Open House Chicago Sets Records, Strains Necks
Oct29

Open House Chicago Sets Records, Strains Necks

If you were one of the 100,000 people who attended Open House Chicago earlier this month, congratulations!  You were part of a record setting event. Word out of the Chicago Architecture Foundation is that attendance for the city’s annual architecture festival reached six figures this year. Coincidentally, regional chiropractors report a 14% increase in “looking up”-style neck strain, dentists saw a 16% increase is...

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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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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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