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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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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