A Trump Project Gets Less Tacky

It seems counter-intuitive, but a Donald Trump building has actually gotten less tacky recently. With the removal of the exterior crane, and significant progress being made on the ground- and river-level retail at the Trump International Hotel and Tower, the big “Trump” banners that used to cling to the concrete columns have come off. All that remains on the support structure at 401 North Wabash is smooth, sleek, lickable*...

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TweetEcho: August 3-9, 2009

For those of you who don’t subscribe to our Twitter feed, here are the items we tweeted in the last week or so: One of Chicago’s Burnham Pavilions in Millennium Park is so badly damaged, it will close for repairs: http://bit.ly/ASaM27:34 AM Aug 8th from bit.ly      Tourists damage Chicago’s first Burnham pavilion enough that it’s now...

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Chicago Brick of the Day: Sydney Opera House

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: The Sydney Opera House.  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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Slice of Life: Putting the Bugs Back in Bughouse Square

There’s nothing like a pastoral Sunday morning at Washington Square Park in the Gold Coast.  But before you get angry at the nutjob on the other end of the bench talking to invisible fairies, remember — the nutjobs were there first. The historical name for this oasis of life in front of the oasis of literature that is the Newberry Library at 60 West Walton Street is “Bughouse Square.”...

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Status Update: Six North Michigan Avenue

I thought we were done with status updates on Six North Michigan Avenue, but apparently not.  The building looks fabulous after its years-long rehabilitation, but it’s not quite done yet. Near the top of the tower are three arched windows that are still covered with plywood.  So, keep your fork to yourself; this one’s not done...

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