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Sep 22, 2021
110 North Wacker Drive – Emporis Skyscraper Award
Design: Goettsch Partners
110 North Wacker Drive Chicago
photo © Nick Ulivieri Photography
Emporis Skyscraper Award 2020

Sep 19, 2021
The Chicago Architecture Biennial Timber Pavilion, 8255 S Houston Avenue
Design: SOM + University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Chicago Architecture Biennial Timber Pavilion
photo : Kendall McCaugherty © Hall+Merrick Photographers
Chicago Architecture Biennial Timber Pavilion
Designed and fabricated by SOM and the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, the pavilion is an open-air learning lab and gathering space for a school in Chicago’s South Shore. The SPLAM (SPatial LAMinated timber( pavilion showcases the potential for prefabricated timber framing panels using robotic technology to advance more sustainable and efficient methods of design and construction.

July 21, 2021
Loyola Academy Center for the Performing Arts, Wilmette, Illinois
Design: Krueck Sexton Partners
Loyola Academy Center for the Performing Arts
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Loyola Academy Center for the Performing Arts Building
The 29,000-square-foot building is strategically positioned to form a new campus quadrangle and outdoor plaza that will function as an open-air performance stage. Inside, a spacious lobby and gallery space will lead to the Leemputte Family Theater, a 565-seat proscenium theater with a balcony, orchestra pit, fly tower, and state-of-the-art lighting and production technologies.

June 18, 2021
Chicago Architectural Club Thompson Center Competition
Original Design: Helmut Jahn
Thompson Center Design Competition Chicago
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Chicago Architectural Club Thompson Center Competition
Competition Calling for New, Creative Visions for Designed by Helmut Jahn and Now For Sale by State of Illinois. The architecture ompetition seeks to give State of Illinois Center new life while preserving its architecture and public character; winning design to be announced early August 2021.

Jun 10, 2021
State/Lake Station Renewal, 200 North State Street, IL 60601
Design: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
Chicago State/Lake station building Renewal
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State/Lake Station Renewal
Reimagining one of the oldest stations in Chicago’s elevated rail network, the new design improves accessibility, safety and comfort for all riders, and maintains a respectful relationship to the adjacent historic and cultural fabric of downtown.

May 25, 2021
Chicago Architecture Center: CAC

Apr 7, 2021
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School

Feb 10, 2021
Manufacturing, Technology & Engineering Center

Jan 21, 2021
Lakeview Penthouse

Nov 13, 2020
Hermitage Residence, Bucktown

Nov 13, 2020
House Etch, Lakeview

Oct 15, 2020
110 North Wacker Drive
Architects: Goettsch Partners, Inc.
110 North Wacker Chicago
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110 North Wacker
The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE: HHC) and Riverside Investment & Development announced today the opening of the trophy-class office tower at 110 North Wacker Drive. The announcement marks the culmination of the highly-anticipated 55-story downtown riverfront building, which is a collaboration with the award-winning leasing, design and construction team of CBRE, Goettsch Partners and Clark Construction.

Aug 14, 2020
Mansueto High School, Brighton Park

June 12, 2020
X Luxury Apartment Building

June 9, 2020
41st Street Bridge over Lake Shore Drive

June 9, 2020
The Alice Center for Education and Engagement

May 7, 2020
Purple Llama Coffee & Records Shop

Apr 6, 2020
Modular Coronavirus Testing Walk-in Booth

Mar 10, 2020
Loyola Avenue Housing Refurbishment

Jan 27, 2020
Charles River Associates Chicago Office, One South Wacker Drive
Design: Elkus Manfredi Architects
Charles River Associates Chicago offices interior
photograph © Andrew Bordwin
Charles River Associates Offices
CRA’s 35,620-sf workplace redesign unifies the company’s existing two-floor office and replaces the previously dim, dark, crowded environment with a daylight-filled, expansive workplace within the original two-floor footprint.

Dec 30, 2019
Union Station Tower

Jun 17, 2019
Rockford Public Schools District 205 in Illinois

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Nov 2, 2018
777 West Chicago Avenue Building, 777 W Chicago Avenue
Design: Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) Architects
777 W. Chicago Avenue building
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777 W. Chicago Avenue Building
Tribune Real Estate Holdings receives final approval for a transformational riverfront development at 777 W. Chicago Avenue. Together with Tribune Media’s neighboring property at 700 West Chicago Avenue, the combined site will be reimagined as The River District, a landmark urban tech-centric neighborhood, extends the downtown district.

