Suburban Train Station Restored and Ready to Begin Another 100 Years’ Service
Apr09

Suburban Train Station Restored and Ready to Begin Another 100 Years’ Service

Editor’s Note: Some of the best architecture in Chicagoland isn’t in the gritty canyons of downtown, it’s out in the prairie towns and villages that ring our fair city. One of those architectural gems is the Metra Stone Avenue station in La Grange. Douglas Ogurek of Legat Architects tells us his firm has completely renovated the 100-year-old station, restoring it to a condition it’s not seen in years. His...

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Shoptalk: Legat At 50
Aug24

Shoptalk: Legat At 50

West Loop architecture firm Legat has been around for half a century.  There’s probably nothing we can say about it that they can’t say better themselves, other than “congratulations,” so here’s the press release they sent over:   Legat Architects celebrates fifty years past, prepares for next fifty [Chicago, IL] – A string hung from Joe Legat’s drafting table when he launched Legat Architects from a...

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📹 New Trier’s New Tier
Feb25

📹 New Trier’s New Tier

We don’t do too many stories from the suburbs. But even if you never leave The Loop, you can’t swing a silver spoon without smacking into a New Trier graduate.  Sometimes it seems like half of the city’s media personalities came from New Trier (and the other half from Lane Tech). Earlier this month, the Winnetka high school shared the results of a contest it held for a campus expansion.  The finalists are:...

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Campus Building Sails Through Floodwaters
Oct09

Campus Building Sails Through Floodwaters

  Here in downtown Chicago, the Great Flood of 2013 was mostly a curiosity.  The Chicago River was high enough that watching tour boats glide underneath was worrisome.   There was some talk of reversing the river’s reverse flow.  But mostly, it was just a rain event. Not so in the northern suburbs, where the constant rain pushed the Des Plaines River out of its banks and into the living rooms, garages, and man caves of...

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