Building Updates: May 31, 2011

A number of building updates went online at Chicago Architecture Info today.  We’ve added a several new buildings to Chicago’s largest architecture guide, and updated a couple of dozen other buildings with new photographs. Total number of buildings in the Chicago Architecture Info architectural guide: 1,191. New buildings 20 East Adams Street 26 East Adams Street 111 West Jackson Boulevard 127 South State Street 135 South...

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New Flagship Starbucks Cuts Wood, Stacks Bricks

Our recent series of articles on the flagship Starbucks to be built at 1003 North Rush Street have been very popular (previous coverage here, here, and here). According to Google Analytics, tens of thousands of people have read them. So when someone e-mailed me a revised drawing of the building, I thought I should post it here right away, and using some fancy schmancy special effects. If you have an up-to-date web browser, you should...

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Mediawatch: WMVP

A van for WMVP radio, parked appropriately enough, in front of Ditka’s Restaurant (100 East Chestnut...

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Dust Off the Trophy Shelf

I don’t put a lot of stock in awards.  I’m not sure why, but they’ve never meant much to me.  That’s not to say that I’m a loser who never wins things.  I have a crate full of journalism awards and even an Emmy nomination.  But I’ve always gotten more satisfaction from knowing that the general public values my work, and not just a hand-picked few. That said, I’ve decided to note here that the...

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Slice of Life: A Life Elevated

One of our regular South Loop contributors sent in this picture of the neighborhood, looking east from the elevated CTA Green/Orange line platform at Roosevelt.  

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West Loop Tower Opposition Could Change Design, Landscape
May26

West Loop Tower Opposition Could Change Design, Landscape

People living in the West Loop are getting a better understanding of their potential new neighbor: a 22-story  office tower to be erected on a surface parking lot currently owned by Old Saint Patrick’s Church. The Old Saint Patrick’s Tower (not its official name, just an allonym we’re using here) is the latest in a string of minor skyscrapers to go up in the neighborhood, which is rapidly transforming from a...

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The End is Near For a Beloved Chicago Hospital
May25

The End is Near For a Beloved Chicago Hospital

You know how people like to look at old photographs of amazing buildings that have been demolished in fits of shortsightedness?  Get your camera ready. It looks like the former Prentice Women’s Hospital (320 East Huron Street) won’t be standing too much longer. At a meeting with neighborhood NIMBY group SOAR, representatives of Northwestern flat out rejected a request to delay any further the tearing down of the building,...

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Building Updates: May 25, 2011

A number of building updates went online at Chicago Architecture Info today.  We’ve added a several new buildings to Chicago’s largest architecture guide, and updated a couple of dozen other buildings with new photographs. New Buildings 10 South State Street 21 West Washington Street DuSable Harbor Overpass The Reliance Building (Hotel Burnham) Updated Photographs 30 West Monroe Street (former Inland Steel Building) 150...

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Slice of Life: View From the South

Another beautiful day in Chicago.  And as if to drive the point home, a reader in the South Loop who for some reason wishes to remain anonymous, sent in these photos of the Loop in all its glory. You can send your photos of Chicagoland to editor@chicagoarchitecture.info and we’ll include them in this space, and provide a link back to your web site if you request...

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Old Saint Patrick’s Church to Build Office Tower

Yesterday the good people over at the Fulton River District Association posted a note on our Facebook Page, letting people know that after years of talk and speculation, Old Saint Patrick’s Church is finally pulling the trigger on its office building plans. Saint Pat’s has owned the surface parking lot on the corner of Adams and Des Plaines for decades, and its members have long talked about turning it into a source of...

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