Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago To Be Repaired
Apr25

Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago To Be Repaired

The historic Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago in the city’s South Loop neighborhood received a renovation permit for much-needed repairs on April 20th. The church, at 1936 South Michigan Avenue, has been covered in varying degrees of scaffold after a tragic accident back in September of 2014 killed a passerby as she walked past. Now, permission is in place to repair the facade of the bell tower and restore the windows, as...

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American Book Company Building Begins A New Chapter
Jan20

American Book Company Building Begins A New Chapter

Seems like only yesterday we had to tell folks about the demise of another century-plus-old Chicago building. And we wouldn’t blame you if you’re getting tired of hearing about the demolition of the city’s built environment. So how about today, we turn our attention to one Chicago relic, which once seemed headed toward certain doom, now being rehabbed and reborn in Chicago’s Prairie Avenue District. At 330 East...

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Nifty, Thrifty Freehand Reinvented As A Trendy New Hotel And Hostel
Nov12

Nifty, Thrifty Freehand Reinvented As A Trendy New Hotel And Hostel

Anyone who books a hotel room in downtown Chicago during the prime tourist season will likely encounter sticker shock. But a stylish and affordable alternative awaits in a prime location. The Freehand Hotel at 19 E. Ohio is now open for business. The Freehand (formerly the Tokyo Hotel) was just one of the many fascinating specimens featured during the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s 2015 Open House Chicago weekend last month. Built...

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Clubby, Pubby Atmosphere Greets Visitors To Sky-Line Club
Oct29

Clubby, Pubby Atmosphere Greets Visitors To Sky-Line Club

There’s something about rich woodwork interior that just feels clubby. It’s fitting, then, that the 24th floor of the Old Republic Building is home to the Sky-Line Club. This warm, cozy space was one of the many fascinating looks at old Chicago available for viewing during the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s 2015 Open House Chicago. The Sky-Line Club is one of the oldest private clubs in Chicago. It boasts a wainscoted lobby, a...

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Chicago Athletic Association Hotel Wows Visitors To Open House Chicago
Oct27

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel Wows Visitors To Open House Chicago

It’s been quite a coming out party for the stately Loop building formerly known as the Chicago Athletic Association. Just a few years ago, the Venetian Gothic building at 12 S. Michigan Avenue was on Landmark Illinois’ “Most Endangered Historic Places” List. Now, thanks to a massive rehab effort, the structure has been reborn as a swanky boutique hotel. The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel was one of the standout locations during...

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A Pullman Update: The Future Takes Shape With Community Planning Session
May01

A Pullman Update: The Future Takes Shape With Community Planning Session

For years, the Pullman Historic District was positioned as the next logical addition to the National Park System. It finally happened on Feb. 19 when President Obama visited the site to officially make the designation. Now that the Pullman District is a bona fide national monument, the real work begins. It’s safe to say that Pullman will be a work in progress. Planning for the future of the site is a necessary step. On April 18, 400...

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In The Year The Cubs Finally Seem Ready, Wrigley Is Not
Apr03

In The Year The Cubs Finally Seem Ready, Wrigley Is Not

When I wandered around Wrigley Field (1060 West Addison Street) last fall, just after our beloved bleachers were reduced to scrap, I marveled at the task at hand, impressed such destruction could be rebuilt in time for Opening Day 2015. Well, send me to Triple AAA and call me naïve. Because sure enough, as you no doubt are aware by now, nary a fan shall catch a home run ball within the Friendly Confines until at least May. In...

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Dogs And Adaptive Re-Use In A Single Story? But Of Course!
Mar12

Dogs And Adaptive Re-Use In A Single Story? But Of Course!

It’s not often that you see a story about adaptive reuse architecture and dogs. Read on and you’ll see how they come together quite well. When Google began looking for a Midwest headquarters location, there was one condition on which they wouldn’t waver: the building had to be dog-friendly. Fortunately, the Fulton Market Cold Storage building—now reborn as 1K Fulton—will welcome canines with open arms. In late April, the Google troops...

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A Last Look at the Congress Theater Before its Rebirth
Jan26

A Last Look at the Congress Theater Before its Rebirth

If you’re a Logan Square resident saddened by the lack of screaming, brawling crowds in front of the Congress Theater, the time to rejoice is now. The Congress is making a comeback. Saturday, 1st Ward Alderman Proco Joe Moreno hosted an open house tour of the historic venue, closed since April 2013 and in desperate need of repair, to show off plans for just that very thing: an extensive renovation. The 4,500-seat...

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Things Are Getting Hostel on Ohio Street
Apr07

Things Are Getting Hostel on Ohio Street

Work is underway transforming downtown Chicago’s old Tokyo Hotel (19 East Ohio street) into something much less like the old Tokyo Hotel (still at 19 East Ohio Street). Although it was a favorite of suburban club hoppers looking for a cheap no-questions-asked place to crash after a long night of cruising Hubbard Street, it certainly has seen better days. A New York company called Sydell Group is spending about $20 million to...

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