Show Us Your Open House Chicago Photos!
Oct19

Show Us Your Open House Chicago Photos!

This weekend, thousands of locals and tourists are going where few have gone before.  Open House Chicago, the annual public architecture safari put on by the Chicago Architecture Foundation is underway. The army of urban explorers is armed with Canons, Nikons, and iPhones out the wazoo.  So, let’s see what you’ve shot! Send your pictures — the good, the bad, and the goofy — to editor@chicagoarchitecture.info and...

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Slice of Life: Water Tower in the Light
Sep10

Slice of Life: Water Tower in the Light

 We don’t normally take pictures of the usual tourist targets.  You’ve seen a million pictures of Willis Tower, Wrigley Field, and the like.  But sometimes when the light is just right, you can’t help but whip out the CrappyCameraPhone™ and catch that perfect shot before it’s gone. So, enjoy the picture of the Old Chicago Water Tower () above.  Dozens of locals were inconvenienced so we could block the sidewalk...

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Pretty Much the Most Epic Photograph of Aqua You’re Likely to See This Year
Aug29

Pretty Much the Most Epic Photograph of Aqua You’re Likely to See This Year

Whether you consider Aqua (225 North Columbus Drive) an architectural masterpiece or a simple conjuring trick, it is at least pleasing to the eye. Over the weekend, Loop Spy Daniel sent in this photograph of Aqua that shows it in all its glory — from its double-height penthouse all the way down to its pool, gardens, the zen garden, and even the Aqua Townhomes that line its eastern base. This isn’t the first time...

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Embracing Chicago One Click at a Time
Aug23

Embracing Chicago One Click at a Time

Photographers always seem to favor one subject or genre. Some specialize in sports and action. Others create images of nothing but food. Then there’s Chicagoan Tim Long. He shoots buildings. Long is one of Chicago’s architectural photographers, but he approaches the craft not just from the visual structure of his subjects. “I’m more interested in areas in which the history of the city seems inscribed in the buildings,” Long said. “The...

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Friday Photos: June 28, 2013
Jun28

Friday Photos: June 28, 2013

Here is a sample of some of the great photos you and your neighbors have taken around Chicago in the last week or so, as shared in our Chicago Architecture photo pool on Flickr. More than 200 people across the city are members of the pool and we’d love to see your pictures, too.  Just follow this link to our photo pool on Flickr.  If you’re not already a Flickr member, signing up is quick, easy and free. © clarkmaxwell ©...

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Your Views: Chicago’s Achingly Beautiful Skyline
May15

Your Views: Chicago’s Achingly Beautiful Skyline

How can you not love Chicago’s skyline?  Tall, wide, and it doesn’t have those gaps that so many less-developed cities do. Jeff Puro loves Chicago’s skyline.  So much so that he sent in some of his favorite pictures that he took.  Check them out below. And if you have cool Chicago photos you’d like to share, just e-mail them to editor@ChicagoArchitecture.info, and we’ll take care of...

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Location Scouting Takes A Careful Eye And Knowledge Of Architectural Styles
May06

Location Scouting Takes A Careful Eye And Knowledge Of Architectural Styles

When you see a magazine ad for Ikea or Whirlpool or any number of other appliances or furniture brands, the setting looks pretty much like an actual home. That’s because more often than not, it is real, not faked on a set in a studio. A prop stylist is involved in the final product, and a skilled commercial photographer. But the unsung hero is the location scout. Kate Levinson, owner of Kate Levinson Locations, is one of the best in...

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Chicago Buildings Get the Blues
Apr03

Chicago Buildings Get the Blues

It was in the name of art that I bundled up in layers last night and headed to The Bean. I was meeting up with the Chicago Digital Photo Meetup Group to photograph the city skyline in blue. Yesterday was Autism World Awareness Day, and blue is the official color of the event. What I found was a just handful of blue buildings—although the Pritzker Pavilion flashed blue, cyan, and a bunch of other colors, with the Blue Cross Blue Shield...

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NFP: Trump International Hotel and Tower
Apr02

NFP: Trump International Hotel and Tower

We have a new building in our NFP series.  NFP stands for New Favorite Photo, and this is our new favorite photo of the Trump International Hotel and Tower (401 North Wabash Avenue).

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NFP: River Plaza
Mar26

NFP: River Plaza

We have a new building in our NFP series.  NFP stands for New Favorite Photo, and this is our new favorite photo of River Plaza (405 North Wabash Avenue). If you like it too, click here to purchase a copy of this photo.  It helps support this blog.

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