Chicagoisms: More Than “Over By Dere” And “Da Bearz”
Apr14

Chicagoisms: More Than “Over By Dere” And “Da Bearz”

The Windy City lays claim to many firsts. Deep dish pizza. The electric dishwasher. The zipper. Architecturally speaking, the list is even longer. A clever take on the architectural thought leadership and approaches Chicago is known for is now on display at the Art Institute of Chicago. A new exhibit—“Chicagoisms”—shows how architectural innovations born here influenced design and construction all over the world. The Art Institute’s...

Read More

The Nichols Bridgeway: More Than a Massive Downspout

Over the weekend, two of the city’s newest tourist attractions opened: The Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing , which we talked about Thursday, and the attached Nichols Bridgeway.  “Bridgeway,” by the way, is not a word. The “bridgeway,” for lack of a better description, looks essentially an overgrown PVC drainage pipe drawing human runoff from the Art Institute and depositing it across Monroe...

Read More
Art Institute Expansion Opens Tomorrow. Not Quite Done
May15

Art Institute Expansion Opens Tomorrow. Not Quite Done

The Art Institute of Chicago opens its biggest expansion in years tomorrow. The new 264,000 square foot modern wing comes complete with a slew of eco-friendly features, a big name starchitect, and a $294,000,000.00 price tag. It’s the first major public project for the Italian architect in Chicago, though as the New York Times notes, the rest of “America has been suffering from Renzo Piano fatigue.” He’s been...

Read More

Status Update: The Nichols Bridgeway

After yesterday’s mini-rant about the Art Institute’s Modern Wing, it seemed logical to follow that up with an update on the bridge that will link the museum with Millennium Park. The 620-foot-long bridge has a Renzo Piano pedigree and like most modern architecture is simple in design.  In fact, it’s a big white pipe cut in half.  A culvert, really.  Which I guess is symbolic or ironic or something since it’s...

Read More