What Apple Thinks of Chicago’s Architecture
Mar28

What Apple Thinks of Chicago’s Architecture

Unless you also blew away every one of your news apps while you were deleting Facebook over the weekend, you know that Apple held a town hall meeting in Chicago.  One of a very few that have ever been taken outside of northern California. The event was held at Lane Tech High School in North Center, a school known for producing everything from scientists to TV news anchors in abundance. During its presentation, Apple paid homage to the...

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Three More Pieces of Chicago’s Skyline Headed to the Scrapyard
Aug25

Three More Pieces of Chicago’s Skyline Headed to the Scrapyard

Add three more Chicago water tanks to the list of the doomed. All three were named in demolition permits within a two-day span last week, with their fates being sealed Thursday and Friday. The photo above shows the water tank at 350 West Kinzie Street, the home of Lock Up Self Storage. It has been contracted to Heneghan Wrecking Company for demolition. 404 South Wells Street and 412 South Wells Street are both home to the Cactus Bar....

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Throwback Thursday: The Skyline in 1989
Jun04

Throwback Thursday: The Skyline in 1989

Funny things come into the Chicago Architecture Blog tip line, ever since we moved it from a loose tile in the wall of the third stall in the men’s room at Ogilvie Station to completely e-mail and text-message methods. Dave in Toronto sent in a picture of the Chicago skyline he took in 1989.  And while you’re trying to remember what you were doing in 1989, here’s something the kiddies have never heard of: Dave took...

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Frozen Chicago From Above
Jan25

Frozen Chicago From Above

Thanks to Spy Tim for dropping a link in our Tip Line to this video by Soaring Badger Productions taken by one of those toy quadcopters.  It’s a tour of the downtown Chicago shoreline on a frosty frosty Chicago day. Quadcopters were all the rage this past Christmas, and high quality videos are starting to flood the video sharing sites.  Expect to see a lot more of these sort of videos. It’s a nice video, with lots of...

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Best Places to View the Chicago Cityscape
Oct31

Best Places to View the Chicago Cityscape

Home to the first skyscraper, Chicago, Illinois, set a precedent of what can be accomplished with imagination, perseverance, and a little bit of iron and steel. Architectural visionaries and engineering geniuses pioneered the way, creating the blueprints of what is now Chicago’s remarkable cityscape. Here at Expedia Viewfinder, examining and learning about architecture is one of our favorite ways to explore any location. Because its...

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Slice of Life: Bright Lights, Big City
Oct20

Slice of Life: Bright Lights, Big City

As much as we dread Chicago winters, they make for spectacular nighttime skyline shots. What? An architect in Houston once explained to me that skyscrapers in Chicago tend to be brighter than those in southern, warmer cities because those buildings use glass that is designed to aggressively keep the sun and heat of the day out.  The result is dimmer office building windows at night, and less pretty nighttime skyline photos. This...

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Slice of Life: The Other North Shore
Oct10

Slice of Life: The Other North Shore

Some of the best views in Chicago are from the John Hancock Center (875 North Michigan Avenue).  And some of the most coveted views from that building are of Chicago’s north shore. Before you reach the “North Shore” communities like Wilmette and HighParkLakeOakForest, there is Chicago’s own north shore, a lovely string of beaches and parks lined with more residential high rises than most cities have in their...

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Slice of Life: The Fountain of You
Aug11

Slice of Life: The Fountain of You

  Chicago is a city in a garden, and that garden’s city has a number of great fountains.  The big bad daddy of them all is, of course, Buckingham Fountain.  Broad enough to entertain throngs of tourists, and bold enough to set the stage for Al Bundy. This photo of the behemoth bubbler was captured by our own Bill Motchan, in a 35-second exposure that turned the spatters and gurgles into smooth flowing ribbons of liquid...

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Slice of Life: Chicago in Liquid Glass
Aug06

Slice of Life: Chicago in Liquid Glass

There are so many wonderful places to take pictures of Chicago’s skyline. One of them is from a boat! That’s how Dr. Robert L Vogelzang, of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine got this great shot of the skyline reflected in an almost still Lake Michigan. If a boat is a little beyond your means, we’ve seen great skyline+water shots taken from Rainbow Beach and even Indiana Dunes.  So get out there...

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Drawn To Chicago by Kevin Frank
Aug04

Drawn To Chicago by Kevin Frank

Last week we mentioned how a lot of people seem to be drawn to drawing Chicago, rather than photographing, it these days. Several months ago, Kevin Frank sent in some great pictures of our fair city that he did, highlighting its skyline and the beloved Willis Tower. Take a look at his artwork below.  And for more, you can check out his web shop.      ...

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