Two Movies, One Architect Showing in the Loop
Dec09

Two Movies, One Architect Showing in the Loop

Architecture has the power to change the world.  But architects just aren’t Hollywood darlings the way that cops or firemen or lawyers are, so there are very few movies about people who make great buildings.  But two films about Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí are going to be screened at the Gene Siskel Film Center (164 North State Street) this month. The first starts this Friday, December 12th, and is called Sagrada: The...

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Status Update: Ranger RIC
Dec09

Status Update: Ranger RIC

The Ability Institute of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (355 East Erie Street) is looking more and more like a skyscraper, and less and less like a steampunk nightmare, every day. The Chicago Architecture Blog‘s Daniel Schell stopped by recently and took these photographs of the building’s progress.  It’s hard to remember that this used to be the home of CBS radio and television in Chicago, and was the...

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Status Update: British School South Loop
Dec08

Status Update: British School South Loop

By the time you read this, Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, will be waking up to their first full day in New York, enjoying the smell of fresh urine, the sounds of cabbies arguing over a fare, and the aggressive panhandling of “actors” dressed up in ragged, sweat-soaked cartoon costumes.  All the things New York is famous for. In honor of their visit to the colonies, and because someone in my household is...

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Status Update: 200 North Michigan Rises
Dec02

Status Update: 200 North Michigan Rises

Just when you thought our devotion to chronicling every last brick and spandrel of the 200 North Michigan project was on the wane, Loop Spy Daniel comes through again. Daniel sent in new photographs taken this morning that show the construction progress on the 41-story residential block going up at the hyper-hot foot of the Magnificent Mile, designed by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture. The photograph at the top was taken hours...

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Hemp, Bamboo Pillows And Vegan Crackers? It Must Be The Green Festival
Nov30

Hemp, Bamboo Pillows And Vegan Crackers? It Must Be The Green Festival

There’s a scene from an episode of “Mad Men” where the Draper family has a picnic in an idyllic park setting. As they’re leaving, they toss all their trash directly on the grass. It’s unsettling to watch but it also speaks volumes about how as a society we’ve become a bit more enlightened in the past 50 years. While news of the disappearing polar ice cap is depressing, there are times when you think there may be hope for the planet. I...

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Housekeeping: A Promotion and a Proposition at Your Favorite Blog
Nov29

Housekeeping: A Promotion and a Proposition at Your Favorite Blog

  If you’ve been a regular reader of the Chicago Architecture Blog over the last eleven years, you may have detected a slow-down in the number of articles being published.  In fact, the blog has been getting along mostly through the hard work of long-time author Bill Motchan and short-time contributor Daniel Schell who have been pounding both pavement and keyboard to keep you up to date on what’s going on in...

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Pressure Pack Posits Parks in Peril
Nov25

Pressure Pack Posits Parks in Peril

We’re used to thinking of parks as forever places.  Permanent municipal installations that often have been here since we were born, and will remain long after we’ve passed. But not so fast, says Friends of the Parks, the Chicago group that pops up every time someone even thinks about placing a brick near Grant Park.  Taking a page from Preservation Illinois, it’s put out a list of the city’s most endangered...

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Near the Top of Willis Tower, Lunch With a View Awaits Members Of The Metropolitan Club
Nov25

Near the Top of Willis Tower, Lunch With a View Awaits Members Of The Metropolitan Club

When you think about it, the skyscraper offers an awe-inspiring view for both the person looking up from street level, and of course, those who look down from above. The view from up on high is definitely dramatic—even if you’re not at the very top. Take for example, the Metropolitan Club on the 66th and 67th floors of the Willis Tower (233 South Wacker Drive). It’s only two-thirds of the way up, but the Chicago skyline from that...

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Status Update: How Does Your Hilton Garden Inn Grow?
Nov11

Status Update: How Does Your Hilton Garden Inn Grow?

The Hilton Garden Inn planed at 66 East Wacker Place by GDS Companies continues its beanstalk act.  Loop Spy Nathan sent in these photos showing that what was once thought to be a dead-end alley mere months ago has been transformed into the skeleton of a very narrow skyscraper. When complete, the 26-story limited-service hotel designed by GREC Architects will have 191 rooms, a bar, and a subterranean fitness/business area. These...

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Can We Set the Record Straight?
Nov04

Can We Set the Record Straight?

↑↑↑ This is the State of Illinois Building ↑↑↑ ↓↓↓ This IS NOT the State of Illinois Building ↓↓↓ And it hasn’t been for decades.  You aren’t still buying lottery tickets at the White Hen, are you? (I’m looking at you,...

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