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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-10-21 17:32:00
click images for larger viewIt's a story a  quarter-century in the making, but could well be the fastest start of any Chicago skyscraper ever.  As soon as west coast developer CIM Group announced that they had obtained all necessary permits for their new tower on September 10th, scaffolding appeared along Randolph Street next to the troubled Block 37 retail mall that …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-10-19 05:36:00
click images for larger viewThe first day of the Chicago Architecture Foundation's spectacular Open House Chicago 2014, which gives the architecture-loving access to 150+ sites often closed to the general public, saw us heading out to South Shore and Pilsen - three churches, one movie palace, and a few extras.  Here's a sampling of what we saw, with more complete stories …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-10-15 04:23:00
click images for larger viewAlby Gallun of Crain's Chicago Business was reporting yesterday that the State of Illinois is going to give it another try.  Seven years ago, $17 million was the minimum opening bid at an auction to sell off the south side site that holds the spectacular grain elevator and silos constructed by the Santa Fe Railroad in 1906 …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-10-14 11:39:00
click images for larger viewAccording to the history on the indispensable Chicago-L.org website, there was a station at Cermak for more than three-quarters of a century.  It was one of ten stations along 1892's South Side Rapid Transit, Chicago's first ?L? line.  Cermak was never much more than a utilitarian design.  It reached its peak carrying passengers to the Century of …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-10-12 13:43:00
click images for larger viewA field of 45,000 runners begins the 2014 Chicago Marathon wending their wave through the architecture of River North and the Loop.


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-10-06 04:23:00
click images for larger viewMuch is made in contemporary architecture about liberating itself from the constraints of linear form, but the new sculpture in Pioneer Court by Juan Angel Chavez takes randomness to a new level.Points to Blossom officially goes on display on Monday and is scheduled to remain, providing its durability remain unchallenged, through November 3rd.  (If Chavez's sculpture is …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-10-05 20:59:00
click images for larger viewIf only 1871 had been so anti-climatic . .  .The morning after Saturday night's Great Chicago Fire Festival, the three structures representing the city that been floated into the middle of the Chicago River to burn up in dramatic fashion as the event's spectacular grand finale, remained dispiritedly intact, the letters of the messages that were to …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-10-02 17:36:00
click images for larger viewall renderings courtesy Steppenwolf TheatreFarewell, abject parking garage on Halsted just north of the Brown Line tracks that we've come over time to love wearily accept.  Farewell, memories - and remnants - of its original unfinished derelict look, leftover columns, spalling concrete, bits of rotting plywood, and graffiti art.In place of that garage, there will soon be …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-09-25 14:21:00
click images for larger viewSince William Wrigley first started his empire using chewing gum to sell baking powder, the story of the William Wrigley Company, and its role in defining Chicago architecture has been an epic one, and now there's a new O-Henry-like twist. The ornate cream terra-cotta towers of the Wrigley Building, with its gleaming floodlit night time presence (although …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-09-24 11:56:00
click images for larger viewIt was only three weeks ago that we wrote of the Bailey Bridge being put in place across the east channel of the Chicago River to serve until a permanent replacement for the century-old, recently-demolished Division Street bridge could be put in place.On Saturday, the temp structure had already crossed the river.Read the original story here:Division Street …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-09-19 06:22:00
click images for larger viewFlow/IM Fluss continues in Couch Place from 5:00 p.m. to midnight through Saturday, September 20th.  The weather project for Friday, warm and rainless, looks to be especially perfect.When you think of the black-and-white photography of the great film noir thrillers of the 1940's and 50's, you think of the striking interaction of shadows and fog, and of …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-09-15 03:47:00
click images for larger viewFlip City is a story about how a city and the architecture that defines it evolve over time.  The more I explore, the more epic it becomes, so I'm breaking it into multiple chapters to explore more aspects of the theme, and make the whole thing manageable, both for myself and for you as a reader. For …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-09-08 03:02:00
click images for larger viewSaturday seemed a good day to check out the progress and three large construction projects that have made the bend of the Chicago River big development central.See the complete photo-essay, after the break . . .Wolf Point WestAt the former service parking lot at Wolf Point, construction crews were hard a work (does everyone get time-and-a-half for …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-09-07 14:38:00
click images for larger viewGoing for a walk downtown along the Chicago River these days inevitably is dominated by the massive, ongoing construction site that's the new Riverwalk being constructed along the south bank.  Just last week, the passage that will allow pedestrians to walk beneath the Dearborn Street bridge was put into place.Maybe it was just bad timing, however, but …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-09-02 02:34:00
click images for larger viewIt was only this past July when we wrote of the quick demolition of the 1903 Division Street bridge over the North Branch Channel at the eastern edge of Goose Island.  Within a few short weeks, nary a trace of the structure remained.Map: Chicago Department of TransportationNow it's temporary replacement is being put in place just north …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-09-01 06:26:00
Chicago has always been known as a labor town, and for this Labor Day we'd thought we look at three Chicago structures whose role in the city's labor history is often overlooked.click images for larger viewThe Forum on 43rd Street, designed by architect Samuel A. Treat in 1897 was not only a ballroom and performance center, but also a regular home …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-08-25 11:11:00
click images for larger viewLooking at it from Wabash Avenue last Saturday, the looming presence of the former Lake Shore Athletic Club building at 441 North Wabash appeared almost normal.  It's only when you walked down the block to view it from the east that you got a true picture of what's going on.What's in store for this prime square-block site …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-08-24 07:11:00
click images for larger viewSaturday night marked another showing of the work of Luftwerk light sculptors Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero. Marina City rooftop core at daytimeA large crowd made the trek up to the 60th floor rooftop of the west tower of Bertrand Goldberg's iconic Marina City to see a projection of  Luftwerk's geometric transformations wrapping around almost the entire …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-08-21 11:23:00
click images for larger viewOn Tuesday, the Chicago Architecture Blog reported that an invasion of wrecking equipment had shown up at the long-shuttered Lake Shore Athletic club at 441 North Wabash, best known for its windowless walls and inset blue metal stairway . . .Back in 2013, we had proposed the bunkered building and its adjoining parking lot as the perfect …


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ArchitectureChicago PLUS 2014-08-18 11:18:00
The short answer would be appear to be ?No?, but there's always room for hope.Two vintage office buildings sit kitty-corner to each other at Clark and Adams.  Both began as elegant, upper-end structures, but neither has been treated kindly by time.The Edison Building click images for larger viewOn the northeast corner, right across from the Post Office of Mies van der …


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