr- Buddahbless.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>With an eye on improving service and eliminating corruption, Gov. Quinn has organized a transit task force. We discuss what&#39;s ahead for the panel. Also, the history and future of The Purple Hotel.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-49/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-49.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-49" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Gov. Quinn organizes transit task force to take on scandals at agencies" on Storify</a>]</div></noscript></div></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 08:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-22/morning-shift-gov-quinn-organizes-transit-task-force Realizing the potential of Chicago's abandoned buildings http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-19/realizing-potential-chicagos-abandoned-buildings-95649 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-19/P5013269.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>After asking listeners to consider what they would sell if in need of some fast cash--ideas ranged from wedding gifts to coffins--<em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> wondered: How about buildings? Maybe every day Chicagoans walk by a particular abandoned building and realize there are things they admire about it. Does it get demolished or should it be brought back to life?</p><p>WBEZ blogger <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2012-01-11/could-purple-reign-again-exclusive-look-plans-save-notorious-lincolnwood-hot" target="_blank">Lee Bey recently wrote</a> about an effort to save what many Chicagoans simply refer to as the Purple Hotel in Lincolnwood. Maybe drivers have seen it as they make their way to the Edens Expressway. Bey joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> along with <a href="http://davidschalliol.com/" target="_blank">David Schalliol</a>, a visiting assistant professor of social sciences at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Schalliol is also a photographer with a series out called <em><a href="http://www.msoe.edu/about_msoe/manatwork/exhibitions.shtml" target="_blank">Working Legacies: The Death and After Life of Post Industrial Milwaukee</a> </em>and a new feature on <a href="http://gapersblock.com/demolished">Gapers Block called </a><em><a href="http://gapersblock.com/demolished">To Be Demolished</a>.</em></p><p><a href="http://gapersblock.com/demolished/2012/01/3411-w-douglas-blvd.php" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/segment/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-19/03%5B1%5D.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 480px;" title="3411 W. Douglas Blvd. from To Be Demolished (Gapers Block/David Schalliol)"></a></p><p><a href="http://gapersblock.com/demolished/2012/01/2530-n-elston-ave.php" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/segment/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-19/05%5B1%5D.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 600px;" title="2530 N. Elston Ave. from To Be Demolished (Gapers Block/David Schalliol)"></a></p></p> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 15:50:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-19/realizing-potential-chicagos-abandoned-buildings-95649 'Purple' razed? Lincolnwood landmark hotel might kiss the sky--or face foreclosure http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-05-05/purple-razed-lincolnwood-landmark-hotel-might-kiss-sky-or-face-foreclosure-8 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-05/P5013276.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-01/P5013276.jpg" style="width: 499px; height: 375px;" title=""></p><p>The days appear numbered for Lincolnwood's aptly-named Purple Hotel.</p><p>Village attorneys won the right to demolish the shuttered hotel at 4500 W. Touhy if its owner doesn't fix an array of building code violations by August. And now Crain's Chicago Business <a href="http://www.chicagorealestatedaily.com/article/20110504/CRED03/110509950/notorious-purple-hotel-now-faces-foreclosure">this week reports</a> the hotel owner's lender, First Midwest Bank, has filed a $4.2 million foreclosure suit against the building.</p><p>It would be a sad end for a hotel that isn't a bad piece of architecture--if you can get around the color. The Purple Hotel began life in the Swinging Sixties as the Lincolnwood Hyatt. Back then, the hotel attracted top-shelf performers such as Perry Como, Roberta Flack and Barry Manilow as guests.</p><p>But performers of a different sort gave the hotel its real notoriety - like the Chicago Outfit guys who shot to death Teamsters consultant Allen Dorfman in the Purple's parking lot in 1983. Or political donor Stuart P. Levine who testified in 2008 to having drug and sex parties at the hotel. Levine's testimony was part of the corruption trial for now-imprisoned businessman Tony Rezko.</p><p>Chicago architects Hausner &amp; Macsai designed the Purple Hotel. If you look beyond that purple and the decay, it's actually a fine-looking structure on the exterior. So I figured I better grab some photos of the building while I could.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-05/P5013269.jpg" title="" width="640" height="440"></p><p>These girders hold the weight of the building, passing its heft down to the ground on the outside. I'm wagering this means there are fewer structural columns within the building, allowing for a more open floor plan:</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-01/P5013285.jpg" title="" width="480" height="640"></p><p>An entrance on the west side of the building. I like the glass, brick and symmetry:</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-01/P5013290.jpg" style="width: 498px; height: 217px;" title=""></p><p>A tree struggles in what was once nice outdoor space:</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-01/P5013303.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" title=""></p><p>Lincolnwood has created a $35 million tax increment finance district that includes the hotel. The Skokie Patch earlier this year<a href="http://skokie.patch.com/articles/tif-plan-for-purple-hotel-advances-without-a-peep"> reported</a> the hotel's owner, Donald Bae sought $25.8 million of that pot to redevelop the property.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ****</p><p>Postscript: Flickr user Martin Gonzalez got inside the Purple Hotel in 2009 and took some great photos of the unused structure. Even through the photographs I could feel the mold in the place making me itch. But the <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/25165196@N08/sets/72157622041105536/with/3822127034/">images are fun.</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 05 May 2011 13:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-05-05/purple-razed-lincolnwood-landmark-hotel-might-kiss-sky-or-face-foreclosure-8