JGMA Gives Kenwood’s Ancona School an Auditorium Makeover
Jun06

JGMA Gives Kenwood’s Ancona School an Auditorium Makeover

The students at the Ancona School in Kenwood have a new recreational facility, thanks in part to JGMA. The Loop architecture firm sent over some photos showing off its renovation of the private elementary school’s auditorium, completed last year. The project started with an empty 35×65-foot box, and was transformed into a dynamic multi-function space through the use of color, and beams of varying lengths added along the...

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Thompson Center Tops 2017 Endangered Places List
Apr06

Thompson Center Tops 2017 Endangered Places List

Landmarks Illinois is out with its annual list of the most endangered places in the Land of Lincoln.  At the top of the list is a state office building that Chicagoans love to hate: The Thompson Center (100 West Randolph Street). The Thompson Center’s beauty is most certainly in the eye of the beholder.  Some find it a fine example of post-modern deconstructionism.  Others think it’s a garish display of outdated...

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2017 Ragdale Ring Winners Announced
Mar28

2017 Ragdale Ring Winners Announced

For more than a century, Chicago architects have had a love affair with the North Shore’s idyllic bedroom communities.  For renowned arts and crafts architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, his private Idaho was Lake Forest, and the estate he built there named Ragdale. These days the estate operates as a retreat for 150 creative types selected yearly to spend time away from their regular lives to get their creative juices flowing.  In...

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People and Projects Honored For Neighborhood Development
Mar08

People and Projects Honored For Neighborhood Development

The annual LISC Chicago’s Neighborhood Development Awards were recently handed out at ceremonies at McCormick Place.  The awards honor “the top real estate development and architectural design projects in the city’s neighborhoods.” It’s a good way to catch up on what’s been going on in the city’s outer neighborhoods, since so much media coverage of real estate development in the city is primarily...

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Chicago Bungalow Preservationists Honored
Feb01

Chicago Bungalow Preservationists Honored

Chicago is the birth place of the skyscraper, and dozens of architectural innovations that led up to it an improved upon it since.  But not all things “Chicago” are grand in scale. For example, what’s more Chicago than a Chicago bungalow?  The squatty, utilitarian buildings served the city well for generations, but are slowly disappearing, or being altered beyond recognition thanks to gentrification and changes in...

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Your 10 Best Bets for Open House Chicago 2016
Oct12

Your 10 Best Bets for Open House Chicago 2016

The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s annual Open House Chicago event happens this weekend (October 15-16, 2016). If you’re new to town, it’s a two-day event where dozens of the city’s interesting buildings and other spaces are open to the public. Many of them are private places where the public isn’t normally welcome. The good news is that the list of participants is very long this year. The bad news is...

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Woodlawn Apartments, Loop Hotel, Grand Crossing Art Space Get Preservation Award
Sep23

Woodlawn Apartments, Loop Hotel, Grand Crossing Art Space Get Preservation Award

Three Chicago buildings are among nine statewide that have been selected for this year’s Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award. The award is given annually by Landmarks Illinois, the advocacy group dedicated to preserving the state’s important landmarks. The Stony Island Arts Bank at 6700 South Stony Island Avenue won the award for restoration.  You’ll remember this is the building that used to be the...

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Chicago Architecture Biennial Coming Back for a Second Year
Sep21

Chicago Architecture Biennial Coming Back for a Second Year

  Over the decades, many Chicago events have come and gone — The New Year’s Eve countdown at Daley Plaza. Swimming races in the Chicago River.  Third of July fireworks in Grant Park.  But one of the city’s more recent events is continuing for a second edition: The Chicago Architecture Biennial. The Windy City’s Biennial made its debut last year, and saw entries from more than a hundred different architects from...

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Chicago Artist Does an Architecture and Video Game Mashup
Aug31

Chicago Artist Does an Architecture and Video Game Mashup

We don’t play a lot of video games here at the Chicago Architecture Blog, and when we do it’s generally on a funky-smelling Atari 2600 hooked up to a 65-inch display just to prove we can still kick ass at Asteroids. But a new game soon to come from Chicago artist William Chyr might make us actually plonk for a PlayBox 9 or whatever the kids are mashing buttons on these days. It’s called Manifold Garden, and throws...

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On TV Tonight: 10 Homes That Changed America
Apr05

On TV Tonight: 10 Homes That Changed America

  If you watch Chicago Tonight on WTTW (and if you don’t, why the heck not?), then you’re familiar with Geoffrey Baer — the likable history nerd who digs through archives across Chicagoland to find the answers to questions big and small. You may also remember him as the face of the recent WTTW production 10 Buildings That Changed America a few years ago. Now he has a new gig, fronting three extensions of that program,...

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