Chicago Brick of the Day: Leptis Magna

In an effort to showcase the magnificent architecture of Chicago’s Tribune Tower, and to help people understand just how powerful and influential the Chicago Tribune newspaper once was, the Chicago Architecture Blog presents: Chicago Brick of the Day. Today’s brick is from: Leptis Magna in Libya.  Each day we’ll show a photograph of a rock, brick, or other piece of stonework embedded in the exterior of the...

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Join the Culti

Milan fashion house Culti is wasting no time getting its Chicago house in order. Just days after Crain’s (we think) broke the story of Culti coming to a little spot just off the Magnificent Mile, work began gutting whatever used to be in the space between Rochester Big and Tall and the “dental spa” next door on Chestnut Street. Yes, we did write, “Chestnut Street.”  That’s because even though...

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Three New Hotels Planned for River North

The City of Chicago is considering a plan to open three new hotels in River North. The project, known collectively as the “Clark and Grand Hotels” has been designed by HOK Architects, and would be located on the western third of the block bounded by Clark Street, Grand Avenue, Dearborn Street, and Illinois Street. Image from a presentation by HOK Architects One would be a 181-room Fairfield Inn and Suites at 56 West...

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Status Update: Elysian Chicago

There are giant banners flapping at street level proclaiming “Summer 2009” for the opening of the Elysian Chicago at 11 East Walnut Street.  Well, in spite of what the mother nature is dishing out, the calendar says that’s right about now. It’s a project we were once skeptical about, and that others have given grief for its oversized French chateau look-and-feel.  But the tower really is coming...

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