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The Alise Hotel in Chicago: An Overnight Stay in an Architectural Masterpiece

The Alise Hotel

Chicago is an architecture buff's playground—it's even, some have argued, the best architectural city in America. Stay overnight in the marvelous Alise Chicago Hotel while visiting the city, and you’ll be staying in a masterwork by Daniel Burnham, urban planner famous for his 1909 plan for Chicago, and architect of many great Chicago buildings, including the Columbian Exposition.


Open House Chicago 2016: Free Behind-the-Scenes Tours at 200+ Iconic Chicago Buildings (Oct 15–16)

Congress Plaza Hotel Ballroom

The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago, now in its 6th year, is a free public festival that gives you the chance to go behind-the-scenes at more than 200 iconic buildings across Chicago. This 48-hour program, taking place October 15–16, uncovers Chicago gems that are usually closed to the public. Here are seven downtown spots we can't wait to check out during Open House Chicago 2016.


Learn about the Art of Architecture at the Inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial

Chicago Architecture Biennial

From Oct. 3, 2015 to Jan. 3, 2016, the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial will showcase innovation in contemporary architecture with exhibitions, installations and a slew of engaging events. The programming appeals to both the stuffiest of architecture geeks to the everyday visitor wanting to better understand ideas in architecture today.  


Building Chicago: Some Resources for Exploration

Dearborn Station, 1976

To the casual traveler, a walk through the Loop or one of the city’s neighborhoods reveals a city that’s full of skyscrapers, streets, commercial buildings, homes, apartment buildings, and other pieces of the built environment. But wait: it wasn’t always that way, so how did it all come to be?


Explore Wicker Park's Historic Milwaukee Avenue

Milwaukee Damen Avenue

Many people associate Wicker Park's Six Corners with nightlife, shopping and young professionals. An official Historic District lies along Milwaukee Avenue just southeast of Damen Avenue. Many pedestrians are likely so dazzled by the wares in the windows that they might not notice the beauty of the historic buildings around them. 


3 Architecture Organizations You Should Know About

Chicago Architecture

Chicago knows architecture - how can we best engage with it? Here are three great organizations that support the education of Chicago architecture in the city. 


Chicago Architecture Family Programs for Kids at the Chicago Architecture Foundation

Chicago Architecture Foundation

Looking to learn more about Chicago architecture? Some of the first modern skyscrapers were born in our city, and our stunning skyline reflects Chicago's originality, beauty and innovation in the field of architecture. The Chicago Architecture Foundation works hard to introduce the science and art behind Chicago's amazing architecture to young children and teens, with outstanding programming that offers hands-on activities, walking tours and workshops.


A Lakeview Photo Retrospective: From the Illinois Federal Writers Project, 1939

Wrigley Field

The Federal Writers' Project - a New Deal program during the Great Depression - produced what amounted to sophisticated travel guides for all the states. The Illinois guide was published in 1939, and it provides a unique way to measure what places and things have endured, and what have not, over the past 75 years. Here we take a look at some long-familiar sites in Lakeview, the North Side neighborhood best known for a century-old landmark: Wrigley


Three New Historic Hotels in Chicago

Downtown Chicago

Hotels are popping up left and right around Chicago, from the heart of downtown to down near McCormick Place. While some are totally new constructions, others are breathing new life into the architecture of historic buildings. Here are just a few of these new hotel in historic buildings that will open in downtown Chicago over the next couple years.


3 Chicago Postmodern Architectural Icons

James R. Thompson Center

Postmodern architecture is all over downtown Chicago. and in particular three iconic skyscrapers in this style pop into my mind when I think "postmodern." To start out, there's some confusion over what the style is, and that's because it is somewhat eclectic. Generally we are talking after modernism, primarily with dark steel boxes of Mies van der Rohe and all his emulators.


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