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DePaul Basketball Arena Design Wins McPier Board Approval For ...

Huffington Post

Story by Ted Cox, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago: SOUTH LOOP — An architectural firm that proposed to create a roof that appears to undulate for a new DePaul ...


Cranes' Up At Madison At Racine

The Chicago Architecture Blog

Posted By Editor on Sep 17, 2013 in Construction, Madison Street, Racine Avenue, West Town, _story · Madison At Racine under construction. Things are really ...




Langham to open mid-July


Photos and text by Steven Dahlman


8-Mar-13 – River North’s latest luxury hotel is on schedule for a “soft opening” just four months away and an official opening on September 10. Although a ribbon cutting ceremony is not scheduled until the official opening, the hotel’s director of public relations says “the entire hotel” will be open in “mid July.” Complete story at



Photograph of an architectural model of the 525-foot

residential tower that will be the first of three buildings

constructed at Wolf Point near Merchandise Mart. Photo

of model obtained from Chicago-based bKL Architecture


26-Feb-13 – With proper advance notice this time, the Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards again approved a zoning reclassification that will let developers build a 525-foot, 510-unit residential tower at Wolf Point.


Most of the people speaking during one hour and eight minutes of discussion in Council Chambers at City Hall Tuesday morning were in favor of the project. Supporters say it will attract $1 billion in investment, 2,000 jobs, and $40 million per year in tax revenue with no taxpayer subsidy.


The first tower alone will cost $175 million and create 400 construction jobs, according to Jack George, an attorney for Houston-based Hines Interests L.P., which will develop the 3.85-acre site on land owned by the Kennedy family. Complete story at marinacityonline





Tower crane to rise again at 111 W. Wacker

Marina City online

After taking three years off, a tower crane will return to 111 West Wacker as construction crews aim toward completion of the 60-story tower in the spring of 2014.


Burberry's building elicits jeers, one cheer
Crain's Chicago Business (blog)
The Chicago Architecture Blog also takes a broader look at recent changes on Chicago's premier shopping strip, noting that "the Boul Mich is entering a new age. Slowly, but inexorably, it is transforming once again into a showcase of modern ...


Plans to Open Godfrey Hotel in Chicago Announced Today
Hotel News Resource
The interiors, designed by Gettys Design Group Chicago, reflect the building's striking architecture with a unique interplay of strong geometric forms and the impactful use of color. Guests will be welcomed into a marble-clad, elliptical lobby ...


Putting juice in a shell
Chicago Journal
Fast forward to August 2012, and what has emerged is a classic example of the Chicago rehabilitation effort known as adaptive reuse. Several buildings along the North Branch of the Chicago River fit this model, most notably the Groupon headquarters ...


Tom DiSanto and Ed Warm, Owners of Joe’s Bar, General Manager

of Arlington Park Tony Petrillo, Alderman Scott Waguespack






CHICAGO, Ill. (July 31, 2012) -- After more than 20 years at its original location, the Trackside Chicago off-track wagering facility has moved across the street into Joe’s Bar, one of Chicago’s most popular locations to watch sports, listen to live music or have a private party.  To celebrate the move, Joe’s Bar and Trackside Chicago held a special ribbon-cutting ceremony and VIP Reception on Monday, July 30. The venue was designed by OKW Architects and is called Trackside, located at 940 W. Weed Street in Lincoln Park. The new OTB is state-of-the art with over 160 LCD screens and the latest in modern wagering both in the OTB and Joe’s. The new Trackside will also feature a rooftop patio which OKW is designing and is expected to open early Fall of this year.


The event was emceed by Arlington Park’s Senior Director of Marketing and Communications Howard Sudberry and featured remarks from Joe’s owners Tom DiSanto and Ed Warm, Arlington Park General Manager Tony Petrillo and 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack.  After the traditional “Call to Postť was played by Arlington Park’s bugler, Ald. Waguespack placed a ceremonial wager to celebrate the new partnership between Joe’s Bar and Arlington Park/Trackside


Joe's Bar and Trackside Chicago


Joe’s Bar is a 20,000+ square foot warehouse-style venue located near the Lincoln Park neighborhood at 940 W. Weed Street in Chicago specializing in sports, live music and private parties.  Joe's is host to both national and local music groups and have been home to acts such as Keith Urban, Rick Springfield, and Grammy award-winning Lady Antebellum.  Joe’s is home to 14 different college alumni groups such as the Fighting Illini, the Indiana Hoosiers and the Florida Gators   Joe’s features unique entertainment and seating options throughout to include a newly constructed state-of-the-art of-track wagering simulcast center.   


Arlington Park added more than 70 LED televisions to the 110 sets that already resided in Joe’s Bar.   Wagering machines are located in both the Trackside Off-Track Wagering area as well as in the main bar area of Joe’s.








CHICAGO, June 7, 2012MB Real Estate is pleased to announce the completion of the new approximately $150 million, 446,000 square foot Headquarters for the Americas facility for Astellas Pharma US, Northbrook, Illinois.

GlenStar Properties, LLC was the developer of the project and MB Real Estate was the overall project manager. Andrew Davidson executive vice president and managing director of Corporate Services, along with David Burkards and Kyle Robbins, vice presidentsof MB Real Estate’s Corporate Services group, began working with Astellas in 2007 offering a variety of real estate solutions that would fit the company’s goals and operations.

© James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography

“This was a significant project for Chicago’s suburban marketplace, particularly as it was started in a down market,” said Davidson. “The resulting project is a completely unique, trophy property that captures Astellas’ vision of ‘changing tomorrow’ for patients around the globe. A facility of this caliber required constant communication and coordination and is the result of a superior construction team.”

The decision to purchase land and proceed with a build-to-suit development enabled Astellas to procure additional acreage and expand the project’s scope to include amenities such as a covered parking structure, fitness center, and high-tech conference center. Astellas was also able to assemble a design and delivery team of top tier architects, engineers and contractors to bring the project to fruition. Goettsch Partners served as Architect of Record for the base building, and worked closely with SmithGroupJJR, which provided a full range of interior architecture services, including furniture, fixtures, equipment and wayfinding systems. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems were managed by WMA Consulting Engineers, Ltd. and Power Construction Company,LLC delivered the project as General Contractor.

© James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography

“The new headquarters is designed to help realize Astellas’ vision—providing a bold, forward-thinking complex that allows them to see out in all directions,” said James Goettsch, president of Goettsch Partners. “This view helps provide perspective as employees work to improve the health and lives of people worldwide.”

“This project is the result of a collaborative team committed to designing a facility which supports Astellas’ specific operational requirements yet is reflective of the company’s brand and image,” added Angie Lee, FAIA, IIDA,

© James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography

LEED AP,  vice president and leader of SmithGroupJJR’s Workplace Practice. “Not only will this building provide a new home to hundreds of employees, it also symbolizes Astellas' commitment to positively impact the broader community. Our team kept this in mind with each design decision we made.”

The new Astellas Headquarters for the Americas facility has applied for LEED Gold Certification. MB Real worked closely with the U.S. Green Building Council and the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure the proper implementation of sustainable building design and practices. Green features of the Astellas property include a geothermal heating and cooling system, an energy efficient lighting system, and a window curtain wall which introduces an abundance of natural light deep into the space.

© James Steinkamp, Steinkamp Photography

“The timing of this project was fortuitous, because Astellas was able to acquire the site at a discounted price and build a project at a cost that was 20 percent less than other notable projects of this caliber,” commented David Graff, senior vice president of Project Services, who worked closely with Astellas and the construction team.

The new Astellas Headquarters for the Americas project has been well-recognized throughout the real estate community,and has received numerous awards including Office Development of the Year 2011 from the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), and Build-to-Suit of the Year 2011 from the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s Annual Commercial Real Estate Awards.Most recently, the development was honored with the Merit Award for New Construction in the Suburbs by the Chicago Building Congress. MB Real Estate was also awarded Project Manager of the Year 2011 for its involvement in the Astellas project by the Greater Chicago Food Depository.


Industrial building on Green St. to become hotel
Gazette Chicago
FMP One LLC owns the building and is asking the Chicago City Council's zoning committee to approve the rezoning needed for their lessee, Soho House Chicago, to move ahead with its hotel/club and retail/dining plans. Soho House is a London-based chain ...


Gold Coast Jewel a gem for developer
Chicago Sun-Times
He said he and his architectural firm, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, will spend the summer getting local feedback before issuing any sketches. “We don't want to present anything as a fait accompli. There are sophisticated people there.



Navy Pier, Inc. Narrows Shortlist to Five as Search for Team to

Reimagine Pier’s Public Spaces Enters Final Phase


CHICAGO – Five design teams have been invited by Navy Pier to advance to the third and final phase of the selection process to determine who will be chosen to redesign the Pier’s public spaces, Navy Pier officials announced today.


“Establishing the list of teams to prepare design proposals for the Pierscape at Navy Pier has been a challenge,” said Sarah Garvey, Chair of the NPI Board. “This difficult task of selecting five finalists speaks directly to our candidates’ extraordinary talent, the high quality of their work and the insightfulness of their approach to the Pierscape design.”


Today's announcement is the latest step in the selection process to determine which design team or teams will work with Navy Pier on the design of the "Pierscape," an important part of the Centennial Vision planning framework for the redevelopment of Navy Pier.


The public spaces to be redesigned include Gateway Park at the west entrance of the Pier, Crystal Gardens, Pier Park, East End Park and the South Dock - along with smaller public spaces that dot the length of the Pier. This work will include enhancements to the Pier's landscaping and streetscape along with the addition of fountains, public art, and lighting.


“We truly appreciate the time and effort invested by each of our candidates and thank all of them for their interest in Navy Pier,” said Marilynn Gardner, President of NPI. “We began with more than 50 design teams and after having seen examples of the kind of work being done throughout the world, are genuinely excited about the possibilities for Navy Pier.”


As the five design teams enter the third phase of the search, each will be required to submit design proposals and participate in oral interviews with Navy Pier. At the beginning of February, their ideas and designs for Pierscape will be placed on display for public viewing.


“The selected teams include some of the most talented designers in their respective fields,” said Steve Haemmerle, Executive Vice President of NPI. “We are looking forward to seeing their design proposals and how their approach to the urban landscape will enhance the experience at Navy Pier so it can become a truly world class public space.”

The final selection of a design team or teams that work with Navy Pier on the design of the Pierscape is anticipated in February 2012.

NPI launched its international search for design teams September 1.  The request for qualifications and design proposals sought teams that included a variety of disciplines, including landscape architecture, architecture, urban design, graphic design, lighting design, and art curation. Navy Pier, Inc. received 52 submissions, including over 250 different firms from more than a dozen countries.


Each team’s submission was carefully reviewed and evaluated by a team of advisors who provided input to the Board of NPI who established the shortlist.


Reimagining the Pierscape is an important part of implementing the larger Centennial Vision planning framework to redevelop the Pier as it approaches its 100th anniversary in 2016. NPI and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) jointly approved the planning framework before NPI assumed management of the Pier on July 1 under a 25-year lease from MPEA.




A Design Team Search for the Pierscape at Navy Pier

Phase III Shortlist

23 November 2011







Lead Pencil Studio


Project Projects


Speirs + Major


WET Design


Davis Langdon


Christy Webber


Tivoli International


Eden Project


Aedas Architects


Martha Schwartz Partners


Halcrow Yolles


Solomon Cordwell Buenz


Marshall Brown Projects




Fisher Marantz Stone


Suzanne Randolph Fine Arts


Davis Brody Bond


Atelier Dreiseitl GMBH


Dan Euser


Ned Kahn Studios


Hoerr Schaudt


Action Sport Development


Marks Barfield Architects


Lou Raizin


Gregory Hummel


James Corner Field Operations


Terry Guen Design Associates




Bruce Mau Design


Leo Villareal


L'Observatoire International


Ed Marszewski


Fluidity Design Consultants


Patrick Blanc


John Greenlee & Associates


Chris Wangro


Billings Jackson


Buro Happold




HR&A Advisors


ETM Associates








Terry Guen Design Associates




Zoe Ryan


Conservation Design Forum


HR&A Advisors


Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Sam Schwartz Engineering

Leni Schwendinger LIGHT projects

CMS Fountain Consultants

Karin Bacon Enterprises



Xavier Vendrell Studio


Grimshaw Architects


Tom Leader Studio


Harley Ellis Devereaux




Studio Lab


Schuler Shook


Ińigo Manglano-Ovalle


Lisa D. Freiman


Creative Time


Nelson Nygaard




Faithful + Gould





Chicago funeral home design lets the light in (blog)
The building, which opened in September, is Chicago Jewish Funerals' third and newest suburban location, reports the Chicago Tribune. The architect Joseph Alexander, of the Chicago-based Alexander & Associates, employed a modern aesthetic for the ..


