Chicago Bridge Tours Return for a Second Season
May12

Chicago Bridge Tours Return for a Second Season

Good news if you missed the limited number of boat tours about Chicago’s moving bridges last year — they’re back for this year! The Chicago Architecture Blog’s bridge expert, Patrick McBriarty, will once again host the tours on the Wendella fleet. There will be six tour dates this year, so check the press release below for the details. And speaking of Mr. McBriarty, congratulations are in order because his childrens’ book Drawbridges...

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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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What it’s Like to Lead a Chicago Architecture Boat Tour
Sep11

What it’s Like to Lead a Chicago Architecture Boat Tour

Editor’s note: One of the best ways to see Chicago is on a river tour.  But have you ever wondered what it’s like to lead one of those tours?  Our own Patrick McBriarty got the chance this summer.  Here’s his report on what it’s like on the other side of the mic. Several months after the publication of my first book Chicago River Bridges I found myself talking with Michael Borgström the President of Wendella...

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This is What You’re Doing This Weekend
Oct17

This is What You’re Doing This Weekend

The biggest public architecture event in the Midwest is about to fling open the formerly private doors of dozens of Chicago buildings. Open House Chicago allows mere mortals the ability to see the rarified, sacred, and exclusive spaces of some of the city’s best- and least-known structures, from America’s tallest building to a factory in Bridgeport that’s been making architectural embellishments since before the...

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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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Will Block37’s New Blades Keep People From Skating By?
Aug06

Will Block37’s New Blades Keep People From Skating By?

Months after getting an exemption to a city ordinance prohibiting large signs on its facade, Block37 (1 West Randolph Street) is finally installing metal fins on its exterior that will soon bear the names of the stores within. The downtown mall’s position on the edge between the city’s Theater District and its historic State Street district left it in an unusual situation – it was not allowed to have vertical signs of any...

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Week Links – June 30, 2013
Jun30

Week Links – June 30, 2013

Free as in beer: The City of Chicago’s new tourism department now has an official app (linky).  It’s also the app used by the city’s Information Guides who help tourists find their way around The Loop, Streeterville, Near North, and the Gold Coast.  You can get your business featured for anywhere from $99-$699/year (linky). Want to know about Chicago’s Bus Rapid Transit scheme?  Here’s the web site....

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The World’s Worst Chicago Tourism App?
Mar15

The World’s Worst Chicago Tourism App?

It’s always interesting to see what people in other countries think of Chicago.  It’s one of those places they know exists, but can’t quite put their fingers on. In Tokyo I’ve shopped in a used clothing store called Chicago.  In Hong Kong and Singapore I’ve eaten at “Dan Ryan’s Chicago Grill.”  And in cities from Berlin to Istanbul, I’ve been greeted with the cringe-inducing...

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Briefly: Public Powwow, Hidden Housing, Gill’s Gawkers

There’s a public meeting tonight at 6:00pm about the proposed Northwestern Memorial Hospital Outpatient Care Pavilion to be built at 259 East Erie Street. The meeting will be held in Hughes Auditorium at 303 East Superior Street. Did you know there are residences on the top floors of 333 Wacker Drive? Wolford is coming to The Shops at North Bridge (520 North Michigan Avenue).  Thanks, Gold Coast spy! Overheard: “We come to...

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Slice of Life: A Boatload of Tourists

It’s a boatload of tourists on the Chicago River.  What did you...

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