Posts tagged "Chicago architecture"

Happy 50th Birthday, Marina City!

Happy 50th Birthday, Marina City!
Marina City is one of those Chicago landmarks that makes the cityscape what it is today. Those corn cob towers are so strange looking, but back in the day it was the place to be. This month, Marina City celebrates its 50th anniversary, and of course I thought we could all use a little history... Read more »

Did you know that Chicago invented skyscrapers?

Did you know that Chicago invented skyscrapers?
There’s been a lot of buzz lately about the possibility of a mile-high skyscraper being built in less than 15 years. This of course will require a bit of new technology – like a new way to transport humans since an old fashioned elevator probably won’t cut it. Unfortunately, it’s not looking like it’s going to happen... Read more »

Keep an eye out for the famous Weather Bell

Keep an eye out for the famous Weather Bell
Have you ever noticed that really stranger weather thingy on the Walgreens at the corner of Clark and Monroe? It has lights on it and options that say ‘no change,’ ‘warmer,’ ‘colder,’ ‘snow’ and ‘rain.’ Seems pretty dumb to me, but it looks like it’s been there for a long time so I of course... Read more »
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Tonight: fancy hat event with a side of Chicago history

Tonight: fancy hat event with a side of Chicago history
As you may know, it’s The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival. Now, I wouldn’t usually recommend this, but there’s a fun hat event paired with Chicago history happening tonight at 5:30 p.m. The Hotel Monaco is hosting a hat party in its Paris Ballroom with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a Goorin Hat trunk show. (I love... Read more »

Chicago oldest and most historic artists' building

Chicago oldest and most historic artists' building
My tap company has undergone a very large and very cool upgrade: the Chicago Human Rhythm Project finally has its own space in the famous and historic Fine Arts Building. The space is going to be called the American Rhythm Center, and it’s so pretty! I won’t bore you with all of the details of... Read more »

The real story behind the Vagina Building

The real story behind the Vagina Building
You may know it by its slightly tamer name, the Diamond Building. But no matter what you call it, the building with the flat top and prominent vertical slit is one of the most famous designs in the Chicago skyline. Today, the building is known as the Crain Communications Building, a change that just happened... Read more »
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Did You Know, Chicago? The Jewelers Building

Did You Know, Chicago? The Jewelers Building
No matter how many years I live in Chicago, I still love going on those architectural cruises. One of my favorite buildings to see on the tour is 35 E. Wacker, formerly known as the Jeweler’s Building, facing the Chicago River. Aside from the fact that it’s a beautiful building with a fancy dome on top of... Read more »