Crowdsourcing Chicago Landmark Districts
Jun30

Crowdsourcing Chicago Landmark Districts

The map of the city of Chicago is flecked with various landmark districts. From historic Astor Street in the Gold Coast to the city’s newest landmark districts in Rogers Park and Streeterville. But no matter how deserving, not everything that every Chicago citizen thinks is historic ends up on the table in front of the Commission on Chicago Landmarks. So one of our readers put together his own list of Chicago places he thinks...

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Chicago to Debut Its First International Architecture Exhibition
Jun30

Chicago to Debut Its First International Architecture Exhibition

The city of Chicago has long been known as forward-thinking on architecture. Many greats like Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe, and recent stars like Jeanne Gang and John Ronan have put their stamp on modern architecture right here in Chicago. And next year, the city will debut a global architecture exhibition in the first Chicago Architecture Biennial. The city is calling this biennial “North America’s biggest...

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Say Hello To E2
Jun30

Say Hello To E2

It’s been about eight months since we showed you E2, the latest residential tower going up in downtown Evanston. It’s brought to you by Fifield Companies, the people behind K2 in Chicago. Back in October it was the ceremonial groundbreaking for the FitzGerald Associates-designed project which consists of two mid-rise towers linked by a common podium with a total of 356 residences. Check out the press release below the...

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Slice of Life: Wastin’ Away Again In The Windy City
Jun30

Slice of Life: Wastin’ Away Again In The Windy City

Long-time Chicago favorite Jimmy Buffet is on tour again. And while he wasn’t at Wrigley Field last night, he did make it as close as the First Bank Pavilion in Tinley Park. Our own Bill Motchan was in the audience and took this snap of the stage decoration, showing that Jimmy is a downtown Chicago guy at heart.

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Downtown Chicago’s Hotel Development Party Crashed by Alderman Reilly
Jun27

Downtown Chicago’s Hotel Development Party Crashed by Alderman Reilly

For the past five years or so, developers simply couldn’t jam enough hotels into downtown Chicago.  Every available space within sniffing distance of Michigan Avenue scoped, measured, diagrammed, and investigated for its potential to house a hotel.  Hotels popped up in surface parking lots, replaced empty storefronts, even old apartment buildings got into the act, asking the city to please please please let them convert to a...

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Lucas Losers Part 2: 25 More Chicago Places That Han Shot First
Jun27

Lucas Losers Part 2: 25 More Chicago Places That Han Shot First

Yesterday we published an article mentioning that there were 57 places in Chicago considered for the new Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.  While the politicians, lawyers and preservationists work out whether the site south of Soldier Field is legal or not, we thought we’d show you the 56 places that weren’t up to snuff. If you missed locations one through 30, click here to read yesterday’s list.  If you’ve...

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The Lucas Losers: 56 Chicago Places That Didn’t Make the Museum Grade
Jun26

The Lucas Losers: 56 Chicago Places That Didn’t Make the Museum Grade

Chicagoland’s science fiction enthusiasts are still walking a little taler in their Hush Puppies today, two days after it was announced that the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be built right in their front yards.  Contrary to the baseless internet rumor we’re trying to spread, the decision wasn’t made because summer in Chicago looks like Alderaan, and winter in Chicago looks like Hoth (-pause for laughter-).  The...

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Dagobah on the Lake: Chicago Is The Droid George Lucas Was Looking For
Jun24

Dagobah on the Lake: Chicago Is The Droid George Lucas Was Looking For

Tuesday afternoon, Chicago’s media outlets fell all over each other to be the first to report that the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (formerly the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum) is coming to Chicago.  While most media outlets branded their story “exclusive” or “first” or “breaking,” it looks like it was Michael Sneed at the Sun-Times who actually got the scoop and published it first. Everyone is...

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How Chicago’s Mayor Used The Power Of Architecture To Influence Politics
Jun23

How Chicago’s Mayor Used The Power Of Architecture To Influence Politics

Richard J. Daley didn’t much care for modernist architecture. But his personal preference for classical design didn’t deter him from championing the development of sleek, steel-and-glass buildings like the Chicago Civic Center, the Sears Tower, the Inland Steel Building, and the Federal Plaza complex.   In fact, during his tenure as the city’s boss, the Loop and downtown Chicago underwent a transformational building boom. Along...

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Status Update: Eight Pounds of Hotel in a Five Pound Bag
Jun23

Status Update: Eight Pounds of Hotel in a Five Pound Bag

If you think riding the Red Line north at noon on a Friday when the Cubs are playing is a tight squeeze, you should see what they’re doing down at 66 East Wacker Place. That’s where GDS Companies has construction crews trying to put up a Hilton Garden Inn in a space that we used to think was just a narrow back alley, but turns out to be just the right size for a 26-story hotel, according to the plans drawn up by GREC...

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