Tuesday Trivia: New Navy Pier Ferris Wheel Statistics
May31

Tuesday Trivia: New Navy Pier Ferris Wheel Statistics

  Navy Pier got summer off to a rolling start with the debut of the new Centennial Wheel over the Memorial Day weekend.  Thousands of people lined up to plonk down $15 a piece to be gently carried 190 feet into the air over Chicago’s lakefront and returned safely to the carnival below. If you didn’t get a chance to go, or you’re waiting until winter to take advantage of the $3 Illinois resident discount, the...

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Building Great Chicago Open Spaces From Above and Below
May25

Building Great Chicago Open Spaces From Above and Below

  Do you love parks?  Of course you do! Do you love construction?  Of course you do! Like chocolate and peanut butter, the good people over at Walsh Construction have put together parks and construction into a single video about their work creating great urban open spaces in Chicago. You’ve seen the big green Walsh logo in places high and low across this city.  When it comes to parks, it was the general contractor on...

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Lucas Museum Now a 3-Way Fight between Park Pals, Protesters, and sf.citi();
May21

Lucas Museum Now a 3-Way Fight between Park Pals, Protesters, and sf.citi();

  Protests in favor of the endangered Lucas Museum and against the Friends of the Parks organization seem to be increasing in number and size.  The first protest on May 4 may or may not have even happened, for all the media attention it got.  But the one this past Friday was well attended by local radio, television, online, and print media. In the video above shot by Rebel Force Radio, you can see the protest on the 19th outside...

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Throwback Thursday: Chicago Never Looked So Bad
May19

Throwback Thursday: Chicago Never Looked So Bad

  Lots of TV shows use the cities they’re set in as a kind of supporting actor that adds color and depth to the production.  If it’s a situation comedy, the cities are celebrated for being wonderful places for fun and family (Full House, Laverne & Shirley).  If it’s a cop drama, the city can be moody and interesting (Dragnet, Hill Street Blues). And then there’s Lady Blue. It’s a cop drama.  But...

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Two Chicago Firms, One Warsaw Skyscraper
May18

Two Chicago Firms, One Warsaw Skyscraper

  Today we continue our series of reports we call “Chicago Exports.” So much of the world’s great architecture is designed right here in Chicago by Chicagoans, but it’s not built in Chicagoland so it goes unseen by the hometown crowd. That’s why we are featuring the great works produced by Chicago architects continuing the city’s proud legacy as the birthplace of the skyscraper, and a global center of architecture. Today’s...

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On TV Tonight: 10 Homes That Changed America
Apr05

On TV Tonight: 10 Homes That Changed America

  If you watch Chicago Tonight on WTTW (and if you don’t, why the heck not?), then you’re familiar with Geoffrey Baer — the likable history nerd who digs through archives across Chicagoland to find the answers to questions big and small. You may also remember him as the face of the recent WTTW production 10 Buildings That Changed America a few years ago. Now he has a new gig, fronting three extensions of that program,...

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12 Minutes With Adrian Smith
Mar24

12 Minutes With Adrian Smith

  There are “starchitects” who are big names with few real world projects, and there are architects who are stars who actually build amazing, fantastic, envelope-pushing buildings.  Adrian Smith is one of those later stars — someone who actually gets things done. The Chicago-born industry leader is known globally for having his name on such projects as Canary Wharf, and the General Motors Renaissance Center while...

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30 East Balbo Gets Busy In a Hurry
Mar23

30 East Balbo Gets Busy In a Hurry

It’s been several hours since we’ve updated you on the status of 30 East, the 16-story apartment tower coming to 30 East Balbo Avenue in the South Loop. We’re here again to remind you that time is money. And money can’t be wasted. Which is why, just one day after the City of Chicago signed off on the foundation permit for 30 East, crews from Power Construction and Lindahl Bros. descended on the site to get...

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What the 1200 Fulton Market Redevelopment Will Look Like
Mar17

What the 1200 Fulton Market Redevelopment Will Look Like

  Yesterday, Crain’s Chicago Business published an article about how a group of building owners are getting together to sell almost the entire 1200 block of West Fulton Market as a single piece of property.  As downtown Chicago fills up with more developments, large slices of land like this are becoming harder (read: more expensive) to find.  Which is why this particular proposal is noteworthy. So today we thought...

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It’s Not Built Yet, But Already 412 North Wells Looks Awesome
Mar03

It’s Not Built Yet, But Already 412 North Wells Looks Awesome

  A couple of days ago, our Daniel Schell had a chat with Howard Hirsch, the president of River North architecture firm Hirsch Associates.  In that conversation, Mr. Hirsch told Mr. Schell about a video that was made last month showcasing his firm’s new 412 North Wells building (above).  Word of the video got to me, and I couldn’t help but wonder, “What’s 412 North Wells?” Consulting the Handy Dandy...

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