Status Update: ARTIC Modern Wing

As good downtown neighbors and proper Loop boosters, I know we’re supposed to be all excited about the new Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, but I just can’t seem to get there. To me it looks more like an aircraft maintenance hangar than a museum.  For all that I’ve read about dramatic angles, prophetic use of space, and the intricacies of manipulating natural light it still just looks like another...

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Slice of Life: Olympia’s Show

The Olympia Centre (737 North Michigan Avenue) towers over its immediate neighbors.  From most angles it is up to its bellybutton in last-generation architecture, which prevents people from appreciating its slightly sloping Fuji form.  From this vantage point, it’s possible to see just how tall this place is. It gets to claim a Michigan Avenue address because its podium is the Michigan Avenue Neiman Marcus store. And...

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