| Oct 21, 2013
While a student at Trinity College, William Bickford and his roommate spent many nights talking about their passion for architecture and how to best forge a path to professional success and personal happiness.
Bickford wanted to be married by age 30. He...
| Oct 5, 2013
His look could never be described as fashion-y or trendy. But after decades as a renowned designer, Scheerer has a sure touch with the details. In "Tom Scheerer Decorates" (The Vendome Press, $55), the rooms reveal a knowing version of traditional style...
| Oct 1, 2013
Chicago loves to call itself the cradle of modern architecture, but what exactly is modern architecture? The steel and glass skyscrapers of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe? The Prairie School houses of Frank Lloyd Wright?
Maybe those are the wrong questions. To...
| Sep 22, 2013
Chicago has a history of obliterating its history. Significant buildings fall to the wrecking ball for parking lots, and entire swaths of the cityscape are bulldozed by economic forces like deindustrialization and gentrification, and political movements...
| Aug 9, 2013
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Graceland Cemetery, which spreads majestically across 125 acres north and east from the corner of Clark Street and Irving Park Boulevard, is an easy place to spend an entire day, wandering among the more than 100,000 people spending eternity there....
| Mar 6, 2013
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The lobby of the Elmhurst Art Museum is full with a dozen or so miniature wooden houses, perfect for dolls or birds with a taste for culture. The domestic sculptures are the work of the late Don Baum, who sometimes constructed them from mahjongg tiles,...
| Feb 10, 2013
When Chicago architect and designer Carlos Martinez, a principal with architecture/design firm Gensler, went apartment shopping with partner and communications consultant Michael Tirrell, they hoped they'd find a vintage unit. After years of living in the...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 9:16 AM
SAN FRANCISCO — Google.com is the most visited online front door in the United States. According to Alexa, a longtime Internet statistics firm, it is also the second most visited home page in the world behind Facebook.com; roughly 40 percent of...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 11:42 AM
Metropolis was founded in 1839 on the banks of the Ohio River, about as far south as you can go in Illinois without stepping into Kentucky. Its settlers were enthusiastic: They assumed the waterfront real estate would result in a metropolis, hence the...
| Jun 10, 2013
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If the Chicago Symphony Orchestra can celebrate the power of rivers, why can't the Chicago Sinfonietta do the same on behalf of cities? The parallel may not have occured to Mei-Ann Chen when she was planning her season finale with the sinfonietta, but...
| Jun 2, 2013
A beautiful car is the culmination of more than a century of advances in engineering, technology and automotive design. That urge to reach out and feel its curves predates the invention of the wheel.
"The shapes on most of the cars that I find people...