Unbuilt Chicago Architecture Roundup

A tour through non-existent Chicago, from the old U.S. Steel plant, temporary home of the Dave Matthews Band Caravan, to architectural fantasies on display.

Chicago is young, clumsy, foolish, its architectural sins are unstable, captious and fleeting — Louis Sullivan

* Lynn Becker notes that UIC is hosting an exhibit of great unbuilt Chicago architecture; the Architect’s Newspaper has a review. It’s a popular theme here….

* The Art Institute hosted its own Unbuilt Chicago exhibit back in 2004 (PDF), which featured Helmut Jahn’s plan for Block 37. It’s very… early 2000s.

* Curbed Chicago looks at ten unbuilt green design schemes for Chicago.

* Lee Bey on the 1949 Civic Center plan.

* In advance of this past weekend’s Dave Matthews Band Caravan, the Trib’s Steve Johnson wrote a lengthy piece about preparing the old U.S. Steel site, 600 almost completely vacant acres, for tens of thousands of concert-goers. David Schalliol, one of my favorite local photographers, and writers, wrote his master’s thesis about the site, and has some excerpts at his Web site; it’s a good quick run-through of its history. It’s the subject of a massive new propsed real-estate venture, which isn’t the first one:

* Chicago Screenshots, a tumblr of stills from movies filmed in Chicago. I’d never heard of The Monitors or Goldstein.



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