Lucas Picks a Pair of Rising Starchitects for His Chicago Lakefront Museum
Jul28

Lucas Picks a Pair of Rising Starchitects for His Chicago Lakefront Museum

They wanted iconic.  They wanted different.  And it seems the people behind the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art have picked talent matching those parameters to design the new museum on Chicago’s Lakefront. First up is a known local quantity.  Jeanne Gang burst onto Chicago’s architectural scene with her beautiful-on-the-outside, mediocre-on-the-inside tower Aqua (225 North Columbus Drive).  Aqua’s undulating...

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Picking Over Prentice’s Bones
Jul28

Picking Over Prentice’s Bones

The picture says it all.  There’s not much left of the former Prentice Women’s Hospital.  Dr. Robert L Vogelzang, of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine sent us this latest photo of the old building.  Its four distinctive lobes are long gone.  All that’s left is the main supporting spines, and the crumbs of the horizontal floors at its base. The photo below shows us what it looked like as demolition...

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Slice of Life: Chicago on a Black-and-White Rail
Jul28

Slice of Life: Chicago on a Black-and-White Rail

They’ve been pared back, decked over, repurposed, and there was even once a proposal to turn the whole shebang into a field of wildflowers; but Chicago’s lakefront railroad tracks continue to carry thousands of people into and out of the city each day. Chris Benning sent in this photograph of the tracks as they glide through Grant Park before slipping under the Art Institute of Chicago and disappearing into the...

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