New Loop Hotel Pays Homage to Its Jazz History
Feb16

New Loop Hotel Pays Homage to Its Jazz History

Chicago is one of the few American cities where a man can still commute to work by train, buy a paper at a newsstand, get his shoes shined, relax for a hot straight-razor shave, and meet the fellas for a game of handball at the club at the end of the day. In spite of backpacks* and “casual Friday,” a ribbon of old-school Mad Men-style swagger still runs through downtown. A bit of that is coming back to life, if in name...

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Status Update: Growing 200 North Michigan
Feb16

Status Update: Growing 200 North Michigan

We’ve been following the development of 200 North Michigan since before it was a thing. Now it’s officially achieved thing status and is rapidly developing into downtown Chicago’s newest and glossiest skyscraper. Designed by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture, 200 North Michigan will be a 41-story residential tower with two floors of retail at the base. It replaced a six-story masonry office building that was built...

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Landmarks Commission Decision Means it’s Open Season on Chicago Water Tanks
Feb16

Landmarks Commission Decision Means it’s Open Season on Chicago Water Tanks

For generations it has stood silently watching downtown Chicago pass by. It’s seen parades and protests. Shoppers and scoundrels. Packards and Priuses. And it stood by as That Great Street turned into a pedestrian mall and then back into one of the Chicago’s great streets. Now the days are running out for the short and stout little water tower atop 114 South State Street. The city has issued it a demolition permit....

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Eight Weird And Wacky Facts About The Newberry Library
Feb16

Eight Weird And Wacky Facts About The Newberry Library

Books often hold mysteries and strange facts, but the library buildings holding them are generally less interesting. Not so with Chicago’s stately Newberry Library at 60 West Walton Street. The Newberry Library has some very interesting architectural elements, and wealthy benefactor Walter Newberry—who gave the library its name—well, let’s just say that his life ended in a manner worthy of a book. I learned these true tales of the...

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