Aon Center Getting an Observatory. Here’s What the Views Will Look Like
Nov10

Aon Center Getting an Observatory. Here’s What the Views Will Look Like

Four months ago Crain’s Chicago Business reported that at least one of the companies considering buying the then-for-sale Aon Center (200 East Randolph Street) was considering adding an observatory to the 83-story building.  At the time critics were critical, saying that the building’s vertical fins wouldn’t allow for very good views, and that it was a bad location that couldn’t compete with the observatories...

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171 North Halsted Brings the Pane, Gets a Name
Nov10

171 North Halsted Brings the Pane, Gets a Name

There are two things you can write to get a reaction out of the staff at The Chicago Architecture Blog: “New Glass!” and “New Name!” But something one should never do is announce both of those phenomena without making sure you’re not blocking the fire exit. Such was the case Monday, when we scrambled on foot over to Lake and Halsted to confirm rumors the Booth Hansen-designed residential tower at 171...

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What Rhymes With ‘Fast Mule Onion?’ Of Course, It’s ‘Bascule Trunnion’
Nov10

What Rhymes With ‘Fast Mule Onion?’ Of Course, It’s ‘Bascule Trunnion’

Every day, hundreds of worker bees and tourists scurry over the Michigan Avenue Bridge. But how much do you know about the bridge? Those intrepid souls who ventured into the McCormick Bridgehouse during the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s 2015 Open House Chicago learned quite a bit about the bridge and the gears and widgets that control it. Ten cool insights about the bridge include: 1. The Michigan Avenue bridge is one of 37...

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