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Unique perspectives on the city from the people who live here.
Monday, July 8, 2019 4:00 PM by Kelsey O'Connor
Thursday, September 13, 2018 8:00 AM by Judy Giannetto
The Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), which opened its doors on August 31, 2018 as the new home of the Chicago Architectural Foundation, provides a fabulous, in-a-nutshell overview of the history of Chicago architecture. It's also the perfect launch pad for your personal discovery of the city's stunning buildings and their enduring legacy.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 7:00 PM by Max Grinnell
It’s curious to think that in the mid-19th century, the Union Stock Yard Gate once was the last thing that millions of animals saw as they were led to their slaughter for use as meat products and various other sundry goods. Today, visitors to this city landmark will only encounter rumbling trucks belonging to nearby companies such as the Royal Envelope Corporation, Aramark Uniform Services and the Superior Nut & Candy Company.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 3:00 PM by Amy Bizzarri
Once a year, Chicago's closed-to-the-public architectural gems open their doors wide to welcome visitors from near and far. If you've ever dreamed of going behind-the-scenes, inside a Chicago masterpiece, you won't want to miss Open House Chicago, hosted by the Chicago Architecture Center. This free, two-day public event, held this year on October 14 and 15, offers access to our city's exclusive, magnificent mansions, skyscrapers, theaters, private clubs, industrial facilities, private offices and sacred spaces. While the open sites can be discovered in just about every neighborhood in the city, this year marks the first time that the Northwest Side neighborhood of Logan Square/Avondale will be joining the mix.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 3:00 PM by Max Grinnell
The design competition for the Chicago Tribune Tower was one of the most celebrated international architectural competitions of the 20th century. On June 10, 1922, the Chicago Tribune announced that they entries would be welcome from anywhere in the world. The prize? $50,000. Over the coming months, they received over 260 entries. In the end, the winning entry was a formidable design proffered by John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 5:00 PM by Max Grinnell
As one walks south on Michigan Avenue from Congress Parkway, a gleaming image emerges on the west side of the street. Beyond the glass facade of the Spertus Museum of Judaica and the buildings of Columbia College, there it is: the Blackstone Hotel, a beacon of good taste and luxury since the day it opened its doors in in 1910.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 6:00 PM by Max Grinnell
It’s always a fun and exciting idea to spend a night or two in the Loop. During the day, you can appreciate the cadence of folks on their way to work or the casual attitude of strolling tourists, architectural enthusiasts and others who might just be taking their time to appreciate Chicago’s details. One of the best places to set up your home base for exploration is the J. W. Marriott Chicago on West Adams Street. Here's a profile of this architecturally-significant Chicago hotel below.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 12:00 AM by Max Grinnell
Hey, did you know it's the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's birth? Did you also know the Chicago suburb of Oak Park is home to the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings worldwide?
It's an exciting time to celebrate this architectural genius with a wide range of programs sponsored by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. One of the most compelling events will be the Wright Plus 150 Architectural House Walk in Oak Park on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9am-5pm.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 12:00 AM by Rosalind Cummings-Yeates
Chicago is a city easily explored by foot or riding the 'L' train, with chances to view the architecture up close and experience the fabulous neighborhoods and parks. But for those times out of the year when the city weather is less cooperative, and for visitors who want the leisurely enjoyment and educational edification of a bus tour of Chicago, we'e got you covered. Check out these touring bus companies for another view of Chicago.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 12:00 AM by Max Grinnell
Started in 2011, Open House Chicago is a fantastic way to explore the nooks and crannies throughout Chicago that you might not otherwise get the opportunity to see up close. Presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the event boasts free tours of over 200 buildings that will open their doors to visitors on October 15-16. You can spend one day exploring sites in the Loop, and the other day check out some of the amazing opportunities in other great parts of the city. Here’s a guide to three neighborhoods you’ll want to visit as part of this amazing two-day celebration of Chicago architecture and design.