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Architecture and Design

Keep track of the city’s design and urban planning landscape.

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Revamped Obama Center tower design: More windows, trimmed profile

The third Obama Foundation Summit is to start Tuesday with former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle coming home to attend.

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Open House Chicago’s South Shore sites offer more than just a tour

The Chicago Architecture Center’s free yearly event offers access to more than 350 buildings across the city.

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Chicago South Side architecture: an excerpt from Lee Bey’s new book ‘Southern Exposure’

Stony Island Church of Christ, Liberty Baptist Church, First Church of Deliverance and St. Gabriel Catholic Church are among the standouts, the former Sun-Times architecture critic writes.

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Iconic South Loop power station, facing wrecking ball, should be saved instead, preservationists say

Preservation Chicago hopes to find a developer for the old Union Station Power House, a monument to the city’s industrial past.

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Thompson Center fan club opposes sale: ‘Do we dare squander Chicago’s great architectural heritage?’

The newly formed James R. Thompson Center Historical Society urges "all to visit the building and contribute to the ongoing discussion of its past, present, and future."

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Whatever happened to Santiago Calatrava’s leafy red sculpture at River Point?

It was supposed to be installed in August. But the Ohio company charged with fabricating Calatrava’s sculpture has been tied up with fabricating two large rocket fuel tanks for NASA that failed pre-flight tests because of design flaws.

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Chicago options exchange to move headquarters, open new trading floor

Cboe Global Markets, parent company of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, will move its headquarters to the Old Post Office; the trading floor is moving to the Chicago Board of Trade Building.

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Chicago’s iconic Water Tower, ‘an architectural survivor,’ marks 150 years in Gold Coast

The landmark tower, built in 1869, was one of the only buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. The landmark was honored with a sesquicentennial festival on Saturday.

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Chicago should landmark sign at Trump Tower

Efforts to remove the Trump Tower sign are futile. But what if the city preserves it, as a somber reminder of what happened to our great country?

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Will cemetery zoning scare off developers eyeing St. Adalbert’s property?

Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez proposes to rezone the church land to prevent condo development. The Archdiocese says the building needs over $3 million of repairs.

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Stanley Tigerman, a pillar of Chicago architecture, has died at 88

His designs included the Pacific Garden Mission, Illinois Holocaust Museum and Boardwalk Apartments.

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Thompson Center named one of 11 most historically endangered sites in US

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named the James R. Thompson Center as one the nation’s most endangered sites.

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Woodlawn bank building added to landmarks group’s ‘most endangered’ list

The Washington Park National Bank in Woodlawn was added to this year's list of "most endangered historic places" in the state by Landmarks Illinois.

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‘Hamilton: The Exhibition’ an immersive history lesson beyond the musical

The 18 rooms in the exhibit are filled with large sculptures, installations and interactive pieces along with artifacts.

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It’s too easy to say, ‘Bob did it’ — Chicago safety experts on Notre Dame fire

Fires can be more likely in historic structures, such as Notre Dame Cathedral, but some modern construction materials and techniques may be banned.

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Here’s how you can crash at a ‘Windy City Rehab’ home even if you aren’t rich

A Lincoln Park penthouse condo that was featured in the popular reality TV show is now available to rent on the online home rental platform Airbnb.

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Trash, permit violations and mud: why some Chicagoans hate ‘Windy City Rehab’

A reality TV show that turns Chicago fixer-uppers into pricey homes is creating lots of buzz, but some neighbors wish the flippers stayed away.

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Hundreds help Art Institute ring in 125th year with historic photo re-creation

More than 400 Chicagoans crowded onto the museum's western steps, as depicted in an 1893 photo, to help mark the museum's anniversary.

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Here are some coffee table books you might want to give this holiday season

Here’s a look at some of the coffee table books on sale this holiday gift season.

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Barack Obama to summit attendees: ‘Go remake the world, it badly needs remaking’

The summit drew about 1,000 international activists and community leaders — and a significant number of millennials — from as far away as Africa.

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Dispute continues over handicapped-accessible garage in Old Town Triangle

A family trying to accommodate their wheelchair-bound daughter is facing objections by some aiming to preserve the neighborhood's character.

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Despite loss of Amazon’s HQ2, new development ‘The 78’ aims for win on diversity

Envisioned as the city's 78th community, it will also raise the bar on diversity hiring by any private developer in Chicago through partnerships.

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Zenon Mazurkevich, architect of landmark Ukrainian church on NW Side, dead at 79

Zenon Mazurkevich-designed Chicago church "is this gigantic, shiny, imposing yet quirky spaceship-like object" in an unusual Northwest Side spot.

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Architectural Artifacts to auction off most items, shrink Ravenswood shop

After 31 years, the well-known Ravenswood store is downsizing — and auctioning off most of its antiques and other stock.

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Avalon Regal Theater not in ‘Open House Chicago’ this year — but maybe in 2019

The news comes a month after Kanye West tweeted his involvement in reopening the theater.

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Pullman neighborhood guide

Created as a self-contained community for workers at the Pullman rail car factory, history comes to life in what might be Chicago's most unique neighborhood.

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Open House Chicago showcases hidden architectural gems

For the first time ever, Open House Chicago offers a chance to see hidden architectural gems in the Austin neighborhood on Oct. 13 and Oct. 14.

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Architect Peter Roesch dies, was among last living students of Mies van der Rohe

Peter Roesch "was one of the important links between the Bauhaus of Mies and contemporary Chicago architecture," fellow architect John Ronan said

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John H. Bryan Jr., renowned Chicago philanthropist, longtime Sara Lee CEO, dies

"The Bean" would have been smaller if not for John H. Bryan Jr., says Anish Kapoor, who created the iconic Millennium Park sculpture.

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‘Art on the Mart’ lights up Merchandise Mart with dazzling nighttime projection

Wacker Drive was closed to traffic so more than a thousand people could pack in for a view of the 115,000-square foot spectacle at Merchandise Mart.

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Newberry Library shows off visitor-friendly renovation, new World’s Fair exhibit

The Newberry Library was showing its age. Now, after big renovation, it's showing off what's new, including visitor-aimed changes, World's Fair show.

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Kanye West to bankroll Regal Theater repairs, owner says — but clock is ticking

"This is Kanye West, and this is what he does," Gary said. "What's a theater without drama?"