Tuesday Trivia: Double Intersections
Nov21

Tuesday Trivia: Double Intersections

OK, Chicago cartography fans.  Name a pair of streets in Chicago that intersect each other twice. Our answer: Sheridan and Broadway. Sheridan and Broadway meet in Lake View where the northbound Sheridan makes a 90 degree turn and goes all lateral, crossing its soulmate. Sheridan and Broadway also meet four miles north in Rogers Park, a ricochet that sends Devon west and Sheridan northward. Chicago is such a large city (234 square...

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New Residential Block to Bring Target to Loyola Students
Jan30

New Residential Block to Bring Target to Loyola Students

A proposed new residential building just north of the Broadway/Devon/Sheridan intersection in Rogers Park could mean new housing opportunities for some students, and a Target store on the doorsteps of others. The project’s name is The Concord at Sheridan and is at 6418 North Sheridan Road, immediately north of the Caroline Hedger Apartments, a 22-story Chicago Housing Authority senior’s block.  Right now the land is vacant...

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Full Steam Ahead for the Hampton Inn at Loyola Station
Apr20

Full Steam Ahead for the Hampton Inn at Loyola Station

The hotel to be built down the street from the CTA’s Red Line Loyola station has been given a go-ahead from the Chicago Plan Commission.  The NORR-designed Hampton Inn at 6566 North Sheridan Road is envisioned as six stories tall with 145 rooms over ground floor retail space. While members of the commission were pleased with the hotel’s transit-oriented design, there was some question about its paltry parking plans.  44th...

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New Loyola University Hotel Up for Approval
Mar17

New Loyola University Hotel Up for Approval

We should find out this week if the City of Chicago’s zoning board will give its stamp of approval to Loyola University’s plan to build a new Hampton Inn at 6566 North Sheridan Road, across the street from the Campion Hall dorm. Right now that location is a vacant lot. The Hampton Inn Loyola Station would be six stories tall and have 145 rooms over ground floor retail space. The guest pick-up and drop-off area faces...

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Our Favorites to See During Open House Chicago
Aug31

Our Favorites to See During Open House Chicago

Chicago is as known for good architecture as its top notch comedy shows. This October 19-20, the public will get a chance to go behind the scenes at 150 of the city’s most iconic buildings for free, during Open House Chicago. The Chicago Architecture Foundation has organized the event for its third year. The group works to celebrate established Chicago real estate and inspire individuals to foster further innovation. There are many...

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Ravinia’s Door to Naughtiness
Jun06

Ravinia’s Door to Naughtiness

We’ve been to the Ravinia section of Highland Park a number of times over the last ten years, mostly by train.  So the Ravinia Metra station (510 Roger Williams Avenue) is a familiar sight. Many people already know that the Frost and Granger-designed building from 1889 is the oldest Metra station on Metra’s northern lines.  Some might even know that it wasn’t always where it is now — it was move back from the...

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A Frank Lloyd Wright Building in Chicago Where You Might Lay Your Head
Apr12

A Frank Lloyd Wright Building in Chicago Where You Might Lay Your Head

Few people will ever have the chance to live in a Frank Lloyd Wright home. But thanks to a Chicago billionaire, a lot more people will get the chance to at least sleep in one. The Emil Bach House (7415 North Sheridan Road) in Rogers Park is undergoing an extensive restoration. When it’s done it will be used for private events, and also welcome overnight guests. The house is being renovated by Tawani Enterprises. Its C.E.O. is...

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Free Citywide Chicago Architecture Tours This Weekend

Chicago has several on-going architecture tours that run daily. But this weekend offers a special opportunity to visit some of the city’s less accessible sites. Open House Chicago 2011 is a free, self-guided tour that invites the general public to see inside and learn about a variety of different architectural styles and building types in Chicago. Normally you would only be able see an open house when visiting Chicago homes in which...

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