Chicago’s Evocative Buildings


The waiting room at WBEZ radio. It could probably use a potted plant.

For the second time this year, I’ve been interviewed by a Chicago radio station about this blog.

WBEZ logoThe good folks over at Chicago Public Media (WBEZ/Chicago, WBEQ/Morris, W217BM/Elgin) invited me over to their studios at 848 East Grand Avenue on Navy Pier participate in the talk show The Afternoon Shift today to talk about places in the city that make you feel like you’re someplace else.

It was because of an article I wrote a few weeks ago called Chicago’s Best Worst Block, which argued that some of the city’s ugliest places should be preserved for posterity.  Joining me on the show hosted by Jason Marck was Lee Bey, the former Chicago Sun-Times architecture critic who is now the architecture blogger for WBEZ among other avocations.

The article must have struck a chord, because it’s the third-most-read article on this blog so far this year.

If you have 46 minutes, and don’t mind the fact that I sound like Kermit the Frog, you can listen to the show by clicking this link to WBEZ’s web site.

Will this be a one-time appearance on WBEZ?  It’s hard to say.  In comments left on WBEZ’s web site, at least one member of the public suggested that it should be a regular feature.  And on the way out, the host said that it went well and that we should do it again.  But then in the nine years I spent in talk radio, I probably said that same thing to guests a brazillion times.

Regardless, thanks to Jason and his producer for the recognition of the blog.

Author: Editor

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

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