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Burnham Nationwide Helps Bring More Lou's Deep Dish to the City

Apr 15, 2019 3:45:00 PM

Lou Malnati’s is a Chicagoland staple with 53 locations in the area and come Fall 2019 we’ll see one more located on the north side of the Wrigley Building Complex. The new location will seat 240 people in the dining area and smaller private dining room, with additional space designated  for catering, pick-up and delivery orders.


Renovation Expands and Restores the Theater on the Lake

Jul 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM

A unique space on Chicago's lakefront, the Theater on the Lake hosts a full summer theater schedule in its unusual location at the intersection of the Fullerton Avenue and Lake Shore Drive in the Lincoln Park neighborhood as the home of Chicago Park District’s off-Loop theater festival.

In its long history, the Prairie-style building has seen a host of different uses, and it will see yet another after a series of improvements - the Theater on the Lake’s renovation improves the accessibility of the space, adds new amenities, and converts the unique structure into a year-round venue on Lake Michigan.

image via Kaufman | O'Neil Architecture


A Cultural Hub on Chicago’s Second Waterfront

May 31, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Chicago’s Riverwalk - stretching from Lake Street to Lake Michigan in downtown Chicago - saw its final stage completed in October 2016. Now 1.25 miles long, the entire length of the Riverwalk will be open during the summer season for the first time since construction on the newest sections began in 2012. The Riverwalk has reimagined the role of the Chicago River in the Loop district and created a new public space, opening more of the city’s river to exploration by residents and visitors.

Photo by Roman Arkhipov on Unsplash


Bridging the Gap Between Have and Need at Chicago’s “Giving Factory”

May 25, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Cradles to Crayons (C2C) is a non-profit organization that provides children with essentials for school and play. By partnering with other charitable organizations and social service providers, C2C has served 942,000 children since its founding in Boston in 2002, and in 2016, C2C opened its first branch outside of the East Coast in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood.

Burnham Nationwide provided permit expediting for C2C’s local “Giving Factory” headquarters and in this post, we would like to provide some insights into the permitting process for the space and - most importantly - introduce the charity’s great work.


Burnham Nationwide Handles Pro Bono Project for Elderly Palos Park, IL Resident

Aug 11, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Burnham Nationwide expedites building permits throughout the Chicago metropolitan area, and we enjoy using our knowledge and experience to help residents in need. Earlier this year, an elderly, legally blind woman from Palos Park, IL struggling with the building permit process reached out to Burnham. She had moved out of her home during a remodel to increase accessibility, and the permit problems she encountered significantly delayed return to her home. We volunteered to help with finalizing her permits, including tracking her permit status and providing guidelines to submit documents and register as a contractor.


Overview of Chicago Transit-Oriented Development

Jul 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Chicago is experiencing a growth construction projects near public transportation. A variety of organizations and government agencies are working on initiatives to support transit-oriented development in the Chicago Region. In Fall 2015, the Chicago City Council adopted changes to its transit-oriented development ordinance to encourage more building close to transit. We at Burnham thought we would take a look at steps being taken to foster Chicago’s transit-oriented development and some resulting projects.


What You Need to Know About Tent Permits in Chicago

May 18, 2016 3:38:52 PM

Community and entertainment events in the City of Chicago often use tents and other temporary structures to provide short-term shelter. Tents are allowed to be erected, but the City has a variety of restrictions and requirements for these types of structures. Depending on the size of the structure, this can include receiving a permit before erecting. Tent permits in Chicago are used for events as large as Lollapalooza or as small as a neighborhood church carnival.


How Modular Construction is Breaking New Ground

Mar 7, 2016 10:00:00 AM

One of the hottest construction trends on our radar is  “modular construction.” You may be familiar with this trend already, or have seen some pieces of houses being transported on the highway, normally accompanied by a “large load” sign. But did you know that modular construction goes beyond just constructing homes? Entire skyscrapers are being build from these modular units, all around the world.


How Much Should You Budget for Building Permits?

Feb 24, 2016 2:27:42 PM

As building permit expediters, we manage the building permit application process on behalf of building managers and contractors. Every jurisdiction - including states, cities, towns and counties - has different requirements for issuing permits and different fees associated with each permit, and fees accrue for each jurisdiction. These costs should be taken into account when budgeting for any project.


5 Things to Know About Building Permits in Los Angeles

Jan 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Understanding the Los Angeles building codes and permit process can be difficult, even for the most seasoned experts. Environmental issues, like flood hazards, soil conditions and coastal zones, can affect your architectural plans and construction permits. Add that to a variety of city departments to go through, and it can be tough to know where to start. Here are five of the most important things to know about building permits in Los Angeles.


ADA Bathroom Requirements You Might Not Know

May 21, 2015 5:06:00 AM

ADA guidelines cover everything from entrances and parking lots to signage, stairways and more. But one area they’re particularly comprehensive on is bathrooms. There are dozens upon dozens of ADA bathroom requirements, addressing things like grab bars, handicap stalls and even the height of sinks.


Why Use Green Construction Materials and Methods?

Jan 7, 2013 4:09:00 AM

The environmental and financial costs of traditional building practices have grown over time and will only continue to rise, potentially impacting the ongoing construction booms throughout the United States, including in Chicago.

One way to fight this trend is to use green construction materials and methods whenever possible - they offer many advantages over traditional approaches, including cost savings, environmental benefits, and productivity and wellness improvements when tailored to to the project scope. 


CDOT Holiday Moratorium

Nov 11, 2009 7:00:00 AM

The City of Chicago's Department of Transportation has released the 2009 holiday season restrictions. Per information received from CDOT, we'd like to notify you that: