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As if the city’s multi-million dollar sustainable development plan was not enough, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to light up the night sky with a spectacular citywide light show to increase more tourism. To accomplish this glorious feat, Rahm is introducing an international design competition that welcomes teams of artists, architects, engineers and designers to light up Chicago’s architectural wonders in a unique and different way.

While the Light-up Chicago initiative will focus primarily on inner city improvements, the spotlight will ultimately include neighboring areas as well.

Project initiatives are under the supervision of Lou Raizin, president of Broadway in Chicago. Raizin says:

It’s about creating a spectacle that winds up allowing us to be sensitive to the assets that we have, but making a pivot that takes the old guard to the vanguard. It’s not just washing a building with light. It’s about creating theater. It’s about engaging. It’s not just color. It’s three-dimensional. It’s really creating events in light.

Chicago has always been a favorite tourist destination, and with this citywide ornamentation, the Mayor hopes to see a 10 percent rise in annual visitors by 2020.

Source: Suntimes



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Of Interest



HGTV is casting the second season of Brother vs. Brother, HGTV's hit new competition series featuring The Property Brothers, as well as a brand new HGTV Renovation Competition Series. They are holding an open casting call in Chicago on Sunday, September 22nd. 

For Brother vs. Brother they’re looking for Passionate, charismatic individuals who have major hands-on skills, an eye for renovation and real estate know-how.


(Contractors, carpenters, Interior designers, architects, real estate professionals, artists and those with design expertise).


For the New Renovation Competition Series they’re looking for: Dynamic friends, couples or family members with big dreams and a love for renovation and design.


(Handy teams of two who think they have a superior eye for design. Although home renovation experience is a plus, it is not required).


When: Sunday, September 22nd from 10AM to 1PM

Where: The Westin Michigan Avenue, 909 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611

How: For more info visit:



On Location: Chicago


(Above) Actors Jesse Spencer, Eamonn Walker, Charlie Barnett, and Marina City in a scene filmed on the State Street Bridge on February 5 for the NBC television show Chicago Fire. (Click on image to view larger version.)




28-Feb-13 – Marina City and the State Street Bridge made their Chicago Fire debut as a scene filmed on February 5 aired Wednesday night on NBC.


In the three-minute scene for the episode Better to Lie, a Chicago Fire Department truck goes east on Wacker Drive, then west on Wacker Drive, and finally arrives from the north on State Street just shy of the bridge. They find a Buick LaSabre has struck a bicycle messenger and crashed into a light pole. The driver of the car is gone. A passenger is stuck. The messenger is under the car, gone to bike messenger heaven.


Fire fighters soon track down the driver on the State Street Bridge – on the wrong side of the railing – looking like he is going to jump into the Chicago River. Trying to lure him back, Peter Mills, played by Charlie Barnett, tells the man that the messenger is ok – which is kind of untrue – but it works.

“I figured it was better to lie to him and get him down,” says Mills. “He can get over it later.”

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LunchTalks@CAF: Great Cities, Great Lakes, Great Basin: Chicago: Building a Livable, Competitive and Sustainable City

LOCATION: Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Ave

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Karen Weigert, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chicago

In fall 2012, the City of Chicago launched Sustainable Chicago 2015, An Action Agenda, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s roadmap to accelerate Chicago’s competitiveness, livability, and sustainability. The plan builds upon Chicago’s past sustainability work and identifies seven strategic categories including: economic development and job creation; energy efficiency and clean energy; transportation options; water and wastewater; parks, open spaces, and healthy food; waste and recycling; and climate change. With specific goals and key actions, the plan is committed to making Chicago the most sustainable city of the 21st century while driving expanded accountability and transparency. Join us as Chicago’s Chief Sustainability Officer discusses the plan and its recently released Year One Progress Report update. CAPACITY:160



 Today's Video Pick





The controversial demolition of the old Prentice Women's Hospital, designed by famed Marina City architect Bertrand Goldberg, commenced after preservationists failed to secure landmark status for the structure at 250 East Superior Street. Northwestern alum Nathan Eddy captured the debate over Goldberg's clover-shaped building in this short documentary.


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Good Reads




Strategies for Crafting

Public Space


Lesley Bain,  Barbara Gray

and Dave Rodgers


John Wiley & Sons, Inc

ISBN: 978-0-470-90381-0
March 2012
336 pages, Hardcover US $85.00


Urban Composition: Developing Community through Design, by Mark C. Childs, the writer of Squares, is a perfect example of a book that inspires readers to think outside of the box. In the book, Childs points out that cities and towns are one of humanity’s greatest and most complex achievements, however, not a single successful city can be the outcome of one person’s or organization’s ideas.


More on this book and others on our


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Inside Today


University of Chicago

New Lab Schools Building  


With university-related buildings and apartment high-rises leading the way, the fall architecture scene promises to be one of the most lively since the recession's onset in 2007. Here's a preview from Tribune critic Blair Kamin.

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Preservation Station

Winner — Christopher Rutt Best Exterior Rehabilitation




The Rutts were tired of their backyard’s enclosed porch with brown siding and lackluster landscaping, so they decided to open up - and spruce up - the whole area. Follow the link to check out the results.



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150 North Riverside


150 N. Riverside.

Office Tower

Proposed Ht 53 stories, 700 feet

Architect: Goettsch Partners

Scheduled Construction mid-2014


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