[Interactive] Circle Interchange Reconstruction Faces Little Opposition From Neighbors
Jun28

[Interactive] Circle Interchange Reconstruction Faces Little Opposition From Neighbors

The Chicago Blackhawks are the best professional hockey team in America. The Circle Interchange – a couple of miles from the United Center – is arguably the worst traffic bottleneck in the country. In fact a study by the American Transportation Research Institute ranks it the the slowest, most congested interchange in the nation. Now the Illinois Department of Transportation is getting ready to overhaul the interchange which links the...

Read More
New Apartment Block Coming To University Village/Little Italy
Aug14

New Apartment Block Coming To University Village/Little Italy

We don’t do a lot of news out of University Village, and that’s a shame because it’s such a rapidly changing neighborhood. The next big change on the horizon is the construction of a new apartment block at West 15th Street and South Blue Island Avenue. Technically, it’s not in Pilsen — it’s on the north side of 15th Street, so that makes it University Village/Little Italy. The design by FitzGerald...

Read More
A Brutal Cohesion at UIC [Video]
Jan19

A Brutal Cohesion at UIC [Video]

The 1960’s were boom years for campus construction in the United States and Chicago was no exception. Mayor Richard J. Daley decided it was time to construct a quality public university accessible to the children of the city’s working class, something the city still lacked. Daley selected his favorite architecture design firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill for the project with architect Walter Netsch leading the design...

Read More

Slice of Life: Four Black Men Chasing After a White Lady…

Date: July 13, 2011Time: 6:37amLocation: CTA #8 bus A middle-aged woman pulling a wheeled suitcase and with a crutch boards a southbound bus at Maxwell Street. The bus drives slowly as she organizes her fare. I sit in my seat wondering if I should go up there and help her with her bag.  But it doesn’t matter. After a short discussion with the driver, she is discharged at West 14th Place for not having enough money. As she...

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

Slice of Life: Holy Family Scavenger Hunt

In most cases, if you are looking for an ionic capital, you’d look UP.  Unless you’re roaming around the campus of Holy Family church in Chicago.  We found four of them lying on the ground, marking entrances and exits from a parking lot. Father Boland explained it to us: “The former president of St. Ignatius is a scavenger of sorts. Over the years he goes to demolition sites to pick up pieces of old...

Read More

Slice of Life: The Church of Better Days

We’ve all seen buildings that have seen better days.  Because I have a soft spot for churches, this one seems extra sad. This is Saint Stephenson Missionary Baptist Church on South Ashland.  It looks like it used to be another church entirely.  Looking at historic photos of the area, it appears that the church was closed and abandoned for years before becoming what it is now. Unfortunately, it looks like the...

Read More