South Loop’s High Hopes Are Now Slightly Less High
Jan12

South Loop’s High Hopes Are Now Slightly Less High

Before the changing of the calendar.  Before the fat man squeezed down your chimney.  Before the lights started twinkling along Michigan Avenue, there was hope that the South Loop would be the home of — count ’em — three new architectural pieces to scrape the sky.  Now it looks like one of those cloud scratchers will be a little less grand. Crain’s Chicago Business reports that Helmut Jahn’s proposed 1,030-foot-tall...

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Architecture Films Now Running in Chicago
Oct15

Architecture Films Now Running in Chicago

If you like architecture, you’ve come to the right web site.  If you like architecture and movies, then you should head over to the 51st annual Chicago International Film Festival, which starts today and runs for two weeks.  That’s because this year’s festival spotlight is “Architecture + Space + Design.” It looks like there are a number of very interesting locally-themed architecture films on offer....

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Architect Jahn Tries to Save His Baby from Governor Rauner’s Budget Axe
Oct14

Architect Jahn Tries to Save His Baby from Governor Rauner’s Budget Axe

Widely considered unsightly by those who see it from the outside, and dysfunctional by those who work on the inside, there was little surprise when Governor Bruce Rauner yesterday announced he want to offload the Thompson Center (100 West Randolph Street). The governor argues that selling the building makes financial sense for a number of reasons.  It’s an expensive building to run; the Loop real estate market is hot enough that...

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University of Chicago’s Gang-Designed Dorm Tops Out
Sep29

University of Chicago’s Gang-Designed Dorm Tops Out

From NEIU to Northwestern to the University of Chicago, local colleges are getting on board with the trend in academia to embrace leading-edge architecture.  The University of Chicago was one of the Chicagoland pioneers in this arena with Helmut Jahn’s Mansueto Library, and the West Campus Combined Utility Plant before that. Another starchitect is putting her mark on the U.C. campus.  Jeanne Gang’s North Residential Hall...

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Jahn Pulls a 1,030-Foot-Tall Rabbit Out of His Helmut
Sep24

Jahn Pulls a 1,030-Foot-Tall Rabbit Out of His Helmut

We’ve known for some time that a new skyscraper was coming to fill in the surface parking lot currently defiling 1000 South Michigan Avenue.  Crain’s Chicago Business broke the news last month, and even told us that starchitect Helmut Jahn had been chosen to work his magic in one of the South Loop’s most visible gaps.  But few could have predicted what would hit the City Clerk’s office today. What Jahn has been...

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Chicago Streetwall to Get Some Starchitect Spackle
Aug06

Chicago Streetwall to Get Some Starchitect Spackle

  It’s no secret that the famed Chicago Streetwall loses its luster the farther south you go. Everything has to come to an end somewhere. But the south end of the architectural cliff may get some much-needed help from big-name architect Helmut Jahn. Details are hard to come by at this time, but Crain’s Chicago Business reports that Jahn has been picked to design a new building for the streetwall gap at 1000 South...

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New Loop Hotel Pays Homage to Its Jazz History
Feb16

New Loop Hotel Pays Homage to Its Jazz History

Chicago is one of the few American cities where a man can still commute to work by train, buy a paper at a newsstand, get his shoes shined, relax for a hot straight-razor shave, and meet the fellas for a game of handball at the club at the end of the day. In spite of backpacks* and “casual Friday,” a ribbon of old-school Mad Men-style swagger still runs through downtown. A bit of that is coming back to life, if in name...

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