Remembering Marshall Bennett and New Buildings in Chicago!

I was sad to hear of the passing of Marshall Bennett on October 13.  My husband Lucien Lagrange knew him and we will remember him and all that he accomplished.  With a partner he invented the concept of having modern Industrial Parks tied in with airports, and developed the Centex Industrial Park in Elk Grove Village, along with 25 others!

His philanthropy was astounding.  He co-founded the Great Books Foundation with Mortimer Adler, he founded the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate at Roosevelt University, he was a U.S. Navy veteran, and he served on the Boards of many hospitals and institutions like Ravinia and the East-West global think-tank.  He will be missed by many!

The Real Estate firm Related Midwest received some bad news in late October when Alderman Brendan O’Reilley rejected their plan for two large skyscrapers in Streeterville to be built at Lake Shore Drive and the Ogden Slip as shown above.  The buildings, one of which was designed to rise 1,000 feet, would have been built on the site of the Chicago Spire, the 2,000 foot building which failed due to funding issues.  The plan for the two buildings is not dead, Related Midwest can make changes and come back at a later date.

But supertall building advocates can still take joy in the nearby building called One Bennett Place, just West of Lake Point Tower as shown above, designed by famous New York architect Robert A. M. Stern.  It is Stern’s first Chicago skyscraper, though there are other smaller projects in town that he created.  Stern is famous for sleek and expensive Manhattan condo buildings and also for the Comcast Center in Philadelphia.

Finally, even though the shorter days and cold weather came on quickly, we can still take delight from the special events of the Holiday Season, like the holiday decorations at Butch McGuire’s, the Joffrey’s Nutcracker Ballet, and the famous Zoo Lights of the Lincoln Park Zoo, shown above.  Last year’s crowds were record setting, and every year there are new creations to keep the old fans coming back and new fans to come for the first time!

Happy Holidays One and All!

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