Don’t Rock the Boat in Streeterville
Oct26

Don’t Rock the Boat in Streeterville

There’s a lot going on at 320 East Huron Street. A lot of banging. A lot of hammering. The pounding of foundations, and the little earthquakes of trucks large and small. But all this shake, rattle, and roll is for one reason: to make things as quiet, and placid as possible. This is where the foundations are being put in for MRC2, also known as Northwestern University’s Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical...

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More Cutting-Edge Architecture For Northwestern University
Nov13

More Cutting-Edge Architecture For Northwestern University

Northwestern University continues to transform its campus into a showcase for modern architecture.  Today, ground was broken on the 427,000-sqare-foot Ryan Fieldhouse and Walter Athletics Center, a two-in-one building designed by Chicago’s largest architecture firm, Perkins+Will. The building sports unobstructed views north and east over Lake Michigan, and of the Chicago skyline to the south. Northwestern recently opened the...

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Status Update: Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management
Oct28

Status Update: Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management

Back in September, we left the friendly confines of Chicago and ventured up north to Evanston. There, Northwestern University was opening the new Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts. While admiring that new structure, we noticed NU isn’t done building. Just to the north of the Ryan Center, along the shore of Lake Michigan, is another major construction project. Northwestern is building a new Kellogg School...

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Work Starts on Streeterville Biomedical Research Tower
Sep28

Work Starts on Streeterville Biomedical Research Tower

Work has begun at 333 East Superior Street on Northwestern University’s new research tower. Officially called the Louis A. Simpson & Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical Research Center, the tower designed by Perkins+Will replaces Bertrand Goldberg’s legendary Prentice Women’s Hospital.   Dr. Robert L Vogelzang, of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, alerted us when the first dirt moved, and sent...

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Northwestern: Go for the Music, Stay for the Architecture
Sep28

Northwestern: Go for the Music, Stay for the Architecture

Unless you actually attended Northwestern University or are into college football, most Chicago city-dwellers don’t think of Evanston or its academic anchor very often.  But if you like architecture, there are more and more reasons to ride the L to our neighbor to the north. One of those reasons is the new Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts.  It’s perched on the edge of Lake Michigan and the cutting...

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New Northwestern Tower Will Scrape the Streeterville Sky… Eventually
Jan15

New Northwestern Tower Will Scrape the Streeterville Sky… Eventually

If you are hooked up to our Twitter or Facebook feeds, then you were among the first people in Chicago to find out that today the Chicago Plan Commission approved the construction of a new 37-story office and medical research tower at 303 East Superior Street, the vacant lot that used to be Pentice Women’s Hospital. After handily defeating local and national preservation groups that tried to save the old hospital, everyone and...

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Northwestern’s New Med Tower Back on the Books
Jan13

Northwestern’s New Med Tower Back on the Books

A month after swimming free of the city’s workflow for new skyscrapers, Northwestern’s proposed biomedical research tower (303 East Superior Street) has been thrown back into the bureaucratic flume to resume its downstream journey.  This little paper fishy is hoping to spawn a 37-story building designed by Perkins + Will on the site that until last year held Bertrand Goldberg’s bulbous and brutalist Prentice...

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Northwestern Gets an Earful About the Latest Design For its Prentice Replacement
Sep30

Northwestern Gets an Earful About the Latest Design For its Prentice Replacement

The trouble with replacing an iconic, historic building is, well, nothing else quite measures up, unless it, too, is iconic and historic. The trouble with that premise is, you don’t always know how history will judge an architectural design. It’s also the challenge faced by Perkins+Will when it won the competition to create the new Northwestern University Medical Research Center (MRC2) in Streeterville. It’s on the property where the...

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Picking Over Prentice’s Bones
Jul28

Picking Over Prentice’s Bones

The picture says it all.  There’s not much left of the former Prentice Women’s Hospital.  Dr. Robert L Vogelzang, of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine sent us this latest photo of the old building.  Its four distinctive lobes are long gone.  All that’s left is the main supporting spines, and the crumbs of the horizontal floors at its base. The photo below shows us what it looked like as demolition...

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Northwestern Raising Billions for New Buildings
Mar24

Northwestern Raising Billions for New Buildings

Evanston-based Northwestern University has embarked on a campaign that could change the face of its suburban campus. The university recently announced that it plans to raise $3.75 billion dollars to revamp the school in order to provide new advanced learning facilities and financial aid for students. The Chicago Tribune notes that if this campaign is successful, “it would be among the 10 largest fundraising efforts by a university in...

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