Chicago to Debut Its First International Architecture Exhibition
Jun30

Chicago to Debut Its First International Architecture Exhibition

The city of Chicago has long been known as forward-thinking on architecture. Many greats like Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe, and recent stars like Jeanne Gang and John Ronan have put their stamp on modern architecture right here in Chicago. And next year, the city will debut a global architecture exhibition in the first Chicago Architecture Biennial. The city is calling this biennial “North America’s biggest...

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Frank Gehry to Design Chicago Symphony Orchestra Stage
May18

Frank Gehry to Design Chicago Symphony Orchestra Stage

World-renowned architect Frank Gehry will create the stage design for two Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts focusing on the life and music of Pierre Boulez. The performances, titled “Boulez at 90: Provisionally Definitive,” will take place on November 14th and 16th as part of the CSO’s “Beyond the Score” series, according to a report by Classicalite. The series bridges live and multimedia elements to showcase the origin and history...

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Sleek CTA Train Station Coming to the Loop
Apr08

Sleek CTA Train Station Coming to the Loop

Construction is expected to start in the next few months on Chicago’s newest L station: Washington and Wabash. The start of work was delayed a year while work was completed on an environmental impact statement. That statement was presented to the public at the end of February, and can also be seen here.  The public comment period on the project closed at the end of last week. The Chicago Transit Authority explains that, “the...

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IIT College of Architecture Creates New Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize
Mar26

IIT College of Architecture Creates New Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize

Watch out Pritzker family because the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology is adding another architecture prize to the Chicago mix. The Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) and the MCHAP for Emerging Architecture will be awarded every two years with the intent of, “recognizing the most distinguished built constructs of the North and South American continents,” the College of Architecture Dean Wiel Arets...

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Northwestern Raising Billions for New Buildings
Mar24

Northwestern Raising Billions for New Buildings

Evanston-based Northwestern University has embarked on a campaign that could change the face of its suburban campus. The university recently announced that it plans to raise $3.75 billion dollars to revamp the school in order to provide new advanced learning facilities and financial aid for students. The Chicago Tribune notes that if this campaign is successful, “it would be among the 10 largest fundraising efforts by a university in...

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Modern Art Museum Expansion in Ukrainian Village
Jan24

Modern Art Museum Expansion in Ukrainian Village

For many Chicagoans, Ukrainian Village isn’t the first place that comes to mind when they hear the term “modern art.” In fact, most people outside of the neighborhood or the Ukrainian community probably don’t know that there is a museum of modern art sitting amongst the west side neighborhood’s architecture. That’s exactly what the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA) hopes to change with its plans for a new look and future...

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Wilmette Public Works Building Awarded for Sustainable Design
Dec10

Wilmette Public Works Building Awarded for Sustainable Design

A recent award helped put the Village of Wilmette on the map in the world of Chicago architecture. The northern suburb’s Public Works Building recently underwent an expansion and renovations that included the addition of a new, 5,000 square foot state-of-the-art administrative building, which is the highlight of the project. The new development is a slender (25 ft. wide x 130 ft. long), freestanding building comprised of white...

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Neighbor News: Studio Gang Chosen to Convert Power Plant to Rec Center
Oct15

Neighbor News: Studio Gang Chosen to Convert Power Plant to Rec Center

The board of trustees of Beloit College, a private liberal arts school in Wisconsin, chose Chicago-based architecture firm Studio Gang to convert a century-old electrical power plant into a recreation center for its students. The goal of the project is to utilize sustainable design and revitalize the riverfront. Beloit President Scott Bierman emphasized the center’s mission to connect the college “to community, campus to river, and...

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The Chicago That Could Have Been
Sep29

The Chicago That Could Have Been

We all know Chicago is one of the most architecturally interesting metropolitan cities in the U.S. – maybe even the world. But developers and architects alike face restrictions, many times not realizing amazing experimental designs. The Atlantic outlines some of these broken dreams in a recent article. You can also see many blueprints and sketches at the Expo 72 Gallery  (72 East Randolph Street) in the Loop, where a 160-foot panorama...

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Our Favorites to See During Open House Chicago
Aug31

Our Favorites to See During Open House Chicago

Chicago is as known for good architecture as its top notch comedy shows. This October 19-20, the public will get a chance to go behind the scenes at 150 of the city’s most iconic buildings for free, during Open House Chicago. The Chicago Architecture Foundation has organized the event for its third year. The group works to celebrate established Chicago real estate and inspire individuals to foster further innovation. There are many...

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