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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Reminder: This Is Why We Live Here
Jan30

Reminder: This Is Why We Live Here

It’s been a brutal winter.  Things haven’t been this bad since gas was 60¢ a gallon.  Even WGN-TV had a report on the news last night about how to keep on keeping on without putting a bullet in your brain. Then this morning there was a great sunrise. Because I’m a cat owner, I get to involuntarily see every sunrise, and this was the first nice one we’ve had in months.  Apparently, you agree because Loop Spy...

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A Very Noir Visit To Lincoln Park And The Biograph Theatre
Nov09

A Very Noir Visit To Lincoln Park And The Biograph Theatre

FADE IN SEPIA TONE: EXT. BIOGRAPH THEATRE/LINCOLN AND FULLERTON – ESTABLISHING SCENE It’s a sultry day in 1934. “Manhattan Melodrama” is the film playing Biograph Theatre. The 2433 North Lincoln Avenue in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood is red pressed brick and white-glazed terra cotta. It also happens to be a fateful day for John Dillinger. The infamous bank robber is shot dead just to the east of the theatre in an alleyway. Or...

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Your OHC Photos: 333 Wacker
Oct29

Your OHC Photos: 333 Wacker

  If you took the Open House Chicago tour of 333 Wacker Drive, you may have run across Man_ofSteel manning the desk as a volunteer for the Chicago Architecture Foundation.  While he was there, he took this great photo of the 333 lobby. 333 is a 36-story curved tower from 1983 designed by Kohn Pederson Fox Associates.  It is widely praised for making efficient use of an awkwardly-shaped plot of land, and making a strong statement...

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Your OHC Photos: Kemper and Jahn
Oct29

Your OHC Photos: Kemper and Jahn

  Two of the highlights of the 2013 Open House Chicago event from the Chicago Architecture Foundation were the views from the Kemper Building’s 41st-floor observatory, and from the Jahn architectural studios at the top of 35 East Wacker, next door. Nancy K. from Lakeshore East sent in these pictures she took from the tops of the two buildings, showing off the tops of some of the city’s best...

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Your OHC Photos: The View From DIRTT
Oct29

Your OHC Photos: The View From DIRTT

The red brick building across Wells Street from the Merchandise Mart started out as a coffee warehouse.  More recently, it was the headquarters of a shampoo company.  Now it’s the home of DIRTT, which offers “solutions for sustainable interior construction and ideas about how to build better” During the 2013 Open House Chicago event put on by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, people were allowed onto the top of...

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Your OHC Photos: The Powhattan Apartments
Oct27

Your OHC Photos: The Powhattan Apartments

During the Art Deco era, Chicago was a bustling city growing faster than anyone could imagine.  That’s why its art deco masterpieces are scattered all over the city, and not just concentrated downtown or in one neighborhood. The Powhattan Apartments (4950 South Chicago Beach Drive) down in Hyde Park are among Chicago’s art decor treasures, and was among those venues open to the public during the 2013 Open House Chicago....

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