Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist Offers A Friendly Welcome To Visitors
Dec22

Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist Offers A Friendly Welcome To Visitors

Architects who design buildings for a city center must often contend with a lack of one thing that’s far more available in the suburbs. That precious commodity is space. And it becomes even more of a challenge when the building in question is a house of worship. Think about some of the enormous sprawling churches, synagogues and mosques you’ve seen. It would be hard to squeeze one of them in to a neighborhood like the Chicago Loop....

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Final Stats Show Open House Chicago Scored Big With Visitors And Economic Impact
Dec21

Final Stats Show Open House Chicago Scored Big With Visitors And Economic Impact

Earlier this month, Chicago Architecture reported on the huge success of this year’s edition of Open House Chicago. The Chicago Architecture Foundation just released additional details on attendance, illustrating just how big OHC has become in only its fifth year. If you ventured out to visit the unique architectural gems during OHC weekend on October 17-18, you’ll recall CAF volunteers performed a head count and asked for visitor’s...

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Neo-Egyptian Reliefs Abound At Inter-Continental Chicago Hotel
Dec17

Neo-Egyptian Reliefs Abound At Inter-Continental Chicago Hotel

Earlier this week, Chicago Architecture visited the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, one of the 200 locations featured during the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s 2015 Open House Chicago. Today, we venture up North Michigan Avenue and the Magnificent Mile to look at a building with very colorful components. The Inter-Continental Chicago Hotel at 505 North Michigan was built in 1929, then known as the Medina Athletic Club. The...

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Once A Storefront, The Ukrainian Institute Of Modern Art Now Gives Artists An Airy Gallery Space
Dec15

Once A Storefront, The Ukrainian Institute Of Modern Art Now Gives Artists An Airy Gallery Space

One of the best things about the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s annual Open House Chicago event is its variety. This week Chicago Architecture features two sites from the 2015 OHC that illustrate the wide range of structures open to the public for tours. Later this week, we’ll look at the Inter-Continental Hotel on the Magnificent Mile. Today, let’s venture a bit west to Ukrainian Village, and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art...

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Charnley-Persky House Is The Result Of A Collaboration Between Two Legendary Architects
Dec10

Charnley-Persky House Is The Result Of A Collaboration Between Two Legendary Architects

Among the classic stately mansions you’ll find along the Gold Coast, one house stands out. The Charnley-Persky House at 1365 North Astor Street is noteworthy for both its symmetrical design and for the architects who designed it. The design dream team was Louis Sullivan and his junior draftsman: Frank Lloyd Wright. This structure was one of the fascinating architectural gems open to visitors during the Chicago Architecture...

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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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