Fertility Goddesses And A Hasheesh Dream Greet Guests At The Oriental Theatre
Nov25

Fertility Goddesses And A Hasheesh Dream Greet Guests At The Oriental Theatre

Chicago’s Oriental Theatre has played host to a who’s who of entertainers throughout its long history. Some of the talent who have graced its stage include: George Burns, Cab Calloway, Eddie Cantor, Bing Crosby, Billie Holliday, bob Hope, Al Jolson, Jerry Lewis, Frank Sinatra, The Marx Brothers and The Three Stooges. This grand, ornate theatre was one of the 200 fascinating locations included in the 2015 Open House Chicago presented...

Read More
200 West Randolph is Content to be a Darned Good Office Building
May06

200 West Randolph is Content to be a Darned Good Office Building

The pulses of skyscraper nerds across the Midwest quickened a couple of weeks ago when we published news that the Chicago Loop would get its first new office building in seven years. Then they got past the headline and saw that 200 West Randolph, the project proposed by Beitler Real Estate Services and Next Realty isn’t a super tower, but a regular office building. But it’s a darned good office building. J. Paul Beitler...

Read More
Week Links: February 10-16, 2013
Feb17

Week Links: February 10-16, 2013

Here’s what everyone else did this week: Our friend down at Sloopin’ has an interesting post on the vast emptiness south of the Roosevelt Collection.  The alderman down there wants it rezoned from mixed-use residential/commercial to industrial.  In a city with miles and miles of vacant brownfields, it seems a strange move to put manufacturing so close to downtown and a very residential neighborhood. Uptown Update notes...

Read More
Chicago Casino: Not IF, but WHEN and WHERE
Feb29

Chicago Casino: Not IF, but WHEN and WHERE

For the last few decades Chicago’s mayors have been hell-bent on building a casino in the city. What they haven’t been too interested in is asking the public its opinion on the matter. Finally a group of people threw up their metaphorical hands and said, “If the politicians won’t ask, we will.” To that end, the Chicago Architecture Foundation and the Chicago Reader co-sponsored an event at the Chicago...

Read More

Flagship Walgreens: Here We Go Again

Construction is underway turning the former Loehman’s discount store space in the Joffrey Tower (8 East Randolph Street) into a flagship Walgreen’s store. What makes it a flagship?  It’s using the new design and services that Walgreens tested out at its new Duane Reade drug store on Wall Street earlier this year (Duane Reade is like Walgreens for New York, and Walgreens recently bought that chain). It was...

Read More

How To Make Your Own One-of-a-Kind Chicago Phone Background

You can make your own unique one-of-a-kind Chicago-centric background wallpaper for your phone. Just follow these easy steps: Go to the sidewalk outside the WLS-TV studios at 190 North State Street. Point your camera phone very close to the LED advertising pylon outside the studio. Take a picture! Take a few different pictures.  As the ads on the pylon change, the colors you’ll get on your phone change.  Who knows what you might...

Read More

Chicago’s Greenest Alley?

A while ago we posted a photo from suburban Lake Forest of an alley between buildings that is converted into a farmer’s market each Summer.  It seems like a great civic and commercial use of an urban space, and an environmentally friendly one, too. Here in the city, the block of Couch Place between North State and North Dearborn Streets may be Chicago’s greenest alley.   It was renovated in 2007, shortly after the...

Read More

Chasing What Matters: The Chicago Theatre

An occasional e-mailer sent us this interesting photograph today.  It show the Chase bank logo at the top of the Chicago Theatre’s landmark marquee (175 North State Street). It’s the first time the e-mailer noticed this, and it’s new to us, too.  Does anyone remember this being there before? A search of the Chicago Theatre’s web site turned up nothing mentioning a change in the marquee to honor one of its...

Read More

Slice of Life: Eating and Drinking

  It’s not much to look at.  It only has one table for seating.  It has holes in the floor.  The building leans at alarming angles.  But as far as I’m concerned, Eat and Drink, in the parking lot at 212 West Randolph Street, is the best Chinese food in Chicago.  It’s New York-style, not Midwest style. A very close second place goes to 65 Restaurant at 336 North Michigan Avenue.  Its Singapore noodles are really...

Read More

Building Updates: June 3, 2011

A number of building updates went online at Chicago Architecture Info today.  We’ve added a several new buildings to Chicago’s largest architecture guide, and updated a couple of dozen other buildings with new photographs. Total number of buildings in the Chicago Architecture Info architectural guide: 1,205. New Buildings 1407 West Taylor Street 1421 West Taylor Street First Immanuel Lutheran Church The Goodman Theater Holy Family...

Read More