A Chance to Go On a Real Underground Chicago Tour
Jul11

A Chance to Go On a Real Underground Chicago Tour

It’s not often that we highlight an architectural tour in this publication.  Especially one that you have to pay for.  The reason is simply because there are dozens of such tours each week, hundreds every month.  But this one is different from the rest.  It lets you see something that very few people get to see. It’s a tour of the Buckingham Fountain pump room, an underground chamber beneath the city’s art deco...

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Slice of Life: The Fountain of You
Aug11

Slice of Life: The Fountain of You

  Chicago is a city in a garden, and that garden’s city has a number of great fountains.  The big bad daddy of them all is, of course, Buckingham Fountain.  Broad enough to entertain throngs of tourists, and bold enough to set the stage for Al Bundy. This photo of the behemoth bubbler was captured by our own Bill Motchan, in a 35-second exposure that turned the spatters and gurgles into smooth flowing ribbons of liquid...

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City Fixes the Affront on the Lakefront

Several years after the City of Chicago decided to cut off the heart of Grant Park from Lake Michigan, it’s spending $125,000 to fix the affront. Work started today on a new pedestrian crossing that will link Buckingham Fountain with Queen’s Landing. CDOT installed fencing, bollards, and chains to keep people from following their instincts, and the park’s paths, and crossing Lake Shore Drive to get close to the...

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