Two Downtown Chicago Hotel Developments Up For Approval This Week
May16

Two Downtown Chicago Hotel Developments Up For Approval This Week

You can’t spell “hotel” without the word “hot,” and that describes downtown Chicago’s hospitality market.  From office building conversions to new construction, it seems like every developer with a dollar and a dream is eager to put a mint on your pillow. Two downtown hotel projects go before the Chicago Plan Commission this Thursday morning.  One highly anticipated.  The other… flying under...

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Passings: Sidney Epstein
Feb05

Passings: Sidney Epstein

2016 is barely a month old, and it’s been a very rough year already for high-profile deaths.  Now Chicago’s architecture industry has been touched by the passing of Sidney Epstein at the age of 92. Reflecting its later-day bias, sadly Wikipedia does not contain an entry for Mr. Epstein, who joined the family firm in 1945.  But a selection of the buildings his firm worked on while he was there includes The Chicago Federal...

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Historic, Abandoned Bridgeport Spiegel Building Turns a Page
Dec17

Historic, Abandoned Bridgeport Spiegel Building Turns a Page

The former Spiegel Administration Building may get a third shot at redevelopment, according to a recent report in DNAinfo Chicago.  We first became interested in the building at 1038 West 35th Street several years ago when we picked up an architecture photography client within sniffing distance of Bubbly Creek.  On the way back to the office from long days of shooting we often found ourselves contemplating the building as we stood...

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