Goettsch Partners’ Renovation Sets the Stage for Union Station’s Next Act
Feb08

Goettsch Partners’ Renovation Sets the Stage for Union Station’s Next Act

If you haven’t been by Chicago Union Station in a while, here’s your excuse to make the trip: The renovations are done. This is what the kids call “awesome sauce.” (© Amtrak. Courtesy of Goettsch Partners) Just in time for the landmark transportation hub to be reimagined with a new hotel, restaurants, and a sister skyscraper, Goettsch Partners has announced that work is complete on its renovation of the...

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Stick a Skyline in Someone’s Stocking
Nov18

Stick a Skyline in Someone’s Stocking

When looking for Christmas gifts for the architecture enthusiast in your life, Legos have been a go-to staple for decades.  Now there’s a new reason to risk stepping on the little bricklets while walking around the house barefoot in the middle of the night. The company that makes the best thing to come out of Denmark since diminutive sea brides has announced that it’s putting out a new Lego set about Chicago....

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Throwback Thursday: Peeking in at Perkins + Will
Jul23

Throwback Thursday: Peeking in at Perkins + Will

Last week, Chicago’s largest architecture firm announced it is leaving the historic AMA Plaza (330 North Wabash Avenue) for the even-more-historic Wrigley Building next door at 400 North Michigan Avenue. It made us think of our last after-hours visit to Perkins + Will‘s headquarters in what was once was IBM Plaza, designed by Mies van der Rohe, who never got to see it built. So we’ve set the wayback machine to 2011...

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Slice of Life: Red on the River
Mar21

Slice of Life: Red on the River

The Wrigley Building (400 North Michigan Avenue), the Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile (540 North Michigan Avenue), and the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile (505 North Michigan Avenue) team up to paint the sky red at the junction of Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River on a frosty March...

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Slice of Life: 7:20am – Time for Gum!
Oct11

Slice of Life: 7:20am – Time for Gum!

As the winter sun slides farther south, light is getting harder and harder to come by in the alleys and canyons of downtown Chicago. The magnificent Wrigley Building (400 North Michigan Avenue), is bathed in sunlight just a few minutes each morning, right around 7:20am.  That is, if the clouds will permit it. This article is the result of photos sent in by someone just like you. If you see something interesting in your neighborhood,...

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 13
Dec18

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 13

The Wrigley Building (400 North Michigan Avenue) is making the most of its new LED lighting.  Instead of just being flood-lit in white, for the last six months or so, the upper reaches have been bathed in different colors for various events.  Now that it’s Christmas season, it’s been red and green, except for on World AIDS Day when it went all red. It’s nice to have the Wrigley Building join two other Chicago...

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Slice of Life: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Chi Town!
Oct31

Slice of Life: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Chi Town!

On this All Hallows’ Eve, the Wrigley Building (400 North Michigan Avenue) has changed the illumination of its cupola from white to orange topped with green, like a giant neo-Gothic pumpkin in the Chicago...

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Slice of Life: The Pinking of Chicago
Oct29

Slice of Life: The Pinking of Chicago

  Many Chicago buildings tint their nighttime illumination in honor of different holidays, seasons, people, or corporate sponsorships.  Lately, the skyline has been lit up in pink to raise awareness of breast cancer. Here’s we see the Wrigley Building (400 North Michigan Avenue) and the Tribune Tower (435 North Michigan Avenue) lit up for the...

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Giant Spider Eats Wrigley Building.  Or Not.
Oct01

Giant Spider Eats Wrigley Building. Or Not.

  Living in downtown Chicago the two constant nuisances you can count on are cup-shaking vagrants, and spiders. Every Spring they emerge from the farm fields of Michigan, shoot silk parachutes out of their butts, and catch a ride to Chicago on the wind.  The spiders, that is.  Not the vagrants. For millions of them, the journey west ends in the eaves, spandrels, and spires of Chciago’s skyscrapers.  They set up shop hundreds of...

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Status Update: Renovating Wrigley
Aug20

Status Update: Renovating Wrigley

Our Gold Coast Spy e-mailed today with a photograph of the ongoing renovation of the magnificent and historic Wrigley Building (400 North Michigan Avenue) on the Near North Side. In 2010 the plaza between the main building and its annex was renovated, removing the low, obstructionist planters and making it an open space, but it was never attractive either way. Now as construction marches on, the gallery running between the two...

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