Happy Birthday, Giant Perplexing Picasso
Aug07

Happy Birthday, Giant Perplexing Picasso

Is it a woman?  Is it a cow?  Is it a baboon?  We will never know, because enigmatic artist Pablo Picasso took the answer to the grave with him, having never visited Chicago or seen the work he graced the city with. But this month is the 50th anniversary of the erection of Picasso’s gift to the city in what was then called Civic Center Plaza.  Ever since, tourists and locals have gazed into its narrow-set eyes and puzzled at...

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You Can Tour Chicagoland’s Largest Infrastructure Project
Jul27

You Can Tour Chicagoland’s Largest Infrastructure Project

People love taking tours of places that few can go.  And people love seeing the inner working of Chicago’s built environment.  Those are two reasons that the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s annual Open House Chicago is such a big hit. If you’re the sort of person who looks forward to rare tours of constructed spaces, then the  Metropolitan Water Reclamation District has an opportunity for you. For a few weekends,...

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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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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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A Chance to Go On a Real Underground Chicago Tour
Jul11

A Chance to Go On a Real Underground Chicago Tour

It’s not often that we highlight an architectural tour in this publication.  Especially one that you have to pay for.  The reason is simply because there are dozens of such tours each week, hundreds every month.  But this one is different from the rest.  It lets you see something that very few people get to see. It’s a tour of the Buckingham Fountain pump room, an underground chamber beneath the city’s art deco...

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2016 Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards Winners Announced
Feb18

2016 Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards Winners Announced

There are thousands of people who work every day to make Chicago what it is, and shape its future.  Nine of these individuals were honored today at the annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards. This is the 22nd year for the awards, notes Melissa Bean, Chairman of the Midwest, JPMorgan Chase & Co. “Nearly everyone at CNDA has been working to build the affordable housing, develop the retail centers, support better schools and...

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A Museum Exhibit You Can’t Lego
Dec15

A Museum Exhibit You Can’t Lego

Earlier this year we told you about IIT student Rocco Buttliere, who’s been busy recreating downtown Chicago in Lego.  You may also remember that his work is so impressive that he’s been invited to show it off at a major Lego event in London.  Well, you don’t have to go all the way to Blighty to see some crafty brickwork. Chicago’s own Museum of Science and Trucking Industry is opening a new exhibit next year...

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2015 Chicago Architecture Blog Christmas Gift Guide
Dec08

2015 Chicago Architecture Blog Christmas Gift Guide

The number of shopping days until Christmas is dwindling and, if you’re not careful, before you know it, you’ll be at an IDOT oasis trying to figure out if little Suzie would rather have a pecan log or a fist full of scratch-off lottery tickets in her stocking. Don’t be that person. Instead, here are some ideas for Chicago-themed and Chicago-based Christmas gifts that will make you seem smart, interesting, and...

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Sing Along: “It’s the Most Wonderful Permit of the Year”
Nov04

Sing Along: “It’s the Most Wonderful Permit of the Year”

Both local baseball teams are done for the year.  Daylight is no longer being saved.  And Tom Skilling is saying ominous things about the months ahead.  Yes, that means it’s time for our favorite construction permit of the year to be issued.  And just like clockwork, one of Santa’s helpers (actually a guy from Criterion Productions) was seen filing paperwork at City Hall recently.  And just as sure as tummy aches follow...

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Cubs Down Two But Blue Is The Color Of The Hour
Oct20

Cubs Down Two But Blue Is The Color Of The Hour

The Cinderella story of the Chicago Cubs’ quest for a World Championship (the first since 1908) is ever-so-slightly in jeopardy, as the club returns home from New York down two games. But the National League Championship Series takes on new life tonight as it returns to Wrigley Field. And all around town, there are signs of Cubs fever and the color blue. A couple of examples spotted by the Chicago Architecture Blog over the...

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