One of Cinema’s Earliest Studios to Become Chicago’s Next Studio School
Nov07

One of Cinema’s Earliest Studios to Become Chicago’s Next Studio School

A Chicago landmark is working its way back into the spotlight more than 100 years after it became a household name. Essanay Studios (1333 West Argyle Street) was once at the center of the film world. It, along with other Chicago filmmakers like the Selig-Polyscope company and the American Film Manufacturing Company, brought the film industry to Chicago long before it made its way west to Hollywood. Established in 1907, the Essanay...

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“Missing Tooth in Chicago’s Urban Fabric” Expected to be Quickly Filled by Chicago+LaSalle Skyscraper [updated x2]
Jun20

“Missing Tooth in Chicago’s Urban Fabric” Expected to be Quickly Filled by Chicago+LaSalle Skyscraper [updated x2]

The newest residential tower planned for Chicago’s Near North Side is sailing through the bureaucratic process , and is expected to be approved by the city and break ground before the end of the year. “I’m inclined to approve the project,” said Second Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti at a public meeting at the Moody Bible Institute last night. Of the approximately 150 people in attendance, none spoke in opposition to...

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The South Loop’s Revival Brings New Appreciation for Chicago’s Landmark Second Presbyterian Church
Jun13

The South Loop’s Revival Brings New Appreciation for Chicago’s Landmark Second Presbyterian Church

The late 19th-century Arts and Crafts movement that came out of England was widely embraced in the United States – especially in Chicago. And the South Loop has one of the largest and best preserved examples of the movement’s precepts: the interior of Second Presbyterian Church (1936 South Michigan Avenue). In March, 2013 Second Presbyterian became the only church in the city of Chicago to be designated a National Historic...

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Architectural Advocacy Group Lobbies for “Chicago’s 7”
Apr19

Architectural Advocacy Group Lobbies for “Chicago’s 7”

For over a decade, Preservation Chicago has worked to protect the city’s historic icons of architecture as well as its original urban centers and neighborhoods. The advocacy group was founded in 2000 and has since formed various partnerships, lobbied for public policy changes, and hosted educational events, all aimed at preserving original Chicago architecture. To generate awareness, the group publishes an annual list, titled...

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The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of Chicago’s Beloved Marquette Building
Feb28

The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of Chicago’s Beloved Marquette Building

It is one of those buildings that the unsuspecting might pass right by, its unflashy brown façade and comparatively modest scale giving no overt clues to its architectural significance and the artistic treasures it contains. But the Marquette Building (140 South Dearborn Street) is a quintessential example of an early skyscraper and the Chicago commercial style, a successful office building rich with art that honors Chicago history,...

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Slice of Life: Streeterville’s Pregnant Pause
Jan28

Slice of Life: Streeterville’s Pregnant Pause

  The former Prentice Womens’ Hospital (320 East Huron Street) sits and waits.  A building that brought thousands of lives into this world exists in limbo in a tug-of-war between the Northwestern, which wants to tear it down and put in a grassy lot until some point in the future when an office tower is desired, and preservationists who note that it is a piece of groundbreaking architecture from a famous name that still has some...

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Prentice Womens’ Hospital Gets a Reprieve… For Now

Today, the Commission on Chicago Landmarks was supposed to discuss whether the embattled Prentice Womens’ Hospital (320 East Huron Street) is worthy of designation as a Chicago landmark.  This would have given preservation groups some small ammunition in their fight to save the unique structure from demolition.  See our previous coverage here, and here. A small group of Prentice preservationists showed up at Chicago City Hall to...

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The Delight Is In The Details

The Chicago Tribune moved an article late last week about the newly revived Chicago Art Deco Society.  It’s a group of people trying to preserve what little Art Deco installations still exist in the city. Chicago is more of an Art Moderne metropolis, or at least it would have been if Maria Mies Ludwig Mies van der Rohe hadn’t gotten in the way.  But there are still pockets of Deco delight here and there to...

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