Slice of Life: A Flock of Cranes in Downtown Chicago
Jun14

Slice of Life: A Flock of Cranes in Downtown Chicago

Have you ever wondered why pictures made during the industrial revolution always seemed to emphasize, even glorify, chimneys and the smoke belching therefrom?  It’s because back then, that was considered a good thing.  Smoke.  Soot.  Machinery.  “Industry” wasn’t just factories and steamships.  It was a word synonymous with progress. A modern take on “progress” is what we see in the photo above,...

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Slice of Life: Can The St. Adalbert Towers Be Saved?
Apr15

Slice of Life: Can The St. Adalbert Towers Be Saved?

Demolition of historic structures will always raise passion levels to peak anxiety. When the subject of said demise involves an old Chicago church, that angst skyrockets through the roof. Just ask fans of the former Saint Dominic’s Church in Cabrini-Green, or West Town’s Saint Boniface, just to name two. Saint Boniface still has a chance to be saved, but the venerable Saint Dominic lives on only in memory. Now...

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Slice of Life: Portillo’s (Chocolate-Cake) Shakes Up the South Loop
Apr09

Slice of Life: Portillo’s (Chocolate-Cake) Shakes Up the South Loop

We don’t normally get involved in stand-alone restaurant construction here at Chicago Architecture. But this isn’t a normal situation. This is about lunch. It’s about not having to settle for the 6,284 lunch options already available within walking distance (we take long lunch breaks around here) of our desks. This is about the South Loop getting its very first Portillo’s restaurant. If you have a beef with...

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Slice of Life: There’s a Crane War on Wells Street
Mar09

Slice of Life: There’s a Crane War on Wells Street

As anyone who’s not afraid to make up a good cliche will tell you, skyscraper construction is a marathon, not a sprint. An endurance race meant to be finished, not won. A test of stamina where every finisher is a winner. Or something like that. In the grand tradition of Chicago’s North Side vs South Side baseball battle, there’s a new East vs West standoff shaping up in River North, where two opposing construction...

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Slice of Life: New Navy Pier Ferris Wheel Comes Full Circle
Feb19

Slice of Life: New Navy Pier Ferris Wheel Comes Full Circle

We told you the story of the New Navy Pier Ferris Wheel back in June. Part of Navy Pier’s $300 million upgrade, the new Ferris Wheel has been slowly coming around, construction-wise, since December. Nearly 50 feet taller than the old wheel that took its last turn in September, the new attraction is expected begin taking Navy Pier visitors for a spin this summer. If, it turns out, you find you prefer the old Ferris Wheel to the...

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Slice of Life: Dancing on Ed Debevic’s Gravy
Feb05

Slice of Life: Dancing on Ed Debevic’s Gravy

Still digging at the old Ed Debevic's site. Some of what they've found is just as tasty as the day it was served. pic.twitter.com/6WkjEjy5u7 — Chicago Architecture (@ChicagoArchitec) February 2, 2016 Yeah, we’ve been kinda harsh toward Chicago icon Ed Debevic’s lately. But what do you want from us? We’ve eaten there! Trust us, you’ll enjoy this little Slice of Life more than their little Slice of...

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Slice of Life: Skating with the Skyline
Jan29

Slice of Life: Skating with the Skyline

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise: while Chicago has had some dang cold days in January, it’s been a mild Winter of 2016 so far. And while you’ll never see the elbow-to-elbow crowds like North Avenue Beach draws during the summer months, there are still those in Chicago who insist on venturing outdoors for fun, even as wind chills dip below freezing. Chicago has two ice skating venues perfectly located for tourists...

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Slice of Life: Now Entering Wolf Point West
Jan15

Slice of Life: Now Entering Wolf Point West

We love new construction here at Chicago Architecture. We love the milestones all those new projects reach. The groundbreaking ceremonies. The tower crane arrivals. The glass! Oh, the installation of glorious glass. And while all that is unarguably cool, you may think nothing tops the topping-out. But one event does. Nothing is more rewarding, after watching the process from community meeting to the final landscaping details, than...

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Slice of Life: Rookie Reporter Fooled By Non-Pool
Jan08

Slice of Life: Rookie Reporter Fooled By Non-Pool

We’ve watched The Parker Fulton Market (171 North Halsted Street) grow from our perch atop the Chicago Architecture West Loop bureau for months now. We saw the glass go up; we saw the tower crane come down. But just because it can be seen from here doesn’t mean we shouldn’t see it from there. It’s a quick walk over to North Halsted, so the decision was made to venture over to the construction site, and once...

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Slice of Life: Christmas Crane on the Hudson
Dec16

Slice of Life: Christmas Crane on the Hudson

Tis the holiday season. And while everyone in town trims their trees, there’s always that one home on the block looking to outdo the rest of the neighborhood. And in the River North neighborhood, that would be Onni Contacting. You may have thought you had the tallest Christmas tree in town, but that must have been before you looked down Chicago Avenue at Hudson. For it is there, towering high above the street (actually, a couple...

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