Housekeeping: A Promotion and a Proposition at Your Favorite Blog


If you’ve been a regular reader of the Chicago Architecture Blog over the last eleven years, you may have detected a slow-down in the number of articles being published.  In fact, the blog has been getting along mostly through the hard work of long-time author Bill Motchan and short-time contributor Daniel Schell who have been pounding both pavement and keyboard to keep you up to date on what’s going on in Chicago’s built environment.

The reason for the disruption is that I got caught by a perfect storm of distractions.

The primary cause was a massive client project coming due.  Some of you may be aware that our primary business here is architecture photography, and the blog is a smaller part of the company.  Then, just when I thought I could see the light at the end of the tunnel, I went all Clark Griswold and broke my arm falling off of a ladder while putting up Christmas lights.

Recovering has taught me two things: How to type with one hand, and that I need some help administering the blog.

So, I’m happy to announce that Mary Chmielewicz has volunteered to take on the role of Managing Editor of the blog.  You may remember Mary as one of our long-time researchers, and our ears inside City Hall.  For the blog, her primary job will be to make sure the articles get published on time.  Far too often our writers put together great articles that never see the web because I’m too busy, distracted, or off the grid to publish them before they’re stale.  With Mary’s help, I hope to increase the number of stories we publish, and introduce a measure of stability to the publishing schedule.

At the same time, I’d like to announce that we are once again accepting submissions from people who want to contribute to the blog.  You don’t have to be a professional writer, journalist, or even a blogger.  Just someone who lives in the city of Chicago, who has an interest in architecture, and who can write coherently.  If you can’t write, that’s OK, we’re also looking for researchers, photographers, and others to have on our list of go-to people when needed.

Unlike most blogs in Chicago, we do pay our writers.  The rate depends on the content and the quality.  If you’re interested in being part of one of the city’s oldest blogs, shoot an e-mail to

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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