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Jay Pritzker Pavilion and the Chicago skyline in Millennium Park. Photo: Tony Webster/Wikimedia Commons

How Millennium Park Became "America's Most Dazzling Urban Park"

Daniel Hautzinger

Millennium Park, which opened fifteen years ago today, was supposed to be just another pleasant, dull park that would cover up railroad tracks. But the commissioning of internationally known artists and architects transformed it into an ever-popular, unique cultural destination.
Stanley Tigerman

Idiosyncratic Chicago Architect Stanley Tigerman Has Died

Daniel Hautzinger

Stanley Tigerman, a Chicago-based architect known for his idiosyncratic views and buildings, has died at the age of 88. He designed the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie and the Anti-Cruelty Animal Shelter on LaSalle Street, among other vibrant buildings. 
A sculptural panel of Aries by Eugene and Gwen Lux depicting Aries that originally decorated the facade of the McGraw-Hill Building and is now located in the Shops at North Bridge

The Complicated History of One of Michigan Avenue's Most Unusual Buildings

Daniel Hautzinger

The exterior of the McGraw-Hill Building on Michigan Avenue may look the same as it did when it was built in the twenties, but it underwent a controversial "façade-ectomy" after a battle between developers and preservationists – and it features sculptural panels by a neglected female artist.
Houses along the 2500 block of West Morse Avenue, Chicago, IL

The Story of the Iconic Chicago Home

Daniel Hautzinger

Chicago is renowned for its architecture, but a small-scale, domestic building unique to this city often goes unrecognized: the Chicago bungalow. The history of this style of house encompasses the story of Chicago's immigrants and infamous discrimination.
The Terrence J. O'Brien Water Reclamation Plant. Photo: Eric Allix Rogers

Where to Go During Open House Chicago

Daniel Hautzinger

During Open House Chicago, which is October 13 and 14, you can see things you've never seen before as more than 250 sites across Chicagoland open to the public for free. So many choices are overwhelming, so we've chosen a few highlights.
The new Chicago Architecture Center on East Wacker Drive. Photo: Eric Allix Rogers, courtesy CAC

Tour the New Chicago Architecture Center

Daniel Hautzinger

Take a tour of the new Chicago Architecture Center and discover its new features, including an expanded and newly interactive Chicago model and a skyscraper gallery. The Center is located inside a Mies van der Rohe building with a vantage of some of Chicago's most famous buildings.
Chicago Architecture Center Teen Fellows at Marshall Brown's studio in 2017. Photo: Chicago Architecture Center

How the Chicago Architecture Center Empowers Young People to Shape Their City

Daniel Hautzinger

Through two innovative programs, one anchored in a graphic novel and one providing women and young people of color with the skills necessary to enter the historically white male field of architecture, the Chicago Architecture Center aims to foster a sense of civic identity and stewardship.
The Bahá’i House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois, north of Chicago. Photo: Courtesy of the US Bahá’í National Center

What the Bahá’i Temple Reveals About the Bahá’i Faith

Daniel Hautzinger

The Bahá’i House of Worship on the lakefront north of Chicago is sometimes called the "silent teacher" for the way that it illustrates principles of the faith, many of which are incorporated into the striking, innovative, ornate design, which took 50 years to realize.
A section of the northern French mining town of Courrières redesigned by the Breitmans

The Classical Architects Who Build Social Housing

Daniel Hautzinger

"You cannot show with the architecture that you are poor and you cannot show that you are rich." That is what architects Marc and Nada Breitman believe. Explore their socially minded works in photos and video with Geoffrey Baer.
Santiago Calatrava's El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe in Valencia. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, user: HuseyinUlucay

12 Buildings that Imitate Objects in the World

Daniel Hautzinger

For a brief period, the new Apple Store off the Chicago River looked like a giant Macbook. What other buildings take inspiration from objects, in subtle or outrageous ways? Discover examples from the blatant to the futuristic and inspired.
Schulze Baking Company Building in Open House Chicago.

Where to Go During Open House Chicago

Daniel Hautzinger

During Open House Chicago, which is October 14 and 15, you can see things you've never seen before as more than 200 sites across Chicago, Evanston, and Oak Park open to the public for free. So many choices are overwhelming, so we've chosen a few highlights.
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