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Urban Partnership moving Bellwood branch

Chicago-based Urban Partnership Bank, the successor to failed ShoreBank, is closing its Bellwood branch at 219 Mannheim Road in May, and opening a new one in the neighborhood this fall at 4310 St. Charles Road. Get the full story »

Frank Lloyd Wright returns to Rookery

Wright Preservation Trust offices and gift shop seen from the light court of the Rookery Building. (Handout)

Frank Lloyd Wright is headed back to Chicago’s historic Rookery building, in a manner of speaking.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust plans to open a public information center and offer free tours of the building where Wright once housed his downtown Chicago offices and later updated its light court and lobbies. The free tours, as well as the opening of a gift shop, are scheduled for early 2011. Get the full story »

Amtrak asks firms to redevelop Union Station

cbb-a-union-station.jpg(Phil Velasquez/Tribune)

By Blair Kamin | Amtrak has requested proposals from seven architectural and real estate firms to redevelop Union Station’s neo-Classical head house. “We will be looking for some creative, imaginative and transportation-oriented uses of the building,” said Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari.

The firms include the Chicago office of architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Chicago developer U.S. Equities Realty, and the Chicago office of Jones Lang LaSalle, which currently manages Union Station for Amtrak. The request for proposals comes amid a sputtering economy and the prospect of more people using the already-overcrowded station, which serves Metra commuter trains as well as Amtrak’s long-distance and regional routes.

Get the full story: Amtrak asks seven firms to dream up plans for Union Station.