Chicagoland’s Most Striking New Building Looks Almost Done; No, It’s Not in The Loop
Aug11

Chicagoland’s Most Striking New Building Looks Almost Done; No, It’s Not in The Loop

It’s always nice when a company understand that having great architecture is part of putting together a good work environment for its employees. Witness the soon-to-be-former McDonald’s headquarters in northwest suburban Des Plaines, or Frank Lloyd Wright’s SC Johnson campus up I-94 in Racine, Wisconsin. Of course, it’s easier to be all idealistic about architecture when you’ve got acres of empty (and cheap!) prairie as a canvas....

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A Tour of Glencoe’s New Writers Theatre
Feb16

A Tour of Glencoe’s New Writers Theatre

This past Friday, the Writers Theatre up in Glencoe opened its new $28 million theater building.  The Studio Gang-designed building is a modern marvel that somehow fits in OK with the staid and skeptical landscape of this suburban Chicagoland town.  At 36,000 square feet, it has enough room for two performance spaces, a public gathering space, a gallery, and rehearsal rooms. The building is designed to have an inner glow at night to...

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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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Chicago Botanic Garden Breaks Ground On New $26 Million Campus
May06

Chicago Botanic Garden Breaks Ground On New $26 Million Campus

Chicago Botanic Garden has broken ground on a new 25,000 square foot education center. The $26 million campus will reach full bloom and open by summer 2016. The Regenstein Foundation Learning Campus is the centerpiece of the garden’s new education center. Booth Hansen is designing the center (with an assist from sustainability experts at the Rocky Mountain Institute), and they’ll be shooting for a Platinum LEED designation. Booth...

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Suburban Train Station Restored and Ready to Begin Another 100 Years’ Service
Apr09

Suburban Train Station Restored and Ready to Begin Another 100 Years’ Service

Editor’s Note: Some of the best architecture in Chicagoland isn’t in the gritty canyons of downtown, it’s out in the prairie towns and villages that ring our fair city. One of those architectural gems is the Metra Stone Avenue station in La Grange. Douglas Ogurek of Legat Architects tells us his firm has completely renovated the 100-year-old station, restoring it to a condition it’s not seen in years. His...

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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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E2 Apartment Building Opens in Downtown Evanston
Feb17

E2 Apartment Building Opens in Downtown Evanston

It’s hard to believe it’s been 16 months since we were at the groundbreaking for E2 (1890 Maple Avenue, Evanston).  And in that short time, the FitzGerald Associates-designed building has sprouted two towers, 356 apartments, and a dozen townhouses on what was formerly the largest undeveloped patch of land in downtown Evanston. Read the press release below for the full details.   Fifield Cos. Opens E2 Apartments in...

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