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The East Monroe Street garage is important because it's beneath what was Daley Bicentennial plaza, completed in 1976, a 20-acre park south of Randolph and east of Columbus constructed over former Illinois Central railyards. The rebuilding of garage included fixing leaks that threatened to inundate the parked cars with water. The reported cause of those leaks was the deterioration of the old membrane that separated Daley Bi from the roof the garage beneath. The only solution? Tearing out the park - removing every flower, ever lawn, every tree, every last inch of earth in order to be able to replace the membrane.
noted designer Michael Van Valkenburgh to come up with a new design for the replacement park, now renamed to honor the late Maggie Daley.
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recently reported that the city was about to award a $42.5 million contract to Walsh Construction to construct the park, which now has an estimated cost of $55 million. That compares to the roughly $35 million Chicago Park District Director of Development Gia Biagi said was available from the lease proceeds. Biagi talked about private funding making up the difference.
own website. It includes regular updates, and two cool webcams that give wide-angle views of the site, letting you follow the progress of construction in real time.
Maggie Daley Park (official website)
Forever Open Clear and Free (except when it comes to me) -The Battle Against Building a new Chicago Children's Museum in Grant Park
A Portrait of Mayor Daley's "Nowhere"
Goodbye Daley Bi: Hello Maggie Daley Park - stripping North Grant Park bare
BP Gehry Now Actually Bridge to Nowhere (Temporarily)
Reinventing Daley Bi
Van Valkenburgh on Daley Bi, North Grant Park
Privatization and the Public Interest (a report from Illinois PIRG)
The Chicago Parking Garage Leases (Civic Federation Report)