University of Chicago OK to Build New Hotel By Obama Center
Dec04

University of Chicago OK to Build New Hotel By Obama Center

The City of Chicago has given permission for the University of Chicago to build a new hotel on 60th Street at Kimbark, between the Keller Center and the new David M. Rubenstein Forum, currently under construction. The 15-story hotel designed by The Loop’s Holabird and Root and developed by New York’s Hospitality 3 will have 167 rooms, a fitness center, meeting space, and a restaurant. The building will be 138,000 square...

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Downtown Chicago Could Get 11 New Skyscrapers This Week
Oct15

Downtown Chicago Could Get 11 New Skyscrapers This Week

If there’s a skyscraper nerd in your office, don’t be surprised if he calls in sick on Thursday.  That’s the day the Chicago Plan Commission considers the largest number of new skyscrapers for downtown Chicago since August of 2014, when four new towers were on the docket. This time, there are 11 major buildings in play: 700 at the River in River West 1,500 total residences 497 car parking spaces Total FAR: 8.1...

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The 78 Chicago — The Huge Plan for Downtown That Actually Could Happen
Oct19

The 78 Chicago — The Huge Plan for Downtown That Actually Could Happen

Over the last couple of years, Chicago’s traditional and new media have been ablaze with huge headlines about massive bigger real estate development projects all over town.  While most are eager to print even the most fanciful claims and screwball ideas just to generate clicks, we take a more measured approach around here. Which is why it’s refreshing to bring you news of The 78 — an enormous institutional research nexus...

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“The 78” to Transform Chicago’s South Loop
Oct18

“The 78” to Transform Chicago’s South Loop

If you’ve been wondering why things have been so quiet between Roosevelt Road and Chinatown, it turns out things have been going on behind the scenes.  Big things. Tomorrow morning, Governor Bruce Rauner will announce a public-private partnership that will turn the 62-acre site owned by Related Midwest into a massive collegiate research park.  The academics involved in “The 78” innovation center are the University of...

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Video: University of Chicago to Open New Building Atop “Hong Kong’s Most Notorious Prison”
Nov30

Video: University of Chicago to Open New Building Atop “Hong Kong’s Most Notorious Prison”

Our Chicago Exports series usually focuses on buildings in other parts of the world that were designed by Chicago firms.  This time, it’s a little different. The University of Chicago has announced that it will build a new facility in Hong Kong.  The Francis and Rose Yuen Center is named for Francis Tin Fan Yuen and his wife, Rose.  Mr. Yuen is a University of Chicago trustee, a member of the 1975 graduating class, and a big...

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University of Chicago’s Gang-Designed Dorm Tops Out
Sep29

University of Chicago’s Gang-Designed Dorm Tops Out

From NEIU to Northwestern to the University of Chicago, local colleges are getting on board with the trend in academia to embrace leading-edge architecture.  The University of Chicago was one of the Chicagoland pioneers in this arena with Helmut Jahn’s Mansueto Library, and the West Campus Combined Utility Plant before that. Another starchitect is putting her mark on the U.C. campus.  Jeanne Gang’s North Residential Hall...

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University of Chicago Breaks Ground on Studio Gang Dorm
Jun06

University of Chicago Breaks Ground on Studio Gang Dorm

  It’s been a year since we first brought you news that Chicago’s own Studio Gang Architects would leave its Midas touch on the University of Chicago.  Today the U.C. will break ground on the new dorm. This article was published before the groundbreaking actually happened, so instead of pictures of people in suits standing around with hard hats and shovels, enjoy the video of the completed building above.  Or if...

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Jeanne Gang to Pierce the U.C. Campus With a Residential Tower
Jul23

Jeanne Gang to Pierce the U.C. Campus With a Residential Tower

Today the University of Chicago unveiled its plans to build a new cafeteria and residential tower on the northern edge of its Hyde Park campus, replacing the existing Pierce Tower and Dining Commons building (5514 South University Avenue). Jeanne Gang, best known for her iconic Aqua tower in The Loop, designed the new buildings in partnership with Mortenson Construction, which seem to have a retro brutalist theme combined with modern...

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Slice of Life: The Chapel That Could Be A Cathedral
Nov28

Slice of Life: The Chapel That Could Be A Cathedral

John D. Rockefeller was one of the biggest businessmen in American history. So it’s not surprising that his idea of a “chapel” is larger than many cathedrals. The Rockefeller Chapel (5850 South Woodlawn Avenue) is on the campus of the University of Chicago, and one of the city’s great places to sit, meditate, and get your wits about you. Outside, the Bertram Goodhue design is magnificently neo-gothic. At the...

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A Swede on the South Side

    One could spend an entire week admiring the architecture of the University of Chicago.  One person who has plenty of time to do that is Carl von Linne.  In statue form, of course. Von Linne was a doctor and a scientist, and according to the Wikimopedia, is considered the father of both modern taxonomy (classifying plants and animals), and a founder of what we now call ecology. So, what’s this Swede doing perched in Hyde...

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