A True Halloween Tale: If Your Creativity Is Waning, Head To The Fulton Vortex
Oct31

A True Halloween Tale: If Your Creativity Is Waning, Head To The Fulton Vortex

You say the sudden frigid, windy weather’s got you down? That bowl of Twizzlers and Milky Ways you’ve been digging into for Halloween just makes you feel sluggish? Well, artists, artisans, architects—heck, writers, too—my suggestion: head over to the Fulton Vortex! This little-known West Loop “attraction” is a bit of an outlier. It hasn’t raised any concerns from the cranky community organizations. NOWL and RFMA haven’t denounced or...

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Best Places to View the Chicago Cityscape
Oct31

Best Places to View the Chicago Cityscape

Home to the first skyscraper, Chicago, Illinois, set a precedent of what can be accomplished with imagination, perseverance, and a little bit of iron and steel. Architectural visionaries and engineering geniuses pioneered the way, creating the blueprints of what is now Chicago’s remarkable cityscape. Here at Expedia Viewfinder, examining and learning about architecture is one of our favorite ways to explore any location. Because its...

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Chicago’s City Parks: Ghosts of Cemeteries Past
Oct31

Chicago’s City Parks: Ghosts of Cemeteries Past

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared a few days ago on the corporate blog of Moss Architecture and Planning studio in North Center as “Spooky Architectre: Cities of the Dead.”  In the spirit of Halloween, we’re ghosting it here for you to enjoy. No compensation changed hands.  We just thought it was a good read. Today young and old alike will take part in a holiday as American as apple pie—oh wait,...

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Plan for Two New Towers in Logan Square Met With Overwhelming Hostility
Oct31

Plan for Two New Towers in Logan Square Met With Overwhelming Hostility

“Are you for or against?” I was asked as soon as I took a seat inside Logan Square’s Candela Restaurant. I didn’t know it at the time, but “Neither, yet. I’m here to learn about the proposal before I form an opinion,” was nothing if not a safe response. That man soon left the seat next to me, to be replaced by two young women, one of them assuring me most of the crowd would be against the Dual...

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Totally Tubular! Chicago Art Aficionados Go Gaga For Wabash Lights
Oct31

Totally Tubular! Chicago Art Aficionados Go Gaga For Wabash Lights

It smells of diesel. Weird stuff drips down from it. The noise is unnerving every few minutes. I’m referring, of course, to the CTA elevated train tracks in the Loop. For tourists and locals alike, walking under the L tracks may not seem like strolling through a field of daisies. Jack Newell, Seth Unger and Justin Wardell aim to change that. They are the brains behind The Wabash Lights. It’s a bold public art initiative using light as...

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Block37 Residences Has its Official Groundbreaking Sans Ground
Oct30

Block37 Residences Has its Official Groundbreaking Sans Ground

The new apartment tower being perched atop the Block37 mall, transportation, and office complex had its official groundbreaking ceremony yesterday.  But what do you do when you want to have a groundbreaking and there’s no ground to break?  Chips and dip in the pedway. Chicago Architecture Blog photographer Milosh Kosanovich was there as the CIM Group hosted 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly and a gaggle of real estate types at...

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Wanda Gets Stacked
Oct30

Wanda Gets Stacked

The picture of the new 1,150-foot multi-use tower at 301 North Field Boulevard/375 East Wacker Drive is getting clearer.  No, new drawings haven’t surfaced.  But a very trusted little birdie who’s in a position to know things, and whom in the history of this blog has yet to lead us astray, has chirped a few sweet nothings into our tip line. We already knew the building was 89-stories tall.  That’s what Mr. Wanda told...

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Waving a Magic Wanda
Oct29

Waving a Magic Wanda

Are you the sort of person who enjoys rejection? Need to feel like everybody hates you?  Well, have I got a way to feed your beast.  Start asking Chicago’s leading architects and developers about the Wanda Tower.  You’ll get the door slammed in your face faster than a ketchup salesman in Wrigley Field. Ever since the richest man in China put out a press release stating that he was going to build an 11-hundred-foot-tall...

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The Blackstone Hotel’s Roles In Presidential And Movie History
Oct29

The Blackstone Hotel’s Roles In Presidential And Movie History

If it’s clean sheets, free HBO and a continental breakfast you’re after, any Hampton Inn off the interstate will do the job. For history and pedigree in overnight lodging, you’ll have to search a little harder. The Renaissance Blackstone Hotel at 636 South Michigan Avenue fits the bill nicely. The 1908 structure was one of the most ornate and stately tour venues from the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s 2014 Open House Chicago....

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15-Story Condo Building Proves A Tough Sell In River North
Oct28

15-Story Condo Building Proves A Tough Sell In River North

“Are you a concerned citizen?” asked the gentleman seated next to me. “No,” I replied. “I’m a reporter.” Maybe that didn’t come out exactly right. It may also have inadvertently perpetuated a stereotype about the fourth estate. Nevertheless, there were plenty of bona fide concerned citizens in attendance Monday evening at 633 North Wells to hear details about a new River North planned development. They didn’t much like what they...

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