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Old 12-16-2016, 11:06 AM   #1
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A Chicago December

2016 is Chicago Architecture Foundation's fiftieth anniversary

Boston Globe, Dec 16, 2016 article - "More landmark buildings remade into unique hotels".
CHICAGO — In the lofty skylit atrium of the early high-rise Railway Exchange is the pride of the Chicago Architecture Foundation: a 320-square-foot model of the city’s skyline and its famous skyscrapers.
But the visitors and locals gathering around it today aren’t heading out to see those. They’re here for something unexpected. This group is going on a tour of downtown hotels.

Washington Post, February 24, 2017
An architectural legacy worth celebrating

"...Jen Masengarb, director of interpretation and research at the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF). She approached the seminar question — how culture impacts design — by inverting it.
In Chicago, she said, it is design and architecture that impact culture.
For her and the CAF, the legacy of historically significant architects and architecture is one of the most tangible and meaningful attributes defining the character and culture of Chicago."

"The CAF plays a major role in ensuring that Chicagoans and tourists see, understand and appreciate the city’s architectural heritage. Among the city’s largest cultural organization, the CAF has a $20 million annual budget enabling it to educate people who become knowledgeable and caring about architecture and who will have high design expectations."

"The CAF proactively showcases, every day of the year, historic and contemporary architecture across the city, including its neighborhoods. Public lectures, workshops and events teach tourists and residents about design, design thinking, state-of-the-art building technology and the web of forces shaping the built environment."

The Architect’s Newspaper, Sept 12, 2017
“Chicago Architecture Foundation announces new Chicago Architecture Center”

“Currently located in the Daniel Burnham-designed Railway Exchange building on South Michigan Avenue, the institution’s offices and exhibition space will soon be located in the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed 111 East Wacker building.”
“The new location along the river will bring the foundation much closer to the throngs of tourists walking along the “Magnificent Mile.”

The Architect’s Newspaper
Chicago Architecture Foundation reveals its new home
By ELIZABETH BLASIUS • June 14, 2018

On August 31, the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) gets a new home and a new name. The new Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) will make its debut once the space at 111 East Wacker, also known as One Illinois Center, opens to the public, a 25-year change from the organization’s previous location in the 1904 Railway Exchange Building, designed by D.H. Burnham & Company. The new location gives CAF more symbolic and physical visibility from the commerce of North Michigan Avenue, as well as proximity to the dock for CAF’s popular river cruise highlighting the city’s riverfront architecture. The 20,000-square-foot CAF space will be housed inside a 1970 structure designed by The Office of Mies van der Rohe.

On the first floor, the popular Chicago Model will be expanded from 1,300 to 3,000 buildings ... The second floor will be the home of the Skyscraper Gallery, featuring the Building Tall exhibit, to be filled with supersized models of skyscrapers around the world...

August 31, 2018
Chicago Architecture Foundation has a new location and a new name:
Nice pictures

From Chicago Curbed, Dec 1, 2017
To mark the one year anniversary of the Chicago Riverwalk’s completion, design firm Sasaki has released a video showing the 1.25-mile-long linear waterfront park

150 North Riverside, Goettsch Partners

150 North Riverside opens

“The best structural engineers in the world worked on the building,” Rob Chmielowski of Magnusson Klemencic Associates, the Seattle-based firm tapped by Riverside Investment to oversee the building’s structural engineering, tells us.

500 West Madison is connected to the platforms of Ogilvie Transportation Center.

Union Station Transit Center, opened September 4, 2016

Ogilvie Transportation Center, Metra commuter rail lines

RailwayAge, January 13, 2017
USDOT and Chicago Union Station move towards $1B redevelopment plan

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Amtrak CUS Great Hall work under way

Amtrak’s $22 million project to restore and improve historic Chicago Union Station’s Great Hall is under way. The year-long project will result in a public space painted in its original colors, and made brighter by a restored and protected skylight with improved lighting.

Newly renovated Burlington Room

Very generous outdoor space for a downtown skyscraper, it belongs to the "The Wedding Ring Building", 311 South Wacker Drive, on the next photo

LaSalle Street, a film location in the movie, "The Untouchables". “Here Endeth the Lesson”, love this line.

The Rookery Building, 1888, "Chicago's Beloved Icon", according to a banner

"Burnham and Root designed The Rookery’s ornate light court in 1888. Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1907 renovation added geometric light fixtures, white marble cladding and decorative urns at the base of the staircase". - CAF, May 14, 2018
“Chicago wedding venues: 25 of the most beautiful places to get married”
List includes The Rookery which is the oldest surviving high-rise in Chicago., August 8, 2017
"An ode to Chicago’s iconic Picasso sculpture"

"Dedicated by Mayor Richard J. Daley on August 15, 1967, the untitled sculpture was received by a perplexed—if not skeptical—public. However, despite its initial lukewarm reception, the 50-foot-tall artwork has become a beloved symbol of downtown Chicago and has made numerous cameos in popular films including Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Fugitive."

"Pablo Picasso, the Spanish artist who designed the piece for Chicago famously turned down a a $100,000 commission for the sculpture, offering his design as a gift to the city."

Reliance Building, 1895, white terra cotta; now, The Alise Chicago Hotel

Macy's Believe/Make-A-Wish Campaign

Restaurant Eataly

Maggie Daley Park skating ribbon and climbing wall (2014)

Chicago Cultural Center, largest Tiffany glass dome in the world

Another film location for the movie, “The Untouchables”.


London Guarantee & Accident Building is now Hilton's LondonHouse hotel.
Boston Globe, Dec 16, 2016 article - "More landmark buildings remade into unique hotels".

Merry Christmas,
Happy Holidays,
Peace on Earth in 2017

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Awesome! Thanks for sharing these!
I like urbanism, big and small, near and far.
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