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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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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