Chicago Brick of the Day: Prairie du Chien

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 Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin . 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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One Way to Avoid the Splat of Birds
Nov10

One Way to Avoid the Splat of Birds

As long as people have been putting using glass in buildings, birds have been smacking into it.  Sometimes the buildings are too tall, or in a centuries-old flight path, and sometimes the birds are just … well… bird-brained. This art school in Chicago put stickers of birds on its windows to maybe give the birds a clue that the wild blue yonder doesn’t continue through the glass.  I’m not an expert on birds, but...

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Crappy Restaurant Less Crappy Now

One of downtown Chicago’s least pleasant looking McDonald’s looks much better these days. The restaurant at 230 South State Street has been given something of an exterior makeover.  There are clean new awnings, a light grey McDonald’s banner wraps around the corner of the building, mimicking its structural stripes, and even the marquee looks a lot better than it used to. Other people seem to have noticed, too....

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Chicago’s Coolest Townhouse?

You may think your two-flat with the bitchin’ wooden kegger porch in the back and view of Wrigley Field is the ultimate in Chicago living.  But we think this home at 1908 South Louis Parkway in Chinatown is probably the city’s best, or at least most interesting, townhouse. Wedged into a development of seemingly identical townhomes just west of the Chinatown Gate, this home is festooned with faux luxe.  From...

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