Linear Park Construction Continues Near Addison Where A RiverRuns Through It
Jul22

Linear Park Construction Continues Near Addison Where A RiverRuns Through It

The construction of Chicago’s latest linear park is chugging right along, with bridgework happening near Addison and Rockwell.  Think of 312 RiverRun as a moist version of The 606, except instead of being built on an old industrial rail bed, it’s being built over the old industrial North Branch of the Chicago River. Construction of the 312 RiverRun at Addison (July 2019, courtesy of Avondale Spy Joel) Avondale Spy Joel...

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North Side’s Serpentine Underbridge Now Underway
Oct10

North Side’s Serpentine Underbridge Now Underway

After several years of watching Chicago’s near northwestish side enjoy the benefits of its celebrated, elevated, urban park, the mid-northish side is now getting in on some of the 606 love. Except this time, it’s called the 312 RiverRun.  And it promises to be way more awesome than the already world-renowned High Line clone a few dozen blocks away. While the 606 was formed from a recycled elevated freight rail line, the...

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Bridgeport’s Spiegel Building Back in Play: People Out, Business In
Dec20

Bridgeport’s Spiegel Building Back in Play: People Out, Business In

We’ve spent many a frozen winter’s eve standing at the corner of West 35th Street and South Morgan Street waiting for the #35 bus to carry us home. Being in that place, it’s hard not to look at the handsome, yet abandoned, Spiegel Catalog Administration Building with the same admiration that our mothers had when leafing through the actual catalog way back when. For a building forsaken as long as it has been, Herr...

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Two Crumbs of Stale Information Set Off Wolf Point Feeding Frenzy
Sep22

Two Crumbs of Stale Information Set Off Wolf Point Feeding Frenzy

Skyscraper nerds are known for being an excitable bunch.  Whether it’s haranguing developers at Plan Commission meetings, or lecturing old ladies about density at neighborhood teas, they always seem to know everything about everything.  Until they see something new.  Or at least, new to them. That’s what happened late yesterday when a Canadian web site posted a link to an article in the blog maintained by Epstein...

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Two Chicago Firms, One Warsaw Skyscraper
May18

Two Chicago Firms, One Warsaw Skyscraper

  Today we continue our series of reports we call “Chicago Exports.” So much of the world’s great architecture is designed right here in Chicago by Chicagoans, but it’s not built in Chicagoland so it goes unseen by the hometown crowd. That’s why we are featuring the great works produced by Chicago architects continuing the city’s proud legacy as the birthplace of the skyscraper, and a global center of architecture. Today’s...

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Passings: Sidney Epstein
Feb05

Passings: Sidney Epstein

2016 is barely a month old, and it’s been a very rough year already for high-profile deaths.  Now Chicago’s architecture industry has been touched by the passing of Sidney Epstein at the age of 92. Reflecting its later-day bias, sadly Wikipedia does not contain an entry for Mr. Epstein, who joined the family firm in 1945.  But a selection of the buildings his firm worked on while he was there includes The Chicago Federal...

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Chicago Lands Just One Firm in This Year’s Architecture Top 25
Jul14

Chicago Lands Just One Firm in This Year’s Architecture Top 25

Chicago, once a world powerhouse of manufacturing, literature, film, music, and video games can now add architecture firms to its list of industries in which it was once a leader. The city of Burnham, Sullivan, Mies, and occasionally Wright is barely a blip in the Architectural Record annual ranking of the world’s Top 300 Architecture Firms. Chicago-based Perkins+Will is saddled with the task of waving the flag for the Windy...

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Two Minutes of Testa’s Turbine
May20

Two Minutes of Testa’s Turbine

  When you think of the Back of the Yards neighborhood, fascinating views may not be the first thing on your mind. But YouTuber Roman Alfredo brought his quadcopter over to the Testa Produce warehouse at 4555 South Racine Avenue and took a close-up tour of the company’s iconic power turbine. Location: 4555 South Racine Avenue, Back of the...

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Elevated, Serpentine “Underbridge” Will Connect Two North Side Parks
Apr21

Elevated, Serpentine “Underbridge” Will Connect Two North Side Parks

It’s both instructive and fascinating to listen to a master designer talk about the creative process. A good example is Andrew L. Metter, Epstein’s principal designer. Metter described a number of recent projects last week during an AIA presentation. Epstein has a philosophy of creating a sustainable world, and Metter’s work illustrates that concept. He tries to find opportunities for regeneration in urban planning and design...

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New Pix, New Facts On Eisenhower Tower
Apr08

New Pix, New Facts On Eisenhower Tower

We’re learning more about the new residential tower proposed to go up along the Eisenhower Expressway in West Town.  A public meeting is scheduled for tomorrow night (April 9, 2014) at 6pm at the Merit School of Music (38 South Peoria Street) to officially release the details, but one of our spies took advantage of our Tip Line and provided us with the following information and pictures: Building name: 1061 West Van Buren...

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