Fate Could be Sealed for “Significant” Lake Bluff Home Tomorrow
Feb10

Fate Could be Sealed for “Significant” Lake Bluff Home Tomorrow

One thing about us humans, even when the outcome is bleak we don’t give up hope. Such is the case with the Blair House in Lake Bluff (925 Sheridan Road).  A public hearing will be held tomorrow (Wednesday, February 11) before the Lake Bluff Historic Preservation Commission as activists try to get landmark status for the building. The home has architectural significance despite its current dire straits. The estate of the late Edward...

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Emanuel Trying to Keep Chicago From Being Trumped Again
Sep29

Emanuel Trying to Keep Chicago From Being Trumped Again

Without a doubt, Donald Trump has put his stamp on Chicago thanks to the giant Trump sign adorning his namesake Trump International Hotel and Tower. Love it or despise it, the signage on the second-tallest building in the city is here to stay since both the city zoning committee and City Council signed off on it. However, in order to make sure such a loud statement is never again featured so brazenly along the Chicago River, Mayor...

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Pioneer Court Thinking Inside the Box — The Glass Box, That Is
Sep03

Pioneer Court Thinking Inside the Box — The Glass Box, That Is

Michigan Avenue’s Pioneer Court at 401 North Michigan Avenue is looking to glass things up a bit with the addition of a glass box on the building’s southern edge right across from the Chicago River.  The proposed box would be part of a $25 million renovation that the Zeller Realty Group, which owns the building, is planning for the property. According to Crain’s Chicago Business, the glass box would serve as an entrance to a new...

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Chicago to Debut Its First International Architecture Exhibition
Jun30

Chicago to Debut Its First International Architecture Exhibition

The city of Chicago has long been known as forward-thinking on architecture. Many greats like Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe, and recent stars like Jeanne Gang and John Ronan have put their stamp on modern architecture right here in Chicago. And next year, the city will debut a global architecture exhibition in the first Chicago Architecture Biennial. The city is calling this biennial “North America’s biggest...

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Frank Gehry to Design Chicago Symphony Orchestra Stage
May18

Frank Gehry to Design Chicago Symphony Orchestra Stage

World-renowned architect Frank Gehry will create the stage design for two Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts focusing on the life and music of Pierre Boulez. The performances, titled “Boulez at 90: Provisionally Definitive,” will take place on November 14th and 16th as part of the CSO’s “Beyond the Score” series, according to a report by Classicalite. The series bridges live and multimedia elements to showcase the origin and history...

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Sleek CTA Train Station Coming to the Loop
Apr08

Sleek CTA Train Station Coming to the Loop

Construction is expected to start in the next few months on Chicago’s newest L station: Washington and Wabash. The start of work was delayed a year while work was completed on an environmental impact statement. That statement was presented to the public at the end of February, and can also be seen here.  The public comment period on the project closed at the end of last week. The Chicago Transit Authority explains that, “the...

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IIT College of Architecture Creates New Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize
Mar26

IIT College of Architecture Creates New Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize

Watch out Pritzker family because the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology is adding another architecture prize to the Chicago mix. The Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) and the MCHAP for Emerging Architecture will be awarded every two years with the intent of, “recognizing the most distinguished built constructs of the North and South American continents,” the College of Architecture Dean Wiel Arets...

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Northwestern Raising Billions for New Buildings
Mar24

Northwestern Raising Billions for New Buildings

Evanston-based Northwestern University has embarked on a campaign that could change the face of its suburban campus. The university recently announced that it plans to raise $3.75 billion dollars to revamp the school in order to provide new advanced learning facilities and financial aid for students. The Chicago Tribune notes that if this campaign is successful, “it would be among the 10 largest fundraising efforts by a university in...

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Modern Art Museum Expansion in Ukrainian Village
Jan24

Modern Art Museum Expansion in Ukrainian Village

For many Chicagoans, Ukrainian Village isn’t the first place that comes to mind when they hear the term “modern art.” In fact, most people outside of the neighborhood or the Ukrainian community probably don’t know that there is a museum of modern art sitting amongst the west side neighborhood’s architecture. That’s exactly what the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA) hopes to change with its plans for a new look and future...

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Wilmette Public Works Building Awarded for Sustainable Design
Dec10

Wilmette Public Works Building Awarded for Sustainable Design

A recent award helped put the Village of Wilmette on the map in the world of Chicago architecture. The northern suburb’s Public Works Building recently underwent an expansion and renovations that included the addition of a new, 5,000 square foot state-of-the-art administrative building, which is the highlight of the project. The new development is a slender (25 ft. wide x 130 ft. long), freestanding building comprised of white...

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