Historic Water Tower Gets Preservation Funds
Sep19

Historic Water Tower Gets Preservation Funds

When you live in a city as vast and interesting as Chicago, it’s easy to get lost staring at your own bellybutton.  But there is a whole lot more Illinois beyond the south suburban pumpkin patches. One of those places is Havana, which is located about half way between Peoria and Springfield on the Illinois River.  Like many downstate communities, it claims to be where Al Capone would go to get his nature on.  More...

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Wayback Wednesday: Greetings from Glencoe’s Past
Apr22

Wayback Wednesday: Greetings from Glencoe’s Past

If you haven’t traveled much lately — and you shouldn’t be traveling at all these days — you may not have noticed that postcards are becoming harder and harder to find. I’m one of those people who still sends postcards.  They’re like Instagram in slow motion.  Except with professional pictures, more privacy, and you can stick them to a refrigerator.  Something currently not possible with an...

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Architecture School May Stay Open
Mar05

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Architecture School May Stay Open

The school founded by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright may keep its doors open after all.  The Arizona Republic reports that the school, now known as The School of Architecture at Taliesin, has found the money it needs to keep educating future architects.  Taliesin West (via Apple Maps) How long the word “Taliesin” stays in the school’s name remains to be seen.   The school divorced from the Frank Lloyd Wright...

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A Look at Saint Charles’ Public Library Renovation
Feb18

A Look at Saint Charles’ Public Library Renovation

The City of Chicago has put up some fine public libraries recently. But it’s not the only burg in the ‘land investing in knowledge repositories. West suburban Saint Charles has big plans, and it’s brought in Sheehan Nagle Hartray Architects to help. Rendering of the Saint Charles Public Library (Courtesy of SNHA) SNHA recently shared its vision for the almost $19 million renovation and expansion of the Saint Charles...

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Architecture School Founded by Frank Lloyd Wright to Shutter
Feb03

Architecture School Founded by Frank Lloyd Wright to Shutter

The architecture school started by one of the giants of his discipline will soon be no more.  The School of Architecture at Taliesin, founded by Frank Lloyd Wright, will close at the end of this coming June.   Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin, 1925. More than 1,200 people passed through the school’s programs over the last 88 years at both the Spring Green, Wisconsin and Scottsdale, Arizona locations.  There are currently...

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Old Cook County Hospital Building Gets a $3 Million Preservation Boost
Sep03

Old Cook County Hospital Building Gets a $3 Million Preservation Boost

You can do lots of things with money.  You can help someone in need.  You can buy a cat.  And with enough of it, you can save the old Cook County Hospital Building. The former Cook County Hospital (March 2009) A big step in the direction of saving that structure is coming from the State of Illinois, which has chosen the vacant hospital building to receive three million dollars in tax credits for its rehabilitation. The money comes...

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New Pictures of New Metra Station Coming to Suburbs
Aug19

New Pictures of New Metra Station Coming to Suburbs

As Clarendon Hills joins the list of Metra-connected Chicago suburbs trying to lure price-weary city dwellers to better lives, it’s sprucing up its downtown.  And at the center of that is a new train station. Clarendon Hills Metra Station (August 2019, Courtesy of Legat Architects) Legat Architects recently came up with new renderings of the station it’s designing for the DuPage County village of 8,000 souls....

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Old McDonald’s HQ Will Get a Half-Billion Dollar Overhaul
May29

Old McDonald’s HQ Will Get a Half-Billion Dollar Overhaul

A $500 million redevelopment project would be big news in downtown Chicago. It’s even bigger news when it happens out in Oak Brook. Rendering of Oak Brook Commons (via Antunovich Associates) For over a year, Houston’s Hines has been wooing the west suburban village with plans for office space, retail space, a hotel, a few hundred new residences, and a shiny new park. After some modifications, yesterday the village board...

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Zero Energy Rec Center Lands in Southwest Suburbs
May21

Zero Energy Rec Center Lands in Southwest Suburbs

It only makes sense that an organization dedicated to parks should try its hardest to be environmentally responsible. In southwest suburban Plainfield, the park district has opened a new Net Zero community building. PARC (Courtesy of Wight & Company) It’s called PARC, which stands for Prairie Activity and Recreation Center, and is located in a park: Gregory B. Bott Park. The facility sports an oversized gymnasium, a fitness...

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Chicago Places Join Giraffes on Endangered List
May08

Chicago Places Join Giraffes on Endangered List

Just days after the Fish and Wildlife Service started talking about adding giraffes to its endangered species list, Landmarks Illinois put out its annual list of the Prairie State’s most endangered places.  There are a dozen entries on the list, with three in Chicago, three in the surrounding area, and the remainder scattered across the state.  Here’s the endangered dozen: Chicago The Thompson Center James R. Thompson...

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