Architectural design brings light to funeral home
Chicago Tribune
That's why it's fascinating to step into the newest chapel of Chicago Jewish Funerals, which has two other suburban locations. This adventurous modernist building, at 8851 Skokie Blvd. in north suburban Skokie, isn't a great work of architecture, ..


Navy Pier Inc. Sees Strong Response to International

Search for Team to Redesign Pier’s Public Spaces



First phase of search yields 52 submissions from across globe


CHICAGO (October 11, 2011) – More than 50 design teams from around the world have responded to Navy Pier, Inc.’s search for a group to redesign public spaces at the historic attraction, a strong show of interest reflecting the prestigious nature of the assignment, Navy Pier Inc. announced today.


“We are absolutely thrilled with the overwhelming response to our search for a design team for the Pierscape at Navy Pier,” said Sarah Garvey, chair of the Navy Pier Inc. board. “The response confirms our belief that this represents a unique opportunity to have a profound impact on one of the most iconic, visible public spaces in one of the world’s great cities. This bodes very well for the future of our Pier.”


The 52 submissions include over 250 different firms from more than a dozen countries. A complete list of teams submitting qualifications is available at


The international search for designers of a new “Pierscape” represents the first step in implementation of the Centennial Vision planning framework for redevelopment of the Pier as it approaches its 100th anniversary in 2016. Navy Pier Inc. (NPI) and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) jointly approved the planning framework shortly before NPI took over management of the Pier July 1 under a 25-year lease from MPEA.


The request for qualifications and design proposals sent out on September 1 asked for multi-disciplinary teams “to reimagine the public spaces at Navy Pier.” And based on the number and quality of the firms responding, imagination won’t be in short supply, said a key advisor to NPI in its search.


“The search process for a Pierscape design team was conceived to attract the best design talent and encouraged the formation of the most dynamic and diverse teams that the world has to offer. We got what we set out to do. Our aspirations were met,” said Elva Rubio, Regional Design Leader at the Chicago office of Gensler, the global architecture, design and planning firm that has worked closely with NPI on both the Centennial Vision and the design team search.


“Chicago has not had the opportunity for quite some time to consider such a large and distinguished contingency to participate in the rethinking of a cultural icon and civic landmark. We look forward to the rich dialogue this process will initiate in the context of our strong tradition of world class architecture and urban design,” Rubio added.


Marilynn Gardner, President of NPI, said the responses include some of the world’s greatest architects and designers.


“The talent is international, national, and local and covers a wide spectrum of experience and points of view. It’s clear from this response that we’re heading in the right direction to achieve our goal of enhancing Navy Pier’s status as a world-class destination,” Gardner said.


In addition to the goals of building on the Pier’s success and broadening its audience and appeal outlined in the Centennial Vision, Steve Haemmerle, executive vice president of NPI, highlighted the goal of improving the quality of the Pier’s public spaces.


“Along with our plans to add dining and entertainment at the Pier and the expansion plans of our cultural partners, we believe that improvements to the public spaces at Navy Pier are an important component of making Navy Pier a truly world class public place.  We are humbled by the number and quality of the firms interested in helping us achieve our goal and look forward to the design ideas that will come later in our search process,” Haemmerle said.


The public spaces to be redesigned include Gateway Park at the west entrance of the Pier, the Crystal Garden, Pier Park, East End Park and the South Dock – along with smaller public spaces that dot the length of the Pier. This work will include enhancements to the Pier’s landscaping and streetscape along with the addition of fountains, public art, and lighting installations. 


The next step in the selection process will be to choose approximately 10 teams that will be asked to submit additional information about their team members, Haemmerle said. Then, approximately five design teams will be asked to submit design proposals and participate in oral interviews with Navy Pier. Final selection of a design team or teams that will work on the Pierscape is anticipated in February 2012.



Radisson Blu Chicago set for November 1 opening
The Independent
Radisson Blu's Chicago property, which will be the brand's first in the US, will feature 334 rooms and suites on the first 18 floors of the 81-storey Aqua Tower, one of the most anticipated architectural projects in the US. The hotel marks something of ...


4240 Architecture Announces Completed New Office Building for Chicago West ...
Online PR News
4240 Architecture took inspiration from the automotive repair shop that had previously occupied the Chicago West Loop site and designed an architecture with an unconventional blend of Class A Office and Livable Space


Old Chicago Post Office Redevelopment Plan ...

Architectural Record
July 21--The owner of Chicago's behemoth old post office building on Thursday unveiled a grandiose plan for redeveloping the long-vacant property and the ...


Elixir Lounge now open in Boystown
A complete gut rehab of the former space, Elixer was designed by Nick Bowers + Di-Zin, the architectural firm behind the design of Epic Sky, a rooftop bar in downtown Chicago, and Lillie's Q, a BBQ-style restaurant in Wicker Park. ...


AllSaints Prepares for Chicago Launch
NBC Chicago
But in addition to the staple architecture of all stores, the Chicago store will have a few special additions, including a large modern glass atrium modeled after an industrial European rail station, flat iron black steel trusses, beams and arches and ...



Mariano's Fresh Market to anchor Riverview Plaza Redevelopment in Chicago
Opening their first location within the City of Chicago, Mariano's Fresh Market has leased 51298 square feet and is slated to open in late Summer 2011. The $14 million redevelopment will include a new exterior façade, upgraded architectural components, ...


Historic Illinois Mall Seeks New Life as Main St.
New York Times
Randhurst, which opened in this inner-ring Chicago suburb in 1962, was the first enclosed mall in the Chicago area and, for a brief period, the largest enclosed mall in the world. The original architect was Victor Gruen, a Viennese immigrant with a ...


Sportservice in Chicago stadium retail
The Chicago-based architecture firm, RGLA, has been selected to design the still-to-be named store. Delaware North Cos. Sportservice, an arm of Buffalo's Delaware North Cos., operates the food and retail services at US Cellular Field. ...


Embassy Suites Chicago-Downtown Completes $9.0 Million Renovation
Business Wire (press release)
“Chicago is a town with an incredible architectural heritage, which made this project all the more interesting and challenging,” said Roxanne Fancy, president, Design Force. “In addition to guest suite interiors, we installed new carpeting, ...



Sneak Peek: New JW Marriott Chicago!
ChicagoNow (blog)
JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts celebrates the grand opening of its first Chicago hotel the JW Marriott Chicago! The plush new digs feature all the amenities a girl could ever dream of and then some. Occupying legendary Chicago architect Daniel Burnham's..




Presidential Towers has new storefronts that face the street, a big change ...
Chicago Tribune (blog)
Working with Valerio's wife, Chicago architect Linda Searl, the architects gave the lobby an appropriately residential feel. Corridors and lounges have also been softened, the latter outfitted with playful arm chairs where tenants can use their laptops ...


Old Orchard to debut 'green' food court
Crain's Chicago Business
An architectural drawing of Old Orchard shopping center's new food court, to open in Skokie this summer with food served from open kitchen stations. ...



Summit Design + Build competes Benchmark in Chicago
Summit Design + Build, LLC, has completed Benchmark, Chicago's first retractable rooftop beer garden, at 1510 N. Wells in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood. ...



As they push for state aid, the Cubs promise to upgrade Wrigley
Chicago Tribune (blog)
The team made public an architectural rendering of a “Cubs Alley” (above) between the triangle building and the ballpark, another feature that had been ...



Rendering Reveals
The Hyde Park Herald reported yesterday that the Harper Court development team will present a new slate of architectural renderings to the Hyde Park ...


Apple tweaks its cookie-cutter; new store in Chicago is less than original ...
Chicago Tribune (blog)
On the face of it, importing a cookie-cutter design from that architectural nowhere to Chicago, the first city of American architecture, ...




JW Marriott opens in Chicago's financial district
HotelWorld Network
Featuring neoclassical design, the new JW Marriott Chicago hotel is part of a $396 million restoration spearheaded by architectural firm Lucien Lagrange ...


Spire's likely demise a blow to Chicago architecture ...

Chicago Tribune (blog)
It would be easy, now that a bank has filed a foreclosure lawsuit, to label the all-but-dead Chicago Spire a symbol of excess and irrational exuberance.


2 Point Perspective Celebrates Opening of Sustainable Healthcare Project (press release)
2 Point Perspective is a boutique eco-architecture firm based in Chicago. Headed by LEED AP architects Lisa and Ron Elkins, 2 Point is dedicated to making ...


The fall architecture season preview: The spaces in between buildings, not eye ...
Chicago Tribune (blog)
Chicago architect John Ronan designed this charter high school as a companion building to his award-winning Gary Comer Youth Center in the gritty Greater ...


Park District moves forward with office renovation in Glenview
Designed by Chicago architect Bert Charles Hubbard, the building was constructed in 1928 for $35000. The money was raised by the Glenview Civic Association, which purchased the site in 1923. It was used for village offices, ...






CHICAGO (August 26, 2010) — The Black Ensemble Theater will mark the groundbreaking of its new $16 million performance arts and cultural facility, the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, at 4440 N. Clark Street, Sept. 10,  at 2 p.m.  The ceremony, which is open to the public, will feature performances from popular Black Ensemble productions and include remarks from founder and executive director Jackie Taylor. Invited guests include: Governor Pat Quinn, Mayor Richard M. Daley, and Alderman Eugene Schulter. Actor Harry Lennix will chair the ceremony. 


“This is an exciting time in our history, as a new building will help to facilitate the resurgence of the theater as an authentic space where a great people can exist and thrive with autonomy while tearing down barriers and building bridges through storytelling,” Taylor said.  “Our Board of Directors and capital campaign committee have been diligent in raising more than 80 percent of the funds needed to build the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center and we look forward to working with our patrons, community leaders and supporters to secure the $3 million needed to complete this important project.”


Chicago native Taylor founded the Black Ensemble Theater in 1976 with a mission to eradicate racism, merging her roles as actress and educator to build awareness and foster greater understanding of the African-American contribution to the cultural fabric of American history through theater. This charge is realized through outstanding, award-winning productions that attract highly diverse racial audiences as well as effective educational outreach programming that reaches more than 10,000 youth each year.


“For years, the Black Ensemble Theatre has provided artistic programming and educational outreach to help better the lives of African American Youth,” Governor Pat Quinn said. “The new Center will provide yet another source of activities – such as critical afterschool programs – to motivate children and teens in a positive direction.”


For the past 24 years, the Black Ensemble Theater has been headquartered in Chicago’s diverse Uptown community at the Uptown Center Hull House on North Beacon Street. As the theater thrived, receiving increased national acclaim and a growing fan base worldwide, a need for a stand-alone, singularly affiliated space emerged. At its new location, the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center will be positioned to accommodate larger-scale productions, bigger audiences and a wider range of programming, and it is expected to increase the economic growth of the community, attracting more businesses, patrons and institutions to the area.


“I would like to congratulate Jackie Taylor and the Black Ensemble Theater on the ground breaking of their new facilities. For more than 30 years, the Black Ensemble Theater group has been a major contributor to Chicago's theater community and is known nationwide for their stage productions that highlight African American culture. This new expanded facility will allow the group to reach even further artistic heights while maintaining its place as a vehicle for all patrons of the arts to appreciate, understand and enjoy the African American experience,” said Mayor Richard M. Daley.


“We are honored that the Black Ensemble Theater chose our community to create their permanent home and I know that they are going to see continued support from the residents of the 47th Ward,” said Alderman Eugene Schulter.  “I believe that the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center is going to provide a strong foundation for the ongoing economic development of the Ravenswood neighborhood, helping to make Clark Street a viable option for new businesses.  In addition, as we’ve seen with the other cultural centers, the construction of this facility and the programs to be offered are going to create more jobs for Chicago residents.”


With its expanded and enhanced capabilities, the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center is designed to engage the community and encourage more holistic, positive critical thought about how African-Americans are seen and presented. The new facility will include amenities such as:



  • 300-seat main stage theater (double the capacity of the current venue)

  • 150-seat stage to serve niche audiences and smaller-scale productions

  • Classroom space that can be used by the community

  • Rehearsal hall and dance studio that will feature scene, costume and wardrobe rooms

  • Seven (7) dressing rooms

  • Work space for musicians

  • Expanded front lobby space with two concession areas

  • Indoor parking garage

John Morris Architects/Planners, a renowned architect in the theater community, designed the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center. Morris has led or been a part of design teams for high-caliber performance art buildings such as the Steppenwolf Theatre Company; Raven Theatre; Old Town School of Folk Music; Northlight Theatre; Lookingglass Theatre Company; and Beverly Arts Center. A mix of new and existing construction, the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center will tout many cost- and energy-saving features through the incorporation of recycled products, regional materials, renewable resources, water-conserving plumbing technologies and a green roof featuring indigenous plants (LEED certification will be pursued and is expected to be achieved.) Furthermore, the Center is located near public transportation to promote efficient travel and promote access for all.


