Three More Kiosks Coming to Chicago’s Lakefront
Aug06

Three More Kiosks Coming to Chicago’s Lakefront

Earlier today we told you about Chicago Horizon, the pavilion that won the Chicago Architecture Biennial’s lakefront kiosk contest and $85,000 from B.P.  But that’s not the end of the construction. Three more kiosks will also be built on Chicago’s shoreline as part of the architecture festival. They are collaborations between Chicago architecture schools and architects around the world: The Cent Pavilion Designed by...

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Chicago Biennial About to Become Tangible
Aug06

Chicago Biennial About to Become Tangible

The Chicago Architecture Biennial is fast approaching, and there hasn’t been much to report on.  There was the initial flurry of activity when the event was announced, but then nothing until a couple of weeks ago when a short video was released.  Now, finally we have something to sink our teeth into. The winner of the Chicago Biennial’s lakefront kiosk contest has been announced.  A team from Rhode...

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North Shore Gets a New, Modern, Eco-Sensitive Beach Experience on Lake Michigan
Jun02

North Shore Gets a New, Modern, Eco-Sensitive Beach Experience on Lake Michigan

Summer is here, and one of the best things about living in the midwest is the fact that you’re never too far away from a lake, pond, stream, or other swimming hole.  The people of north suburban Highland Park will very soon have a brand new beach experience thanks to the town’s Park District and Woodhouse Tinucci Architects. Rosewood Beach opens this coming weekend after undergoing a major renovation.  Woodhouse Tinucci...

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Chicago River and Lakefront Time Lapse
Aug31

Chicago River and Lakefront Time Lapse

This video by Philip Bloom has been making the rounds on social media lately.  A friend in Ohio sent it to me, and I’m sharing with all of you.  If you haven’t seen it, here it is.  If you have seen it, here it is again. Speaking of social media, let me take this opportunity to plug our Facebook and Twitter feeds, which are just wonderful sources of breaking development news, since we’re the only organization that...

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New Serpentine Suspension Bridges Bronzeville to Lakefront
Aug05

New Serpentine Suspension Bridges Bronzeville to Lakefront

Construction has begun on a new pedestrian bridge connecting Bronzeville with Lake Michigan. The current bridge is a rusted relic of the area’s past.   The new design is sleek, modern, and very visible as an architectural landmark with its cable-stayed design.  Its long approaches and span curve gently as they cross Metra and Canadian National railroad tracks as well as South Lake Shore Drive before arriving at the lakefront....

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Slice of Life: Chicago in Silhouette
Jul31

Slice of Life: Chicago in Silhouette

There are so many great places to take pictures of Chicago’s skyline.  And you can never go wrong with a lake view. Reader Rita Anthony sent in this picture of our city’s magnificent eastern face taken at dusk. This article is the result of photos sent in by someone just like you. If you see something interesting in your neighborhood, e-mail your phone pics to chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.  Check out our Tip Line for...

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10 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About The Columbia Yacht Club
May15

10 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About The Columbia Yacht Club

Ahoy mateys! Spring has sprung (sort of—it doesn’t seem like we’ll get any more snow…) and Lake Michigan beckons those who yearn to sail the seven seas. Or one big old Great Lake filled with vermin and Asian Carp, anyway. Have you ever wondered what mysteries lie within that stately ship that lies just off of East Randolph and Lake Shore Drive? It’s the Abegweit—or “The Abby” as it’s known to members—and home base of the...

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Slice of Life: Chicago’s Sailboats Begin Their Annual Procession to Lake Michigan
May14

Slice of Life: Chicago’s Sailboats Begin Their Annual Procession to Lake Michigan

A sailboat is a hole in the water, into which one throws money. The happiest two days of a sailboat owners life are the day he buys the boat and the day he sells it. I know most of the wry observations of sailboat owners, as a recovering one myself. It’s hard to deny the calm you feel as the wind whooshes through the sails. Ah, but getting a sailboat to a body of water, that takes a little doing. For Chicagoans, it often means getting...

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Slice of Life: Montrose Harbor
Oct01

Slice of Life: Montrose Harbor

Vessels fill Montrose Harbor during warmer months in Chicago.  The harbor can handle more than 700 boats. One of the first things WGN-TV meteorologist Tom Skilling taught me when I moved to Chciago was the word seiche— essentially, a freak wave on a lake, often caused by severe changes in air pressure.  He described it as being similar to the sloshing of water in a bathtub and told the story of the 1954 seiche  that  slammed into...

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Slice of Life: Hollyhock on Patrol
May18

Slice of Life: Hollyhock on Patrol

The Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock is stationed at Navy Pier (600 East Grand Avenue) and patrolling the Chicago lakefront during the NATO summit. Did you enjoy this article? Click to give the author a few...

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