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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

Watch Mad Men & Save Prentice!

Still not sure how to spend your Sunday night? Well, we’ve got your answer! Come to the Holiday Club and join us for the Season 5 Premier of Mad Men on the big screen! Hang out with your friends, fellow Mad Men fans, and lovers of Bertrand Goldberg as we welcome back Don, Betty, Roger … Continue reading

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