Said John Morris, “The new Center will provide an intimate, club-like venue with the acoustical ‘chops’ to handle the high-energy, R&B production numbers that accompany Black Ensemble’s captivating work.   The studio-caliber acoustics, perfect sightlines and full production facilities will set them apart from other venues.”


The Black Ensemble Theater has been described as a local cornerstone, a national treasure and an international success.  The Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center will mark a significant moment in the Black Ensemble Theater’s history as well as that of American Theater.   Taking its place alongside such institutions as the historic Apollo Theater in New York, Freedom Theatre in Philadelphia, Karamu House in Cleveland and The Ensemble Theater in Houston, the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center will be the first new dedicated African American Theater to open in decades.  For more information on the Black Ensemble Theater or the new Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, please visit or call Jackie Taylor at 773-769-1540.


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Mt. Prospect, IL (Vocus/PRWEB ) May 15, 2010 -- The redevelopment of Randhurst Mall continues with the ground breaking for the new state of the art AMC Randhurst-12. This follows the successful openings of Jersey Mike’s, Five Guys, Chipotle Mexican Grill and T Mobile and the announcements of the lease signings of The Sports Authority, Pei Wei Asian Diner, PNC Bank, PetSmart, and The Hampton Inn.

“There is a resurgence in the Chicago real estate market and the successful development of Randhurst Village is a perfect example,” according to Brett Hutchens, President, Casto Southeast Realty Services LLC. Mr. Hutchens added, “For many years Randhurst was a shopping and entertainment destination for the northwest suburbs and the redevelopment will return it to that status.”

For many years Randhurst was a shopping and entertainment destination for the northwest suburbs and the redevelopment will return it to that status.
The public is invited to the groundbreaking ceremony which will occur at 9:00 am, Tuesday, May 18th at the site of the new theatre. Representatives from AMC Theatres, Casto, JP Morgan and the Village of Mt. Prospect will be in attendance. The approximately 2,000 seat theatre will anchor the Mainstreet section of Randhurst Village and will replace the existing 16-plex at Randhurst.

AMC Randhurst-12 will be the company’s first LEED certified theatre incorporating several elements of environmentally sustainable design ranging from the use of locally sourced materials for construction, energy conservation through the use of efficient mechanical systems with no harmful discharge of CFCs into the environment, and water conservation through the use of low-flow fixtures among several other sustainable initiatives.
AMC Randhurst-12 will be representative of AMC’s newest state of the art theatre design and will include features such as:

Comfortable lounge-style seating areas in each auditorium for families and groups to enjoy their entertainment experience;
State-of-the-art 4K digital projection in all auditoriums including 3D screens and live broadcast capabilities in several auditoriums.
One auditorium with a special, large-format screen presentation designed with the latest in digital projection and an upgraded sound system; and
Innovations in concession design offering a retail environment for the guest with an extensive variety of customized food and beverage choices.
AMC Randhurst-12 is expected to open to the public in May 2011.




Daily Herald | Eagerly awaited, Schaumburg Crate & Barrel opens ...

Daily Herald

Employees at Schaumburg's new Crate & Barrel store are finishing preparations for Thursday's opening, the first of two long-awaited ...


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Planning Leaders Offer Bold New Vision for Illinois Medical District

 Chicago Central Area Committee’s ideas to boost district’s profile accepted by IMD leaders


CHICAGO – A creative braintrust led by business and cultural leaders in Chicago has developed a wide-ranging plan for the Illinois Medical District (IMD), with the goal of building the IMD’s regional, national and international presence.


During its board meeting Tuesday, the Commission passed a resolution to accept the plan from the Chicago Central Area Committee (CCAC). CCAC is comprised of volunteers who are leaders in the fields of planning, real estate and law, and at corporations and cultural institutions.

“Our report is a reflection of the great potential we see for the growth of the Illinois Medical District,” said CCAC Chairman Greg Hummel, who is senior partner at Bryan Cave, LLP. “This is the latest example of how CCAC convenes thought leaders to evaluate challenges and opportunities providing comprehensive recommendations for future growth.  Ultimately, our work benefits both Chicago and the region.”


The CCAC’s report was developed during a two-day planning event last November that involved the C-suite leadership from the district’s four hospitals as well as CCAC members and district leaders. The district, which is less than 2 miles from the downtown Chicago, includes 560 acres of medical research facilities, labs, biotech business incubator, development area, universities and more than 40 health care related facilities.


The report’s three primary recommendations were:

·         Improve IMD gateways and district aesthetics, highlighted by a vision for a “gateway” on Damen Street from the Blue Line CTA station to Ogden Avenue and a sign over the Eisenhower Expressway that would provide a stronger sense of district identity.

·         Enhance transportation access for district stakeholders, including innovative ways to coordinate transport and parking within the district.

·         Support institutional/joint initiatives that would include real estate development and health care related business objectives, such as Supplier Campus on the south side of the district.

“This was a remarkable effort, and one that we will use as a guide for future planning of the district,” said Warren Ribley, Executive Director of the Illinois Medical District Commission (IMDC). “We are both grateful and impressed with the time, energy and commitment that the CCAC volunteers put into understanding the complexities of the IMD and are proud to be partners with the CCAC.”


The CCAC has contributed to the overall well-being of the Chicago region for more than 50 years. Its influence can be seen in the Museum Campus, the transformation of Navy Pier and Millennium Park, which were spurred by visionary plans from the CCAC.


For more information about the CCAC, please visit


Wilmette Public Works expansion wins top Chicago architecture award

Chicago Tribune

The award celebrates the worldwide presence of outstanding work from Chicago architecture firms, and recognizes significant achievements in the planning, ...


Beloit College hires Studio Gang Architects to convert power plant

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The college's board of trustees selected Studio Gang Architects of Chicago to transform the century-old power plant, owned by Alliant Energy. The plan calls for ..




Main Section of the Chicago Riverwalk About to Become a Thing ...

Chicago Architecture Blog | Editor

A couple of days ago, 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly sent out an e-mail letting his constituents know that another link in the chain of parks that will ...


Little Village's Focal Point Attracts The Gaze of the AIA

Chicago Architecture Blog | Editor

Chicago Southwest Development Corporation, the people behind Focal Point, have won an award for it from the American Institute of Architects. Here's the press ...


New Wilson Red Line Station platform view

Exterior view looking South at main entrance

Grid Chicago (blog)

By Steven Vance

The Chicago Transit Authority sent out a press release this morning with five renderings of their proposed design for a reconstructed Red Line station at Wilson Avenue in Uptown. The station was voted “crustiest” by Red Line readers three years in a row (it lost this year to the Sheridan Red Line station). The project is estimated to cost $203 million; construction will begin in the second quarter of 2013




Tribune architecture critic likes new L station

Chicago Tribune
A safe, clean, on-time ride. That's all most of us expect from the Chicago Transit Authority. But why not ask for something more? Station architecture that puts zing ...


Hanover Park Police Headquarters Opens



Fairfax, VA—April 25, 2012 The village of Hanover Park recently opened a new 63,000-square-foot police department headquarters. Dewberry provided facility needs assessment and design for the police headquarters and village hall, the center of local government operations.


The building’s exterior was designed to relate to the rest of the campus, with a palette of brick, precast concrete, metal panels, and glass. The police department lobby and community room have dramatic amounts of glass to create an inviting atmosphere, and to increase safety at night.


The police headquarters includes an indoor firing range, jail, and enclosed garage large enough for 27 vehicles. The facility also accommodates crime scene vehicle processing, a crime lab, and evidence processing. “We’re a progressive police department, and now we finally have a modern facility to reflect that,” said Police Chief David Webb.*


Although the Village of Hanover Park has opted not to seek a LEED® rating, this sustainable new facility was designed and built to LEED®-Gold standards, which will result in significant reductions in energy and water usage.


“The final outcome is a building that the residents of Hanover Park are proud of, providing a civic focal point for future redevelopment of the Lake Street corridor and surrounding area,” says Howard Killian, director of public works.

  *Quote from “Long-awaited Hanover Park police headquarters open” by Kimberly Pohl in the Daily Herald




Chicago soliciting plans for Michael Reese Hospital site
Chicago Tribune
Some of the city's biggest names in architecture and development are competing to help the city of Chicago draw up a development plan for the former Michael Reese Hospital site, which was purchased by the city nearly three years ago as the potential


DeKalb library board seeks staff's design input on expansion
Dekalb Daily Chronicle
15 meeting, during which architects from Chicago-based Nagle Hartray Architecture presented an early schematic drawing of what the expansion might look like. Board members such as Alan Genis hope the presentation will not only get the staff excited ...


Mundelein approves $150000 to architecture firm for master plan draft
Mundelein Review | BY JOHN ROSZKOWSKI

Mundelein will spend $150000 for a Chicago architecture firm to draft a master plan for the redevelopment of 17 acres of village-owned land in the downtown area, ...


Navy Pier design competition: The team, not the star, is what counts ...
Chicago Tribune (blog)
If bookmakers put odds on architecture, they surely would have made Chicago architect Jeanne Gang one of the favorites to win the big design competition to remake the public spaces of Navy Pier. Gang, after all, just won a MacArthur Foundation “genius” ...


Lake Bluff Aquatic Facility Price Tag Varies Depending on Short, Long Term ...
The board heard from both Lee and Pat Callahan of Studio GC Architecture of Chicago after the two firms were chosen from a half dozen reviewed earlier this fall by the Aquatic Facility Advisory Board. Following the two presentations Monday night which ...


A powerful dream for parks over Chicago's expressway trench: Visionary, but ...
Chicago Tribune (blog)
As part of a Chicago Architecture Foundation exhibition, "Invisible City: Planning for Chicago's Future," the Perkins & Will architects envisioned an entire green corridor, a mile long, between the "Hubbard's Cave" tunnel on the north and the ...


Speaking of Design: John Ronan Re-imagines the Red Line
Curbed Chicago (blog)
Curbed dropped in on the Chicago Architecture Foundation's Design on the Edge exhibition last week and were blown away by the vision of homegrown architects in dealing with transportation, commerce, and livability issues at the neighborhood level. ...


Niles Library Officials Move Forward with Renovation Plans
Seventeen architecture firms filed responses to the requests for qualifications. The committee recommended interviewing five top runners in early September. Alan Armbrust, executive manager of STR Partners, a Chicago-based architecture firm, ...


Plan for Navy Pier's massive redo is hazy about funding
Chicago Tribune
"There's no question that significant dollars can be raised over time, but in the short term, it's extremely competitive," said Jimmie Alford, chair of an Evanston-based firm that has provided fundraising advice to nonprofit groups, including Chicago ...


Photo by BEN MEYERSON/Chicago Journal Staff

Chicago's first protected bike lanes being installed on Kinzie

Chicago Journal

Chicago's very first walled-off bike lane is headed to the Fulton River District, after a swift push from Mayor Rahm Emanuel kicked the project into gear in a matter of days. The new bike lanes, called a cycle track, are being installed on Kinzie Street between Milwaukee Avenue and Wells Street, connecting two of the busiest bike routes in the city.



Space Shuttle Chicago, National Treasure for World-Class City
PR Newswire
Chicago and the Adler Planetarium would provide a NASA experience like none other in the world. The architectural rendering by Gensler envisions a stunning new space exploration pavilion to house the shuttle. According to Knappenberger, "In one ...



Navy Pier Flyover Questions Answered
Curbed Chicago (blog)
This morning, we gave David Steele from the architecture firm Muller + Muller a call to try to clear some things up. Muller + Muller is working on the first part of the three-phase project, which is the part spanning Ogden Slip to Jane Addams Park, ...


South Branch Ready to Open Soon, Library Board Cautious
Earlier in the meeting, Thomas Ahleman of the Evanston-based architecture firm Studio Talo Architecture presented a slide show presentation to the board, detailing his designs for the South Branch space at 900 Chicago Ave. ...


Stimulating modernism: The feds give a big boost to Mies' Chicago Federal Center
Chicago Tribune (blog)
As redesigned by the Chicago office of 4240 Architecture, the building's State Street facade will incorporate diagonal patterns reflecting the presence of a ...


Redeveloping Wacker Drive, and Chicago's riverfront

Michelle Woods spoke to an audience at the Chicago Architecture Foundation in May of 2010. Click here to hear her talk in its entirety, and click here to ...

Deerfield library wants residents' feedback about its addition again
The library board hopes that by February the Chicago-based architectural firm PSA-Dewberry will generate specific plans about how the library would be laid ...


Suburban officials leaning against architectural design standards | West Chicago Press
After nearly two years of discussion about whether to adopt architectural design review standards, the Bartlett Village Board revisited ...

A heroic, if unlikely, vision for Navy Pier
Chicago Tribune
The German-American, Chicago-based architect has a bold vision for redeveloping the pier, which couldn't be more timely in light of Wednesday's announcement ...


