Columbian Model Works Takes On Annual Cleaning Of Miniature Chicago In CAF Lobby
Nov03

Columbian Model Works Takes On Annual Cleaning Of Miniature Chicago In CAF Lobby

The intricate model of the City of Chicago in the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s lobby started out as a temporary exhibit. That was six years ago. It remains a popular site with visitors, as was evident during Open House Chicago weekend last month. The lobby of the C.A.F. at 224 South Michigan Avenue was humming with architecture fans and many were there to check out the scale model of the city. West Loop-based Columbian...

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Chicago Athletic Association Hotel Wows Visitors To Open House Chicago
Oct27

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel Wows Visitors To Open House Chicago

It’s been quite a coming out party for the stately Loop building formerly known as the Chicago Athletic Association. Just a few years ago, the Venetian Gothic building at 12 S. Michigan Avenue was on Landmark Illinois’ “Most Endangered Historic Places” List. Now, thanks to a massive rehab effort, the structure has been reborn as a swanky boutique hotel. The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel was one of the standout locations during...

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Status Update: WAY UP-dates
Oct23

Status Update: WAY UP-dates

We’ve already told you our feelings on Aon Center stealing the show at Open House Chicago 2015. One of our favorite features of Aon’s 71st-floor vantage point, as well as the one high atop the Kemper Building‘s 41st-floor observation deck (new windows!) was being able to look out across the city and check on the progress of several construction projects. It’s one thing to stand at street level and look up to...

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OHC2015 Dazzles but Aon is the Star of the Show
Oct19

OHC2015 Dazzles but Aon is the Star of the Show

The banners have been rolled up, the standards furled, and the little golf pencils returned to that special circle of hell where the eraserless little bastards come from.  Another Open House Chicago is officially in the books. The annual event — pulled off by the Chicago Architecture Foundation and a squadron of volunteers — entertained, amused, and amazed tens of thousands of architecturally curious argonauts.  Exact figures...

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OHC Offers A Big Weekend Ahead In Chicago For Architecture Buffs
Oct15

OHC Offers A Big Weekend Ahead In Chicago For Architecture Buffs

The Cubs are on their way to the National League Championship Series and you can drink hooch at a Taco Bell in Wicker Park. So clearly, there’s a lot to like about Chicago right now. And, if you’re an architecture buff, you have an embarrassment of riches with the Chicago Architecture Biennial now in full swing, and this weekend, the Chicago Architecture Foundation bonanza, Open House Chicago. The Foundation succinctly...

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Chicago Architecture Scene Will Be Busy In 2015, Reports CAF Chief
Dec10

Chicago Architecture Scene Will Be Busy In 2015, Reports CAF Chief

Earlier this week, the Chicago Architecture Blog spoke with Armando Chacon, president of the West Central Association Chamber of Commerce, to get some insights about the growth of the West Loop. Today, we’ll look at what the crystal ball shows for significant architectural projects citywide in the coming year. For starters: That hole in the ground at 400 North Lake Shore Drive that was to be the stratospheric new skyscraper—the...

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The Edgewater Beach Apartments Offer A Lake View And A Link To The Past
Nov20

The Edgewater Beach Apartments Offer A Lake View And A Link To The Past

Every new apartment development seems to focus on amenities like a media room, rooftop deck, outdoor grilling, dog run and tech center. The only thing they can’t offer is history. There is one remarkable old north side building that does: the Edgewater Beach Apartments. The 300-unit co-op apartment building at 5555 North Sheridan Road is on the National Register of Historic Places. It opened in 1928 and hardly looks like it’s...

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DIRTT Environmental Solutions Boasts Airy, Open Work Environment At Rivers Edge
Nov19

DIRTT Environmental Solutions Boasts Airy, Open Work Environment At Rivers Edge

A number of times when I’ve interviewed for jobs over the years, there’s been a temptation to ask whether the office has windows. I find windowless office spaces grim and depressing. Studies have shown that workers operate more efficiently when they’re exposed to daylight. That’s why when I walked into the DIRTT Environmental Solutions’ Green Learning Center at 325 North Wells Street, I thought, “Man, I could work here.” I suppose...

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OHC2014 Leaves Thousands With Happy Memories, Aching Feet
Oct19

OHC2014 Leaves Thousands With Happy Memories, Aching Feet

In spite of a rainy start and a few glitches along the way, the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s annual Open House Chicago architecture festival was very well attended over the weekend. The early birds were punished for their gumption, and stood in front of buildings across Chicago shielding themselves from the rain with hats, umbrellas, and copies of Friday’s Red Eye. While the foundation certainly can’t do...

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Open House Chicago—By The Numbers
Oct16

Open House Chicago—By The Numbers

Chicagoans, get your walking shoes ready. Tomorrow the Chicago Architecture Foundation offers its annual free tours of homes, buildings and structures of all shapes and sizes. Yes, it’s Open House Chicago weekend. During a preview Thursday night at The Library club on the 40th floor of 190 S. LaSalle, C.A.F. president and CEO Lynn Osmond offered this directive: “150 sites, 48 hours, let’s go!” Osmond also provided the following...

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