A Last Look at the Congress Theater Before its Rebirth
Jan26

A Last Look at the Congress Theater Before its Rebirth

If you’re a Logan Square resident saddened by the lack of screaming, brawling crowds in front of the Congress Theater, the time to rejoice is now. The Congress is making a comeback. Saturday, 1st Ward Alderman Proco Joe Moreno hosted an open house tour of the historic venue, closed since April 2013 and in desperate need of repair, to show off plans for just that very thing: an extensive renovation. The 4,500-seat...

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Status Update: 707 North Wells
Jan26

Status Update: 707 North Wells

Eight months after we saw the drawings of 707 North Wells Street, the mid-rise residential building is well underway. The Chicago Architecture Blog‘s own Daniel Schell popped by the other day and took these photographs of the construction progress.  As you can see, the tower crane is up, and the concrete core has risen from the ground. When complete, the building will rise 11 stories over the eastern edge of Chicago’s...

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A History of Chicago’s City Hall and Cook County Building
Jan26

A History of Chicago’s City Hall and Cook County Building

Chicago’s City Hall and County Building is intriguing. It is not a single building but is, instead, two identical buildings joined as one. The County Building—(118 North Clark Street) facing east and Daley Plaza —is the slightly older of the two (1907) and houses Cook County department offices. City Hall (121 North LaSalle Street) faces west and was completed in 1911. It contains the Mayor’s office, the City Clerk, City Council,...

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The Colorful World of Chicago’s Century of Progress
Jan26

The Colorful World of Chicago’s Century of Progress

  We’ve all seen pictures and movies of the 1933-34 Century of Progress International Exposition in Chicago.  From WTTW to the Museum of Science and Industry to the Randolph Street Market, images of the Rainbow City are not hard to find.  But what has been exceedingly hard to find until now is color film of the event. A Los Angeles company called Periscope Films has put an 11-minute video on YouTube (above) showing the...

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