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Modern 'Fortress' in Illinois

Wall Street Journal

... this Edward Dart-designed modernist home in Glencoe, a suburb of Chicago, in 1975, Mr. Melamed said. 'I knew it was instant love because the architecture is ...


French Pedigree, Chicago Suburb

Wall Street Journal

French Pedigree, Chicago Suburb. $5,995,000. Lake Bluff, IL. Historical ... Photo: John Simmons Eckert/Architectural Photography. The home was listed on the ...


E2 Groundbreaking Continues Evanston's Residential Evolution ...

The Chicago Architecture Blog | Editor

Downtown Evanston continues its march toward density with the ceremonial groundbreaking of E2 at 1890 Maple Avenue. Construction of E2 in Evanston ...


Give your home a lift with a decorative ceiling
Chicago Tribune
Architect Kevin Toukoumidis of Chicago's dSpace Studio got creative with the ceiling of a salon in a vintage Chicago building undergoing a total rehab and conversion into a single-family home from apartments. His inspiration was the plaster ceilings in ...


Oakwood Shores Ratchets Up A New Construction Phase
Curbed Chicago
By Matt from Chicago Considering the unimaginable damage city planners have done to the Near South Side lakefront, this is at least a small step in the right direction. By clark wellington @Matt from Chicago: Agreed. While not amazing architecture, ...


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Why less isn't always more with new homes
Chicago Tribune
There is an increasing demand for more informal space within homes, according to Kermit Baker, chief economist for the American Institute of Architects, who says it is part of the outdoor-living trend. (Andersen ... Barbra Streisand sets Chicago date ...


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216-Unit Rental Tower Cleared For Pilsen/University Village
Curbed Chicago
The Chicago Architecture Blog reported on the proposal earlier today, and FitzGerald's site confirms that their 216-unit rental tower has obtained final clearance. Rising 13 stories at W 15th and Blue Island Ave, FitzGerald is marketing the tower to a ...


High-rise living on a human scale
Chicago Tribune
But elevating the interior architecture sometimes requires thinking outside of the box. Kristin Nelson, design principal with the firm Kara Mann Design, helped one young couple do just that when they bought a penthouse unit in the Aqua building in Chicago.


Residential Partnership Focuses on Single Family and Multi-Unit Buildings;
Will Save Up to $350 per Home Annually While Creating Hundreds of Jobs
The City of Chicago today launched the third phase of Retrofit Chicago – the Residential Partnership. This effort brings together non-profit groups, utility companies, and city government programs to accelerate the number of retrofits being completed in single family and multi-unit apartment buildings, which account for half of the city’s energy consumption.
“Building on the success of our public and commercial buildings initiatives, this phase of Retrofit Chicago will help homeowners across the city modernize their homes while at the same time creating new jobs and bringing real savings to building owners,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Retrofit Chicago will impact communities that need the help the most and nearly 8,000 homes and apartments will soon be able to realize hundreds of dollars in annual savings. This would not be possible without a broad, important partnership of city government, utility companies and community organizations.”

Mayor Emanuel’s Retrofit Chicago Residential Partnership will bring together ComEd, Peoples Gas, CNT Energy, the Community Investment Corporation, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association, and the City of Chicago.
The Historic Chicago Bungalow Association (HCBA) is proud to be a part of Mayor Emanuel’s Retrofit Chicago Residential Partnership,” said Mary Ellen Guest, Executive Director of HCBA.  “We look forward to facilitating residential retrofits for all bungalow owners, with a special focus on homes in Auburn Gresham, Austin, Avalon Park, Beverly, Chatham, Rogers Park, South Shore and West Ridge.” 
Residential buildings consume almost half of the City’s total energy.  This is due, in part, to the fact that older buildings are historically inefficient and the average age of residential buildings in Chicago is 83 years old.  Many owners find energy efficiency improvements cost prohibitive and confusing and simply do not know where to start making improvements.  The City’s residential buildings initiative aims to help owners easily and affordably retrofit their homes and buildings, solving these problems by providing access to financial incentives for home and building improvements, a one-stop-shop to access programs, and coordinated and targeted outreach in designated energy zones.
·      Incentives – Home and building owners will have access to FREE energy efficient equipment, such as highly efficient light bulbs, faucet aerators, and showerheads, and over $22 million in rebates, low interest financing, and free energy audits for buildings.
·      One-Stop-Shop Owners can call one phone number (855-9-IMPACT) to learn about and apply for available programs and financing opportunities and find all program information on the City’s sustainability website:
·      Acceleration The partnership will accelerate the pace of retrofit work through a coordinated outreach campaign in targeted neighborhoods.  These efforts will include joint community events, presentations to building owner and homeowner associations, informational house parties, and marketing with City programs.
The partners will focus their efforts in 12 community areas to save owners money on their energy bills, make their families and tenants more comfortable, and create jobs.
·      Impact – More than 6,700 apartments and 1,000 single family homes will be retrofitted through the Retrofit Chicago Partnership over the next 18-24 months resulting in the creation of over 200 jobs. Apartment buildings that are retrofitted increase in value and can save on average $10,000 annually in energy bills. Homeowners who retrofit their home will see a 15 percent reduction in their energy costs, approximately $350 annually.
·      Zones – Partners will be coordinating their program offering in 12 areas of the city to ensure efficient and cost effective program delivery.  Community areas were selected based on having a high concentration of apartments or single family homes and a substantial opportunity to improve energy efficiency.  The community areas that partners will focus on first are Auburn Gresham, Austin, Avalon Park, Beverly, Chatham, Edgewater, Lincoln Square, Logan Square, Mount Greenwood, Rogers Park, South Shore, and West Ridge.
Owners can learn more about money saving energy efficiency programs available to them and can request an energy assessment by calling 855-9-IMPACT or visiting:




Introducing A 33-Story Apartment Tower At Adams & Halsted
Curbed Chicago
The Chicago Journal attended Wednesday's 27th Ward meeting to hear details of a 33-story, 351-unit rental tower proposed for the parking lot opposite Greek Islands on the east side of Halsted. Not the ... Dumb down architecture it was it looking like .


Community leader says developer wants new high-rises in Lincoln Park
Chicago Sun-Times
The developer is working with noted Chicago architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, a high-rise specialist. The layout of the project is the work of Antunovich Associates, a smaller architectural firm. McCaffery is a Chicago developer ...


Retail-Apartment Development Moving Forward Near Boystown IHOP
CBS2 Chicago
Credit: Ald. James Cappleman's Office/Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture) CHICAGO (CBS) — A proposed retail and apartment complex in Boystown still isn't sitting well with its neighbors. But many neighbors are not happy about it.


The Legacy at Millennium Park, Chicago Wins Gold Design Award
The development team also included Solomon Cordwell Buenz architects and Walsh Investors, all of whom are based in Chicago. In addition to this latest award the building has also been a finalist for the international 2010 Emporis Skyscraper Award


Modern Chicago loft interior design
Inspired by the Maisonette project from Chicago-based architectural firm Studio Gang, designer and artist Benoit Bertrand has created stunning renders of a ...



Photos by Barry Rustin


Architect Sarah Susanka partnered with the SchoolStreet Homes development in Libertyville, Illinois to create The Not So Big Showhouse. Using Room & Board furnishings, the showhouse exemplifies Susanka's philosophy of designing homes that are better, not bigger. Our team worked with Susanka to create an interior that reflects our shared emphasis on sustainable, American-made design that works for modern life. More photos at


Ranch style home in River Forest receives award winning makeover
Wednesday Journal
The project received the 2011 Key Award from the Home Builder's Association of Greater Chicago. The award recognizes excellence in housing design, architecture, interior merchandising, remodeling and landscaping. The accolade, says co-owner Steve ...


Wasted living space expelled from SchoolStreet design
Chicago Daily Herald
For more than a decade the architect has been designing “Not So Big Houses” and writing books about them. Fans have studied the pictures, reread the texts and tried to imagine exactly what she had in mind. For people in the Chicago suburbs, ...



Oak Park architects to design possible Lake St. high-rise
Wednesday Journal
We should have high expectations with an experienced developer, a world class architect and a healthy apartment market. The developer, Sertus Capital Partners of Chicago, was faced last year with a shift in the market, with condos and hotels dead (as ...


Residences at 900 unveils new model
Chicago Sun-Times
The limestone and reflective glass 900 North Michigan Avenue features, conceived by architects Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, originally gained its significance because it integrated distinctive elements of Chicago architecture. ...


$30M HUD Grant Aims to Revitalize Woodlawn | NBC Chicago

...[City] to announce a $30.5 million grant to help revitalize Woodlawn. ... The grant will be used to redevelop distressed housing at Grove Parc Plaza, as well ...


New Homes K. Hovnanian opens Regency Estates in St. Charles
Chicago Tribune
Outside, each plan has at least six exterior variations, all with classic architectural detailing. Base prices range from $259,95 to $334995. "We are excited to bring these upscale single-family homes to St. Charles. They are the perfect complement to ...



High-end Hinsdale project gets a second chance
Chicago Tribune
... he saw in architectural drawings in the sales trailer. He sold his home in Hinsdale and moved into The Hamptons in July 2008. Then in August 2008, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Chicago-based WexTrust Capital LLC, its subsidiaries, ...




Chinatown complex starts with students
Chicago Sun-Times
For both his projects, Wong is working with the architectural firm Haylock Design, based in Gurnee. WEST SIDE STORY: Gov. Quinn joined the mayor Tuesday afternoon in announcing the new film studio on Chicago's West Side. However, the “mayor” in this ...


Lexington Park launches new phase in Des Plaines
Chicago Tribune
"This home showcases some of Lexington Homes' signature architectural touches, such as rounded archways and a dining-room cutout that provides extra space for a buffet," Benach said. "Also, the kitchen resembles that of a single-family home, ...


Berwyn eyes giving bungalows a boost
Chicago Tribune
Not every bungalow will meet the architectural criteria needed to participate in the program, specific details of which can be found on its website, Among the no-no's: attaching a satellite dish on the first 20 feet of the home.


Construction is underway at The Heritage of Palatine Brownstones
“The highly detailed, traditional architectural style of The Heritage of Palatine Brownstones is reminiscent of the turn-of- the-century period between the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 and the Great Depression beginning in the late 1920s,” said architect ...


Proposed building in foreground


Streeterville high-rise design underwhelms neighborhood group
Chicago Sun-Times
Let's say you're a developer needing community support to build your next high-rise in Chicago. But the community, or at least its influential elements, thinks your architecture is a dud. What do you do? The firm Related Midwest, one of Chicago's top ...


The rise and fall of ceilings
Chicago Tribune
As architectural trends go, tall ceilings could make a comeback. For Pickell, higher ceilings make a room feel "grander"; Velas: "a richer feeling"; and Korbelak: "They offer a wonderful sense of spaciousness." Barry Berkus, president of Berkus Design ...



Plenty of Views, Light at Hartshorne Plunkard Buildings on North Halsted
Matt Leutheuser of Sudler Sotheby's is handling sales. This article appears in the February 2011 issue of Chicago Magazine.



'Lake Wobegon' architecture: Apartment high-rises above average, but ...
Chicago Tribune (blog)
Fueled by a growing shortage of apartments and fears that condominiums will lose their value, Chicago's apartment building boomlet is a welcome shift from ...






By Brenda Richardson | Chicago Tribune | Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, 401 N. Wabash Ave., has unveiled five furnished residential model units designed by Chicago-based interior architecture and design firm Mary Cook & Associates.

The model condos, which currently are not for sale, range from a 580-square-foot studio to a 2,742-square-foot, two-bedroom residence. Buyers can purchase unfurnished units based on the five floor plans; prices range from $463,000 to $1.68 million.

The units were designed to reflect the diverse needs and aesthetics of potential buyers, said Mary Cook, president of the design firm, which has completed residential and commercial projects in 28 states.

"We had a very clear picture of who our demographic was," said Cook. "We have young singles, empty nesters, retirees, professionals, nonprofessionals, people where it's their primary residence and people where it's their fifth home."


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Pricey Admiral on Lake a stylish senior tower
Chicago Sun-Times
The new Admiral is the work of Chicago architectural firm Perkins & Will and Bovis Lend Lease is the general contractor. STATE OF STATE STREET: State Street ...


Chicagoans upfront about garage preferences
Chicago Tribune
Design pundits may express bewilderment at the way big, honkin' garage doors have become the principal architectural element of suburban American ...



Designer Sarah Susanka to Work on SchoolStreet Homes' Architecture
It has a population of about 22000 people and is located 35 miles north of Chicago with convenient commuter rail service to the city. ...


A newer home in Winnetka that respects its context
ChicagoNow (blog)
The experienced of architectural dissonance has been far more striking and common in the western parts of Chicago's North Shore suburbs than in the areas ...





