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240-250 Ogden Avenue. Photo by Jean Follett

Finding Chicago’s Hidden Modern Gems

by guest author, Jean Follett, Interim Executive Director of Landmarks Illinois For an architectural historian there is nothing more fun than finding hidden gems in familiar places. There are three places near my house in Hinsdale that make me smile every time I go by them, although I have been unable to identify an architect … Continue reading

Ted’s Tavern in Waukegan.  Demolished in 2011.  Image by Herrlin Studio

Lost Dart, Losing Goldberg

This is the final post in a five-part series on Edward Dart by guest author Matt Seymour. In a 1960 article written for the Chicago American by Ernest Tucker entitled “New Buildings Too Much Alike,” the state of Chicago’s architectural scene was discussed— Tucker coined a phrase where he referred to modern architecture as the … Continue reading

A view of the Village Hall offices from the mezzanine. Photo by author.

Oak Park Village Hall: Learning from Säynätsalo

by guest author Matt Crawford Architect Harry Weese once described himself as a “man ten years ahead of a time that never comes,” but many of the ideas he had championed throughout his career, such as the lessons from Scandinavia, the importance of context and nature, the priority of human needs in architecture, and the … Continue reading

Resurrection Mausoleum in Justice, IL. Photo by author.

A Treasure Trove of 20th-Century Art: Resurrection Cemetery Mausoleum

by guest author Nate Lielasus Resurrection Cemetery in Justice, Illinois, is famous for Resurrection Mary, the hitch-hiking ghost of a young woman said to have caught a few rides home from a former dance hall down Archer Road. She supposedly still lingers at the cemetery’s main gate. But don’t go to Resurrection just to catch … Continue reading

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The Edge of Gruen: Shopping Malls and Suburbia

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? The Architecture and Design Film Fest starts this Friday at the Music Box. You have a chance to see a number of amazing films on mid-century and Modern architecture and landscapes including Eames: The Architect and Painter, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, and The Gruen Effect: Victor Gruen and … Continue reading

An open stairway of concrete in the interior. During construction the concrete was poured into rough wooden forms, giving the surface of the concrete a wood-like texture. Photo by author.

Saint Procopius: The Modern Abbey Church and Monastery

This is the fifth post in a series on architect Edward Dart by guest author Matt Seymour. Although not the most famous of Dart’s designs (Water Tower Place on Michigan Avenue is Dart’s most recognizable building), St. Procopius Abbey Church and Monastery is one of his most distinctive designs.  Completed in 1967, St. Procopius is … Continue reading

A wavy scalloped roof caps the glassy bar stretching across the main facade of the hospital. Photo by author.

Populuxe on the Park: St. Joseph Hospital

This is the second in a series of posts on Chicago’s Modern hospitals by guest author Nate Lielasus If you have ever driven South down North Lake Shore Drive, you have probably noticed the turquoise walls of St. Joseph Hospital, located at the corner of Lake Shore Drive and Diversey Parkway. The end walls of … Continue reading

The room was packed for the Season 5 premier. Photo credit: Ashbey Riley, Bum Bul Bee

Don Draper Meets Bertrand Goldberg

Martinis, skinny ties, and cocktail dresses filled the Holiday Club on Sunday night. We packed the house with fans of Bertrand Goldberg and Mad Men for a viewing party of the Season 5 premier. If you weren’t lucky enough to join us, check out what you missed…

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