Lincoln Commons Plan Gets Tweaked
Sep17

Lincoln Commons Plan Gets Tweaked

It’s been four years since the plan to replace the old Children’s Memorial Hospital with a mixed-use development called Lincoln Common was approved, and it’s still getting some refinement. Construction of the two main towers in the McCaffery Interests and Hines development topped off long ago, and busy construction bees are buzzing all over the property, completing its 92,000 square feet of retail space, 60 condos,...

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Eye Candy: New Renderings of the Willis Tower Renovation
Sep17

Eye Candy: New Renderings of the Willis Tower Renovation

EQ Office continues its half-billion dollar renovation of Chicago’s tallest building from a place exclusively for office workers and tourists into something more integrated with the evolving neighborhood. To that end, it is including  a new food court in Willis Tower’s new retail space, expected to open in 2020.   That Gensler-designed retail space is now called “Catalog,” an acknowledgement of Sears, the...

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Union Station Redev Dumps Ugly Hat, Gains Pretty Tower
Sep12

Union Station Redev Dumps Ugly Hat, Gains Pretty Tower

The latest plan to turn Chicago Union Station into more than what it currently is has a lot of people breathing a sigh of relief. Riverside Investment and Development, and Convexity Properties dished their new plan for the historic property last night, and it’s a significant improvement over what was previously on offer. The June version of this project featured an ugly, square hat sitting on top of the the city’s best...

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Big List: Here’s What’s New For Open House Chicago 2018
Sep11

Big List: Here’s What’s New For Open House Chicago 2018

Chicago’s architecture festival is back for another season, and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger. This year there will be 250 places and spaces that you can visit for free during Open House Chicago, including 50 new locations. OHC will happen October 13th and 14th.  It’s free to the public.  But a few places require you to RSVP online.  And if you’re a member of the Chicago Architecture Foundation you get to...

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Take a Trip Back In Time With The Chicago Park District
Sep10

Take a Trip Back In Time With The Chicago Park District

Two of Chicago’s most valuable — and under-appreciated — public amenities have gotten together to enhance your love of the Windy City.  The Chicago Park District has donated 10,000 historic photographs of the city’s parks to the Chicago Public Library, which has made them available to see for free on the intarwebs. This is where your journey down the rabbit hole...

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A Chicago Architecture Mystery in America’s Loneliest Corner
Sep07

A Chicago Architecture Mystery in America’s Loneliest Corner

I spend a lot of time in the lesser-traveled corners of the nation.  Places where the roads are sand, the mines are lithium, and life is weird. In one of these places where internet service is even scarcer than water, and a plastic jug of gas is $20 a gallon (I shit you not), I found this relic of days past: Yes, that’s a pair of giant wrought iron… entrances.  And if you can read this, you’ve already read that the...

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Here’s Your Excuse to Visit Joliet
Sep06

Here’s Your Excuse to Visit Joliet

The coolest piece of architecture in Joliet is no longer the old Correctional Center.  It’s the new courthouse.  The West Loop’s Wight and Company has been given a big fat architecture award for the Will County Courthouse Specifically, it’s a citation from the American Institute of Architects’ Academy of Architecture for Justice.  That’s the AIAAAJ for short.  Its friends call it “Buddy.”...

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Devs Try To Get Union Station Project Back On Track
Sep04

Devs Try To Get Union Station Project Back On Track

Remember back in June when plans to redevelop Union Station came out and you were all, “Haven’t we been to this dance before?”  Well, you were right to be skeptical. Riverside Investment and Development, and Convexity Properties are back with a new redevelopment plan for Union Station.  A move necessitated by 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly, who roundfiled the previous proposal. In that plan, a seven-story glass...

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New Name, New Home – The Chicago Architecture Center Opens Today
Aug31

New Name, New Home – The Chicago Architecture Center Opens Today

The organization that is the beating heart of Chicago’s architecture scene opens a new home today. The Chicago Architecture Center will open later this morning at 111 East Wacker Drive. It’s the new home for what used to be called the Chicago Architecture Foundation.  The Foundation has been a long-time resident of 224 South Michigan Avenue, the old Railway Exchange Building.  That building housed the organization’s...

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Revised Lakeshore East Plan is More Green and More of the Same [updated]
Aug29

Revised Lakeshore East Plan is More Green and More of the Same [updated]

The proposal to erect three new skyscrapers in the northeast corner of Lakeshore East took another step forward tonight. At the second public meeting about the project from Magellan Development and Lendlease, a revised plan received acknowledging nods, and not much else.  But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. When the first iteration was voilàed last July, few credible people had anything bad to say about bKL...

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