Week Links: March 30, 2012
Mar30

Week Links: March 30, 2012

Did you know?  That Corner Bakery on Wacker and Michigan (inside the London Guarantee and Accident Building – 360 North Michigan Avenue) used to be a jazz club called The London House.  It was one of the most important jazz clubs in the country before it closed in the 1970’s.

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The Tops: The Chicago Water Tower
Mar28

The Tops: The Chicago Water Tower

Today we continue our series called “The Tops.”   Every year, millions of people admire Chicago’s architecture.  Most people only get to see the city’s skyscrapers and landmarks from street level.  This series answers the question, “What’s up there?” for tourists and locals alike. Today’s building is the historic Chicago Water Tower (806 North Michigan...

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NFP: River Plaza
Mar26

NFP: River Plaza

We have a new building in our NFP series.  NFP stands for New Favorite Photo, and this is our new favorite photo of River Plaza (405 North Wabash Avenue). If you like it too, click here to purchase a copy of this photo.  It helps support this blog.

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Week Links – March 23, 2012
Mar23

Week Links – March 23, 2012

If you’ve been wondering about the work being done at the plaza at Saint James Cathedral in River North, it turns out there’s an entire blog run by the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago that has weekly updates.  You may remember that this project was originally going to be a 65-story round glass skyscraper designed by DeStefano+Partners (see picture at right).  Now it’s going to be a public space with a couple of small...

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The Tops: Medinah Temple
Mar21

The Tops: Medinah Temple

  Today we continue our series called “The Tops.”   Every year, millions of people admire Chicago’s architecture.  Most people only get to see the city’s skyscrapers and landmarks from street level.  This series answers the question, “What’s up there?” for tourists and locals alike. Today’s building is The Medinah Temple (600 North Wabash Avenue), known for its wonderful decorations...

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NFP: Legacy at Millennium Park
Mar19

NFP: Legacy at Millennium Park

We have a new building in our NFP series.  NFP stands for New Favorite Photo, and this is our new favorite photo of the Legacy at Millennium Park (21 South Wabash Avenue). If you like it too, click here to purchase a copy of this photo.  It helps support this...

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Inside Goettch Partners, Part 2
Mar19

Inside Goettch Partners, Part 2

Last week, we took you on a tour of Goettsch Partners office at the top of the Santa Fe Building on Michigan Avenue to get a look at the firm’s latest projects in Chicago and around the world.  Today we sit down with Goettsch principal Paul De Santis and director of business development, Matthew Larson to learn more about the firm, and how it works. Editor: So tell me about the history of the firm. It’s a big firm,...

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Week Links: March 16, 2012
Mar16

Week Links: March 16, 2012

Chicago’s version of New York’s High Line Park is going to be a reality.  Exelon, CNA, and Boeing have donated $7 million to make the linear park known as the Bloomingdale Trail happen.  It’s part of Mayor Emmanuel’s big push to improve neighborhood parks. Speaking of neighborhood parks, the Chicago Sun-Times reports that hizzonor is going to spend $290 million on new and improved parks across the city.  In...

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The World’s Worst Chicago Tourism App?
Mar15

The World’s Worst Chicago Tourism App?

It’s always interesting to see what people in other countries think of Chicago.  It’s one of those places they know exists, but can’t quite put their fingers on. In Tokyo I’ve shopped in a used clothing store called Chicago.  In Hong Kong and Singapore I’ve eaten at “Dan Ryan’s Chicago Grill.”  And in cities from Berlin to Istanbul, I’ve been greeted with the cringe-inducing...

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The Tops: Marina City
Mar14

The Tops: Marina City

Today we continue our series called “The Tops.”   Every year, millions of people admire Chicago’s architecture.  Most people only get to see the city’s skyscrapers and landmarks from street level.  This series answers the question, “What’s up there?” for tourists and locals alike. Today’s building is Marina City (300 North State Street), known to tourists across the midwest as the...

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