Oct 26, 2018
Catalog at Willis Tower, Wacker Drive
Executive architect & interior designer: Gensler ; Exterior facade design: SkB Architects
Catalog at Willis Tower

Oct 21, 2018
Unity Temple Building Restoration, 875 Lake Street, Oak Park, llinois
Restoration Architects: Harboe Architects
Unity Temple Restoration Oak Park, Illinois
photo : Tom Rossiter
Unity Temple Building Illinois
Originally completed in 1908, Unity Temple is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s greatest works, one of the ten Key Works of Modern Architecture by FLW nominated to the World Heritage list.

Aug 4, 2018
150 North Riverside Building
Design: Goettsch Partners (GP)
150 North Riverside building structure design - Chicago architecture news
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150 North Riverside Building Chicago

Jul, 2018
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, 355 E Erie Street
Design: HDR | Gensler in Association with Clive Wilkinson Architects
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Chicago building news
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Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Chicago Building
More often than not, new facilities are inspired by what has already been done. The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab upends that paradigm. By creating a facility that transforms the way science and care coexist, it’s reshaping the future of rehabilitation and accelerating the way discoveries are applied to advance human ability.

Jul 8, 2018
Knox College Whitcomb Art Center, S Prairie St, Galesburg, Illinois
Design: Lake|Flato Architects
Knox College Whitcomb Art Center Building
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Knox College Whitcomb Art Center Building
The Whitcomb Art Center creates a vibrant new home for Knox College’s arts programs and provides a fresh new take on Galesburg’s Midwest Americana charm.

Jun 19, 2018
Wintrust Arena, 200 E Cermak Road
Design: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Wintrust Arena Chicago Building
photographer : Jeff Goldberg/ESTO
Wintrust Arena Chicago Building
This project adds a mid-size venue that doubles as an arena for DePaul University basketball to Wintrust Arena, the country’s largest convention center.

Jun 15, 2018
150 North Riverside Office Building, West Loop – Wins at American Architecture Awards 2018
Design: Goettsch Partners (GP)
150 North Riverside Chicago Office Tower |
photograph © Nick Ulivieri
150 North Riverside Office Development
Chicago-based developer Riverside Investment & Development celebrated the debut of the 150 North Riverside office tower, which opened for business in February, with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony today.

Mar 26, 2018
Viceroy Hotel
Design: Goettsch Partners with hospitality design firm TAL Studio
Viceroy Hotel in Chicago architecture news
photo © Christian Horan Photography
Viceroy Hotel Chicago Building
The new Viceroy Chicago by Chicago-based developer Convexity Properties exhibits excellent architectural style.

Mar 7, 2018
The Chicago Architecture Biennial Announce Appointment of Yesomi Umolu as Artistic Director of 2019 Edition
Yesomi Umolu at the Chicago Cultural Center - Chicago Architecture News
photo by Andrew Bruah, courtesy the Chicago Architecture Biennial
Chicago Architecture Biennial News
The Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announce that Chicago-based curator and writer Yesomi Umolu will serve as the Artistic Director of the Biennial’s 2019 edition.

Jan 29, 2018
Obama Presidential Center, Jackson Park, Southside
Design: Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners (TWBTA) in collaboration with Chicago-based Interactive Design Architects (IDEA)
Obama Presidential Center Building Jackson Park - Chicago architecture news
images courtesy of the Obama Foundation
Obama Presidential Center, Jackson Park: OPC Chicago
The Obama Foundation release new renderings of the Obama Presidential Center planned for a site in Jackson Park on Chicago’s South Side. The drawings show subtle but significant revisions to the design by TWBTA with IDEA.

Jan 26, 2018
Woodlawn Residential Commons, University of Chicago
Design: Elkus Manfredi Architects
University of Chicago building
image © Elkus Manfredi Architects
Woodlawn Residential Commons, University of Chicago
The new Woodlawn Residential Commons is to be located between Woodlawn and University avenues, just north of 61st street.

Illinois Architectural Updates 2017

Oct 23, 2017
Apple Michigan Avenue
Architects: Foster + Partners
Apple on Michigan Avenue Chicago architecture news
photography © Nigel Young Foster + Partners
Apple on Michigan Avenue
Inspired by the pulse of Chicago’s artistic energy, Apple has created a new platform for performance in a city charged by music. Located at the intersection of the Chicago River and North Michigan Avenue’s ‘Magnificent Mile’, Apple Michigan Avenue cascades down from Pioneer Court to the river’s edge, creating new connections between the city and the river.

Aug 15, 2017
Tours of SC Johnson Headquarters Racine, Wisconsin
SC Johnson Headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin
photo : Iwan Baan
SC Johnson headquarters in Racine designed by Frank Lloyd Wright architect.

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