Colorful Pilsen Neighborhood Loses Landmark Nuevo Leon To Fire
Dec02

Colorful Pilsen Neighborhood Loses Landmark Nuevo Leon To Fire

The colorful, mural-filled stretch of West 18th Street in Pilsen just lost a landmark–Nuevo Leon Restaurant at 1515 West 18th was destroyed by fire just after midnight on December 1. An extra-alarm fire spread from Nuevo Leon to neighboring Tortilleria Sabinas. The restaurant was known for both its tacos de sabinas and its multi-colored façade. There is no shortage of mural art along this stretch of West 16th Street and...

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Neo-Gothic Tribune Tower Anchors The South End Of Mag Mile
Dec01

Neo-Gothic Tribune Tower Anchors The South End Of Mag Mile

The New York architects John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood pocketed a nice prize—$50,000—in 1922 for their design of the Chicago Tribune’s iconic building at 435 N. Michigan Avenue. Today, the Tribune Tower is still the headquarters of the newspaper and its parent Tribune Media. It was also a popular stop at the 2015 Open House Chicago event hosted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. The building has a number of noteworthy design...

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Open House Chicago Popularity Soars With Huge Increase During 2015 Event
Dec01

Open House Chicago Popularity Soars With Huge Increase During 2015 Event

The 2015 edition of Chicago’s annual architecture festival was more popular than ever. Open House Chicago, the October 17-18 event orchestrated by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, offered up a cornucopia of architectural treasures for visitors to see up close. The Foundation provided us with the final statistics for this year’s OHC: There were 85,000 attendees. They made 320,000 visits. That is a 13% increase in traffic over the...

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Fertility Goddesses And A Hasheesh Dream Greet Guests At The Oriental Theatre
Nov25

Fertility Goddesses And A Hasheesh Dream Greet Guests At The Oriental Theatre

Chicago’s Oriental Theatre has played host to a who’s who of entertainers throughout its long history. Some of the talent who have graced its stage include: George Burns, Cab Calloway, Eddie Cantor, Bing Crosby, Billie Holliday, bob Hope, Al Jolson, Jerry Lewis, Frank Sinatra, The Marx Brothers and The Three Stooges. This grand, ornate theatre was one of the 200 fascinating locations included in the 2015 Open House Chicago presented...

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805 N. Lasalle Offers Amenities Inside And A Great Rooftop View
Nov23

805 N. Lasalle Offers Amenities Inside And A Great Rooftop View

Throw a stick at new construction in River North and the Gold Coast and you’re likely to hit a residential tower designed by Palo Alto, CA-based architect Adam Berkelhamer. One of the latest Berkelhamer-designed developments, a 15-story, 46-unit condo building, is starting to take shape at 400 West Huron. If you want to check out a finished Berkelhamer structure, Eight O Five (at 805 N. Lasalle Drive) is a fine example of luxury...

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We Found Rhyming Salvation At The Poetry Foundation
Nov19

We Found Rhyming Salvation At The Poetry Foundation

Note: The Poetry Foundation was one of 200 fascinating architectural specimens open for tours during the 2015 Open House Chicago presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. We thought a poem might help drive home the point, after walking through this classy joint. Over on Superior, If you’re feeling inferior Step inside 61 west, And be our guest   Try out oration, At the Poetry Foundation The John Ronan design, Will blow...

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SAIC Sculpture Restoration Project Stayed Close To Home—In The School’s Foundry
Nov18

SAIC Sculpture Restoration Project Stayed Close To Home—In The School’s Foundry

In 1906, the Chicago White Sox won the World Series (beating, who else, the Cubs). During that same year, down on 112 South Michigan Avenue, bronze sculptures of three Olympic athletes were cast and installed at what was then the Illinois Athletic Club. That’s where the sculptures created by artists Léon Hermant and Carl Beil have stood for nearly 110 years. The building’s occupants have changed since then. It’s now known as the...

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Residential Tower And Commercial Space Back On Drawing Board At Clarendon Park
Nov18

Residential Tower And Commercial Space Back On Drawing Board At Clarendon Park

A mixed-use development at the northwest corner of Clarendon and Montrose will be presented to the 46th Ward Zoning and Development Committee on Nov. 30. Plans from developers JDL Development and Harlem Irving call for 381 residential units and 37,371 square feet of commercial space. The lot sits directly opposite Clarendon Park and includes $15.8 million in TIF funds. If the project is approved, the developer would be required to pay...

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Artists Create Oil Paintings And Sculptures Inside Palette & Chisel Academy
Nov17

Artists Create Oil Paintings And Sculptures Inside Palette & Chisel Academy

From the outside, the ornate Italianate mansion at 1012 North Dearborn Street looks like s stately private residence. In fact, the building was originally just that. It was built in 1874 for the William Waller family. They built the home in one of the neighborhoods destroyed by the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The Waller house was one of the first to be rebuilt in the area. By the early 1900s, the building had become a rooming house...

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If Frank Lloyd Wright Had Designed A Bus Shelter, Here’s What It Might Look Like
Nov13

If Frank Lloyd Wright Had Designed A Bus Shelter, Here’s What It Might Look Like

Frank Lloyd Wright was known for many accomplishments. He designed more than 1,100 buildings and homes. His masterpieces included the Guggenheim Museum and the Marin County Civic Center. He developed the theory “form and function are one.” All well and good, but did he ever design a bus shelter? Evidence points to that glaring omission from Wright’s body of work. However, SC Johnson is honoring Wright as part of its...

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