Chicago Loop Synagogue Offers Harried Workers A Haven For Quiet Reflection
Dec07

Chicago Loop Synagogue Offers Harried Workers A Haven For Quiet Reflection

Tucked in a compact space at 16 South Clark Street, you’ll find a modern, yet ornate, structure with an angular roof and a wild-looking sculpture bearing the biblical phrase from Numbers: THE LORD BLESS THEE AND KEEP THEE. Welcome to the Chicago Loop Synagogue, the only Jewish house of worship in the Loop. Today—conveniently the 2nd day of Hannukah—we take a look at this unique building featured during the Chicago Architecture...

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A Vintage Model A Now Sits In The Mezzanine Of The Hampton Inn Michigan Avenue
Dec03

A Vintage Model A Now Sits In The Mezzanine Of The Hampton Inn Michigan Avenue

When we last visited the former Chicago Motor Club (now a Hampton Inn) in April, a vintage Model A Ford was being hoisted up to the mezzanine level, a tribute to the building’s past life. If you enter the lobby at 68 E. Wacker Place now, it’s unmistakably a hotel, but with significant art deco elements. There are also many visual reminders of the motor car and the open road. The Hampton Inn Michigan Avenue (no, its not technically on...

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Neo-Gothic Tribune Tower Anchors The South End Of Mag Mile
Dec01

Neo-Gothic Tribune Tower Anchors The South End Of Mag Mile

The New York architects John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood pocketed a nice prize—$50,000—in 1922 for their design of the Chicago Tribune’s iconic building at 435 N. Michigan Avenue. Today, the Tribune Tower is still the headquarters of the newspaper and its parent Tribune Media. It was also a popular stop at the 2015 Open House Chicago event hosted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. The building has a number of noteworthy design...

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Fertility Goddesses And A Hasheesh Dream Greet Guests At The Oriental Theatre
Nov25

Fertility Goddesses And A Hasheesh Dream Greet Guests At The Oriental Theatre

Chicago’s Oriental Theatre has played host to a who’s who of entertainers throughout its long history. Some of the talent who have graced its stage include: George Burns, Cab Calloway, Eddie Cantor, Bing Crosby, Billie Holliday, bob Hope, Al Jolson, Jerry Lewis, Frank Sinatra, The Marx Brothers and The Three Stooges. This grand, ornate theatre was one of the 200 fascinating locations included in the 2015 Open House Chicago presented...

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805 N. Lasalle Offers Amenities Inside And A Great Rooftop View
Nov23

805 N. Lasalle Offers Amenities Inside And A Great Rooftop View

Throw a stick at new construction in River North and the Gold Coast and you’re likely to hit a residential tower designed by Palo Alto, CA-based architect Adam Berkelhamer. One of the latest Berkelhamer-designed developments, a 15-story, 46-unit condo building, is starting to take shape at 400 West Huron. If you want to check out a finished Berkelhamer structure, Eight O Five (at 805 N. Lasalle Drive) is a fine example of luxury...

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We Found Rhyming Salvation At The Poetry Foundation
Nov19

We Found Rhyming Salvation At The Poetry Foundation

Note: The Poetry Foundation was one of 200 fascinating architectural specimens open for tours during the 2015 Open House Chicago presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. We thought a poem might help drive home the point, after walking through this classy joint. Over on Superior, If you’re feeling inferior Step inside 61 west, And be our guest   Try out oration, At the Poetry Foundation The John Ronan design, Will blow...

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Artists Create Oil Paintings And Sculptures Inside Palette & Chisel Academy
Nov17

Artists Create Oil Paintings And Sculptures Inside Palette & Chisel Academy

From the outside, the ornate Italianate mansion at 1012 North Dearborn Street looks like s stately private residence. In fact, the building was originally just that. It was built in 1874 for the William Waller family. They built the home in one of the neighborhoods destroyed by the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The Waller house was one of the first to be rebuilt in the area. By the early 1900s, the building had become a rooming house...

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Nifty, Thrifty Freehand Reinvented As A Trendy New Hotel And Hostel
Nov12

Nifty, Thrifty Freehand Reinvented As A Trendy New Hotel And Hostel

Anyone who books a hotel room in downtown Chicago during the prime tourist season will likely encounter sticker shock. But a stylish and affordable alternative awaits in a prime location. The Freehand Hotel at 19 E. Ohio is now open for business. The Freehand (formerly the Tokyo Hotel) was just one of the many fascinating specimens featured during the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s 2015 Open House Chicago weekend last month. Built...

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What Rhymes With ‘Fast Mule Onion?’ Of Course, It’s ‘Bascule Trunnion’
Nov10

What Rhymes With ‘Fast Mule Onion?’ Of Course, It’s ‘Bascule Trunnion’

Every day, hundreds of worker bees and tourists scurry over the Michigan Avenue Bridge. But how much do you know about the bridge? Those intrepid souls who ventured into the McCormick Bridgehouse during the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s 2015 Open House Chicago learned quite a bit about the bridge and the gears and widgets that control it. Ten cool insights about the bridge include: 1. The Michigan Avenue bridge is one of 37...

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Beaux-Arts Blackstone Theatre Going Strong After 105 Years
Nov05

Beaux-Arts Blackstone Theatre Going Strong After 105 Years

The venerable DePaul University Merle Reskin Theatre at 60 East Balbo Drive was built in 1910 at a cost of $500,000. That’s about what a two-bedroom condo will run you in the same neighborhood these days. But, adjusted for inflation, that’s only about $12.25 million in 2015 dollars. The Reskin Theatre — which was known as the Blackstone Theatre during most of its life — is a six-story, Beaux-Arts style classic theatre. It was one of...

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