New Screen Lights Up Water Tower Place
Jul23

New Screen Lights Up Water Tower Place

  Let’s face it — the entrances to the Water Tower Place shopping mall (845 North Michigan Avenue) are awkward.  General Growth Properties has done what it can with them, but whether you’re coming in from Michigan Avenue or from the de facto smoking lounge by the theater, navigation is hard. Fortunately, great lengths have been gone to in order to make the experience at least visually stimulating.  And the...

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Of Preservation and Parasites: Architects Debate the Latest Wrigley Field Renovation Plan
Jul16

Of Preservation and Parasites: Architects Debate the Latest Wrigley Field Renovation Plan

The Chicago Cubs own the record for the longest stretch without a World Series win. Can a renovated, revitalized Wrigley Field change their fortunes, and perhaps lift the 104-year old curse? Whether or not a modern, digital scoreboard (inside the park) and shiny new office building and hotel (outside the park) turn the team around isn’t known. What is clear: the changes to Wrigley Field and the surrounding neighborhood will bring in...

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Chicago Roadsigns: So Easy a Caveman Can Do It

It’s a great thing when immigrants can find a job in this country and pursue the American dream. But maybe we shouldn’t have them making our road signs if English is their second language. “For Your Logo Here?”  Seriously?  It reminds me of the Louis Anderson skit where he plays a Chinese buffet manager angry at the fat guy: “You here four hour! You go home now! For your logo here!” I know a lot of...

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The Hen Roosts Backwards Tonight

Convenience stores are a little less convenient in the West Loop these days with the closing of one of the White Hen Pantry shops.  I’m sure in the daylight it made sense to simply flip the old “White Hen” signs around in the pylon outside the store.  This was obviously done by a manager or some other person who only works 9-5 and didn’t realize that signs light up at night....

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