Throwback Thursday: You Tore Down WHAT?!
Jun09

Throwback Thursday: You Tore Down WHAT?!

Living in a large city with lots of enormous buildings, it can seem like those structures have been there forever.  Especially when they’re government buildings, with all their monumental unfriendliness. Such is the case with the Federal Center, three black-as-a-coal-miner’s-tuckus Mies van der Rohe buildings fencing in Alexander Calder’s stark raving red Flamingo sculpture.  It seems like it’s all been there...

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Chicago Athletic Association Hotel Wows Visitors To Open House Chicago
Oct27

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel Wows Visitors To Open House Chicago

It’s been quite a coming out party for the stately Loop building formerly known as the Chicago Athletic Association. Just a few years ago, the Venetian Gothic building at 12 S. Michigan Avenue was on Landmark Illinois’ “Most Endangered Historic Places” List. Now, thanks to a massive rehab effort, the structure has been reborn as a swanky boutique hotel. The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel was one of the standout locations during...

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Status Update: What’s Not to See
Feb19

Status Update: What’s Not to See

One of the city’s most discrete transformations is happening in one of its most prominent locations. The venerable Chicago Athletic Association Building at 12 South Michigan Avenue is methodically being transformed into a 250-room hotel to be run by the upscale Thompson hotel chain. Thompson recently established a beachhead in the Gold Coast, turning the former Sutton Place Hotel (21 East Bellevue Place) into the Thompson...

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