Obama Returning to the South Side in Library Form
May01

Obama Returning to the South Side in Library Form

The Obama Foundation is officially mum on the subject, but at least five Chicago news outlets from the Sun-Times to WBBM-TV are citing independent sources as telling them that Chicago has been chosen to host the Barack Obama Library and Museum. The question now is, exactly where will the complex be located. The University of Chicago’s apparently winning bid calls for it to be built in either Washington Park or Jackson Park.  But...

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Naysayers Say Nay to Hancock Center Name Change
Apr08

Naysayers Say Nay to Hancock Center Name Change

Chicago’s most influential neighborhood group is giving a big fat raspberry to plans to sell naming rights to the city’s iconic John Hancock Center (875 North Michigan Avenue). NIMBY group SOAR has fired off a letter to 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly and 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti letting them  know that they are opposed to a scheme by the Hearn Company to sell the name of the building to the highest bidder.  The...

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“O” No! Downtown Skyscraper Could Hit the Skids Because of Feds
Feb03

“O” No! Downtown Skyscraper Could Hit the Skids Because of Feds

Building O (195 North Columbus Drive), the Sybil of downtown Chicago skyscraper projects, may be delayed by a bit of intrigue playing out in our nation’s capital. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the building which consists of two hotels and a residential block, was going to be financed through the federal government’s EB-5 program.   But now that program is coming under fire from not only the General Accounting Office,...

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How Chicago’s Mayor Used The Power Of Architecture To Influence Politics
Jun23

How Chicago’s Mayor Used The Power Of Architecture To Influence Politics

Richard J. Daley didn’t much care for modernist architecture. But his personal preference for classical design didn’t deter him from championing the development of sleek, steel-and-glass buildings like the Chicago Civic Center, the Sears Tower, the Inland Steel Building, and the Federal Plaza complex.   In fact, during his tenure as the city’s boss, the Loop and downtown Chicago underwent a transformational building boom. Along...

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Briefly: Hotels, Coupons, and Skyscraper Ads
Jan23

Briefly: Hotels, Coupons, and Skyscraper Ads

Sorry there wasn’t much in the way of updates last week.  We were in the deep South on an architectural photography shoot.  As we’ve flogged before, architectural photography is our primary business here, so if you have a skyscraper, hotel, factory, lobby, office, wigwam, yurt, or igloo that you need photos of, contact us. Now… on to the briefs! Crain’s Chicago Business reports that Gilt City (it’s like...

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Sure, we’re City of the Year — but for what?

The magazine formerly known as Gentlemen’s Quarterly has named Chicago its 2008 “City of the Year.”  Sure, anyone from the hot dog vendors at Sox Park to the ballcap-and-sweatshirt crowd in Lakeview could have told you that.  But GQ’s reasons are intriguing because they’re both insider, and wildly superficial. (Read the full article here ) The article focuses immediately on...

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