Quarantine Break Gives Chicagoans an Opportunity to Enjoy Chicago Architecture
Jun23

Quarantine Break Gives Chicagoans an Opportunity to Enjoy Chicago Architecture

With more and more people rediscovering their combs, re-learning how to put on pants, and creeping outside again, there is a window of opportunity afoot: The gap between Chicago awakening from its quarantine sleep, and the arrival of tourists from other somnambulant cities. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center. Photo by Peter Sieger. The Chicago Architecture Center (111 East Wacker Drive) is among the city’s attractions...

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COVID Concerns Halt Construction of Michigan Avenue Skyscraper
Jun09

COVID Concerns Halt Construction of Michigan Avenue Skyscraper

South Michigan Avenue is a little quieter these days. Not because of the paucity of tourists or the meagerness of office workers, but because construction on 1000M has been stopped. June 2017 Rendering of 1000M (Courtesy of Time Equities) Construction crews are no longer working at 1000 South Michigan Avenue because of the pandemic that has kept everyone from school children to responsible public leaders away from their daily...

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Chicago Walking Tours Now Available Without the Aching Feet
May10

Chicago Walking Tours Now Available Without the Aching Feet

You know all those walking tours of Chicago you’ve wanted to take, but never did because it was raining, or you were too lazy, or you were ordered not to leave your home by Mayor Lightfoot?  Now you can forget about the Dr. Scholl’s inserts and sweaty underboobs, and see the city from the air conditioned comfort of your Barcalounger. Screenshot of chicagodetours.com Local tour org Chicago Detours is offering walking...

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Chicago Architecture Firm Happy to Not Be Needed Today
May06

Chicago Architecture Firm Happy to Not Be Needed Today

While you were sequestered in your micro apartment exchanging accusing stares with your cat (she totally ate the last Yoplait), the boffins down at bKL Architecture have been fighting the good fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. And now their part is done. The Loop designers of glassy things that scrape the sky have completed their mission of banging out protective face shields with a stable of 3D printers.  Face shield production at...

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Things To Do While Self-Isolating in Chicago: Part 6 — Visit 9 Museums in Your Underpants
Apr16

Things To Do While Self-Isolating in Chicago: Part 6 — Visit 9 Museums in Your Underpants

It’s been a lot of years since the average Chicago family could afford to visit one of the big-name hometown museums.  With lunch, transportation, and parking, taking a family of four for an afternoon of culture can easily cost more than a car payment.    Since this is a quarantine, and not a vacation, we can’t Amtrak it down to Saint Louis, where world-class museums are free. So what’s an average...

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Chicago Architecture Firm Joins Fight Against COVID-19
Apr14

Chicago Architecture Firm Joins Fight Against COVID-19

3D printers aren’t new, but they aren’t exactly household appliances yet.  The COVID-19 pandemic may change that, as the once-exotic gadgets have finally found their killer application: Filling in when the supply chain falls down.  Face shield production at bKL Architecture (Via GoFundMe) We’ve seen everyone from computer companies to casino moguls venture into the medical merchandise making milieu. And...

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Photos Inside a Chicago Hospital Built For Pandemics
Apr08

Photos Inside a Chicago Hospital Built For Pandemics

With Chicago coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen many stories about how the city’s medical professionals and institutions are fighting the threat head-on. One of those places on the front lines is Rush University Medical Center. Rush University Medical Center in December 2011 After weeks of preparation, Rush went into “surge mode” almost a month ago. Its hospital tower, perched on the edge of the...

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Things To Do While Self-Isolating in Chicago: Part 5 — Great Chicago Reads
Mar31

Things To Do While Self-Isolating in Chicago: Part 5 — Great Chicago Reads

With tens of millions of Americans suddenly forced to work from home, to stay at home, and to confront the general cleanliness of their homes; this seems like a good time to discuss things to do while self-isolated in Chicago. The dilemma: You’re sheltering in place and confined to your home just as spring arrives and blooming flowers and trees beckon you to experience Chicago’s myriad sights, sounds and smells. What to do? A good...

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Things To Do While Self-Isolating in Chicago: Part 4 — Write the Great American Novel
Mar26

Things To Do While Self-Isolating in Chicago: Part 4 — Write the Great American Novel

With tens of millions of Americans suddenly forced to work from home, to stay at home, and to confront the general cleanliness of their homes; this seems like a good time to discuss things to do while self-isolated in Chicago. We bring you this series as people with some experience in this arena, having worked from home for ten years in a 475-square-foot apartment in downtown Chicago with a wife and a cat. Much of the world’s...

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Things To Do While Self-Isolating in Chicago: Part 3 — Invent the Next Great Chicago Food
Mar25

Things To Do While Self-Isolating in Chicago: Part 3 — Invent the Next Great Chicago Food

With tens of millions of Americans suddenly forced to work from home, to stay at home, and to confront the general cleanliness of their homes; this seems like a good time to discuss things to do while self-isolated in Chicago. We bring you this series as people with some experience in this arena, having worked from home for ten years in a 475-square-foot apartment in downtown Chicago with a wife and a cat. Part 3 of ?: Invent the Next...

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