Chicago’s Least Loved Buildings Get Their Own Art Show
Nov16

Chicago’s Least Loved Buildings Get Their Own Art Show

The shiny, new, spectacular bits of Chicago’s urban landscape have long held esteemed places in museums and art galleries around the world.  Now Chicago’s least-loved buildings are getting some attention. An exhibit called Shuttered opened over the weekend featuring the work of local artist Jennifer Cronin.  It focuses on Chicago’s neglected, abandoned, and foreclosed homes.  If we were art critics, we’d...

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What To Do With the Thompson Center? Part 2: FitzGerald Associates
Nov16

What To Do With the Thompson Center? Part 2: FitzGerald Associates

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 the West Loop architecture firm FitzGerald Associates Architects, which has sympathy for the aging,...

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Lowly Loop Garage to Put On Its Big Boy Hotel Pants
Nov16

Lowly Loop Garage to Put On Its Big Boy Hotel Pants

Want to make a Chicago architecture fan look like a confused cocker spaniel?  Tell them that there are more than a dozen buildings downtown that were designed to be extended vertically.  We’ve been telling you this for years in this blog, but few people believed us until 300 East Randolph suddenly went from 33 to 57 stories in 2009. Another one of the city’s vertically aspirational buildings is the Government Center...

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Chicago’s Third Hotel Sammitch Hungry for the South Loop
Nov16

Chicago’s Third Hotel Sammitch Hungry for the South Loop

Chicago’s frenzied hotel construction boom continues its push into the South Loop.  To date, the majority of the completed new hostelries have been in The Loop, and neighborhoods immediately north.  Now Crain’s Chicago Business reports that developer Paul Beitler has decided a new hotel will do well on Wells Street at the congress of Congress Parkway. The 27-story building at 527 South Wells Street was designed by Lothan...

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