It’s Chicago vs St. Louis This Weekend — In Baseball and Architecture
Apr03

It’s Chicago vs St. Louis This Weekend — In Baseball and Architecture

With the hubbub surrounding the controversial Wrigley Field renovation, this year, opening day for the Chicago Cubs is more exciting than usual. On Sunday night, Cubs fans will turn their attention to brand-new video boards, bleachers under construction and the face-off between Cubs pitcher Jon Lester and Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright. At The Chicago Architecture Blog, we mark the start of the baseball season with a quick look at...

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Come Say Hello to Wanda
Apr03

Come Say Hello to Wanda

A couple of days ago, The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell stood near an empty lot in Lakeshore East, craned his neck skyward and tried to imagine the muddy chunk of barren land as something more: The Wanda Tower, climbing 88 stories into the blue, blue Chicago sky. Amazingly, at that very moment the mailman was delivering letters from 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly inviting neighbors to a public meeting to discuss...

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In The Year The Cubs Finally Seem Ready, Wrigley Is Not
Apr03

In The Year The Cubs Finally Seem Ready, Wrigley Is Not

When I wandered around Wrigley Field (1060 West Addison Street) last fall, just after our beloved bleachers were reduced to scrap, I marveled at the task at hand, impressed such destruction could be rebuilt in time for Opening Day 2015. Well, send me to Triple AAA and call me naïve. Because sure enough, as you no doubt are aware by now, nary a fan shall catch a home run ball within the Friendly Confines until at least May. In...

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