Real Estate Chess Game May Uncover Hidden Michigan Avenue History [u]
Dec17

Real Estate Chess Game May Uncover Hidden Michigan Avenue History [u]

Here at Chicago Architecture, we’ve written often about how even though ours is a young city, it still has layers of history to explore.  Occasionally we get lucky, and the onion of history gets peeled before our eyes.  One of those opportunities may be approaching. Recently, Zeller Realty Group and Apple made waves by announcing their intention to build a new sub-street-level consumer electronics store at Pioneer Court on the...

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Neo-Egyptian Reliefs Abound At Inter-Continental Chicago Hotel
Dec17

Neo-Egyptian Reliefs Abound At Inter-Continental Chicago Hotel

Earlier this week, Chicago Architecture visited the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, one of the 200 locations featured during the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s 2015 Open House Chicago. Today, we venture up North Michigan Avenue and the Magnificent Mile to look at a building with very colorful components. The Inter-Continental Chicago Hotel at 505 North Michigan was built in 1929, then known as the Medina Athletic Club. The...

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New Chicago Apple Store to Turn Dead Space Into Public Riverside Promenade
Nov19

New Chicago Apple Store to Turn Dead Space Into Public Riverside Promenade

The public got its first official look at the new Apple Store coming to Pioneer Plaza, arguably the epicenter of both Chicago’s retail and tourism industries. In a courtesy presentation to the Chicago Plan Commission for Zeller Realty Group, architect James McGrath of London’s Foster+Partners promised that in spite of the intrusion of a large roofed-in and glassed-off space that the square would retain its primary function...

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Trib: New Mag Mile Apple Store Echoes Frank Lloyd Wright
Nov18

Trib: New Mag Mile Apple Store Echoes Frank Lloyd Wright

A day before the details of Apple, Inc.’s new North Michigan Avenue Store were to be unveiled to the public, the Chicago Tribune has managed to get its hands on a draft of the plans. The proposal has been on the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting of the Chicago Plan Commission for about two weeks, listed as a “courtesy presentation.” It is not unusual for developers to present a plan to the commission to gauge...

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Tip-Top-Tap Renovation To Restore The Grand Old Allerton Hotel To Former Glory
Nov11

Tip-Top-Tap Renovation To Restore The Grand Old Allerton Hotel To Former Glory

I remember 50 years ago when my parents took me to New York City for the first time and I saw the Pan Am Building, the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. The majesty, the character, the size and scope of those iconic buildings was a memory I’ve carried for many years. Not long after that trip to Manhattan, we made the trek from tiny O’Fallon, Illinois to Chicago for the first time. Of course, I remember the Tribune...

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Slice of Life: Reflecting on Chicago
Apr18

Slice of Life: Reflecting on Chicago

If you haven’t been up to the observatory at the John Hancock Center (875 North Michigan Avenue) lately, you may not know that as part of recent renovations, the ceiling has been mirrored. It helps fill the deck with natural light, and also helps make it feel a little taller than it is.  But more importantly, you can take cool pictures with...

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Flashback Friday: Water Tower Place Under Construction
Feb28

Flashback Friday: Water Tower Place Under Construction

Wandering around the vast, dark interwebs the other day I came across this image.  It’s a still frame taken from the opening sequence of season four of the Bob Newhart Show.  You can see the construction fencing is still up around Water Tower Place (845 North Michigan Avenue), and what is now Macy’s is still marked with a big “Marshall Field & Company” logo. If you’re feeling nostalgic, the Bob...

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Slice of Life: Water Tower in the Light
Sep10

Slice of Life: Water Tower in the Light

 We don’t normally take pictures of the usual tourist targets.  You’ve seen a million pictures of Willis Tower, Wrigley Field, and the like.  But sometimes when the light is just right, you can’t help but whip out the CrappyCameraPhone™ and catch that perfect shot before it’s gone. So, enjoy the picture of the Old Chicago Water Tower () above.  Dozens of locals were inconvenienced so we could block the sidewalk...

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bKL Answers Your Questions About 200 North Michigan Avenue
Sep09

bKL Answers Your Questions About 200 North Michigan Avenue

Any time a new skyscraper goes up in downtown Chicago, a lot of people are interested in it.  But the new tower planned for 200 North Michigan Avenue has two distinctions that make it even more an item of curiosity: It’s going up in The Loop, and it will be the first skyscraper groundbreaking on Michigan Avenue since the Ritz-Carlton Residences (664 North Michigan Avenue) nearly five years ago. We gathered a dozen or so...

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Status Update: Sidewalk in the Sky
Aug30

Status Update: Sidewalk in the Sky

  The $1,200,00 demolition and rebuilding of the elevated sidewalk along the south side of 535 North Michigan Avenue is underway. It is one of several double-decker sidewalks in the city of Chicago, and led pedestrians from North Michigan Avenue above East Grand Avenue to restaurants further down the block. While Chicagoans are used to using these elevated walkways to get around, they can look somewhat precarious to tourists.  This...

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