500 North Milwaukee Now Called Kenect Chicago
Nov09

500 North Milwaukee Now Called Kenect Chicago

The low-and-high rise development formerly known by its address of 500 North Milwaukee Avenue is now being called Kenect Chicago. New signs went up around the construction site recently where Akara Partners‘ 14-story residential block and a matching four-story combo residential and retail building are being constructed.  There’s also a knectchicago.com web site to go with it. The different shades of orange triangles and...

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What To Do With the Thompson Center? Part 1: SCB’s John Lahey
Nov09

What To Do With the Thompson Center? Part 1: SCB’s John Lahey

In October Governor Bruce Rauner announced plans for the State of Illinois to sell the Thompson Center (100 West Randolph Street), possibly for demolition and redevelopment.   We spent the last few weeks talking to a dozen Chicago architects and developers about what they think of the building and its predicament. Today we hear from John Lahey, Design Principal at Chicago architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz. John...

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352 North Union: More Pix, More Facts, More Fun
Nov09

352 North Union: More Pix, More Facts, More Fun

At the Chicago Architecture Blog we make every effort to ensure that our articles are properly illustrated.  As they taught us in J-school: “Say ‘monkey,’ see monkey.”  But in this modern media age, sometimes completeness is sacrificed for swiftness.  That’s why the CBS Evening News is better than the Huffington Post. Such expediency is why we were unable to bring you renderings of 352 North Union last...

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Inside Architecture: Bottle Blonde Pizzeria
Nov09

Inside Architecture: Bottle Blonde Pizzeria

Just as there’s more to Chicago architecture than skyscrapers, there’s more to Chicago’s buildings than their facades.  Even the biggest Chicago firms do interior work, usually with fantastic results. The people at developer The Missner Group way way out in Skokie sent over some pictures of the new interior work for the Bottle Blonde Pizzeria and Beer Garden, opening at 540 North Wells Street in River North.  The...

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Chicago Buildings Need Help Getting to London
Nov09

Chicago Buildings Need Help Getting to London

Remember five months ago we told you about Rocco Buttliere, the full-time IIT student and part-time brick jockey who is recreating downtown Chicago’s buildings brick-by-brick out of little plastic LEGO blocks? Since then, Mr. Buttliere has exhibited his brickwork at a local LEGO convention and caught the attention of the organizers of the global BRICK event being held in London next month.  They invited him to exhibit at their...

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