CHICAGO -- What do you get when you combine a seasoned architect with an old friend of means looking to spare no expense for his dream single-family residence? Well, in the case of the contemporary residence at 1959 Howe Street designed for a former University of Illinois classmate and retired marketing giant Leo Burnett executive you get a quite a showstopper.


Amidst the traditional and contemporary-styled mansions of Lincoln Park, Chicago-based architect Thomas Hickey of Thomas Hickey & Associates has put his 45-year experience (including a 22-year association with Harry Weese) to work to push the extremes of creative expression. The result is a uniquely exceptional project which integrates a traditional façade which transitions via an open courtyard to a contemporary dwelling which only begins a discovery of spaces and geometric forms which are visual delights.    



In the design world today, it is a difficult task to find a structure that successfully mixes a historical style with today’s contemporary forms. However, at the Howe Street residence one will see just that. Architect Thomas Hickey in an effort to maintain a bit of the historical architectural character of the neighborhood was able to preserve the original 1890’s English workers cottage style by keeping the existing cottage façade and redesigning it as an entry courtyard, placing his latest contemporary expression behind it. Additionally, a residence on the lot north of the building was torn down in order to create a garden area that reflects a suburban-like front yard. The rear consists of garden space and garage/studio loft that utilizes skylights to maximize natural light. On the interior, Hickey surprises with a mix of materials from wood to glass to steel, a mix of geometry from trapezoids to curvular and a range of color which all lend toward a lively, playful environment.



The Howe St. project is a three-story eco-friendly residence comprised of solar panels that heat the water and makes use of an elaborately designed skylight to trap heat and circulate warm air throughout the house in the winter. An atrium stair curves along the wall and a glass bridge allows light to penetrate through from the glass block and skylights above. As for the sense of space, it feels very spacious and free. Upper rooms have walls with square cut-outs, acting as interior windows to open towards the atrium for additional light, ventilation and views of the living area and kitchen. Several of these views result in a telescopic effect providing sightlines from one end of the house to the other. The master bedroom has a two-story high ceiling, a loft, and access to a solarium and the roof deck. The 10’ rooftop cube creates a chimney effect as an effective exhaust system and also allows one to feel and view outside even in nature’s un-permitting weather.



With such limited square footage to work with, Thomas Hickey was able to successfully open up the space to be comprised of everything a single family suburban home can offer and more. With killer views at the rooftop, along with its quiet, friendly neighborhood, there is nothing one can ask for more in the city. The only real challenge is for the residents to compliment this inviting space as they fill it up with personal expressions which make it their own. From all appearances, this seminal project is already well on its way to all-around impressiveness.



Prefab housing seeks a home in the city
Chicago Tribune
Architect Michelle Kaufmann, who designed a prefab home on display at the Museum of Science and Industry, said that working in Chicago — even on an exhibit ...



Architect captures the shape of change
If you doubt that, consider the Chicago architect's design to update the Manilow House in rural Wisconsin, pictured here. Oh, sure, the gabled main house and red-barn wing of the family’s summer home may look like a conventional Midwestern farm house at first glance. Yet there’s certainly nothing traditional about that titanium-clad roof oozing over and around the home.


Glass tower moves ahead in Oak Park despite criticism

Chicago Breaking News
The buildings this replaces are no items of architectural beauty. While I'm not sure Oak Park needs more housing and retail space, it does need another hotel. Even after this thing gets built, Oak Park will still retain its Wright ...


Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards Presented
Chicago Tribune
CHICAGO, IL – Chicago's community development world celebrated its present and .... Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in ...


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Chicago Botanic Garden selects landscape architects
Lawn & Landscape
GLENCOE, Ill. – After an international search, the Chicago Botanic Garden has selected landscape architects Peter Wirtz/Wirtz International and Mikyoung Kim/Mikyoung Kim Design to design two new display gardens at the 385-acre Glencoe campus.


The 'parklet' wave is about to hit Chicago
Chicago Tribune (blog)
Chicago architect Matt Nardella, whose firm designed the Andersonville parklet, said it would include seating, an herb garden and a small hill. The Andersonville Development Corp., a local non-profit, paid the $15000 cost, Nardella said. San Francisco ...


Has the city been sneaky about Bloomingdale Trail fundraising?
Grid Chicago
During the Q & A session, Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin asked Chicago Department of Transportation project director Janet Attarian for details on the funding for the Bloomingdale. she explained that the city had secured $37 million in federal ...


Rendering by Ross Barney Architects


City officials reveal new concepts for Bloomingdale Trail


City officials Thursday night offered new concepts for the long-delayed Bloomingdale Trail, a proposed park and multiuse path of nearly three miles that would be built atop a dormant elevated railroad line on the city’s Northwest Side.


Officials reveal Grant Park renovation plans to public
Gazette Chicago
... the firm's principal architect and designer, and his project manager, Paul Seck, have attended all meetings about the park and listened to comments and suggestions. “We want to check in with the people,” he said. “Grant Park is Chicago's front yard ...





One of the concepts the Bike/Walk 35 group is exploring for the Logan Square “el” station “plaza” (see also Let’s put the Logan Square “el” station “plaza” out of its misery) is a park-like destination.

As previously stated, beyond the mechanics of the train and bus transportation, this transportation hub has long been a sorry expanse of uninviting concrete.  Our group wants to include and move beyond the multi-modal transportation aspect of the hub (for more on the idea, see Project for Public Spaces, From Place to Place:  Shifting the Transportation Paradigm with Placemaking).

If the point of transportation planning is to get people places they want to be, then all transportation planning should really start with placemaking.

We see an opportunity to create an aesthetically inviting destination, a place where people would enjoy spending some time, and a place that would add value to the business district of Milwaukee and Kedzie Avenues. One way to do that is to create a park at the station. We propose to expand the plaza/park area by narrowing the bus lanes.  Currently there appears to be capacity for four buses side by side, but only two buses, the eastbound and westbound 76/Diversey buses, pick up passengers here and rarely side by side.  At one time another bus line used the station, but that is no longer the case, so we would like to capture some of that unused asphalt bus lane to expand the plaza/park area to make it a more attractive place.

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Grant Park Makeover Coming
Chicago Journal
In a 2009 interview with Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin, the landscape architect who had been selected to reshape the park said his firm was working around the concept of the Children's Museum. “One element that we're interested in is ...


Despite tut-tutting from New York, the Bloomingdale Trail moves ahead
Chicago Tribune (blog)
Last month, on the Op-ed page of The New York Times, the architecture critic Witold Rybczynski predicted that it would be difficult for other cities, including Chicago, to imitate the success of Manhattan's acclaimed High Line. ...


The changing face of the Trump Tower plaza--a prime pubic space gets a ...
Chicago Tribune (blog)
Chicago landscape architect Peter Schaudt, who designed the plaza in concert with the tower's architects, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, is pretty bummed himself. "I was just aghast. My mouth dropped," Schaudt said, adding that he was not notified of the ...


Studio Gang Re-designing Park at Broadway & Sheridan
Curbed Chicago

Last week Uptown Update announced that a groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Thursday for the first phase of Unity Green at Gill Park.  Alan Bell, founder and president of the The Elements Group, which is spearheading it [has]... big plans for the small park at the corner of Sheridan and Broadway in Lakeview, and he's bringing in a couple of architectural heavyweights to design the space: Studio Gang Architects and Site Design Group


The Cityscapes Forum: High praise for the new Palmisano Park
Chicago Tribune (blog)
Every so often, Cityscapes will feature a guest commentary from an important voice in the Chicago architecture community. Let's call it The Cityscapes Forum ...


Trees cut down at Federal Center, but it's not ...
Cityscapes Blog
Chicago architect T. Gunny Harboe and landscape architect Carol Yetkin have worked with the GSA to determine what was originally in the planting beds. "We are faithfully recreating something that is applicable to today's use of the ...


Riverside wins award for architecture, landscape
Suburban Life Publications
Each of Illinois' six chapters — Chicago, Eastern Illinois, Northeast Illinois, Northern Illinois, Central Illinois and Southern Illinois — chose several ...


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Dewberry Earns National Recognition for Design of Campus Facilities

Buildings at Bradley University, University of North Florida Cited for Excellence

Fairfax, VA—January 21, 2014 | Two major building projects designed by the Peoria, Illinois, office of Dewberry have been recognized by American School & University magazine for outstanding design. The modernization of Westlake Hall at Bradley University in Peoria was showcased in the “Outstanding Adaptive Reuse” category. The design of the new Student Wellness Complex at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville was showcased in the “Outstanding Sports Stadium/Athletic Facility Design” category.


Westlake Hall originally opened on the Bradley University campus in 1897 and was last renovated in 1961. The modernization included a 66,000-square-foot expansion as well as the restoration of the original Collegiate Gothic structure, including its historic clock tower, barrel-vaulted ceilings, windows, and millwork. The building now includes a large center atrium, classrooms, labs, resource areas, an auditorium, offices, and conference facilities.


The first LEED®-Gold building on campus, Westlake Hall features rooftop solar panels, a green roof, and several energy- and water-conserving features. The building was designed to encourage collaborative learning, with informal seating areas, alcoves, and lounges on every floor. “Open, inviting space for collaboration was important to us as we wanted the building to support cross-disciplinary study and problem-solving,” says Dr. Joan Sattler, dean of the College of Education & Health Sciences. “Our mission is to prepare future leaders.”


Dewberry provided complete architecture, interior design, and engineering services for the project. The firm has completed a number of other projects at Bradley University, including the Markin Family Student Recreation Center, the Renaissance Coliseum, and the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center.


The new Student Wellness Complex at the University of North Florida, designed by Dewberry in joint venture with Borrelli + Partners, is a 76,500-square-foot, three-story facility with a 32-foot climbing wall, a three-lane track, fitness rooms, locker rooms, offices, and a juice bar. University administrators have credited the new complex with increasing use from approximately 13,000 visits per month to nearly 30,000.


The LEED-Silver building is a key component in the university’s planned campus hub for student activity. A future phase of construction will add a three-court gymnasium and physical education teaching areas.




Perkins+Will to Design New Biomedical Research Building

for Northwestern University


The Chicago architectural firm of Perkins+Will has been selected to design a new Biomedical Research Building for the Feinberg School of Medicine on Northwestern University’s Chicago campus.


The new Biomedical Research Building will be located immediately east of the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center on the site of the former Prentice Women’s Hospital. Northwestern plans to construct approximately 600,000 square feet of research space starting in 2015 with eventual buildout of approximately 1.2 million square feet.


The Perkins+Will design features a curved glass exterior, with flexible floor plans for laboratories and a sunny “winter garden” area that will bring natural light into the building.


“Northwestern University and Perkins+Will have created a building with a unique shape that has a poetry of design and will result in a work of beauty for the University and the community,” said Gordon Segal, who chairs the educational properties committee of Northwestern’s Board of Trustees.


The building will be adjacent to and connected on a floor-by-floor basis with the Lurie Medical Research Center.


“The generator from day one was the lab plan for the building. It wasn’t creating a sculpture and fitting in the plan. It’s all about the research and the labs, and that’s the generator of the idea,” said Ralph Johnson, design director of Perkins+Will. “When you do that, the shape of the building starts to happen.”


The new Biomedical Research Building will anchor the University’s research facilities and be the hub of a world-class research and development enterprise that attracts innovation and entrepreneurship. Construction of the new state-of-the-art center will create thousands of jobs, help find tomorrow’s cures and generate approximately $3.9 billion in economic activity in Chicago in the coming decade.


“Perkins+Will has designed a building that will be both very functional and will also have great internal spaces that will encourage collaboration among our researchers. It will support our research mission and will help us attract the best faculty in the country,” said Eric Neilson, M.D., Northwestern’s vice president for medical affairs and the Lewis Landsberg Dean of Feinberg.




Studio Gang Chosen to Convert Power Plant to Student Recreation Center

The Chicago Architecture Blog | Mark Miles

The board of trustees of Beloit College, a private liberal arts school in Wisconsin, chose Chicago-based architecture firm Studio Gang to convert a century-old ...


Lab addition teaches lessons in smart school design

Chicago Tribune

FGM Architects of Chicago were the architects of record. In keeping with the school's name, the building is a laboratory, a work in progress, where not everything ...


Notre Dame architecture school gets $27 million donation

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

SOUTH BEND – The University of Notre Dame said it will expand its School of Architecture programs and construct a new building named for a Chicago-area ...


Notre Dame plans new architecture school building with $27M from ...

Greenfield Daily Reporter

... planning to expand its School of Architecture programs and construct a new building named for a Chicago-area couple donating $27 million toward the project ...





New college dorm in Pilsen is gaining attention--and accolades
WBEZ (blog)
... the Chicago Hilton & Towers last Wednesday. La Casa was designed by UrbanWorks, a Chicago architecture firm that's been on a pretty good tear lately, particularly with an UNO school in Galewood and Roseland's All Saints Residence home for seniors.


