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Posts from July 2014

3 Chicago Postmodern Architectural Icons

Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:00 AM by Amanda Scotese

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.

Castaways Air and Water Show

The Chicago Air and Water Show, one of the summer's most thrilling spectacles, kicks off on August 16-17. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and many more experts in speed will hit the skies over our fair city. While you can always catch the Air & Water Show from pretty much anywhere on the lakefront from Fullerton Avenue to Oak Street, here are four ways to view the show in comfort and style.

1970s Cubs road uniform

The Chicago Cubs finish the last 10 days of July with as many home games, kicked off today by a three-game historic 1970s homestand versus the San Diego Padres. The Cubs then face division rival St. Louis Cardinals, July 25-27, and then cap their stay at home with a four-game series against the Colorado Rockies, July 28-31. Make sure to head over to Wrigley Field for these three great home series and celebrate the Friendly Confines' 100th birthday.

Historic Signs of Chicago Skyscrapers

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:00 AM by Amanda Scotese

Trump Hotel sign

The recent placement of the Trump International Hotel & Tower sign on Chicago's riverfront inspired me to take a look at other prominent signs of Chicago skyscrapers. Downtown was once littered with neon and marquee lights, and over the years the identification of building owners has generally become more subdued. However, it certainly hasn't disappeared. Here is a look at the history behind some of the signs topping Chicago architecture downtown.

University of Chicago

On a trip to Hyde Park, most folks stop by some of the neighborhood's star attractions: the Museum of Science and Industry, the Court Theatre, and perhaps a stop at the Medici on 57th Street for some pizza and conversation.

First-time visitors and seasoned South Siders might also do well to check out a few of the lesser-known gems (architectural and other) right nearby on the University of Chicago campus. Here's a quick tour of three fascinating moments that are worth your time.

Chicago's Top Dogs for Hot Dog Day

Monday, July 21, 2014 12:00 AM by Matt Kirouac

Bangers & Lace

In Chicago, National Hot Dog Day is practically forcemeat Christmas. Which is why you'll want to eat your way around the city's multifaceted hot dog landscape to celebrate the encased meat holiday on July 23. Here's a roundup of some of Chicago's top dogs.

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