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The View from the Wabash Avenue Bridge

There is almost too much to look at from this bridge. Spin around on a single spot and you can give yourself a master class on 20th-century American architecture: the neoclassical wedding cake of the Jewelers Building, the art deco jazz of the Carbide & Carbon Building, the organic Brutalism of Harry Weese’s church, the … Read more

Four Reasons an Express Train to O’Hare Is Still a Terrible Idea

A week ago the Tribune reported that the Emanuel administration is taking preliminary steps toward building an express train to O'Hare Airport, an idea first floated by then-Mayor Richard M. Daley more than 20 years ago. In theory such a train would speed travel time to downtown in exchange for premium prices—probably $30 to $35 per ride, according to the Tribune. The city is hiring … Read more