Collaborators Charlie Catlett, Douglas Pancoast and Brett Goldstein discuss the new Urban Center for Computation and Data at the headquarters of architectural firm SOM. Photo: Robert Kozloff/Univ of Chgo




Chicago—Over the next several decades, the population of the world's cities will nearly double, increasing by 2.6 billion people. Concurrently, an unprecedented volume and diversity of data is being collected and published by an increasing number of cities, providing opportunities to optimize their operation and anticipate the impact of their growth using computational methods and tools.

To seize this opportunity, the new Urban Center for Computation and Data (UrbanCCD) will apply the most advanced computational and data-driven techniques to the challenge of intelligent urban planning and design. Within this network, SAIC faculty—through its Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO)—will apply their research perspectives and understanding of urban architecture and design to translating social, economic, and health policy research into urban design curricula. SAIC students will study the impact of mobile computation, urban sensing, and embedded systems on architecture, urban design, and urban planning as these technologies change the way people interact with the city.

"We're all walking around with an amazing amount of computational power in our pockets, and it's only going to get better, especially as cities begin to embed sensors and interaction mechanisms in the built environment," says Douglas Pancoast, Associate Professor of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects at SAIC. "The big question is if this pervasive and physical computation and access to data will allow us to change how we create areas of density in the city around particular activities and infrastructural changes."

The center will unite researchers from SAIC and other Chicago institutions, city departments, and private enterprise under the leadership of the Computation Institute (CI), a joint initiative between the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. A starting point for UrbanCCD research will be hundreds of data sets published by the City of Chicago Data Portal, an initiative of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office dedicated to open government data.

The UrbanCCD's first major project is a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to create the Urban Sciences Research Coordination Network (USRCN), which unites social, economic, health, and computational scientists to develop a roadmap for data-driven urban sciences. The USRCN will engage collaborators internationally, with an initial team from CI, UChicago, Argonne, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chapin Hall, City of Chicago, SAIC, and the Chicago-based international architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. More information is available via the UrbanCCD website at



 The Hayden-Clark Alumni Center at Bradley University


Dewberry Wins National Awards for Four Higher Education Projects

Campus Buildings at Bradley University, Illinois Central College,

and Illinois State University Earn Recognition


Fairfax, VA—December, 2012 | Four higher education buildings designed by Dewberry for campuses in Peoria, Illinois, have been recognized by American School & University (AS&U) magazine for excellence in design. Dewberry provided architecture, interior design, and building engineering services for the recently completed projects.


The new Student Fitness Center and McCormick Hall at Illinois State University, which Dewberry designed in association with RDG Planning and Design, won the magazine’s Specialized Facility Citation. The 180,000-square-foot building houses the School of Kinesiology and Recreation and provides three stories of academic and fitness/recreation space. Jurors noted that, “The building’s transparency allows for safety and security of students: a place to ‘see and be seen’…good spatial quality and use of natural light.”


The CougarPlex at Illinois Central College won AS&U’s Sports Stadiums/Athletic Facilities Citation. The LEED®-Silver project transformed an existing 37-year-old gym by renovating 9,000 square feet and adding 54,000 square feet of fitness, recreation, and academic space. Jury comments included: “The green roof, fitness floor, and track incorporate space limitations well…great inner courtyard space…skillful integration of old and new.”


The magazine recognized two projects at Bradley University. The Hayden-Clark Alumni Center, a 40,000-square-foot, LEED-Silver building with a conference center, ballroom, library, and offices, earned recognition for “Outstanding Design: Specialized Facilities.” The new Renaissance Coliseum, which features a 4,200-seat arena, practice facilities, and a Hall of Fame, was noted for “Outstanding Design: Sports Stadiums/Athletic Facilities.”



Architecture Students Design a Utopian Uptown
Unfortunately, it's stuck on a computer monitor and a 6-foot poster board for now. Three students at Chicago Studio, an architecture school backed by Virginia Tech, recently showed off a design of a new Uptown multipurpose theater at a downtown exhibition.


College of Architecture Faculty and Student Work Recognized at AIA ...

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Tod Williams & Billie Tsien's New UChicago Arts Center Pays Homage to the ...
ARTINFO (blog)
“It was crucial in the siting of this arts center and then in the selection of Tod and Billie to design it, that we create a real landmark destination on the south side of the Midway,” said University architect Steve Wiesenthal to The Chicago Sun Times ...



'A' for architecture: Design of UNO's newest charter school deserves praise
WBEZ (blog)
Some of the best-looking Chicago schools these days have been the charter campuses built--with surprising frequency, as of late — by the United Neighborhood Organization. The group's newest facility, the UNO Galewood Charter School, which opened late ..


Chicago Vocational, a faded architectural jewel, could shine again under $75 ...
WBEZ (blog)
The sprawling Chicago Vocational Career Academy is in line for a significant renovation that would include a new addition, athletic facilities and demolition of portions of the architecturally-significant campus, according to documents made public last ...



Lakeshore East's GEMS Academy Has Been Rendered
Curbed Chicago (blog)
[Rendering: bKL Architecture] Last month, news broke that the much-anticipated school planned for Lakeshore East would come in the form of a private GEMS Academy


CLC selects architect for Lakeshore campus expansion
Chicago Daily Herald
Board members reviewed presentations from three finalists and asked questions at a meeting Monday before selecting Legat Architects. Chairman Richard Anderson said it was a close call between Chicago-based Legat, HOK and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.


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The fourth annual Mock Firms Competition was held by Chicago Architecture Today, an LLC online publication reporting on architecture in Chicago and beyond.


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Lemont High School squad set to compete in “Mock Firm” national competition
Seniors Matt Kowalczyk, Matt Nilles, Brandon White, Josh Young and Tyler Zaremski will represent the school in the National Skyscraper Challenge division at the 2012 Mock Firms Architectural Competition, which will be contested at Chicago's Congress ...



Building Boom Set To Begin At Northwestern
The $32 million visitor center will be housed in a 170000 square-foot building on the Evanston campus, which was designed by the Chicago architectural firm of ...








CHICAGO,   January 27, 2012 – A team of students from St. Clair Jr. High has won the Chicago Regional National Engineers Week Future City ® competition.   St Clair students traveled from a school located 50 miles west of St. Louis to compete in the Chicago competition.   Leaving very early Friday morning to beat an impending snowstorm they arrived late Friday for the Saturday competition.    They will now travel to Washington DC to compete in the 19th Annual Future City National Finals (, scheduled for February 19-21, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City, VA.

More than 33,000 students from 1,000 middle schools in 37 regions across the country are participating in the Future City regional competitions.  The grand prize is a trip to Space Camp in Alabama, provided by National Finals host Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for the infrastructure that sustains our world.


The three winning team members are Christopher North  (age 13),  Emily Hansel  (age 12) and Rileigh Cassimatis (age 13)  and were assisted by Taylor Click (age  13) .  Their teacher Jennifer Hawkins and Engineer mentor  Angel Ramos,  Spirit of St. Louis Airport  provided guidance.      

A repeat for St Clair!


In 2009, a team from St. Clair came in 4th place. In 2010, a team from St Clair came in 2nd.  In 2011 and  now in 2012 they took away top honors!   BONDIDAG COVE is a  future city  in the Northern Territory of Australia.  The city features electric driverless buses which are guided by rails under the street.  Running on wires a Maglev SkyTran transports people above the city!  Bondidag Cove uses renewable energy including wave power,  wind and solar.  An innovative ‘Energy Paint' is used on many of the buildings acting as solar panels and powering many of the buildings.

The city gets its water from desalination plants.  Rainwater harvesters are incorporated into the designs of buildings.  Vertical farms run by robots provide food for the residents.

With a zoo, beautiful beaches, parks  and other amenities Bongidag Cove is a perfect vacation destination in the year 2226.

Chris North says, “Engineering is the future and we're all going to take part in it.  We are not going to have fossil fuels in the future, so the energy in our city will be used.  All of our work paid off.”

Taylor Click comments, “The hard work paid off!  I enjoyed learning so much about what we can do to change the future.  I'm excited to compete again in Washington, D.C.”



"This program has been instituted by the engineering profession to bring hands-on, practical applications of mathematics and science to educate young minds as to the essential role engineers play in creating our modern technological society,"  replied Robert B. Johnson,  retired engineer - Bowman, Barrett  & Associates, a spokesman for the Chicagoland Future City Program.   "The future of America is not found on the basketball courts, football grid irons, tennis courts, golf courses or baseball diamonds, but in the minds of these young dreamers."


Chicago runners up include:

·         2ndSt Paul’s Lutheran School, Brookfield

·         3rd  – Stone Scholastic Academy, Chicago

·         4th –  Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School

·         5th  – Miles Davis Magnet Academy, Chicago


Changing of the Guard at US, European Architecture Schools
Architectural Record
Donna Robertson, who was appointed dean of IIT's College of Architecture in 1996, announced that she is resigning as of May 31, 2012. She will remain a professor at the Chicago institution known for its focus on Mies van der Rohe. ...


Architecture students learn tough love in studio
Daily Illini
But it's not a weekend trip to Chicago or a visit to an old friend. Instead, she's visiting the architecture studio. All weekend. Final reviews are fast approaching, and Mullendore's extended stay at the studio has one goal: meet her deadline. ...



First Look at the Recently Approved Lycée Francais Building
Curbed Chicago (blog)
Curbed was snooping around the architecture blogosphere this afternoon, when we encountered early renderings for the new Lycée Francais de Chicago building, to be built on four acres of the old Ravenswood Hospital site. ...


School building architect choice under review
Chicago Sun-Times
The board voted 4-3 in April to select Ohio-based Fanning Howey as lead architect, a move that came despite a recommendation from district administrators to utilize both that firm and Legat Architects Inc., a Chicago-based firm founded in Waukegan. ...


Plan for new athletic facility at NU drawing resistance
Chicago Tribune
23, NU athletics director Jim Phillips presented the findings of the school's facilities master plan, a study completed by the architectural firm Populous. Phillips spoke of his group having visited no fewer than 40 campuses to tour their athletic ...



New school is a numero UNO example of great design
WBEZ (blog)
Designed by Chicago firm JGMA Architects. Led by Bogota native Juan Gabriel Moreno, the school is an usual and spectacular piece of architecture--and one that makes the new firm worthy of keeping an eye on. Metallic and serpentine, the school provides ...


Perkins+Will Represents Architecture Industry as Sponsor of Solar Decathlon
Sacramento Bee
Established in 1935, Perkins+Will ( is an integrated design firm serving clients from offices in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Dubai, Dundas, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, ...


College of DuPage Technology Education Center / DeStefano Partners
International Business Times
The complex program of the multidisciplinary learning environment required sensitive and specific architectural approaches to each of the learning environments; for example, laboratory spaces with minimal light requirements were treated with large ...


ACE Tech Charter High Grads Receive More Than $1.3M in Scholarships
PR Newswire (press release)
CHICAGO, June 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Architecture, Construction, and Engineering Technical Charter High School (ACE Tech), named for its technical curriculum, saw one of its most successful senior classes graduate this spring. ...


Auburn architecture students compete in design
The Birmingham News - (blog)
(Special/Auburn University) BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Auburn University architecture student Gorham Bird got a chance to create a design for a hospital in Chicago as part of a long-running competition sponsored by Alagasco. Bird said the contest allowed ...


Vertigata / VOX Takes First Place in 2011 Mock Firms Competition
International Business Times
By Hank Jarz | June 16, 2011 6:23 PM EDT Students Kelton Minor, Derek Magee and Tiffany Carlson of The Danish Institute for Study Abroad have taken first place in Chicago Architecture Today's 2011 International Mock Firm Skyscraper Design Challenge ...


Mock Firms International Skyscraper Competition 2nd Place Proposal
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U of C's futuristic new Mansueto Library is definitely one for the books
WBEZ (blog)
by Lee Bey | May. 20, 2011 The wraps came off the University of Chicago's $81 million Joe and Rika Mansueto Library earlier this week. There is no other way to describe it: the Mansueto is a kick-ass piece of architecture and engineering. ...


CLC student wins design contest
Chicago Daily Herald
The derby was sponsored by the CLC architecture technology program and library. In addition to a $500 prize, Martoccio earned valuable experience she can include in a portfolio when she applies to study architecture at the Illinois Institute of ...


Bolingbrook HS students qualify for national design competition
Each design project will be reviewed by some of the industry's top professionals based in Chicago. Competitors will be aim for top honors in Top Construction Firm, Top Engineering Firm, Top Marketing firm, Leadership in Organization, Top Architectural ...



Right out of 'Star Wars,' a new way to light a path of U. of C.; 40-foot-tall ...
Chicago Tribune (blog)
Indeed, University of Chicago officials refer to the project as the Light Bridges, a reference to landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted's long-ago vision for the Midway. Olmsted, who designed New York's Central Park, wanted the sunken mid-section ...




