Northwestern Gets an Earful About the Latest Design For its Prentice Replacement
Sep30

Northwestern Gets an Earful About the Latest Design For its Prentice Replacement

The trouble with replacing an iconic, historic building is, well, nothing else quite measures up, unless it, too, is iconic and historic. The trouble with that premise is, you don’t always know how history will judge an architectural design. It’s also the challenge faced by Perkins+Will when it won the competition to create the new Northwestern University Medical Research Center (MRC2) in Streeterville. It’s on the property where the...

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545 North McClurg Good to Go; Construction to Begin Any Second Now
Sep30

545 North McClurg Good to Go; Construction to Begin Any Second Now

Gentlemen, start your bulldozer engines! The City of Chicago has issued construction permits for the foundation of 545 North McClurg, the 45-story mixed-use development formerly known as 410 East Grand. Designed by friends-of-the-blog, SCB, it is a joint project between Chicago’s Golub and Boston’s The General Investment and Development Companies.  G.I.D. describes the building thusly: The project will be constructed on...

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One Last Look at Historic Saint Dominic’s Church Before it Meets the Wrecking Ball
Sep30

One Last Look at Historic Saint Dominic’s Church Before it Meets the Wrecking Ball

Chicago neighborhoods are constantly changing.  But the River North area has seen more radical change than most in that twice its residents have been dramatically and fully displaced. First, with the 1950’s-60’s razing of the existing neighborhood to create the huge public housing project that was Cabrini-Green. Then starting in the 1990’s, the demolition of the same. Now the entire area – largely cleared to a blank...

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EXPO Chicago: The Art World On Display In All Its Gory Glory
Sep30

EXPO Chicago: The Art World On Display In All Its Gory Glory

Creativity takes many forms, as I learned strolling through the Exhibit Hall of Navy Pier recently, viewing the goods on display at EXPO Chicago. One piece I thought would look nice in my living room, adjacent to my collection of Miami Beach Art Deco posters, was the monoprint Blah, Blah, Blah by Mel Bochner. It’s basically the word “Blah” repeated 42 times. Yeah, I think I’ve been on that conference call. I inquired with the gallery...

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