Top 10 Picks for Open House Chicago 2021
Oct15

Top 10 Picks for Open House Chicago 2021

With Chicago’s COVID positivity rate at about the same potency as three-two beer, you may be thinking about zipping off your Tyvek suit and sniffing around a perfect Autumn weekend in Chicago. If so, we recommend grabbing a pumpkin spice whatever and downloading the app for Open House Chicago 2021 (Apple | Android). These are our picks for this annual architecture festival. You can click on the addresses to open a map for easy...

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Comically-Shaped Parcel Getting Cool-Looking Skyscraper
Oct14

Comically-Shaped Parcel Getting Cool-Looking Skyscraper

West Town serial fixer-upper Sterling Bay is ready to sprinkle magic fairy dust on another surface parking lot and turn a rotting pumpkin into a glittering skyscraper. Its lawyers have filed paperwork with the City of Chicago to pull the trigger on 360 North Green. Screengrab from 360 North Green promotional video. (Via Sterling Bay) When we first blathered about this bother four years ago, the design was fairly ordinary. Now...

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Renovation of Historic Bridgeport Theater Starts
Oct13

Renovation of Historic Bridgeport Theater Starts

We’ve been fans of the Ramova Theater ever since we first caught of whiff of its funk while walking down South Halsted one autumn day in 2004. The stench of decay and hopelessness made us look up from our Bridgeport News, cross the street, and spend a few minutes standing in the sun-crisped leaves sizing it up. Our summary at the time: She’s a character actor of architecture. One of those pieces that looks a dog’s...

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Chicago’s 2nd Presbyterian Gets Fed Help to Save Mural
Oct13

Chicago’s 2nd Presbyterian Gets Fed Help to Save Mural

If you’ve ever toddled down Michigan Avenue to Second Presbyterian Church, whether to bend a knee or just to attend a community function, you probably noticed one of its greatest hits: The Tree of Life. Tree of Life mural. (Courtesy of Second Presbyterian Church) In a church stuffed with glorious art, the Tree of Life mural still stands out.  The brushwork and leaf of Frederic Clay Bartlett, it’s 30 feet tall and 40 feet...

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City Throws Flag on Developer’s E-Sports Arena
Oct12

City Throws Flag on Developer’s E-Sports Arena

There is no shortage of sweating opportunities for the sneaker-smackers around Loyola University’s Edgewater campus.  Various flavors of sportsball are available to one and all.  But what about the big nerds on campus?  That’s the play being waged by a developer that wants to put up an e-sports arena at 6431 North Sheridan Road. 6431 North Sheridan Road (Via Apple Maps) E-sports is what used to be charmingly...

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Crane Coming Down at 300 North Michigan
Oct11

Crane Coming Down at 300 North Michigan

A tower crane going up is a good sign of progress in the construction of a new skyscraper.  A tower crane coming down is even better. That’s what’s expected to happen this week at 300 North Michigan Avenue.  The eponymous mixed-use building designed a couple of blocks away by bKL Architecture is approaching that special level of doneness where it no longer requires something big and swingy to do the heavy lifting. 300...

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It’s Like The 606, Only With an Active Train Line Right Next to You
Oct06

It’s Like The 606, Only With an Active Train Line Right Next to You

The City of Chicago is chugging ahead with another rails-to-trails plan. This one involves two miles of the elevated CSX viaduct just north of West Roosevelt Road between South Kostner Avenue and South California Avenue. A section of the CSX embankment that may become The Altenheim Line rails-to-trails project. (Via Apple Maps) “But wait,” your Chicago mind map says, “That isn’t abandoned. I’ve seen...

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Bridg Comes Tumbling Down in West Town
Sep30

Bridg Comes Tumbling Down in West Town

Another West Town touchstone is becoming brimstone. The Bridgford Foods building at 170 North Green Street will soon be a memory, according to the West Loop Community Organization. It says that CRG, the development arm of Clayco, plans to knock the building down real soon now. The Bridgford Foods building at 170 North Green Street (Via Apple Maps) Four years ago, we told you about a 17-story HPA-designed project for this location. But...

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Obama Center Groundbreaking Ceremony Today
Sep28

Obama Center Groundbreaking Ceremony Today

On a patch of land that used to be a garden in Jackson Park, groundbreaking was held today for the Obama Presidential Center — a half-billion-dollar monument to the former Chicago resident. October 219 rendering of the Obama Presidential Center (Courtesy of the Obama Foundation) Like many big building projects in Chicago, this was a ceremonial event and not the actual start of construction. The playing fields were scraped up, the...

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Open House Chicago 2021 Is Officially A Thing
Sep20

Open House Chicago 2021 Is Officially A Thing

By now you know how we feel about the ‘rona-riffic world in which we live. We won’t editorialize this. You’re all adults and able to make your own decisions. Here’s the press release from the Chicago Architecture Center. Decide what to do on your own. CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE CENTER ANNOUNCES MONTHLONG OPEN HOUSE CHICAGO 2021  HIGHLIGHTED BY RETURN OF IN-PERSON SITE VISITS WEEKEND OF OCTOBER...

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