Early Childhood Center in Chicago

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HS thinking Architecture, Engineering or Construction.. in Chicago ...
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CHICAGO,  February 2, 2011 – A team of students from St. Clair RXIII has won the Chicago Regional National Engineers Week Future City ® competition. St Clair students traveled from a school located 50 miles west of St. Louis to compete in the Chicago competition.   They will now travel to Washington DC to compete in the 19th Annual Future City National Finals (, scheduled for February 18-22, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill.  More than 33,000 students from 1,000 middle schools in 35 regions across the country are participating in the Future City regional competitions.  The grand prize is a trip to Space Camp in Alabama, provided by National Finals host Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for the infrastructure that sustains our world.

The three winning team members are Shayla Hinson (age 13), Sydney Stahlma  (age 13) and Mikaela Drewel (age 13) and were assisted by Kyler Waldo (age 13) and Jamie Foutch (age 13).  Their teacher Jennifer Hawkins and Engineer mentor Ron Kadone, Clayton Engineering Co. (retired)  provided guidance.


New Jones College Prep building to be built by 2013
Gazette Chicago
... explained Erin Lavin Cabonargi, executive director of the Public Building Commission of Chicago. “This figure does not include architectural fees, etc. ...



In the U of C's planned science building, the design byword is: 'Let there be ...
Chicago Tribune (blog)
The latest evidence of that trend comes from the University of Chicago, which has just announced that it will begin work next year on a new, $215 million ...


IIT College of Architecture Wins 28 of 38
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Hubble Middle School claims third educational design award of the year
dBusinessNews Chicago (press release)
Chicago - Hubble Middle School's program-driven design and sustainable elements are making an impact in the educational and architectural communities. ...





Envisioned by a student at the Illinois Institute of Technology, the project is located over Lake Shore Drive and was designed specifically for the location of the dormant Chicago Spire site, otherwise known as the “Giant Hole in the Ground”. It was eco tower with large vertical farm, mixed-use towers, and a residential tower all tied together by a series of sky bridges. The Chicago Gateway is composed of two vertical mixed-use towers supported by a leaning tower covered in a green roof. Offices and commercial space would reside in the vertical towers and residences in the leaning tower, which bridges over Lake Shore Drive. All of the structures are connected together via a vertical farm podium, and a network of sky bridges connects the towers and provides access to other nearby buildings.




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UIC's latest major construction project, the renovation of Lincoln Hall, was expected to earn Silver certification under the US Green Building Council's LEED-NC rating system. Due to factors like the building's energy- and resource-efficient design, use of environmentally friendly materials, and the surrounding landscape's water conservation program, the project was able to earn a Gold certification, making it one of only ten Gold projects in Chicago under the same LEED-NC (New Construction) rating system. Read more about Lincoln Hall's Green Features at




An eye on architectural photography; School of Art Institute show installed
Chicago Tribune (blog)
It's being mounted by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and features work by students in the school's summer architectural photography class. ...



Design Essay: Renovating mid-Century Modern Libraries
Mark C. Hirons | Contract | June 8, 2010

The University of Chicago’s Law School campus, designed in 1958 by Eero Saarinen, is a quintessential piece of mid-Century Modern architecture. In 15 years of working with the Law School and the university, OWP/P | Cannon Design respected the functional and Modernist aesthetic and built upon the strength of Saarinen’s original design with numerous renovations and additions. The redesign modernized and enhanced spaces to improve the quality of the student experience, better support 21st century learning methodologies and completely replace and upgrade the campus’ infrastructure to improve energy efficiency and technology. Ultimately in rehabilitating and recapitalizing the campus, OWP/P /Cannon Design served as stewards to Saarinen’s architectural vision for this prestigious law school.

Elevating the Student Experience

Throughout renovations of classroom, auditorium, lounge, and library environments the various deans of the law school understood the importance of elevating the student experience. Often previously perceived as a cold, somewhat sterile setting indicative of many mid-Century Modernist buildings, the goal of making these spaces feel engaging and expressing the highest level of quality was essential.

Within the classroom wing, a new concourse was created to provide supporting learning spaces just outside seminar rooms and provide accessibility to all. Acoustical wood panels were incorporated to enhance the acoustics and aesthetic quality of the spaces and create a sense of warmth. The auditorium was transformed into a more flexible, accessible space that now also serves as a large classroom with custom wood/upholstered seating with power/data access, writing surfaces, microphones for interaction, and one of favorite student features, cup holders.

Within the library, the student services offices were integrated into a single suite to provide students a single point to access all administrative resources needed during their term in law school, thus streamlining the student’s experience. This space was made accessible by means of a new stair within the reading room, which acts as a centerpiece for student circulation and activity. By relocating up to 30 percent of the book collection to an automated robotic retrieval book system on campus, the library gained significant area to support various student study spaces including, private carrels, quiet individual/team conference rooms, open collaborative custom study tables, lounge setting, and a media lounge. Read more at:



U. of C. to explore its right brain

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New Austin school breaks the mold
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New Chicago Campus Reflects the Adler School Social Vision: Social ...
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Master plan in works as Eastern plans for future

The Daily Eastern News
Loebl, Schlossman and Hackl, a Chicago-based architecture, planning and interiors firm, will work with the university on the assessments. "This is the same group we worked with back in 1999 on the first iteration of the master plan," ...

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The University of Chicago’s Arts and Public Life Initiative

Unveils Arts Incubator in Washington Park


Renowned artist Theaster Gates spearheading new arts space to support

local artists-in-residence, community partnerships and cultural engagement on Chicago’s South Side


CHICAGO (March 8, 2013)—The University of Chicago’s Arts and Public Life initiative today opened its new Arts Incubator in the Washington Park neighborhood—providing a dedicated space for artists to grow professionally and build creative connections with the surrounding community.


The newly renovated Arts Incubator, envisioned by internationally recognized artist and place strategist Theaster Gates, includes 10,000 square feet of studio space for artists-in-residence, a woodshop for design apprenticeship programming, and additional program space for exhibitions and events. The Arts Incubator, located at 301 E. Garfield Boulevard, is housed in a two-story, terra cotta building dating to the 1920s.


“The University’s commitment to expanding our work in the arts takes many forms and our new Arts Incubator is the most recent addition to this arts fabric,” said University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer. “It will provide a venue for artists, particularly those from the South Side communities, their work and experimentation, and their interaction with the University of Chicago faculty, students, and staff. We believe this will be an important addition to both the University and the South Side.”


The Arts Incubator’s programs include an atypical artist residency program, which unites professional development opportunities for artists with the University’s efforts to enhance the cultural amenities of the Washington Park community. The program, presented in partnership with the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at UChicago, garnered more than 150 applications this year, and is a much-needed opportunity for Chicago-based artists, according to Gates.


“Artists need space and resources to deepen their practices, share their wares, and perform their chops, and communities like Washington Park benefit from new sources of creative energy. That’s why artists are such an essential element of a successful social space,” said Gates, director of the Arts and Public Life initiative. “I’m excited the University of Chicago has embraced this innovative model for community engagement and shown such willingness to think about new ways we can be good neighbors and collaborators on the South Side.”


The incubator is an outgrowth of Gates’ ongoing work with the Rebuild Foundation and Dorchester Projects, creative redevelopment projects designed to revitalize abandoned properties in Chicago’s Grand Crossing neighborhood and throughout the Midwest. The Arts Incubator building, which was originally a Walgreen’s drugstore, sat unused for nearly 20 years. The University purchased the property in 2008 and invested $1.85 million in renovations. The incubator also received a $400,000 grant from ArtPlace, an organization that supports creative placemaking efforts across the United States.



Four AIA Chicago members, one AIA Illinois member
elected to College of Fellows


David Chasco, FAIA, AIA Illinois

The Director of the School of Architecture for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, David Chasco has dedicated his educational career to promoting a unified profession by fostering design excellence. A deep-rooted Midwestern Modernist highly influenced by the Saarinen tradition, Chasco has designed AIA award-winning national and international projects such as a U.S. Embassy, a performing arts center, academic libraries, law schools/libraries, sustainable office buildings, and mixed-use buildings world-wide.

Renee Doktorczyk, FAIA

Renee Doktorczyk has been writing architectural specifications for over 20 years. An author for articles published in STRUCTURE and Modern Steel Construction magazines, Doktorczyk's work has contributed to the success of many significant projects in Chicago, including Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Richard J. Karcheck Information Commons at Loyola University, and theWit Hotel. Outside of Chicago, Doktorczyk has specified projects in 20 states and 3 countries. 


Carl Giegold, FAIA


Carl Giegold's broad background in design and technical architecture, as well as historic preservation, adds great depth to his consulting in acoustics. Giegold has presented his work at conferences held by the Acoustical Society of America and the Institute of Acoustics in the United Kingdom, and has lectured widely at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Virginia Tech, Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois, and Cambridge University.


Gordon Gill, FAIA


Gordon Gill designed the world's first net zero-energy skyscraper, the Pearl River Tower (designed at SOM Chicago), and the world's first large-scale positive energy building, Masdar Headquarters. Prior to founding Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture in 2006, Gordon was an Associate Partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and a Director of Design for VOA Associates. Most recently, he co-founded PositivEnergy Practice, a consulting firm that designs and implements energy and carbon reduction strategies for clients around the world. 


Vojo Narancic, FAIA

Over the course of his 30-plus year career, Vojo Narancic has designed theater complexes, laboratories, healthcare and higher education facilities, and civic buildings, among many other projects. A University of Belgrade graduate, Narancic has maintained a presence in the Chicago area since first working in the offices of Stanley Tigerman, and Metz, Train, Olson and Youngreen. Since 2009, Narancic has run a private practice specializing in design consulting.




Chicago Bulls to Build Practice Center in Current Parking Lot
Bleacher Report
360 Architecture of Kansas City, Missouri will be the lead architect, and McHugh Construction of Chicago will be the general contractor. 360 Architecture also designed the new football stadium and arena renovations at Southern Illinois University, as ...


SAIC Faculty Members Receive $10,000 TED Prize for
Crowdsourcing Transit App Project "Designing Chicago"


Chicago, IL—George Aye and Sara Cantor Aye, faculty members in SAIC's Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO), have received a $10,000 prize from TED. Their City 2.0 grant will support Designing Chicago: New Tools for Public Transit, a project from the Aye's Greater Good Studio that leverages public participation and design to improve citywide navigation. The award is part of a $100,000 year-long effort to support online platforms devoted to making cities function better worldwide.

Designing Chicago was conceived in the summer of 2012. At the project's onset George and Sara received a wide range of input and endorsements from individuals working in transit, urban planning, and design—including City of Chicago Chief Technology Officer John Tolva and legendary New York City subway signage designer Massimo Vignelli, among many others—and consensus formed around the idea that widespread public involvement would be essential to creating a new smartphone app that would improve on existing tools like HopStop. Designing Chicago is currently gathering a team of transit riders, dubbed Urban Agents, to work with them on the project's research and design.

Greater Good Studio, which operates under the motto "design for citizens," was founded in order to use design methods to solve social problems. New York–based design blog Core77 describes the studio as a non-profit "with the mentality and business acumen of a for-profit institution." Past projects from the studio include a Chicago school cafeteria redesign project, conducted by SAIC students and faculty this past spring, as well as designing prototypes for next-generation public bus interiors.

"We believe that public transit is a vital part of a sustainable future, and that whether you take it because you 'want' to or because you 'need' to, it's a force for positive change in society," said Sara Cantor Aye. George adds, "As a professor, I have to unpack everything I know and do instinctively, so that anyone without training can learn how to do it themselves intuitively—that's teaching in a nutshell. For this project to be a success, we had to devise a way to teach on a much bigger scale. We like to think of the city as our classroom."

In 2012 the annual $100,000 TED Prize was bestowed upon an idea rather than an individual—The City 2.0. The $100,000 prize was broken into 10 grants of $10,000 each, to be given to a variety of projects spanning areas like transportation, education, housing, health, public space, and food. Seven of the grants have been given out to date.


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CHICAGO – (June 27, 2012) – Architecture firm Goettsch Partners (GP) has been selected to design the new Grand Hyatt hotel in Bogotá, Colombia, set to be the first Hyatt-branded hotel in the dynamic Latin American city. The new hotel will be a key component of the Ciudad Empresarial Sarmiento Angulo (, a premier commercial mixed-use development planned for 18 buildings. Owned and constructed by Organización Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo, the project will be the seventh Grand Hyatt property designed by Goettsch Partners, including others in Guangzhou, China, and Mumbai, India, and their second in South America, after Săo Paulo. The project is being designed in collaboration with local firm Construcciones Planificadas S.A. (, a firm that is part of Organización Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo.


