Suburban Light Show Lands in Chicago’s Gold Coast
Dec05

Suburban Light Show Lands in Chicago’s Gold Coast

We (among many others) have long bemoaned the transformation of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile from one of the nation’s premiere shopping districts into pretty much a suburban mall — except with more kids banging empty buckets. Now the suburbanization of Chicago’s retail experience has crept into the one remaining outpost of high-end shopping in the city: The Oak Street District. Sure, Oak Street has been in decline for...

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Wayback Wednesday: Christmas Day, 10 Years Ago
Dec25

Wayback Wednesday: Christmas Day, 10 Years Ago

North Michigan Avenue December 25, 2009 (file) In today’s time capsule, we go back 10 years to the afternoon of December 25, 2009.  The view is looking down on the Magnificent Mile from the 50th floor of the John Hancock Center.  Though the snow-crusted idyll of A Christmas Story was set just a couple of dozen miles away, this scene is decidedly more frantic, more noisome, and more commercial as tourists, traders, and...

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2015 Chicago Architecture Blog Christmas Gift Guide
Dec08

2015 Chicago Architecture Blog Christmas Gift Guide

The number of shopping days until Christmas is dwindling and, if you’re not careful, before you know it, you’ll be at an IDOT oasis trying to figure out if little Suzie would rather have a pecan log or a fist full of scratch-off lottery tickets in her stocking. Don’t be that person. Instead, here are some ideas for Chicago-themed and Chicago-based Christmas gifts that will make you seem smart, interesting, and...

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