England and Japan Go All Rock-Paper-Scissors on Michigan Avenue
Aug26

England and Japan Go All Rock-Paper-Scissors on Michigan Avenue

Ah, 830 North Michigan Avenue. How we remember you fondly as the birthplace of this blog. With a MacBook Pro, eleven cups of coffee, and a flaky T-Mobile data connection we sat in the second-floor windows of the Borders Cafe in this building and churned out our first blog post. Borders is long gone.  The coffee longer gone.  But the blog continues, and so does 830 North Michigan Avenue, the retail building undergoing yet another...

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River Point Slips Into Something Tight and Shiny
Aug26

River Point Slips Into Something Tight and Shiny

River Point (444 West Lake Street) has been shrouded in mystery from the get-go. We’ve been able to watch the core grow up through the center of the tower, but all the exterior work has been covered, shielding outsiders from peering in. So it was a delight to wander past River Point last week and see the curtain raised just enough to reveal its latest outfit: glass. Luxurious, curved, blue-sky-reflecting glass. According to...

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bKL in Beijing: Animation Starting to Move
Aug26

bKL in Beijing: Animation Starting to Move

Today we continue a new series of reports we call “Chicago Exports.” So much of the world’s great architecture is designed right here in Chicago by Chicagoans, but it’s not built in Chicagoland so it goes unseen by the hometown crowd. That’s why we are featuring the great works produced by Chicago architects continuing the city’s proud legacy as the birthplace of the skyscraper, and a global center...

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