A Doggone Good Outcome For Maggie Daley Park’s Unpopular Canine Ban
Feb27

A Doggone Good Outcome For Maggie Daley Park’s Unpopular Canine Ban

There were no TV crews at the Grant Park Advisory Council & Conservancy meeting on Thursday night. Not like a month ago when the agenda included the park’s dog ban—a move that generated considerable resident and media heat. No, the fourth estate has moved on, attracted to the next shiny object. In fact, the audience of locals was quite a bit smaller this time as well. The only thing I witnessed that might pass for canine activism...

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Status Update: Downtown’s Riverwalk River Theater
Feb25

Status Update: Downtown’s Riverwalk River Theater

If Chicago construction workers are tough enough to work 50 stories up on an unfinished skyscraper in the middle of winter, then working down amid the ice chunks of the Chicago River should be a piece of cake, right? That appears to be the case as crews continue to expand the Chicago Riverwalk along the main branch of the river, in spite of snow, wind, and ice. Our Daniel Schell walked by the construction site between North Clark and...

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Slice of Life: Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral
Feb24

Slice of Life: Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral

Stroll down Leavitt Street in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood and you will find Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral (1121 North Leavitt Street), one of Chicago’s most architecturally significant and beautiful houses of worship. Louis Sullivan designed Holy Trinity in 1901. Tsar Nicholas II donated $4,000 toward its construction, which was completed in 1903. Holy Trinity was originally established as a parish church to serve...

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Status Update: Nibbling Away at Chicago’s Loop Indigo
Feb24

Status Update: Nibbling Away at Chicago’s Loop Indigo

The former Atlantic Bank building at 168 North Michigan Avenue looks like it’s been gnawed on by angry terra cotta beavers. And unfortunately, that’s how it’s looked for over a year now. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell recently assessed the progress of turning the former home to the Greek National Bank into Chicago’s next Hotel Indigo. What he found is a building with many nibbles taken out...

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Status Update: Optima II
Feb23

Status Update: Optima II

Foundation work continues on the second tower in the miniature downtown development known as Optima Chicago Center. The first tower, a 42-story black and blue glass monolith at 200 East Illinois Street, opened in October of 2013. The second tower, next door at 220 East Illinois, is expected to rise 57 stores into the Streeterville skyline this year. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell visited the construction site...

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How a Poem Inspired the Design of Chicago’s Newest Hotel
Feb23

How a Poem Inspired the Design of Chicago’s Newest Hotel

“Hog butcher to the World, Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler” Inspiration for design comes from any number of sources: music, a solitary walk, perhaps even a dream. You can add poetry to the list. In fact, Chicago’s newest hotel—the Loews Chicago Hotel at 455 North Park Drive in Streeterville—owes much of its design to Carl Sandburg’s Chicago. You’ll even see text from the poem in large...

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Lincoln Park Zoo Greenlit for New Education Center
Feb20

Lincoln Park Zoo Greenlit for New Education Center

The Lincoln Park Zoo is going to build a new education center. Yesterday the Chicago Plan Commission approved the zoo’s request to build “a second story addition above the existing first floor area of an existing one and two story building.” Sharon Dewar, director of public relations for the zoo, sent along this description: The new Education Center will impact the future of informal education for cultural...

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Status Update: What’s Not to See
Feb19

Status Update: What’s Not to See

One of the city’s most discrete transformations is happening in one of its most prominent locations. The venerable Chicago Athletic Association Building at 12 South Michigan Avenue is methodically being transformed into a 250-room hotel to be run by the upscale Thompson hotel chain. Thompson recently established a beachhead in the Gold Coast, turning the former Sutton Place Hotel (21 East Bellevue Place) into the Thompson...

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Status Update: Chestnut’s Boasting a Brand New Tower
Feb18

Status Update: Chestnut’s Boasting a Brand New Tower

Loop Spy Ryan rolled by the new residential tower going up on the corner of North State Street and East Chestnut Street in the city’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Designed by friends-of-the-blog SCB and developed by Newmark, it will reach 36 stories into the sky and hold 367 residences. It’s part of a two-part project for Loyola University at this location. The other is the neighboring Quinlan School of Business building, a...

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E2 Apartment Building Opens in Downtown Evanston
Feb17

E2 Apartment Building Opens in Downtown Evanston

It’s hard to believe it’s been 16 months since we were at the groundbreaking for E2 (1890 Maple Avenue, Evanston).  And in that short time, the FitzGerald Associates-designed building has sprouted two towers, 356 apartments, and a dozen townhouses on what was formerly the largest undeveloped patch of land in downtown Evanston. Read the press release below for the full details.   Fifield Cos. Opens E2 Apartments in...

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