Slice of Life: Bright Lights, Big City
Oct20

Slice of Life: Bright Lights, Big City

As much as we dread Chicago winters, they make for spectacular nighttime skyline shots. What? An architect in Houston once explained to me that skyscrapers in Chicago tend to be brighter than those in southern, warmer cities because those buildings use glass that is designed to aggressively keep the sun and heat of the day out.  The result is dimmer office building windows at night, and less pretty nighttime skyline photos. This...

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Slice of Life: Ping Tom Boardwalk
Oct13

Slice of Life: Ping Tom Boardwalk

One of Chicago’s fastest growing neighborhoods is also one of its oldest.  When Chinatown was relocated from The Loop in the last century, it landed in a hardscrabble, industrial corner of the city, amid rail yards, factories, and a shipping channel. Today, Chinatown is surging with new life as more and more families move ino the area from smaller ethnic enclaves in the suburbs and other cities.  If you’ve wandered the...

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Slice of Life: The Other North Shore
Oct10

Slice of Life: The Other North Shore

Some of the best views in Chicago are from the John Hancock Center (875 North Michigan Avenue).  And some of the most coveted views from that building are of Chicago’s north shore. Before you reach the “North Shore” communities like Wilmette and HighParkLakeOakForest, there is Chicago’s own north shore, a lovely string of beaches and parks lined with more residential high rises than most cities have in their...

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Slice of Life: The Lonely Beach
Oct06

Slice of Life: The Lonely Beach

It’s something of an irony that one of the loneliest beaches in Chicago is also the one closest to its heart.  Loop Spy Eric sent in this photo of Ohio Street Beach (600 North Lake Shore Drive), which is at the end of a cove formed by Lake Shore Drive and the Jardine Water Filtration Plant (1000 East Ohio Street).  Most people who stumble upon this oasis are already dresses for other activities at nearby Navy Pier or along the...

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Slice of Life: Throwing Oak Street a Curve
Sep29

Slice of Life: Throwing Oak Street a Curve

What’s a day at the beach without a fisheye lens, a panorama-enabled camera, and the HDR cranked up to 11?  Loop Spy Eric sent in this slice of life which combines all those things, giving us a unique view of the notorious Oak Street S-Curve.   Location: Lake Shore Drive, Gold Coast This article is the result of photos sent in by someone just like you. If you see something interesting in your neighborhood, e-mail your phone...

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Chicago River and Lakefront Time Lapse
Aug31

Chicago River and Lakefront Time Lapse

This video by Philip Bloom has been making the rounds on social media lately.  A friend in Ohio sent it to me, and I’m sharing with all of you.  If you haven’t seen it, here it is.  If you have seen it, here it is again. Speaking of social media, let me take this opportunity to plug our Facebook and Twitter feeds, which are just wonderful sources of breaking development news, since we’re the only organization that...

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Slice of Life: Chicago in Liquid Glass
Aug06

Slice of Life: Chicago in Liquid Glass

There are so many wonderful places to take pictures of Chicago’s skyline. One of them is from a boat! That’s how Dr. Robert L Vogelzang, of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine got this great shot of the skyline reflected in an almost still Lake Michigan. If a boat is a little beyond your means, we’ve seen great skyline+water shots taken from Rainbow Beach and even Indiana Dunes.  So get out there...

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Slice of Life: Chicago in Silhouette
Jul31

Slice of Life: Chicago in Silhouette

There are so many great places to take pictures of Chicago’s skyline.  And you can never go wrong with a lake view. Reader Rita Anthony sent in this picture of our city’s magnificent eastern face taken at dusk. This article is the result of photos sent in by someone just like you. If you see something interesting in your neighborhood, e-mail your phone pics to chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.  Check out our Tip Line for...

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Slice of Life: Chicago on a Black-and-White Rail
Jul28

Slice of Life: Chicago on a Black-and-White Rail

They’ve been pared back, decked over, repurposed, and there was even once a proposal to turn the whole shebang into a field of wildflowers; but Chicago’s lakefront railroad tracks continue to carry thousands of people into and out of the city each day. Chris Benning sent in this photograph of the tracks as they glide through Grant Park before slipping under the Art Institute of Chicago and disappearing into the...

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Balthazar Korab Architecture Photography Now on Display in Chicago
Jul14

Balthazar Korab Architecture Photography Now on Display in Chicago

Stunning black and white photographs of 20th-century cityscapes comprise the new photography exhibit Inflected Modernism: The Architecture Photography of Balthazar Korab running now through the end of this week at the Cliff Dwellers Club high above Michigan Avenue. Korab (1926-2013) was one of the most prolific and celebrated photographers of architecture practicing during the second half of the last century. Chicago architect Trish...

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