A short-lived 1960s-era program that transported street-smart Chicago Vice Lords to the hallowed halls of the Ivy League school has been largely forgotten—except by those who volunteered for the ride
THE WRIGHT QUESTION: The answer depends on whom you ask
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Halfway around the world, in Dubai, the Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest building, soars 2,716 feet. Many people deserve credit for this record, but first among them is Bill Baker, a structural engineer who works out of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s office in the Santa Fe Building—a 17-story landmark that was considered pretty tall … Read more
Backed by the Kroc family fortune, the Salvation Army planned to build a huge, glorious community center here. A star-studded design competition, a dose of Chicago politics, and several injections of reality later, something quite different is about to go up
Jackie Koo just gave State Street a facelift with The Wit
A giant Ziploc is but one proposed protection against the flooding that plagues Farnsworth House, the glorious landmark by Mies. But are floods yet another natural disaster we just can’t outwit?
A Mississippi restoration project is raising old Chicago questions about the relationship between Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright.
The Chicago Spire aims to be the tallest skyscraper in North America. But will it get built? The twisting tale so far
Call them the best of the 21st century if you’d like. These innovative new buildings illustrate Chicago’s enduring power to attract great design.