Damien Hirst paints with butterflies at Soho House Chicago

Art, Midwest, On View
Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Damien Hirst's piece for Soho House Chicago.

Damien Hirst’s piece for Soho House Chicago.

In August the London creative club Soho House set up shop in Chicago, carving out a chic space for itself amid the city’s hotel, dining and cocktail scenes by retrofitting an industrial building in the Fulton Market District. Read More

Eavesdrop> From architectural zombie to cash cow: Stalled Chicago development site pays off big

(Kevin Zolkiewicz / Flickr)

(Kevin Zolkiewicz / Flickr)

 

Most developers did some serious belt-tightening during the recession, but news of a record-breaking real estate deal from late last year proves it sometimes pays to take a little risk. Related Midwest bought the concrete podium of an aborted development at Chicago‘s 111 West Wacker Drive in 2011, after plans for a Shangri-La hotel there went up in smoke. Chicago-based real estate investment firm Heitman reportedly paid roughly $333 million for the luxury rental building Related finished last summer, OneEleven. That’s about $661,000 per unit—a new high for a downtown apartment sale. This high-rise zombie lives, and it’s apparently very lucrative.

University of Chicago releases details on Obama Library proposal

A rendering of South Stony Island Avenue, part of the University of Chicago's proposal for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, The University of Chicago)

A rendering of South Stony Island Avenue, part of the University of Chicago’s proposal for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, The University of Chicago)

While speculation around the Barack Obama Presidential Library continues to swirl, plans for one of the project’s four potential sites just became a bit clearer. The University of Chicago, where the President taught law, made public this week new renderings and details of their bid for the nation’s 14th such library, trotting out sunny images that show the economic development potential of investment in the South Side areas surrounding Washington Park.

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Eavesdrop> Debbie Posthumously Does the Chicago Design Museum

(Laure Joliet Photography / Courtesy Chicago Design Museum)

(Laure Joliet Photography / Courtesy Chicago Design Museum)

 

The Chicago Design Museum held its most recent opening for Deborah Sussman Loves Los Angeles! on November 12, 2014. The show, which runs through February 28, further cements this museum startup by Tanner Woodford into the Chicago cultural fold.

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On View> The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960–1980

Architecture, Art, Midwest, On View
Monday, December 15, 2014
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(Courtesy Art Institute of Chicago)

(Courtesy Art Institute of Chicago)

The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960–1980
Art Institute Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Through January 11th

With its new exhibition, The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960–1980, the Art Institute Chicago explores how the country’s three largest cities transformed in the latter half of the 20th Century. Through photographs and films from the era, this exhibit illuminates significant urban changes through intimate, street-level portraits and studies of city life.

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Rockefeller Foundation names 35 new cities in its 100 Resilient Cities Challenge

International, Sustainability
Thursday, December 4, 2014
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Chicago, one of the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities. (Flickr / Conway Yao)

Chicago, one of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities. (Flickr / Conway Yao)

The Rockefeller Foundation has announced a second batch of cities in its 100 Resilient Cities Challenge. The foundation launched the challenge last year as a way to support resiliency measures in cities around the world. This includes support to hire a Chief Resiliency Officer. One year after the first 32 cities were selected, another 35 have been added to the list, including six in the United States—Boston, Chicago, Dallas, PittsburghSt. Louis, and Tulsa. To see the full list, visit the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge website.

Eavesdrop> Grumpy Gehry flips the bird, defends Chicago’s Lucas Museum

Architecture, Eavesdroplet, International
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
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Frank Gehry flips the bird in Spain. (Inés Martín Rodrigo / Twitter)

Frank Gehry flips the bird in Spain. (Inés Martín Rodrigo / Twitter)

Who’s most irked by the Frank Gehry backlash currently underway in press rooms from Sydney to Spruce Street? Why, Frank Gehry, of course. At a press conference in Oviedo, Spain, Gehry replied to one journalist’s implication that Gehry’s architecture was just about spectacle with a spectacle of his own: He gave the journalist the middle finger.

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On View> Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents “David Bowie Is”

Art, Midwest, On View
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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(Brian Duffy)

David Bowie Is
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
200 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
Through January 4, 2015

Whether you have stacked up a library of rare vinyl cuts from his Thin White Duke period, or were unaware he was even still recording, you will find something groovy at David Bowie Is, on view through January 4 at MCA Chicago. David Bowie is a formidable figure in pop music, performance art, and fashion, and the 400 pieces in this exhibit draw from all of Bowie’s famously fluid personae.

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Eavesdrop> Na Na Na Na Hey Hey Hey Goodbye

Eavesdroplet, Midwest, Sustainability
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
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Petcoke stored along the Calumet River on Chicago's Southeast Side, between 106th and 100th streets. (Josh Mogerman via Flickr)

Petcoke stored along the Calumet River on Chicago’s Southeast Side, between 106th and 100th streets. (Josh Mogerman via Flickr)

Opponents of storing petcoke, a sooty byproduct, on Chicago’s Southeast Side can breathe easier now that Beemsterboer Slag Corp. has announced it’s leaving the city for greener (for now) pastures, following public pressure from the city and angry neighbors. The Koch Brothers typically set (read: buy) trends rather than follow them, so don’t expect their petcoke business KCBX to hoist anchor anytime soon, but enviros can celebrate this development, even if the city’s new regulations give companies a full two years to cover their dusty piles of petcoke.

Eavesdrop> Obama Library Showdown

Architecture, Eavesdroplet, Midwest
Monday, November 17, 2014
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The Chicago skyline. (Photo by Tim Rogers / Flickr; Montage by AN)

The Chicago skyline. (Photo by Tim Rogers / Flickr; Montage by AN)

And then there were four. The committee in charge of picking a site for President Barack Obama’s presidential library and museum narrowed the playing field to four illustrious institutions of higher learning, with two in Chicago. The University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University, and the University of Hawaii have until December 11 to submit their bids, just in time to kick back and sip some eggnog while the president gears up for his last two years in office.

Eavesdrop> Rahminator Remiss

Eavesdroplet, Midwest
Thursday, November 13, 2014
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Rahm Emanuel. (Courtesy Lloyd Lee/Flickr)

Rahm Emanuel. (Courtesy Lloyd Lee/Flickr)

You don’t often hear Mayor Rahm Emanuel utter these words, so when Rahmbo admitted he “made a mistake” in proposing naming a Near North Side school after Obama, his former boss, we thought it worthwhile to get him on the record here. Earlier this year Emanuel threw $60 million in TIF funding to the planned selective enrollment school, offering up the name apparently without consulting local leaders, including the head of Chicago Public Schools. They didn’t like the idea, as it turns out, probably only a little more than Emanuel didn’t like every local reporter committing his rare self-effacement to print.

Watch Chicago move a 762-ton mansion to make way for Pelli Clarke Pelli’s arena

Chicago's historic Harriet Rees house sits on steel beams, awaiting a move one block north. (Steven Vance via Flickr)

Chicago’s historic Harriet Rees house sits on steel beams, awaiting a move one block north. (Steven Vance via Flickr)

Preservation and new development are often at odds, but sometimes Chicago has its cake and eats it, too. Case-in-point: the Harriet F. Rees House, a landmark on both local and national lists that happens to share an address with an arena and hotel complex planned for the South Loop. The Rees House is currently the only building on the 2100 block of S. Prairie Ave., but on Tuesday it begins its two day journey 600 feet north to 2017 S. Prairie Ave.

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