Architecture

All about Chicago architecture, including the work of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Higher Learning: Bringing a Whole New Meaning to “Chicago School”

Chicago’s architecture has influenced American architecture more than any other. Many of our most notable buildings come from influences from the “Chicago School.”

Riverview: A Lost Amusement Park in the Heart of Chicago

Riverview: A Lost Amusement Park in the Heart of Chicago

Riverview Park, once located in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood, was one of the greatest of all amusement parks, and still holds a special place in the heart of all those who remember.

The (Secret) Intercontinental Hotel Tour

These things are usually reserved for cryptic messages written in invisible ink behind the canvas of the Mona Lisa. I’m speaking of Dan Brownian searches, the mystery hidden in plain view; I’m talking about the Intercontinental Hotel.

Pickwick Theatre: A Modern Jazz-Age Marvel

The Pickwick is one of the few remaining movie palaces left in Chicago still open and operating today. It allows visitors to revel in the glamour of the Jazz Age as they take in the latest films Hollywood has to offer.

The Chicago Pedway

The Chicago Pedway

Oh, the Chicago Pedway. What a perfectly unique quirk in this city full of surprises. This underground system of tunnels connects Chicago’s Loop, a fascinating and functional city below the city.

The Patio Theater: Portage Park’s Movie Palace

The Patio Theater: Portage Park’s Movie Palace

The Patio Theater, an awe-inspiring old movie palace, is home to a completely restored lobby, state-of-the-art sound and one of Chicago’s largest single screens — all for for five bucks.

City Gallery at the Historic Water Tower

City Gallery at the Historic Water Tower

The City Gallery, located inside of Chicago’s historic Water Tower, is definitely worth checking out if you’re shopping along Michigan Avenue. Especially, if you’re in need of a break from the hustle and bustle of the crowded Gold Coast streets.

Required Reading: Devil in the White City

It may be hard to believe for those familiar with the story’s South Side setting of Jackson Park and 63rd, but at one time the former was an illustrious and seemingly impossible fairground for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition; at the latter was an infamous killing house.

Harold Washington Library

The Harold Washington library is not only a library, but also a tourist attraction and architectural landmark.

Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Cultural Center has one of the most beautiful interiors of any Chicago building. Stop by and admire the stunning architecture and maybe even see what (free!) events are going on this month

The Chicago Theatre

Since the 1920s the theater has hosted great musicians, comedians, and entertainers including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Robin Williams, Prince, and many more.

Roosevelt University: Bearing The Torch for Every Daughter and Son

Roosevelt University was born out of protest, activism, and a commitment to justice. In 2009 the school was named one of the most diverse private universities in America by the New York Times, and the U.S. News and World Reports named it the second most diverse in the Midwest.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright’s houses do not look like the hand-in-hand paper doll chains of repetition you find on suburban streets across America today.

Chicago Architecture River Boat Cruise

River boat tours focusing on Chicago’s unique and diverse buildings are a fun, relaxing way to learn about the city for both visitors and long-time residents.