Alderman Reilly Against Latest Park Privatization Plan
Jun29

Alderman Reilly Against Latest Park Privatization Plan

For the last few months we’ve been following the growing concern in the Gold Coast over the future of Mariano Park. For those of you unfamiliar with that particular sliver of Chicago, it’s the space bounded by North State Street, North Rush Street, and East Bellevue Place that puts the “triangle” into Viagra Triangle. From early spring into the late fall, it is the hub of the neighborhood.  A lively place where...

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Proto-Legos and Frank Lloyd Wright
Mar20

Proto-Legos and Frank Lloyd Wright

My guess is that you didn’t know that there’s a link between a primitive form of Legos and famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Well, there is. And if you’d like to learn more about it, show up at the Unity Temple’s event on April 6th. Details follow: Inventing Kindergarten author to speak at Unity Temple (Oak Park, Ill.) – The educator, Friedrich Froebel, who created the geometric wooden blocks that influenced...

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List+Pix: Wright Buildings Could Become Official World Treasures
Feb02

List+Pix: Wright Buildings Could Become Official World Treasures

One of Chicago’s favorite architects is in line for pretty much the biggest honor that can be bestowed on any member of any civilization: validation from UNESCO. The architect is Frank Lloyd Wright, and ten of his iconic buildings have been nominated for recognition by the United Nations body. To put it in Hollywood terms, when the aliens come to destroy the planet, we’ll gladly sacrifice little Timmy to save Fallingwater....

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The Loop’s Monroe Building Boasts an Historic Lobby With Iron And Personality To Spare
Nov27

The Loop’s Monroe Building Boasts an Historic Lobby With Iron And Personality To Spare

    Most modern office structures have functional, and often, boring lobbies. It’s too bad, because the lobby can speak volumes about the history and personality of a building. A good example is the Monroe Building at 104 South Michigan Avenue. The Pritzker Military Museum & Library is housed on the upper floors, but the lobby is a historical curiosity in its own right. It’s been lovingly restored to look much like it...

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Architecture Masterpiece Opens to the Public Wright Up the Road
Sep25

Architecture Masterpiece Opens to the Public Wright Up the Road

In May of this year, we brought you the news that for the first time in its 64-year history, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Research Tower on the  S.C. Johnson & Company campus in Racine, Wisconsin is now open for public tours.  Even if you don't have a full appreciation of Mr. Wright or art deco design, it's a fantastic thing to see.  From the meticulously restored laboratories filled with period instruments from the company...

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New Documentary Highlights Frank Lloyd Wright’s First Prairie Home
Sep04

New Documentary Highlights Frank Lloyd Wright’s First Prairie Home

An independent filmmaker is putting together a new documentary about what some consider to be Frank Lloyd Wright’s first Prairie Style house. “An American Home” focuses on the 1900 B. Harley Bradley house, one of Wright’s lesser-known homes, located at 701 South Harrison Avenue in downstate Kankakee. Uncle Sam describes it this way: One of wright’s earliest and [the] most complete example of total...

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Wright Next Door: Inside an Architectural Treasure Open to the Public for the First Time
May27

Wright Next Door: Inside an Architectural Treasure Open to the Public for the First Time

When someone makes it big  in Chicagoland, the people of Chicagoland tend to think of that person as a native son, even if he’s an import. Studs Terkel was from New York. Louis Sullivan, from Boston. And our own beloved Frank Lloyd Wright, who loved Oak Park as much as Ernest Hemingway hated it, was actually born next door in Wisconsin. Starting this month, one of Wright’s most celebrated treasures is open to the public....

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A Frank Lloyd Wright Building in Chicago Where You Might Lay Your Head
Apr12

A Frank Lloyd Wright Building in Chicago Where You Might Lay Your Head

Few people will ever have the chance to live in a Frank Lloyd Wright home. But thanks to a Chicago billionaire, a lot more people will get the chance to at least sleep in one. The Emil Bach House (7415 North Sheridan Road) in Rogers Park is undergoing an extensive restoration. When it’s done it will be used for private events, and also welcome overnight guests. The house is being renovated by Tawani Enterprises. Its C.E.O. is...

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Progress On a Public/Private Partnership Putting Potable Purveyor in Park Pavilion
Feb21

Progress On a Public/Private Partnership Putting Potable Purveyor in Park Pavilion

  It was almost two years ago when we first told you that Chicago’s own tea shop chain, Argo Tea, was going to set up shop in an unusual location — Connors Park.  Tea in the triangle is finally becoming a reality. Construction is underway, completely gutting and rebuilding the park.  For years it was much less than it could be, or should be, for a park in the heart of the Gold Coast.  It was mostly concrete, the shrubs...

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Wright in the Sun
May18

Wright in the Sun

This isn’t exactly a Chicago story, but since so many people in Chicagoland have a keen interest in anything involving Frank Lloyd Wright, we thought we’d let everyone know about what’s happening out at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, First Solar, and Big Green Zero are installing a solar farm to power Wright’s former winter home, which is now houses the Frank Lloyd...

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