5 Chicago Buildings to be Thankful for This Thanksgiving
Nov23

5 Chicago Buildings to be Thankful for This Thanksgiving

A lot of people aren’t going to work this week, so chances are you’re not reading this.  If you’ve buried your nose in your phone rather than listen to Uncle Earl lecture your mom — again — about how if it doesn’t say “USA” on the package, the turkey came from China, then read on to understand why there are so many architectural reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving. John Hancock Center at...

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 10
Dec14

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 10

  If you’re looking for the best Christmas trees in Chicago, check out the city’s hotels.  Pretty much every big hotel goes all out with its Christmas tree, usually front and center in the lobby.  You could even make a tour of it, checking out all of the trees in each of the hotels along Michigan Avenue, for example.  Checking out the lobby trees is free, and when you’re ready for a cup of something hot,...

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 3
Nov19

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 3

  An orderly row of Christmas wreaths has been deployed in the arched windows that line the second floor of the Drake Hotel (140 East Walton Place) on the Magnificent Mile in the city’s Gold Coast. The Drake was one of the early homes of what we now know as WGN radio.  In 1922, ‘GN was still called WDAP, and it relocated to the Drake because a of tornado damage at its previous home, down the street at the Wrigley Building...

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Briefly: Book Marks, Sleeping With Virgin, Occupy The News

 With the continuing demise of bookstores across the country, and here in Chicago, the Waldenbooks at Ogilvie Transportation Center (500 West Madison Street) is now branded “HudsonBooksellers.”. Waldenbooks was owned by Borders, which no longer exists. The nondescript building at 203 North Wabash Avenue, on the L bend between the MDA Apartments and the 17th Church, has been bought by Virgin Hotels.  Irony? At the Saturday...

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