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Hancock Center to open ice rink on 94th floor

Ice skating in Chicago in January is nothing new. Doing it on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center is a little different. Officials at the 100-story Chicago skyscraper say they’re putting in a 1,000-square foot ice-skating rink in the tower. It’ll be open to the public from January through March. Get the full story »

Korea to bankroll ’smart’ Chicago skyscrapers

By dimming lights or lowering water temperature on a massive scale, the owners of some of Chicago’s signature skyscrapers are banking on new technology that would dramatically cut the city’s energy usage and save millions of dollars.

The technology is being bankrolled by an unusual source: The Republic of Korea, which, under a complex agreement to be signed today, has agreed to install energy-saving equipment in up to 14 Chicago buildings during the next few months. Korean officials have pledged to pay millions to Illinois colleges for research and development efforts related to “smart grid” technology. Get the full story »