Chicago Brick of the Day: The Berlin Wall

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 Berlin Wall.  Each day we’ll show a photograph of a rock, brick, or other piece of stonework embedded in the exterior of the Tribune...

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Off Topic: Illinois Sales Tax Hike on Candy

It’s not very often I go off topic in this blog, but I thought I would in this case because I haven’t seen this reported anywhere else: Red Alert: The sales tax rate is going up on candy! Chicago was once the candy-making capitol of the Midwest.  Though Brachs is long gone, and Fannie May is made in Ohio now, people who live here still have a sweet tooth.  Think about the number of candy stores, confectioners,...

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Slice of Life: Flowers Versus Fisk

The Fisk Generating Station pushes who-knows-what out of its smokestack in Pilsen while wildflowers along Chicago’s infamous Bubbly Creek clean the air. If you’re the sort of person who believe what’s written in Wikipedia, the coal and kerosene burning plant at 1111 West Cermak Road is not obligated to follow air quality standards outlined in the Clean Air Act because of its...

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