Slice of (The Easy) Life: Westin Building Maui Paradise Resort
Dec14

Slice of (The Easy) Life: Westin Building Maui Paradise Resort

We go to great lengths here at The Chicago Architecture Blog to keep you, our treasured readers, up to date on all the happenings in construction and architecture we think you need to know. So naturally, we wanted to introduce you to a project that might not be on your radar just yet: The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas. Granted, part of the reason you may not know about the Nanea Villas yet is because they’re slightly south-west of...

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Slice of Life: The Byrne Interchange’s Bridges to Nowhere
Nov06

Slice of Life: The Byrne Interchange’s Bridges to Nowhere

  Chicago survived the overnight closures while crews installed beams for the new Jane Byrne Interchange Flyover this summer, but there remains a tremendous amount of work to be done throughout the complicated junction. Not only does the Flyover itself need to be completed, but there’s also the matter of reconnecting the Dan Ryan to Congress Parkway, rebuilding what will be the north-bound lanes of the Halsted Street bridge...

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Slice of Life: Former Gino’s East Site Gets Foundation Permit
Oct26

Slice of Life: Former Gino’s East Site Gets Foundation Permit

See what we did there? Seriously though, the Planet-Hollywood-turned-pizza-emporium (those slices? How about eye-sore-ium) Gino’s East site is one step closer to becoming a residential tower, now that the City of Chicago has issued a foundation permit for 167 West Erie Street. Foundation and Podium Superstructure (Levels LL1-9) permit to include parking (131 spaces), 1st floor retail and associated site work. A demolition permit...

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Slice of Life: Bridges Up
Oct23

Slice of Life: Bridges Up

There is something uniquely photogenic about a bridge being raised along the Chicago River. You don’t need to take our word for that; observe for yourself how many folks have their cameras engaged as they wait on the sidewalks for a bridge to be lowered back into crossing mode. Every spring and fall, regular bridge lifts are scheduled on Wednesdays and Saturdays for Chicago boaters to snake their high-masted vessels to and from...

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Cubs Down Two But Blue Is The Color Of The Hour
Oct20

Cubs Down Two But Blue Is The Color Of The Hour

The Cinderella story of the Chicago Cubs’ quest for a World Championship (the first since 1908) is ever-so-slightly in jeopardy, as the club returns home from New York down two games. But the National League Championship Series takes on new life tonight as it returns to Wrigley Field. And all around town, there are signs of Cubs fever and the color blue. A couple of examples spotted by the Chicago Architecture Blog over the...

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Slice of Life: Sky Toilets in Flight / Afternoon Delight
Jun05

Slice of Life: Sky Toilets in Flight / Afternoon Delight

Loop Spy Ann had her cameraphone at the ready when she saw the ceremonial changing of the toilets at Block37.  They’re part of the comfort gear for workers putting up the new residential tower on top of the mall at 25 West Randolph Street. For those of you who have never built a skyscraper before, it can take a long time to get from the top where you’re working to the ground floor where there may or may not be a privy....

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Slice of Life: Flag in the Fog
Apr13

Slice of Life: Flag in the Fog

If you’re one of the people who have the privilege of living or working in one of Chicago’s skyscrapers, you may have had the opportunity to observe the strange things that the fog rolling in off of Lake Michigan can do to the cityscape. Loop Spy Daniel sent in this photo he took a while ago showing the Chicago metropolis erased by mist, save for a lone flagpole and the 900 North Michigan building. This article is the...

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Slice of Life: This is How We Skyscraper
Apr13

Slice of Life: This is How We Skyscraper

The internet is full of angry, terrible people saying mean, horrible things.  It’s a phenomenon that happens because the internet allows ordinary people to say whatever they want with no accountability, and it also gives the voices of sociopaths and lunatics equal footing with the voices of the best people society has to offer. One of the side-effects I see all the time is “my city is better than your city”...

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Slice of Life: Cable Vision
Apr09

Slice of Life: Cable Vision

Chicago Architecture Blog reader Near North Spy Paul has us thinking of spring with the photo he sent in of the Ransom R. Cable House at 25 East Erie Street in Chicago’s Near North neighborhood.  The three-story home was designed by Cobb and Frost for Mr. Cable, who was the president of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad.  Now imagine dozens and dozens of similar mansions surrounding it, and marvel at how the...

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Slice of Life: Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral
Feb24

Slice of Life: Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral

Stroll down Leavitt Street in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood and you will find Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral (1121 North Leavitt Street), one of Chicago’s most architecturally significant and beautiful houses of worship. Louis Sullivan designed Holy Trinity in 1901. Tsar Nicholas II donated $4,000 toward its construction, which was completed in 1903. Holy Trinity was originally established as a parish church to serve...

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