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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Chicago’s Proposed Museum Without Walls

More than a dozen museums across the country are trying to get their hands on a space shuttle.  When the fleet is retired this year, the superfluous spacecraft will become available for purchase by institutions.  One of those vying for a starbird is Chicago’s own Adler Planetarium (1300 South Lake Shore Drive). Yesterday, the Adler unveiled its pavilion for displaying a space shuttle, if it gets one.  Essentially, it’s a...

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Ten Perfect Chicago Experiences
Feb25

Ten Perfect Chicago Experiences

A friend of mine is moving.  He’s trying to choose which city to move his life, family, and business to.  For various reasons, the three finalists are Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago. Listening to him talk about his decision-making process started me thinking about Chicago, and some of the — for lack of a better word — “perfect” Chicago experiences I’ve had, and try to occasionally recreate. So,...

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The Sadness that is Chicago’s Oktoberfest

Chicago’s Oktoberfest has come and gone, and if you blinked — you missed it. It was held for two days at Federal Plaza (77 West Jackson Street) in the Loop and was a sparsely attended affair. Just a few rows of stand-up tables, and a long tent selling pretzels, beer, and brats. No offense is intended to those who organized it when I give it a “Whoop-de-freakin’-do” rating. Not that long ago, Chicago had...

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