No More Arches; New Downtown Flagship McDonald’s Embraces the Modern Aesthetic
Jan31

No More Arches; New Downtown Flagship McDonald’s Embraces the Modern Aesthetic

For the second time since we started this publication, the flagship McDonald’s restaurant at Clark and Ontario in Near North is being torn down and replaced by a better, shinier McDonald’s. The last time this happened was back in 2005, when the Rock-n-Roll McDonald’s was razed to make way for the current massively be-arched hamburger joint.  In spite of the musical memorabilia being relegated to a kiosk in the...

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CTA’s New Belmont Station Plan Includes More Dinosaur Ribs
Oct20

CTA’s New Belmont Station Plan Includes More Dinosaur Ribs

The Chicago Transit Authority continues to get improving marks when it comes to public sector architecture. For decades, the bus and train quango’s attention to design was… shall we say… less than inspired.  But that’s changed in recent years, starting with the 35th Street Red Line Station, the Morgan Orange/Pink Line station, then the Cermak Green Line Station, and finally the very ambitious Washington/Wabash...

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Downtown Riverwalk Running Toward Completion
Aug03

Downtown Riverwalk Running Toward Completion

The Chicago Department of Transportation takes a lot of heat for things like potholes and plowing side streets. But when it comes to big infrastructure projects like bridges and bike lanes, it certainly does get shit done. One project that’s coming together much quicker than would seem possible is the new Chicago Riverwalk sections being built along the south side of the river’s main channel. It was less than three years...

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Windy City Chalks Four of the Year’s Top 50 Architecture Firms
Sep14

Windy City Chalks Four of the Year’s Top 50 Architecture Firms

Another ranking of architecture firms is out, and in this one Chicago is pretty well represented. Two locals, AS+GG and Perkins+Will, made it into this year’s top ten American architecture firms as ranked by Architect, the magazine of the American Institute of Architects.  AS+GG gets a blue ribbon for coming in first place.  Perkins+Will gets green or yellow or whatever color corresponds with fifth. The firms are ranked on 13...

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CTA To Build New Loop Station, Shutter Two Others
Oct10

CTA To Build New Loop Station, Shutter Two Others

  As the Chicago Transit Authority continues trying to cram more and more trains into the Loop’s elevated rail loop, new bottlenecks are emerging.  At the same time, some of the CTA’s infrastructure is in a desperate state of repair.  So, what’s being proposed on Wabash Avenue will kill two pigeons with one stone. The CTA is going to close its Randolph and Wabash station along with its Madison and Wabash...

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