Burberry’s Beautiful Boulevard Building Battered, Bruised and Bandaged
Aug26

Burberry’s Beautiful Boulevard Building Battered, Bruised and Bandaged

It’s not easy being beautiful.  Sienna Miller may fly first class, but she still has bad hair days, breaks the occasional nail, and can get her stiletto stuck in a subway grate just like the rest of us. Such is the case with the beautiful Burberry Flagship Store at 633 North Michigan Avenue.  Since its opening last year, we’ve received several complaints about the shiny store from employees who speak of its physical...

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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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Pictures of All 149 Rocks Stuck on the Tribune Tower [updated]
Mar05

Pictures of All 149 Rocks Stuck on the Tribune Tower [updated]

Recently we received an e-mail from a teacher who was looking for information about all of the cool stones embedded in the facade of the Tribune Tower (435 North Michigan Avenue).  We pointed her to the Tribune Tower entry in the Chicago Architecture Info database, which has a complete list.  But she wrote back because it wasn’t quite what she was looking for.  She was looking for pictures of the individual rocks.  All of them....

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Status Update: Howells and Hood at Tribune Tower
Feb22

Status Update: Howells and Hood at Tribune Tower

Things are cooking at the new steakhouse/bistro/bar that’s being carved into the side of the Tribune Tower (435 North Michigan Avenue). Howells and Hood is named after the architects of the landmark Chicago skyscraper and looks like it’s going to be an absolutely enormous space.  The perimeter of the outdoor seating area has already been constructed, and work continues on a kind of outside cantina pavilion.  It looks like...

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North Bridge Makes Historic Chicago Architecture More Public
Jan03

North Bridge Makes Historic Chicago Architecture More Public

 As cities evolve and change they frequently undergo growing pains.  One person’s idea of history can be another person’s idea of an impediment.  Negotiations are settled.  Tradeoffs are made.  And sometimes compromise turns out to be an ugly baby. One of the more common architectural compromises made in Chicago is known as the facade-ectomy — The process by which an old building’s skin is preserved while a new...

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 15
Dec20

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 15

One of the great free things you can do during the Christmas season in Chicago is visit the basement commercial lobby of the John Hancock Center (875 North Michigan Avenue) where a huge train display is set up. Each year it’s a little different, and if you make it a tradition, part of the fun will be to spot the differences from one year to another.  (Last year there was lots of Harry Potter things. This year — notsomuch.)...

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 7
Dec11

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 7

The lights of the Christmas tree in Pioneer Court (401 North Michigan Avenue) provide a reverse silhouette against the wall of skyscrapers along the Chicago River. Unlike most Christmas trees that are put up by building owners and managers in Chicago, this one bears a message at its...

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 12
Dec09

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 12

Have you seen the new Christmas light display on the top of the InterContinental Hotel (505 North Michigan Avenue)?  The new illumination of the ramparts and onion dome came online November 17th during the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.   The dome is lit from underneath in red, with sparkling animated white lights covering the top of the dome. The whole thing is LEDs, with the lighting design by Robert Osten and Anna Baranczak of...

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 3
Nov19

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 3

  An orderly row of Christmas wreaths has been deployed in the arched windows that line the second floor of the Drake Hotel (140 East Walton Place) on the Magnificent Mile in the city’s Gold Coast. The Drake was one of the early homes of what we now know as WGN radio.  In 1922, ‘GN was still called WDAP, and it relocated to the Drake because a of tornado damage at its previous home, down the street at the Wrigley Building...

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Burberry Flagship’s Flag Flagging
Nov16

Burberry Flagship’s Flag Flagging

We hear from our Gold Coast Spy that things have been going gangbusters at the new flagship Burberry Store (633 North Michigan Avenue) since it opened earlier this month.  This is good news, since we also hear that Burberry is in a hurry to make back the $10 million it spent on the five-story retail experience, putting the 75 new sales people under extraordinary pressure, even by Gold Coast standards. But while things are going great...

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