The 606 on 6/06
Jun08

The 606 on 6/06

The elevated urban park formerly known as the Bloomingdale Trail opened over the weekend.  Now known as The 606, it’s Chicago’s answer to New York’s celebrated High Line and  Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon — a dirty, disused ribbons of urban blight reborn as badly needed greenspace. While some publications wring their hands and try to find something wrong with the new park (ZOMG safety! Gentification!), we’d...

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Brick Jockey Building Downtown Chicago One Lego at a Time
Jun08

Brick Jockey Building Downtown Chicago One Lego at a Time

Who of a certain age doesn’t love Legos?  As children we used piles of the multi-colored magic to turn our fantasies into reality, while barefooted nocturnal fathers cursed the tiny bricks, and indifferent mothers Hoovered them into clattering oblivion. No such tension exists in the Bronzeville home of Rocco Buttliere, where the IIT student is re-creating Chicago’s architectural nexus out of thousands of shiny plastic...

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Status Update: We Only Have Eyes for MiLa
Jun08

Status Update: We Only Have Eyes for MiLa

The residential tower at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Lake Street known as MiLa climbs ever-skyward.  Loop Spy Daniel looked out his office window at 200 North Michigan recently, and saw quite a show being put on by the workers from Pepper Construction and McHugh Construction— busy as little bees in their yellow netted hive. MiLa was designed by friends-of-the-blog, bKL Architecture, and is one of the cornerstones in the...

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Art Break: Exhibit Uses Architecture in a Pointed Way
Jun08

Art Break: Exhibit Uses Architecture in a Pointed Way

Next time you’re down in the greater University of Chicago area, stop by the Hyde Park Art Center (5020 South Cornell Avenue) to see what Susan Giles has done with four architectural landmarks. The Chicago artist has created enormous models of the world’s four tallest observation towers as part of her exhibit Scenic Overlook.  If you’re scratching your brain trying to remember which four towers currently hold the...

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