1545 West North Breaks Ground in Noble Square
Nov12

1545 West North Breaks Ground in Noble Square

We don’t get up to the Noble Square neighborhood as often as we should, so it’s nice to be able to bring you a little news from there. Ground has been broken on a new 30-unit apartment building at 1545 West North Avenue.  If you’re having trouble visualizing the location, it’s the vacant lot between Ashland Avenue and the Kennedy Expressway. Even though the location is Noble Square, the developer is promoting...

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Second Presbyterian Marks 75 Years of Architecture Tours
Nov12

Second Presbyterian Marks 75 Years of Architecture Tours

Chicago is a city of architecture and architecture tours.  There are dozens to choose from, whether you want to go by boat, bus, taxi, bicycle or by foot.  You can take in a view from a thousand feet up, or go underground.  But when it comes to longevity, few can compete with Second Presbyterian Church (1936 South Michigan Avenue). It has been offering architecture tours of its sanctuary for 75 years. If you haven’t been, this...

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Nifty, Thrifty Freehand Reinvented As A Trendy New Hotel And Hostel
Nov12

Nifty, Thrifty Freehand Reinvented As A Trendy New Hotel And Hostel

Anyone who books a hotel room in downtown Chicago during the prime tourist season will likely encounter sticker shock. But a stylish and affordable alternative awaits in a prime location. The Freehand Hotel at 19 E. Ohio is now open for business. The Freehand (formerly the Tokyo Hotel) was just one of the many fascinating specimens featured during the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s 2015 Open House Chicago weekend last month. Built...

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