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Step Back (Way Back) to See the Changing Near West Side

By Stephanie Lulay | August 5, 2016 2:56pm | Updated on August 8, 2016 8:45am


Photo credit: Daily Overview | Image (c) 2016, DigitalGlobe, Inc.
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NEAR WEST SIDE — Want to see how much the Near West Side neighborhood is changing? 

Check out the progress in real time, from space. 

In this interactive photo, taken from a satellite almost 400 miles in the air, big new buildings can be seen sprouting amidst the purple and green around the United Center, home of the Bulls and Blackhawks. 

Two blocks to the right of the Madhouse on Madison, the new $251 Malcolm X College campus, a white building on the south end of Jackson Boulevard, opened in January 2016. 

Between Jackson and the United Center's parking lot, the old Malcolm X campus is being demolished. That four-acre site will soon become home to the new $55 million Blackhawks training center, opening in December 2017. 

United Center leaders will also open a new $100 million office building, public atrium and store this year, shown just north of the arena. The Chicago Bulls practice facility, located just north of the new office building, opened in 2014. 

Recent investments on the Near West Side, including a planned new Rush University campus and planned improvements at the Damen "L" stop, will help transform the neighborhood, Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) said in June. 

"There's a lot of great things happening here on the West Side," he said. 

This is the second image in a new DNAinfo feature called Neighborhood Portrait, a collection of images that captures and celebrates the uniqueness and beauty of our neighborhoods. In addition to photos from our neighborhood reporters, we’ve partnered with Daily Overview to showcase their unique photography. You can sign up to receive more stunning photos from the Neighborhood Portrait series delivered directly to your inbox.

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