Chicago Brick of the Day: Cartagena Fortress

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 fortress at Cartagena, Columbia.  Each day we’ll show a photograph of a rock, brick, or other piece of stonework embedded in the...

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Nubbin Watch

The Chicago Tribune has a brief piece today about the WDRV transmitter on top of the Aon Center.  When the new antenna was installed on May 31, 2009 we Tweeted about it, and posted a picture of the installation.  I’m re-posting the picture here for those who missed it. For numbers junkies, the new antenna is 1,214 feet above ground level. Some people don’t like the new nubbin because it ruins the perceived flat...

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Hotel Cedar Open Again

After what seemed like an eternity of sitting empty and abandoned, the Gold Coast’s Cedar Hotel (1118 North State Street) is open once again. Not too long ago there were grand plans for the Cedar, but then economic realities caught up with the owner, and one thing failed to lead to another. Now the place is open once again as a restaurant, and not a bad one, either.  I had the best ruben I’ve ever had in Chicago here....

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Slice of Life: Hanging Out

A pair of maintenance workers survey the city around them from a gondola suspended about 60 stories above the ground from the roof of 900 North Michigan...

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Fixing The Burnham Pavilions

Much has been written here and elsewhere about the damage done to the architectural exhibits in Millennium Park intended to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Burnham Plan that, instead, were treated like jungle gyms by ill-behaved children and adults. The good news is that repairs are being made, and by the time you read this should be complete.  Here’s some pictures of the work in progress:...

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