Evanston Beats Chicago to Getting a Hyatt House
Feb11

Evanston Beats Chicago to Getting a Hyatt House

Since the Hyatt House brand was created a few years ago, there have been several proposals to bring the brand into downtown Chicago, usually just north of the Chicago River near Michigan Avenue. To date, though, none have materialized. If you don’t mind going way north of the river — like to Evanston — you will soon be able to experience the Hyatt House brand for yourself. Janko Hospitality, out in Downers Grove,...

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Say Hello To E2
Jun30

Say Hello To E2

It’s been about eight months since we showed you E2, the latest residential tower going up in downtown Evanston. It’s brought to you by Fifield Companies, the people behind K2 in Chicago. Back in October it was the ceremonial groundbreaking for the FitzGerald Associates-designed project which consists of two mid-rise towers linked by a common podium with a total of 356 residences. Check out the press release below the...

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Northwestern Raising Billions for New Buildings
Mar24

Northwestern Raising Billions for New Buildings

Evanston-based Northwestern University has embarked on a campaign that could change the face of its suburban campus. The university recently announced that it plans to raise $3.75 billion dollars to revamp the school in order to provide new advanced learning facilities and financial aid for students. The Chicago Tribune notes that if this campaign is successful, “it would be among the 10 largest fundraising efforts by a university in...

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E2 Groundbreaking Continues Evanston’s Residential Evolution [updated]
Oct09

E2 Groundbreaking Continues Evanston’s Residential Evolution [updated]

Downtown Evanston continues its march toward density with the ceremonial groundbreaking of E2 at 1890 Maple Avenue. The 16-story, 368-unit apartment building has actually been under construction for quite some time, with its 120 caissons already poured into the sandy lakeshore soil. On Tuesday (October 9, 2013), the developers, architects, bankers, and other associated parties gathered under a tent for Slide Ride hamburgers and...

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Northwestern’s Music Building Revealed
Apr09

Northwestern’s Music Building Revealed

A few weeks ago, we took you inside the architecture firm Goettsch Partners (here and here).  When we were there, we spied a model of Northwestern University’s new Music Building on a shelf, and asked some questions.  While the Goettsch people were very nice about answering most of them, some topics were still off-limits, and photographs were verboten. Now it seems the i’s have been dotted, and the t’s crossed, and...

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Briefly: Hotels, Coupons, and Skyscraper Ads
Jan23

Briefly: Hotels, Coupons, and Skyscraper Ads

Sorry there wasn’t much in the way of updates last week.  We were in the deep South on an architectural photography shoot.  As we’ve flogged before, architectural photography is our primary business here, so if you have a skyscraper, hotel, factory, lobby, office, wigwam, yurt, or igloo that you need photos of, contact us. Now… on to the briefs! Crain’s Chicago Business reports that Gilt City (it’s like...

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Mini Marshall Fields

It’s no great secret that even though I travel a lot, I haven’t seen much of Chicago’s suburbs.  Generally, if I’m on the move, my journey starts at the airport. So on those occasions I venture into the suburbs I’m usually delighted by the little things.  One of them is the series of mini Marshall Fields stores that seem to litter the area.  They help me envision a time when State Street...

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Slice of Life: Worst. Parking. Evar.
Dec11

Slice of Life: Worst. Parking. Evar.

Remember those films from the 50’s and 60’s showing hordes of Chinese people flowing through their cities on armies if bicycles? Based on this photograph of the parking situation at Northwestern University, that must be what it looks like just before classes start each morning.   At least the guy who found a convenient spot in the tree used his kickstand to keep the rest of his bike from marring the bark. Remarkably, this...

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Slice of Life: Landscaping Out Of Control

Pick your poison: “At some point you’re going to have to give in and tip the gardener.” “One day Sigma Nu’s botany experiment went horribly wrong.” “Boy, Northwestern will do anything to be considered part of the Ivy League.” Spotted at the Sigma Nu house (2335 Sheridan Road, Evanston) at Northwestern...

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Status Update: Northwestern University’s Harris Hall

Work continues on the renovation and expansion of Harris Hall (1881 Sheridan Road, Evanston) at Northwestern University.  The building, erected in 1915 is being gutted and retrofitted on the inside, and getting two new expansions on the outside. The machine you see in the picture was digging a hole, presumably for an expansion foundation, when we snapped this photo. Work is expected to continue for another...

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