Obama Presidential Center will be a new landmark for the South Side

From Obama.org - The Obama Presidential Center will be a new landmark for the South Side and an economic engine for the city of Chicago — drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, creating thousands of new jobs on the South Side — and will help to continue the revitalization of historic Jackson Park. The campus will remove barriers and seamlessly connect the park to the lakefront, and will be unified with other local South Side institutions. It will be a place for all seasons, with winding landscapes, a sledding hill, and quiet spaces to read or reflect. The majority of the space will be free and open to the public. Steele Consulting Group is thrilled to learn more about...

U of C Dorm Plans in Final Phase

From Curbed Chicago - U. of C.’s new dorm could transform Woodlawn into a college neighborhood. The University of Chicago is starting the final phase in a decade-long plan to pull its undergraduate students out of apartment buildings in Hyde Park and move them to new dorms closer to campus. On Tuesday night, the university announced plans for a new 1,300-bed residence hall on the corner of Woodlawn Avenue and 61st Street. When the Woodlawn Residential Commons opens in 2020, it will mean that for the first time ever more U. of C. undergraduates will live in Woodlawn than in Hyde Park. Read the full story at Curbed Chicago.    

Plans For Obama Presidential Library Design Finally Revealed

From DNA Info Chicago: The Barack Obama Presidential Library will be "transformational" for the community, the former president said as the Obamas finally revealed what the center could look like. Obama, in his first public appearance regarding the plans, made wide-ranging remarks that showed he was intimately involved with nearly every aspect of the project. Michelle Obama was also in attendance at the South Shore Cultural Center but did not speak. The images show a large stone structure half-sunken into Jackson Park where Midway Plaisance meets the park. Obama said the library will take four years to build and will bring thousands of jobs across the South Side. He estimated it would draw 600,000 to 700,000 visitors a year. Read the full...

More Exciting News of Woodlawn’s Development

From Curbed Chicago Fresh on the heels of yesterday’s announcement of future upgrades headed to Woodlawn’s Cottage Grove CTA Green Line station, the City of Chicago and Jewel-Osco have revealed a plan to bring a new grocery store to the South Side community. First reported last night by the Chicago Sun-Times ahead of today’s official media release, the 40,000-square-foot supermarket would replace a large parcel of vacant land at the northwest corner of 61st Street and Cottage Grove Avenue. Read the full Curbed article here.

3D Printed Homes: The Future of Home Construction?

In recent years, the scale of production though 3D printing has steadily increased, and now it is possible to apply this technology to home construction. In Russia, there is now a 3D printer that can create 400 square foot homes for slightly over $10,000."Like other industries in this age of acceleration, homebuilding is evolving.  Will future homes in Chicago utilize 3D printing or some other form of technology? It is imperative to stay abreast of developments that will help us build tomorrow's homes," said David Fleishman, a real estate investor and SCG client. The main structure of the home is printed using concrete with windows, fixtures, furniture and paint being added after initial printing. The company responsible, APIS COR, claim...

Grey: A Passing Trend or an Interior Classic?

"This neutral hue can look different room to room, hour by hour" - Architectural Digest Grey interior design has seen a huge surge in popularity in recent years. With white being the predictable neutral option, many home buyers want something different. This is where grey tones fit perfectly. Grey is a safer option for anyone not wanting to resort to white, without having to pick a non-neutral color that may not be to everyones taste. According to Architectural Digest, grey imbues rooms with a subtle sophistication. And, with so many shades of grey available to consumers, Steele Consulting Group suspects that grey is here to stay. So where to start when choosing the perfect shade for your home? Kate Watson-Smyth...

Pets Inspire New Design Trends for 2017

"According to a Consumer Insight Survey of more than 20,000 home shoppers, 45% of pet owners indicate that they treat their pets like royalty" - John Burns To many of us, our pets are part of the family. And when it comes to ensuring our pets are happy in a new home, many of us spare no expense. It's no surprise then, that in recent years, many new homeowners and developers have begun designing new properties with the family pet in mind. We designate space in our home for our children and guests, so why not do the same for our pets? 'Pet Suites' have become a hot new commodity in recent years, trending in many interior design magazines as...