Chicago Brick of the Day: Mount Pentelicus

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: Mount Pentelicus in Greece.  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: Angling in Bubbly Creek

A pair of anglers cast their lines into what was once Chicago’s infamous Bubbly Creek.  The waterway is much improved since the days when chickens would walk across mats of rotting animal guts and it would occasionally catch fire.  The city actually encourages fishing here, and nearby at Canal Origins Park at 2701 South Ashland Avenue are ranks of fishing pole holders installed by the Park Department. The indentation...

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The Irresistible Z-Pod

Regular readers of this blog will remember that within hours of architect Zaha Hadid’s pavilion being unveiled at Millennium Park, people were stepping all over it, leaving sneaker prints in something that took other people months of hard work to create. The solution was to put up barriers to remind people not to destroy things that don’t belong to them.  From what we can see, a stronger reminder is needed because...

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