Architecture and Art Come Together in Millennium Park
May22

Architecture and Art Come Together in Millennium Park

It’s already been built, but that doesn’t seem to matter.  Yesterday the Chicago Plan Commission approved the construction of a temporary art pavilion in Millennium Park. Chicago Architecture Blog reporter Daniel Schell was there when the city gave the go-ahead to the project called Small Chapel for One Person or at Most a Couple.  It’s a pavilion designed by Wheeler Kearns Architects for showcasing the work of...

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Saint Dominic’s Doesn’t Have a Prayer, Will Be Demolished for Condos
May22

Saint Dominic’s Doesn’t Have a Prayer, Will Be Demolished for Condos

It’s official.  Saint Dominic’s Church is going condo. The church at 357 West Locust Street served the gritty heart of a gritty Chicago at its grittiest point in history.  It fed, clothed, and nurtured the city’s poorest in an era before municipal social services in a slum so wretched it was called “Little Hell.” Little Hell eventually shed that name and became Cabrini Green.  Now real estate developers...

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One Corner of Viagra Triangle to Get Clipped
May22

One Corner of Viagra Triangle to Get Clipped

A familiar Gold Coast corner is getting a makeover.  If you subscribe to our Facebook or Twitter feeds (hint, hint) then you were among the first to know that the Chicago Plan Commission has approved the demolition and reconstruction of the building at 1121 North State Street.  Downtown dwellers know it as the Big Bowl and Corner Bakery Building. Under the guidance of Baum Realty Group, the property will go from a single story to a...

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Everything’s Coming Up Aces in the Fulton River District
May22

Everything’s Coming Up Aces in the Fulton River District

If the trendy restaurants, co-working lofts, and miniature Googleplex weren’t big enough hints that Chicago’s Fulton River District is becoming a hipster nexus, this will convince you: The Chicago Plan Commission has approved the construction of an Ace Hotel at 311 North Morgan Street, reports The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell. The Portland-based chain is going to expand its dream of the 90s to...

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