Week Links: April 6, 2012

You may (or may not) have noticed that we didn’t post much last week.  That was because we were on a photo shoot at a client’s building.  Architectural photography is what we do here, and if you have an office, hotel, wigwam, or yurt that needs good photography, give us a shout.

That said, because of our preoccupation with a client, not all of this week’s Week Links are “news” as in “new.”  They’re more “new to us” and we hope also new to you.

  • Crown Hall Google Doodle

    One of Chicago’s favorite adopted architects was recently celebrated by Google.  Google used a stylized drawing of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Crown Hall at IIT  as its “doodle” of the day on March 27th.  The Los Angeles Times has the details.

  • Crain’s has the story of Rush University Medical Center suing Perkins+Will over its fancy new hospital building.  Apparently all of those fancy flat screens are causing an HVAC problem.  We did an extensive walkthrough of the building just before it opened earlier this year.
  • Crain’s also brings us news that the first retail shop will open in the long vacant mall at the base of the Trump International Hotel and Tower (401 North Wabash Avenue).  It will be an Anthony Cristiano hair salon.
  • Kabletown Sports Net Chicago tells us that DePaul University is scouting locations for a new basketball arena.
  • The quirkily-named R+D 659 (659 West Randolph Street) is finally getting some retail.  According to Crain’s, it’s going to be Chicago’s first new Fiat dealership.  The reason is because the retailer’s inventory will be visible  from I-90/94.
  • 500 North Michigan Avenue has been sold for $70.9 million to Macerich Company.
  • The usually grumpy Uptown Update is actually the bearer of good news.  The $63 million renovation of the Uptown Theater could get underway next year.
  • Solomon Cordwell Buenz’s public relations firm sent over a note letting us know that Erin Coupe has been promoted to Director of Business Development – Interiors. “In her new role, Erin will work closely with SCB’s principals, particularly in the Interiors practice, to cultivate and lead strategic growth and marketing initiatives, and to expand SCB’s presence among the commercial and corporate marketplace.”
  • The 22-story apartment building at 1401 South State Street is for sale, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.


Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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