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Field Museum gives inside look into how researchers analyze millennia-old portrait

Researcher Marc Sebastian Walton said 2,000-year-old portrait helps tell a story of a period when Egypt was part of the Roman Empire that helped blend Roman, Greek and Egyptian culture into one.

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Reprieve from wrecking ball? State panel backs historic listing for Thompson Center, adding incentives to preserve it

The Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council takes a position at odds with Gov. J.B. Pritzker and two state agencies. Listing the building on the national trust would not bar demolition, but it would make an owner who preserves it eligible for some tax breaks.

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Helmut Jahn left his mark on Chicago

The much-reviled, soon-to-vanish Thompson Center was only the most visible of his contributions.

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Pritzker Architecture Prize awarded to Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal

In an interview from Paris, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal explained how the global pandemic has reinforced their longtime view that people deserve open space and a connection to nature, even when living in housing projects in dense cities.

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Preserve — don’t demolish — Peterson Avenue’s unique modernist streetscape

Peterson Avenue’s nearly 2 miles of postwar modern buildings is well worthy of attention. And preservation.

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New landmark survey overdue to protect Chicago’s architectural and cultural heritage

A new survey would help save more historic buildings and assist efforts to bring more landmark-based economic incentives to historic but economically challenged areas.

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Landmark Carbide & Carbon Building sold

The buyer, Montage International, plans to renovate the property for its luxury hotel brand.

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A new owner seeks to do Wright by a 120-year-old West Pullman house

The purchase furthers the goal of preserving and restoring the work of one of the world’s most celebrated architects, Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Half-forgotten Frank Lloyd Wright house in West Pullman sells after 3 years on market

A historic West Pullman house designed by world renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright was sold earlier this month after spending more than three years on the market.

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Day 19,432 of the lockdown: Kidding, it only feels that way

You’ve got to look away from the unfolding disaster. Up, if possible.

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Frank Lloyd Wright famed architecture school to close

The School of Architecture at Taliesin, which encompasses Wright properties in Wisconsin and Arizona, will shutter in June. The decision to close was made after no agreement could be made with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to keep operating the school.

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Pilsen garden shows how one small nonprofit is enhancing public spaces, one small project at a time

The nonprofit Human Scale was started by four friends who met in the UIC architecture program.

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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.