The Grand Hyatt Bogotá will be a contemporary, world-class facility with 297 rooms, including 54 suites.  Guestrooms and suites will range in size from 473 sq ft (44.0 sq m) to 2,368 sq ft (220 sq m). Expected to open in early 2015, the hotel will feature two restaurants, a lobby lounge, a patisserie, and more than 24,000 sq ft (2,270 sq m) of meeting and event space, including a 10,800 sq ft (1,000 sq m) ballroom. Additional hotel amenities will include a state-of-the-art fitness center, an indoor pool, and a luxury spa.



SEAOI Announces Winners in its 2012 Excellence in

Structural Engineering Competition


SEAOI (Structural Engineers Association of Illinois) announced the 2012 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award winners during its Annual Banquet which was held on June 9, 2012.  The event was held at the Harold Washington Library in downtown Chicago.

The award winning projects and individuals are as follows:


Juror’s Favorite/Most Innovative Structure


Cary Kopczynski & Company, Inc. PS


Best Project - >$150 million - International

Zifeng Tower (>$150 million – int’l)

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP


Best Project - >$150 million – US

300 E. Randolph Vertical Expansion  (>$150 million)

Magnusson Klemencic Associates


Best Project - $50million to $150 million

North Carolina Museum of Art ($50-150 million)

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP


Best Project - $5million up to $50 million

Mundelein Center ($5 million up to $50 million)

Klein and Hoffman, Inc.


Best Project - <$5million

Madina Community Center

Dome Structural Engineers


Best Bridge

Kendeda Canopy Walkway at Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Halvorson and Partners, P.C.


Judges’ Comments on the projects follow:


300 East Randolph, Magnusson Klemencic Associates

“A great structural engineering achievement in not only value engineering and optimization, but in assisting with the construction logistics in order to save the Owner time and money.”


Mundelein Center, Klein and Hoffman

“The design challenges were solved by a veritable barrage of structural solutions, from the foundations to the facades to the floor trusses.”


This team more than met the challenge of reconfiguring a landmark structure for new purposes. Its reuse of space was at times brilliant, with a careful attention to detail and cost control.


North Carolina Museum of Art, SOM

“The simple and elegant structural solution responds to the architecture and allows the museum to stand out like a tuxedo among business suits.”


It’s nice to see a large firm take chances in such a high-profile commission. The power of the design is in its understatement. The building reserves its rewards not for the casual passer-by, but for those who venture inside.



Zifeng Tower, SOM

“The 7th tallest building in the world is slender and graceful; the building massing and structure respond to the environmental loads including significant wind and seismic effects.”


Perhaps the most remarkable thing is the design revisions needed to build this 70-story tower on a seismic fault line. The architecture smartly adapts to the needs of its hotel and office components.


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Six AIA Chicago members, one AIA Central Illinois member were recently elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows.

AIA Chicago members are: 


George Hinds, FAIA, has had a commitment to architecture and planning as research for the past 60 years. He served as Director of Planning for the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and has devoted time to "teaching without borders" in Indonesia. He was also appointed to serve as a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.  











Susan King, FAIA, a principal at Harley Ellis Devereaux, is the firm's National Sustainable Design Leader and leads Green Works Studio. King is the third female principal at the 103-year-old Harley Ellis Devereaux and is a past president of Chicago Women in Architecture.






Leonard Koroski, FAIA, LEED AP, is a principal and a senior project architect at Goettsch Partners. Koroski has also held key volunteer roles in AIA, serving as the president of AIA Illinois, a member of the AIA national board of directors and co-chair of the AIA national Committee on the Environment.











Jeffrey McCarthy, FAIA, is a managing partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, and serves on the firm's executive committee. He has pioneered new practices and methodology for city planning and international design, which has led to the Canary Wharf in London, the Beijing Central Business District East Expansion and the NATO Headquarters in Brussels. He has also spent nearly 15 years establishing a management model for American architects serving Chinese clients.












Steven M. Nilles, FAIA, LEED AP, is the partner in charge of the Goettsch Partners' Abu Dhabi office. Nilles specializes in the technical design of high-rise buildings that integrate advanced engineering concepts, innovative use of materials and sustainable design strategies.  











James E. Prendergast, FAIA, LEED AP, is the partner who leads the interior architecture practice at Goettsch Partners. Prendergast frequently presents at client and professional forums, and lectures as part of university curriculums on design, and its impact on client culture and performance.








One member from AIA Central Illinois was also elevated to the AIA College of Fellows:


Larry Livergood, FAIA, a managing partner of Architectural Expressions LLP, in Forsyth, Ill., has helped to advance the profession through his leadership in AIA. Livergood has served as chairman of the AIA Illinois Heath Facilities Permit Review Task Force, as the AIA National Secretary and as a Trustee for AIA Trust.












CHICAGO, IL – Michael Toolis, CEO and Chairman of VOA Associates Incorporated, a global architecture and design firm, was re-elected to The Greater North Michigan Avenue Association’s (GNMAA) Board of Directors during the business organization’s hundredth Annual Meeting at The Westin Chicago River North on February 6. Toolis will serve a two-year term expiring in 2013. He has been an active member of the GNMAA Board of Directors since 2001.

“This association is not only imperative to preserving historic institutions in the Greater North Michigan Avenue Area, but serves as a catalyst to enrich economic vitality in Chicago’s most vibrant commercial district,” said Toolis. “I’m delighted to extend my tenure with the Board of Directors and look forward to contributing to the future development of Michigan Avenue, a gateway to Chicago’s diversity, economy and spirit.”

As CEO and Chairman, Toolis has overseen the growth of VOA to a multi-national firm with over 270 employees and eight offices worldwide. With more than 35 years of experience, Toolis is an Architect certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and is LEED AP certified.

GNMAA is Chicago’s most historic and admired community development organization. The GNMAA Board of Directors consists of 115 Chicago business leaders committed to preserving The Magnificent Mile® as a premier visitor and business destination with upscale retail stores, restaurants, hotels, office accommodations and residences.


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DANK Haus German American Cultural Center Announces

Official Unveiling of $370,000 Façade Renovation


Chicago, IL—December 14, 2011— The DANK Haus in Lincoln Square will hold an official opening celebration of its $370,000 first floor façade renovation on Saturday January 21, 2012 between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The festivities will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, Alderman Ameya Pawar, invited, refreshments provided by local Lincoln Square merchants, unveiling of the donor recognition wall (rendering), live music and an exclusive first look at the newly refreshed “Lost German Chicago” exhibit in the Museum.

This event is free and open to the public. Donations for this outstanding contribution to the local and German American communities are still being accepted. Donations received before February 28, 2012 will be included on the donor recognition wall to be placed in the main lobby.

The DANK Haus is a registered 501(c)3 with the mission of preserving and promoting German and German American culture, heritage, language, and the fine arts.

DANK Haus is located in the heart of Lincoln Square in Chicago at 4740 N. Western Avenue. The Museum is open to the public every Saturday, from 11 am - 3pm and is available during the week by appointment only. For more information about DANK Haus, visit or call (773) 561-9181.


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“SEAOI Announces Winners in its 2011 Excellence in Structural Engineering Competition.”


SEAOI (Structural Engineers Association of Illinois) announced the 2011 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award winners during its Annual Banquet which was held on June 11, 2011.  The event was held at the Newberry Library at 60 W. Walton, Chicago


The award winning projects and individuals are as follows:


Most Innovative Structure                 Trump International Hotel and Tower

Chicago, Illinois

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP


Jurors’ Favorite:                                  Fishers Island Residence 

                                                                 Fishers Island, New York

                                                                Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP


Best Large Structure:                        Mansueto Library, University of Chicago

 Chicago, Illinois

Halvorson and Partners, Werner Sobek

Best Medium Structure:                    Holy Name Cathedral Renovation

                                                                Chicago, Illinois

                                                                Wiss, Janney Elstner Associates


Best Small Structure:                        People’s Gas Educational Pavilion at Lincoln Park Zoo

Chicago, Illinois

Magnusson Klemencic


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First Floor Remodeling with Help of City SBIF Grant to Begin Soon


The DANK Haus German American Cultural Center was fortunate to be one of the Lincoln Square businesses to win the late 2010 lottery for a SBIF Grant from the City of Chicago.


This large-scale endeavor will begin as soon as June and will continue through fall, with the aim of revitalizing the appearance of the DANK Haus and the organization itself, along with several Lincoln Square businesses, including the Athenian Shoe Store and Becker Pharmacy, which are part of the building.


The remodeling might cost up to $250,000, 50% of which will be reimbursed through the SBIF Grant upon completion. Executive Director Nicholle Dombrowski hopes that this project will ensure that the DANK Haus “goes from being a ‘hidden gem’ to the ‘jewel of Western’ for generations to come.”


The balance will depend on fundraising efforts.  Fundraising plans are underway and donations are accepted at any time and are tax deductible.


The SBIF Grant specifically uses local Tax Increment Financing (TIF) revenue to help businesses remodel their facades and is processed by SomerCor 504, Inc., a federally certified Small Business Administration lender. Eligible renovations include new windows, floors or roof, sign removal and replacement, and tuck pointing, among others.


The DANK Haus is a registered 501(c)3 with the mission of preserving and promoting German and German American culture, heritage, language, and the fine arts.


If you’d like more information, or to schedule an interview with Nicholle Dombrowski, please call 773.561.9181 or email


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2010 Architecture “Patrons” Nominated

Chicago Architecture Foundation Publishes List of 29


(October 5, 2010-Chicago) The awaited list of 29 “patrons” nominated for the 2010 Chicago Architecture Foundation’s 7th annual Patron of the Year awards has been released.


The awards recognize clients of architecture rather than the architects themselves, honoring individuals, companies and institutions responsible for commissioning a building or a complex of structures. Nominations were accepted for buildings falling under one of three categories: commercial, governmental and institutional.  They are:




351 North Clark (Jenner & Block, Mesirow/Lohan Anderson Associates)

860/880 (860 Lake Shore Drive Trust, 880 North Lake Shore Drive/Krueck + Sexton)

Aqua (Magellan/Studio Gang)

Block 37/Morningstar (Joseph Freed and Associates, Morningstar/Perkins + Will)

Blue Cross Blue Shield vertical expansion (BCBS of Illinois/Goettsch Partners)

Elysian Hotel Chicago (Elysian Development/Lucien LaGrange)

EnV (Lynd Development Partners/Valerio Dewalt Train)

Greenway Parking Garage (Friedman Properties/HOK)

Heritage (Mesa Development /SCB)

JW Marriott (Marriott/Lucien LaGrange)

Lakeside Masterplan (McCaffery Interests / SOM)

The Ledge at Willis Tower (US Equities, Willis/SOM)

Legacy (Mesa Development/SCB)

Roosevelt Collection (Centrum Properties/ Hirsch Associates, Epstein, RTKL)

S.N. Shure Theater (Shure Incorporated / Krueck + Sexton)

Sullivan Center (Joseph Freed and Associates/Harboe Architects)

Uptown Broadway Building (@properties / SPACE Architects + Planners)




Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School ( CKJCP/John Ronan)

Columbia College Media Production Center (Columbia College Chicago / Studio | Gang)

Frederico Garcia Lorca Elementary School (Public Building Commission of Chicago

Gary Comer College Prep (Gary and Francine Comer/John Ronan)

Kellogg Cancer Center at Evanston Hospital (NorthShore University HealthSystem / Eckenhoff Saunders Architects)

The Modern Wing (Art Institute of Chicago/Renzo Piano)

South Pond redevelopment (Lincoln Park Zoo / Studio Gang)

University of Chicago Law School (The University of Chicago /Cannon Design)




Adams-Sangamon Park (City of Chicago Park District / Site Design Group)

Boat House (City of Chicago Department of Transportation / David Woodhouse)

Cherry Avenue Bridge (City of Chicago Department of Transportation/DLK Civic Design)

Wilmette Public Works Facility (Village of Wilmette / Epstein)


 New this year: an expanded jury of national significance and a new location at the Four Seasons Hotel for the awards event December 2, 2010.


Stanley Tigerman, Principal of Tigerman/McCurry Architects is the Chairman of the selection jury comprised of: Steven G.M. Stein, Stein, Ray & Harris LLP, William F. Baker, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, James P. Cramer, Greenway Group, Kevin Evanich, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Sunny Fischer, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Reed Kroloff, Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum, and Ernest C. Wong, Site Design Group, Ltd.  


Past winners include Millennium Park, Inc., the University of Chicago, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and the Trump Organization.


Patron of the Year awards

Patron of the Year awards were initiated by the Chicago architecture Foundation in 2004 when Trustee Steven G.M. Stein, partner at the law firm of Stein, Ray & Harris, LLP, suggested that, for all of the public attention lavished on architecture in Chicago, few recognize the role of clients. “Good architecture,” Stein said, “requires more than a good architect. It requires a great client—a risk-taker.”




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