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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Your OHC Photos: MDA City Apartments
Oct27

Your OHC Photos: MDA City Apartments

With the construction of 73 East Lake Street, the most captivating part of the MDA City Apartments has been obscured — The mural on its east side.  Even though MDA’s glassy new neighbor has entombed the mural, MDA still has its charms, including the views from its roof deck. Man_ofSteel sent us two photos he took from the roof during Open House Chicago. The first is a black-and-white pic looking down Wabash Avenue, with a...

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Your OHC Photos: Chicago Board of Trade
Oct23

Your OHC Photos: Chicago Board of Trade

Recently we put the call out on the Chicago Architecture Blog’s Facebook and Twitter feeds for people who went to the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago event to share their photos. Here are ones that came in from the Chicago Board of Trade (141 West Jackson Boulevard). From West Loop Spy Bill:...

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Your OHC Photos: Radisson Blu Aqua
Oct22

Your OHC Photos: Radisson Blu Aqua

Everyone in Chicago knows Aqua.  But good luck finding a cab driver that knows where the Radisson Blu Aqua hotel is.  More than once, I’ve had a cabbie try to take me to some random suburb from O’Hare when he heard the word “Radisson.” No such confusion for Uptown Spy Abe, who sent in this photograph of the lobby of the Radisson Blu inside the Aqua building (225 North Columbus Drive).  He took it during this...

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Your OHC Photos: Randolph Tower
Oct21

Your OHC Photos: Randolph Tower

  Loop Spy James was among the throngs of people who tromped through the Randolph Tower (188 West Randolph Street) during Open House Chicago this past weekend.  He sent in these photographs from the 24th floor combination lounge and fitness center. Artificial turf with an artificial sheep on it somehow just fits in with the giant chess set and the rest of the very inspiring decor in the common areas of the Randolph Tower....

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