Chicago Gets Its Spook On

Some photographs of homes around Chicago decorated for Halloween.  Add yours in the comments section, or e-mail them to editor@ChicagoArchitecture.info and I’ll add them to this page. Update: Here are two more photos that came...

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Gensler’s Ghost Building on Michigan Avenue

People walking along Michigan Avenue will soon be able to see an image from the past — quite literally — thanks to a new project by Gensler for Columbia College. The building in question is 618 South Michigan Avenue, wedged between the Columbia College South Building (624 South Michigan Avenue) and the shiny new Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies (610 South Michigan Avenue). The building started out life in the early part...

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Briefly: Mooning Chicago, Grant Revoked, Hubbard Habitat

The Art Institute of Chicago has installed a giant fake moon to cast a glow over Millennium Park this winter.  All of you Loop-bound amateur astronomers who used to enjoy the darkness of Grant Park will have to go elsewhere. The latest plans for reconstructing the northern portion of Grant Park has construction beginning in Autumn, 2012 and the park remaining closed until Summer, 2015.  Look for a more detailed article on this from us...

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Slice of Life: The Shimmering Transit Authority

A CTA Brown Line train glimmers in the fading sunlight as it crosses the Chicago...

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Briefly: Book Marks, Sleeping With Virgin, Occupy The News

 With the continuing demise of bookstores across the country, and here in Chicago, the Waldenbooks at Ogilvie Transportation Center (500 West Madison Street) is now branded “HudsonBooksellers.”. Waldenbooks was owned by Borders, which no longer exists. The nondescript building at 203 North Wabash Avenue, on the L bend between the MDA Apartments and the 17th Church, has been bought by Virgin Hotels.  Irony? At the Saturday...

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Tracking Cell Phones as Urban Art

About a year ago, a security researcher noticed that it is possible to read a file on someone’s home computer and create a map showing the cell towers that their iPhone has accessed.  It was an interesting hack, and not that big a deal until the “journalists” of the blogosphere got wind of it. Suddenly, there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth across the internet that ZOMG!!! U R Iphone iz Traxxing U!!!11!! as...

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Slice of Life: Blood on Lake Street

This morning I saw a man beaten bloody during rush hour on the Lake Street bridge.   As I was giving my statement to the police, I noticed a piece of graffiti scrawled on one of the yellow L supports.  It was a rant about, “what a fucked up world we live in.” As I left, I saw another piece of graffiti on the pavement: “Forgive.” Easy for you to say, Mr. Anonymous Graffiti Tagger.  You still have all of your...

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Briefly: A Bronze Treasure, and Lots Going Up

The Sun-Times reports that there may be new life for the historic Rosenwald Apartments (4600 South Michigan Avenue) in Bronzeville. Amli has broken ground on its huge new residential tower in River North. Work has begun on a group of three hotels at Clark Street, Grand Avenue, Dearborn Street, and Illinois Street. Work has begun on The Gateway just off  South Halsted Street in Greektown. Work has begun on K2, the skyscraper formerly...

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Demolition Underway For The Gateway Tower in Greektown

We’re seeing the first signs of progress on The Gateway, a new residential tower going in at the corner of West Madison Street and South Halsted Street. Demolition crews are chewing through the rubble of an unremarkable two-story bank, clearing the L-shaped plot for the 312-foot-tall building.  The project also includes a supermarket, and will eliminate a surface parking lot as it wraps around the more substantial building...

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Northwestern Scales Back Streeterville Skyscraper Scheme

Northwestern Memorial Hospital, which has been on a construction binge for much of the last decade, is moving ahead with plans for its newest skyscraper — a 24-story building at 259 East Erie Street. The institution presented a revised plan for the building to a meeting of neighbors this past Tuesday. Officially it will be known as The Northwestern Memorial Hospital Outpatient Care Pavilion.  According to Crain’s Chicago...

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