Reader Questions: Raising the Barr
May29

Reader Questions: Raising the Barr

There are certain buildings that, in spite of their premier addresses, manage to go through life anonymously.  One of them is the Warren Barr Pavilion at 66 West Oak Street.  It’s a nursing home in the city’s Near North neighborhood, and in spite of its swishy Oak Street inscription, its brown brick facade keeps it hidden from the masses. Until recently, that is.  A neighbor hit our tip line asking what’s up with the...

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Reader Question: What’s the Deal With the Stranded Buildings on North Clark?
Dec22

Reader Question: What’s the Deal With the Stranded Buildings on North Clark?

Several times a week we get e-mail from readers asking questions about Chicago’s built environment.  A lot of it is elementary school children who want us to do their homework for them. (Hint: 99% of the world’s knowledge is not on the internet. Go find a freaking library!) And most of the rest of it is pretty easy to look up in our archives or current project database. But a question came in a couple of weeks ago from...

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Reader Questions For SCB. Spoiler Alert: New Chicago Supertall Coming Sooner Than You Think
Sep02

Reader Questions For SCB. Spoiler Alert: New Chicago Supertall Coming Sooner Than You Think

On those occasions when we have to introduce the Chicago Architecture Blog to an architecture firm or developer, we often describe the publication as a link between the architects and developers and the regular people who want to know more about the people and events shaping Chicago’s built environment. Today that link is even more deliberate, as we present actual blog reader questions for the prolific Chicago architecture firm...

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Spare a Warehouse?
Apr26

Spare a Warehouse?

We received an e-mail from a student filmmaker last week looking for a warehouse to do some filmmaking.  Since this blog has more readers than most Illinois towns have residents, I thought I’d post his plea here and maybe someone will be able to help him out. My name is Justin Newcomb, I’m a senior at Columbia College Chicago working with several seasoned filmmakers.  I’m in need of an older warehouse space.  I came...

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Questions Readers Ask
Jan13

Questions Readers Ask

Every now and again someone e-mails us a question about Chicago and its history.  Ordinarily we try to answer them ourselves, but considering the thousands of people who read this publication each week, chances are there are people out there with better answers than the ones we give.   Today’s question comes from Kathy C. My Mother worked on south Michigan Ave at “Doe Ray”  (Spelling I am not sure of ).  They...

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