Open House Chicago Popularity Soars With Huge Increase During 2015 Event
Dec01

Open House Chicago Popularity Soars With Huge Increase During 2015 Event

The 2015 edition of Chicago’s annual architecture festival was more popular than ever. Open House Chicago, the October 17-18 event orchestrated by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, offered up a cornucopia of architectural treasures for visitors to see up close. The Foundation provided us with the final statistics for this year’s OHC: There were 85,000 attendees. They made 320,000 visits. That is a 13% increase in traffic over the...

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833 North Clark Begins Foundation Work
Aug31

833 North Clark Begins Foundation Work

  Two weeks ago, we told you about the permits issued for 833 North Clark Street on the near north side. At the time, we noted it had been a substantial length of time since the ceremonial groundbreaking had taken place, and that only minor work had started to clear some landscaping and clean out the parking lot. Well, 833 North Clark is inactive no longer. Case Foundation crews are out there digging holes like a North Shore...

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How Don Draper And “Mad Men” Drew More Attention To Endangered Illinois Buildings
Apr30

How Don Draper And “Mad Men” Drew More Attention To Endangered Illinois Buildings

When a new season of “Mad Men” begins, it often generates popularity of classic cocktails–Old Fashioneds, Manhattans, Tom Collinses. The show also has helped call attention to an endangered but important Chicago architectural style. Mid-century modern buildings are on the 2015 Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois list, and Landmarks Illinois president Bonnie McDonald credits the AMC hit “Mad Men” for its celebration of style in...

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Fate Could be Sealed for “Significant” Lake Bluff Home Tomorrow
Feb10

Fate Could be Sealed for “Significant” Lake Bluff Home Tomorrow

One thing about us humans, even when the outcome is bleak we don’t give up hope. Such is the case with the Blair House in Lake Bluff (925 Sheridan Road).  A public hearing will be held tomorrow (Wednesday, February 11) before the Lake Bluff Historic Preservation Commission as activists try to get landmark status for the building. The home has architectural significance despite its current dire straits. The estate of the late Edward...

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Status Update: Three Arts Club Building
Dec11

Status Update: Three Arts Club Building

  Work continues on the charming and historic Three Arts Club Building (1300 North Dearborn Parkway) in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. What’s that you say? How can there be work on the Three Arts Building? That surprised us, too, when an anonymous Gold Coast Spy sent in photos of the construction and said it’s been going on for months. When we last wrote about the Three Arts Club Building back in September,...

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City Hammers Restoration Hardware Over Three Arts Building
Sep05

City Hammers Restoration Hardware Over Three Arts Building

The plan to open a Restoration Hardware inside the historic Three Arts Club (1300 North Dearborn Parkway) in Chicago’s Gold Coast isn’t going anywhere for now. The Chicago Landmarks commission failed to approve the retailer’s plan to renovate the long-vacant building into a home goods store.  The proposal has been sent back to the landmarks committee for further discussion. The sticking point is that Restoration...

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After Four Years of Negotiations, Another Wrigley Renovation May Be At Hand
Apr15

After Four Years of Negotiations, Another Wrigley Renovation May Be At Hand

We don’t cover Wrigley Field (1080 West Addison Street) renovations often enough on this blog. The main reason is that anything involving the ballpark is so tangled in politics, infighting, and special interests. 90% of it is taking heads, and 10% is actual development news. Plus, Wrigley renovations are one of the few urban development issues that the local television stations actually cover well. Still, today’s news from...

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Slice of Life: The Cancer Survivors Garden
May12

Slice of Life: The Cancer Survivors Garden

The first big bloom of the season at the Cancer Survivors Memorial (399 East Randolph Street).

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Quickie: West Loop Office Building May Get Landmark Status

Crain’s Chicago Business reports that the office building at 300 West Adams Street might get landmark status. The 1927 building doesn’t look like anything special to us, but maybe some of you out there can explain why it should be landmarked, other than lowering the tax burden to its...

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