The New Wave of Architecture Crashing Michigan Avenue
Nov15

The New Wave of Architecture Crashing Michigan Avenue

Design, like most human-powered endeavors, comes and goes in waves.  What is in fashion one day is verbotten the next.  Then brought back in revered spectacle a generation later.  Such is the mode of architecture.  And such is the life of Chicago’s beloved Magnificent Mile. Preservationists, and people who like to pretend they’re on the inside track, sometimes refer to Michigan Avenue north of the the Chicago River as the...

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Skyscraper Shadows
Aug20

Skyscraper Shadows

The shadows of Gold Coast skyscrapers stretch into Lake Michigan as a Winter afternoon wears on. If you like this photograph, click here to order it as a poster or...

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The Tops: Palmolive Building
Apr04

The Tops: Palmolive Building

Today we continue our series called “The Tops.”   Every year, millions of people admire Chicago’s architecture.  Most people only get to see the city’s skyscrapers and landmarks from street level.  This series answers the question, “What’s up there?” for tourists and locals alike. Today’s building is The Palmolive Building (919 North Michigan Avenue).  At the top of the building is a...

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What It’s Like On Top Of The Palmolive Beacon
Nov28

What It’s Like On Top Of The Palmolive Beacon

We get a lot of amazing and insightful comments on our web site, and for some reason until today it never occurred to me to share them on the blog because most people don’t spend their days cruising the main web site looking for new posts. So, here’s one that came in last night.  Ron Singer left this comment on our Palmolive Building (919 North Michigan Avenue) page: I worked for Playboy during the summer of 1967 and...

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