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[Competing bids for Northwestern's proposed biomed facility]
STREETERVILLE— Thursday was big for urbanists and preservationists. That's when Northwestern aired detailed project renderings for their planned biomedical research building from three competing architecture firms. The finalists' work, set to replace the Bertrand Goldberg's Prentice Hospital building, will be on display for a week at the Lurie Hospital and public feedback is being solicited RIGHT NOW. Get in there and mix it up to help Northwestern make an uncharacteristically wise decision.
WINNETKA— Co-founders of Crate & Barrel Gordon and Carole Segal this week washed their hands of a superfluous North Shore estate. Superfluous in that they never lived in the 10,000-square-foot mansion or on its generous acreage. They live next-door but elected to purchase and spruce up the classical Georgian with items from the Crate & Barrel catalogue. Come, have one last look-see.
LAKE FOREST— A property that ostensibly served as inspiration for The Great Gatsby has hit the market in Lake Forest. It's certain that one of the estate's original denizens, Ginevra King, was romantically linked to F. Scott Fitzgerald and that he modeled characters on her. But did the grand mansion and farm acreage also give Fitzgerald that first crucial taste of runaway opulence?
EVERYWHERE— Curbed contributor Anjulie Rao sits down with the head of online and on-the-street urban history project Forgotten Chicago to learn the venture inside-and-out. Jacob Kaplan spills the beans on Forgotten Chicago's mission and methods and gives his take on preservation and various city projects. Check it out!