Architecture and Art Come Together in Millennium Park
May22

Architecture and Art Come Together in Millennium Park

It’s already been built, but that doesn’t seem to matter.  Yesterday the Chicago Plan Commission approved the construction of a temporary art pavilion in Millennium Park. Chicago Architecture Blog reporter Daniel Schell was there when the city gave the go-ahead to the project called Small Chapel for One Person or at Most a Couple.  It’s a pavilion designed by Wheeler Kearns Architects for showcasing the work of...

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Millennium Park Turns 10; Demands Cake
Jul29

Millennium Park Turns 10; Demands Cake

Millennium Park recently turned ten years old.  In spite of what anyone might think about the price tag, the location, the target audience, or the (alleged!) corruption involved, it’s hard to deny that the park is a success.  It’s become a focal point for the city’s tourist industry, and a symbol of the city on everything from tote bags to web site logos around the world. While Millennium Park is ten-years-old, this...

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Slice of Life: Getting Plowed at Millennium Park
Mar18

Slice of Life: Getting Plowed at Millennium Park

On an early, snowy spring morning, crews with tiny bulldozers shove huge mounds of snow away from Cloud Gate, making way for the throngs of shivering tourists coming later in the...

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Slice of Life: The View From Aqua
Dec01

Slice of Life: The View From Aqua

A couple of weeks ago, before people were eating Turkey and the snow was falling, we received two interesting photos in the e-mail.  Both were of views from different apartments in Aqua (225 North Columbus Drive).  One was the view of Millennium Park and the Michigan Avenue streetwall, and the other was of Lakeshore East Park. So, if you’ve ever looked up at Aqua and wondered what the view from up there is like, now you know....

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10 Years Later: Millennium Park
Nov01

10 Years Later: Millennium Park

On a crisp autumn night, September 26, 2003, a young journalist sat down at a desk in what was then called Hotel 71, unfolded a keyboard, slotted in a travel-worn U.S. Robotics Palm Pilot and started to write about what he saw around him.  The Chicago Architecture Blog was born. This is the second part in a series where we dig into the blog’s photo archive and compare Chicago as it was when we started this caper with how it...

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Slice of Life: Millennium Park From Above
Oct28

Slice of Life: Millennium Park From Above

After nearly a decade since its opening, Millennium Park has not lost its shine. To the contrary, Millennium Park has secured its status as an icon of Chicago, illustrating the city’s standing as a global and cosmopolitan metropolis. When looked at from above, the 24.5-acre park projects a colossal impression and monumental scale that a pedestrian visit to the park does not capture. In addition, Millennium Park has served as a...

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Slice of Life: Quiet Cold
Feb08

Slice of Life: Quiet Cold

Here’s something you don’t see every Winter’s day: Both Cloud Gate and the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink devoid of tourists.  Very peaceful.  Very very...

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Slice of Life: Spring Goes “Sproing!” in The Loop
Apr19

Slice of Life: Spring Goes “Sproing!” in The Loop

One of our frequent e-mailers sent in this slice of life from Millennium Park, where the flowers are competing for attention with Chicago’s...

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Briefly: Mooning Chicago, Grant Revoked, Hubbard Habitat

The Art Institute of Chicago has installed a giant fake moon to cast a glow over Millennium Park this winter.  All of you Loop-bound amateur astronomers who used to enjoy the darkness of Grant Park will have to go elsewhere. The latest plans for reconstructing the northern portion of Grant Park has construction beginning in Autumn, 2012 and the park remaining closed until Summer, 2015.  Look for a more detailed article on this from us...

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Hot Model: Cloud Gate
Oct20

Hot Model: Cloud Gate

At some point in a building’s life, whether it be before, or after, or during construction, a model of the building is made.  Very often these models end up hidden away in offices, closets, and storage spaces where they can’t be appreciated by the public. But every once in a while, one of these smoking hot models escapes and is on public view.  This is one: This is the model of Cloud Gate, which in just a few short months went from...

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