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DePaul University School of Music Holtschneider Performance Center / Antunovich Associates

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Solstice in the Park / Studio Gang

© Tom Harris
© Tom Harris

© Nick Fochtman © Tom Harris © Nick Fochtman © Tom Harris + 23

Chicago, United States
  • Architects: Studio Gang
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 466290.0 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Williams Park Fieldhouse / STLarchitects

© Ignacio Espigares © Ignacio Espigares © Ignacio Espigares © Ignacio Espigares + 19

Chicago, United States
  • Architects: STLarchitects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 11220.0 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

Auditorium Theatre's 130th Birthday Celebration Open House

The National Historic Landmark Auditorium Theatre, which officially opened on December 9, 1889, has been a Chicago institution for 130 years. Celebrate this milestone anniversary, and explore Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler's masterpiece, at a FREE Open House! Take a historic theatre tour, pose for a picture at a photo booth with an Auditorium Theatre-themed backdrop; sketch and take photos of the theatre; bring the kids for free popcorn and coloring; grab a drink at the bar; and enter a raffle for a chance to win free tickets to a future Auditorium Theatre performance. Photographs, program books, and posters

Independence Library and Apartments / John Ronan Architects

© James Florio
© James Florio

© James Florio © James Florio © James Florio © James Florio + 30

Lee Bey on Chicago’s South Side, Historic Preservation, and Race

This article was originally published on Common Edge.

By and large, architectural photo books hew to a paradigm: big, glossy images of big, glossy buildings, paired with minimal text, shorn of any and all polemics. Context, in this environment, can be a distraction. Fortunately, Lee Bey’s new book, Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side (Northwestern University Press), is a notable exception to this unwritten rule. It’s an intriguing hybrid: a photo book of the South Side, a neighborhood history, a mini-memoir, and a polemic about systemic racism and historic preservation in Chicago.

New Renderings Released for Obama Presidential Center in Chicago

The Obama Foundation has released new renderings and a model of the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) in Chicago. Unveiled as part of the 2019 Obama Foundation Summit, the images feature a range of spaces around the center and in Jackson Park. The images aim to create more ways for the community to engage with the project as part of the city’s South Side.

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Critics and Community: Reviewing the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial

The third edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) has opened in Chicago with a range of new exhibitions and installations across the city. Organized under the theme ...And other such stories, the biennial showcases the work of over 80 contributors, including MASS Design Group, Forensic Architecture, Theaster Gates, and more. Taking a look at the main venue, we’re diving into some of the exhibitions and emerging stories.

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23 Buildings You Shouldn’t Miss in Chicago

On August 12, 1833, the Town of Chicago had roughly 200 inhabitants. Four years later, in 1837, it was upgraded to The City of Chicago – an interesting fact given that there are still 19 incorporated towns in Illinois. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 killed 300 people, destroyed about 3.3 square miles (9 km2), and left more than 100,000 residents homeless. However, by that time Chicago had become the world’s fastest-growing city and its population had risen over 300,000 inhabitants. The fire meant these ambitious citizens had to start again.

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With admirable strength, the city was reborn from the ashes and some of Chicago’s best architecture was constructed immediately after. Structures like the Rookery Building (1888, Frank Lloyd Wright), the Auditorium Building (1889, Louis Sullivan) and the Monadnock Building (1893, Burnham & Root, Holabird & Roche) are a few examples of the high standards the city was aiming for.

Since then, Chicago has only continued adding value to its urban grid and new buildings have been progressively enhancing the city’s beautiful skyline. This year Chicago celebrates the 2019-2020 Biennial and the city has plenty to offer. But, where to start?

If you love architecture, here is a list of buildings – old and new – that will help you understand, internalize and love Chicago’s built environment.

Shall we begin?

Chicago Union Station Great Hall Restoration / Goettsch Partners

© Tom Harris © Tom Harris © Tom Harris © Tom Harris + 25

Chicago, United States
  • Architects: Goettsch Partners
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 600000.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

SOM Designs Stereoform Slab Pavilion for 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial

Architecture practice Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) have designed a concrete pavilion for the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Today, the practice is unveiling the work of its interdisciplinary practice with Stereoform Slab, a to-scale prototype of a future building system made using advanced robotic fabrication techniques. The project is simultaneously an activation and an exhibition that illustrates a design method that reduces the carbon footprint of concrete construction.

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Michigan Loft / Vladimir Radutny Architects

© Mike Schwartz Photography © Mike Schwartz Photography © Mike Schwartz Photography © Mike Schwartz Photography + 28

Chicago, United States

Pelli Clarke Pelli's Wolf Point East Topped Out

Wolf Point East, a 665-foot residential tower, part of the last remaining development along the Chicago River, topped off and is near completion. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, and part of a master plan to redevelop the area, the east tower generates 700 rental units, 35,000 square feet of amenities, and 4,000 square feet of retail at street level.

The Third Chicago Architecture Biennial Announces its 2019 Program

The Chicago Architecture Biennial has released its cultural agenda for this year’s edition of the international exhibition. Held in the Chicago Cultural Center and all over the city, from the 19th of September 2019 till the 5th of January 2020, this edition under the theme of: ... And Other Such Stories, is going to be curated by the artistic director Yesomi Umolu, the executive director Todd Palmer and co-curated by Sepake Angiama and Paulo Tavares.

Architects Support Global Climate Strike

The Global Climate Strike is set to happen on the 20th of September 2019, just before the UN emergency climate summit, where people will disrupt their work to protest and advocate for actions against climate breakdown. Architects are joining on the march, through “Architects Advocate”, a movement encouraging the professionals of the industry to stand in solidarity with the rally.

Dirk Denison Renovates the Mies Van Der Rohe Bailey Hall

The Mies van der Rohe residential building, the Bailey Hall built in 1955, at Illinois Institute of Technology will be subject to renovation works by Dirk Denison Architects. The Chicago-based firm will modernize the mechanical, structural, and interior works, modifying its original function, and introducing a new configuration to host up to 330 first- and second-year students, while the exterior will remain faithful to the original design and the ground floor lobby will still hold on to the Mies’ iconic recessed glass lobby.

Obama Presidential Center Design Moves Forward as Federal Judge Rejects Lawsuit

The Obama Presidential Center by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and Interactive Design moves forward as a federal judge tossed out the lawsuit against it. The planned $500 million, 20-acre campus faced an initial ruling from a district judge that allowed the lawsuit to proceed and stalled construction for four months. Now U.S. District Judge John Robert Blakey stated there will be no halt in construction.

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