Slice of Life: Red on the River
Mar21

Slice of Life: Red on the River

The Wrigley Building (400 North Michigan Avenue), the Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile (540 North Michigan Avenue), and the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile (505 North Michigan Avenue) team up to paint the sky red at the junction of Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River on a frosty March...

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 12
Dec09

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 12

Have you seen the new Christmas light display on the top of the InterContinental Hotel (505 North Michigan Avenue)?  The new illumination of the ramparts and onion dome came online November 17th during the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.   The dome is lit from underneath in red, with sparkling animated white lights covering the top of the dome. The whole thing is LEDs, with the lighting design by Robert Osten and Anna Baranczak of...

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More Public Art Imperiled By Downtown Skyscrapers
Oct23

More Public Art Imperiled By Downtown Skyscrapers

Another downtown Chicago mural is going to be turned into a time capsule by progress. “Loop Tattoo” which is painted high on the east side of the MDA City Apartments (63 East Lake Street) has been playing peekaboo with tourists and locals since 2005. It was designed by Filipino artist Johanna Poethig and executed by the Chicago Public Art Group.  It incorporate intertwined figures of dancers, athletes, geometric shapes,...

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You Say Adler, I Say Alder, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off
Jul16

You Say Adler, I Say Alder, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off

News anchors in a dozen cities will all tell you the same thing — I have a serious problem spelling anything more complicate than “Coming up next.”  But that’s not going to stop me from being critical of other people’s spelling. That must be why this sign in the InterContinental (Hotel) Chicago Magnificent Mile (505 North Michigan Avenue) caught my eye: That’s right, in the middle of a city famous...

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