Evanston’s Newest Apartment Building Open For Business
Nov18

Evanston’s Newest Apartment Building Open For Business

Evanston is the latest Chicago suburb to sport a new apartment building. LINK Evanston recently had its official grand opening, complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 811 Emerson Street, on the northern edge of the city’s downtown. The LINK Evanston (Courtesy of CA Ventures) LINK (shout when you say that) brings the neighborhood 241 new apartments in a nine-story building.  Apartments in the bKL-designed building range from...

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The Parts Have Arrived to Finish a North Side Recreation Trail
Oct16

The Parts Have Arrived to Finish a North Side Recreation Trail

Gaps may work for David Letterman’s teeth or buying blue jeans, but they are terrible for bicycle paths. That’s why people from Ravenswood to Evanston are excited about the giant hulks of steel sitting on the east bank of the Chicago River’s north branch. Lincoln Village Pedestrian Bridge under construction in October 2019 (Courtesy of West Rogers Park Spy Joel) West Rogers Park Spy Joel spotted the two halves of the...

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Illinois’ Most Endangered Buildings: 2018 Edition
Apr25

Illinois’ Most Endangered Buildings: 2018 Edition

Architecture and history advocacy group Landmarks Illinois is out with its annual list of the most endangered buildings and places in Illinois. The group has been putting out the lists for a while now and seems to be earning a bigger and bigger voice in the public discourse about what gets praised and what gets razed in the land of Lincoln. In honor of Illinois’ bicentennial, this year’s list includes several items that...

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E2 Makes Downtown Evanston More Colorful
Nov20

E2 Makes Downtown Evanston More Colorful

The E2 apartment building made a splash when it opened in Evanston in 2015, and now it’s adding a splash of color to the suburb’s downtown. E2 developer Fifield Realty has unveiled an expansive new piece of art on the side of the building by Albany Park muralist Thomas Melvin. The painting is called “Eee-tu” (What Redwing called to Drake) 1890 Maple Evanston, Illinois, and is an abstract depiction of its home...

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The Main Building on Main Street
Nov03

The Main Building on Main Street

If you’ve ever wanted to live in Evanston, but don’t enjoy the bustle of its quaint downtown, plus you enjoy having multiple redundant methods of commuting into the city, then what’s going up at 847 Main Street is right up your alley. The Main (formerly Chicago+Main) is a nine-story building with 112 apartments that’s nearly complete near the south end of town. Among its big selling points are that it is pretty...

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More Cutting-Edge Architecture For Northwestern University
Nov13

More Cutting-Edge Architecture For Northwestern University

Northwestern University continues to transform its campus into a showcase for modern architecture.  Today, ground was broken on the 427,000-sqare-foot Ryan Fieldhouse and Walter Athletics Center, a two-in-one building designed by Chicago’s largest architecture firm, Perkins+Will. The building sports unobstructed views north and east over Lake Michigan, and of the Chicago skyline to the south. Northwestern recently opened the...

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Status Update: Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management
Oct28

Status Update: Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management

Back in September, we left the friendly confines of Chicago and ventured up north to Evanston. There, Northwestern University was opening the new Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts. While admiring that new structure, we noticed NU isn’t done building. Just to the north of the Ryan Center, along the shore of Lake Michigan, is another major construction project. Northwestern is building a new Kellogg School...

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Northwestern: Go for the Music, Stay for the Architecture
Sep28

Northwestern: Go for the Music, Stay for the Architecture

Unless you actually attended Northwestern University or are into college football, most Chicago city-dwellers don’t think of Evanston or its academic anchor very often.  But if you like architecture, there are more and more reasons to ride the L to our neighbor to the north. One of those reasons is the new Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts.  It’s perched on the edge of Lake Michigan and the cutting...

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E2 Gets Award for Design in Evanston
Jul23

E2 Gets Award for Design in Evanston

My, how time flies.  It seems like just yesterday we were wolfing down free food truck grub at the groundbreaking for E2, the new apartment complex in Evanston, and now it’s all grown up and winning awards. E2, you may remember is the two-tower 356-unit apartment building that FitzGerald Associates put together for Fifield.  You can read the full press release below.   E2 Luxury Apartment Tower Wins 2015 Design Evanston...

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AIA Chicago’s Newest Fellow Succeeds By Thinking Green
Mar02

AIA Chicago’s Newest Fellow Succeeds By Thinking Green

When Nathan Kipnis was six years old, like most of his friends, he rushed home from school to watch Bozo’s Circus on WGN-TV. It probably wasn’t in the cards for young Nate to join Bozo on the air and participate in the grand prize game. But if the opportunity presented itself, Kipnis had a ready answer when asked what he wanted to do when he grew up. His response, naturally, would be “an architect.” Perhaps had he been cognizant of...

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