Former Loop Icon To Go On Display in McHenry County
Aug29

Former Loop Icon To Go On Display in McHenry County

If you’re an architect in Chicago, there’s a chance that this story is about something very familiar to you. That’s because the Railway Exchange Building has become something of a magnet for architecture firms in recent years, and is of course also the home of the Chicago Architecture Foundation. You’ll remember that a few years ago the big Santa Fe sign that once adorned the roof of the building was removed,...

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More Chicago Buildings Lighting Up For Attention
Aug03

More Chicago Buildings Lighting Up For Attention

When we first started publishing the Chicago Architecture Blog almost 14 (!) years ago, Chicago was a dark city at night. Very few of the city’s buildings were illuminated showpieces, and those that were tended to be older. That era has passed, as more and more Chicago buildings, new and old, are using state-of-the-art illumination technology to give themselves a little sparkle and a bit of “here I am!” showmanship...

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So Long, Santa Fe; Hello Moto
Jul23

So Long, Santa Fe; Hello Moto

There was quite a brouhaha earlier this year when Motorola Solitions decided to become the latest company to move its employees out of the suburbs and into downtown Chicago.  Not because of all the people, but because Motorola took enough space in the former Railway Exchange Building (224 South Michigan Avenue) to get its name on top of the building — bumping the historic Santa Fe sign that had been there since  Union Station...

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