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  ARCHITECTURE New UChicago building gets assistance from Theaster Gates

An open forum with ample natural light, historic exposed quartz beams and polished woodworked benches greet the eye when entering the new Harris Building. The University of Chicago's ( UChicago's ) School of Public Policy has ...


  Chicago Architecture Center rolls out events for summer and fall 2019

CHICAGO ( May 22, 2019 ) —The Chicago Architecture Center ( CAC ) is the city's exciting new cultural attraction which is both a hub and gateway to everything architecture in Chicago. The CAC offers an ...


  Restored Frederick C. Robie House house opens to public March 29

CHICAGO, IL ( March 26, 2019 ) — The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust announced the reopening of the Frederick C. Robie House on March 29, concluding the final phase of a comprehensive restoration at a total ...


  ARCHITECTURE AIA Chicago starts LGBTQI+ alliance with reception

A packed crowd of architecture professionals celebrated the launch of a new LGBTQI+ alliance by the Chicago chapter of American Institute of Architects ( AIA ) Feb. 28 at Studio Gang in Noble Square. The reception ...


  Endangered building list released

Preservation Chicago has released its 2019 Chicago 7 Most Endangered buildings list, covering some of the most vulnerable sites. "This year's threats were so extensive, we had to add a +2," said Preservation Chicago Executive Director ...


  Lakeview group to create new public art destination, seeks artists for murals

Friends of Lakeview—a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and partner of the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce and Special Service Area (SSA) 27—has announced a call for artists to create multiple art installations in West Lake View in 2019. ...


  2019 Wright Plus Housewalk on May 18

The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust will present its 2019 Wright Plus Housewalk on Saturday, May 18, in Oak Park. Wright-designed buildings on the walk include the William G. Fricke House ( 1901 ), a study in ...


  Auditorium Theatre restores Louis Sullivan-designed stencils

( CHICAGO, IL ) The Auditorium Theatre, a National Historic Landmark that celebrated its 129th birthday on Dec. 9, 2018, recently restored intricate, Louis Sullivan-designed stencils in the theatre's north Dress Circle inglenook. Sullivan, considered the ...


  Wrightwood 659 celebrates social justice, architecture

The Chicago Architecture Center isn't the only major new venue dedicated to celebrating architecture in the city. A new space in Lincoln Park, Wrightwood 659, promises to be a place of contemplation and study not only ...


  City approves $13M financing for Uptown Theatre Rehabilitation

( November 13, 2018 ) Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today that the Community Development Commission voted to approve a $75 million rehabilitation of the long-vacant Uptown Theatre at 4816 N. Broadway. "The Uptown Theatre is more ...


  Wrightwood 659 celebrates social justice, architecture

The Chicago Architecture Center isn't the only major new venue dedicated to celebrating architecture in the city. A new space in Lincoln Park, Wrightwood 659, promises to be a place of contemplation and study not only ...


  Deconstructing spaces to include LGBTQ, minority architects

Architecture is gaining diversity from women and minority professionals. In 2016, 36 percent of newly licensed architects were women and 15 percent of new architects and 30 percent of new exam candidates identified as non-white, according ...


  Local architecture firm partners with nonprofit for pro bono project

Local architect firm JGMA does not let money restrict its clients. Not unlike other architects working on the South and West sides, JGMA's philosophy that design can influence better education, social programs and more public space ...


  Wright tour in Rockford Oct. 23

The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is hosting a day trip, "Wright's Accessible Usonian: The Laurent House in Rockford," on Tuesday, Oct. 23, to a Rockford, Illinois, residence—the only home Wright designed to be wheelchair-accessible. The home ...


  Architect Mark Sexton on values of inspiration, collaboration

On Oct. 2, architect Mark Sexton spoke at the University Club in the Loop to share the 40-year history of his firm, Krueck + Sexton Architects. It is behind one of the most iconic and award-winning ...


  AIA Chicago to create LGBTQ architect group

As the executive vice president of the American Institute of Architects' ( AIA's ) Chicago chapter, Zurich Esposito always has his hands full. Throughout his 12-year career with AIA, Esposito has created many programs for members, ...


  Architect to discuss local projects Oct. 2 in Loop

Mark Sexton—co-founder of the firm that designed the Millennium Park's Crown Fountain ( 2004 ) in collaboration with artist Jaume Plensa—will tell the story behind the fountain and other projects in the 40-year history of Chicago-based ...


  Open House Chicago: Exploring historical sites for free

Ever wondered what it looks like inside the Ukrainian National Museum or downtown architecture gems like the Railway Exchange Building or the Civic Opera Building? On Oct. 13-14, people can take a peek inside these historical ...


  Architect to discuss local projects Oct. 2

Mark Sexton—co-founder of the firm that designed the Millennium Park's Crown Fountain ( 2004 ) in collaboration with artist Jaume Plensa—will tell the story behind the fountain and other projects in the 40-year history of Chicago-based ...


  Leading architecture space re-opens as the Chicago Architecture Center

Walking into the new architecture center downtown can at first be overwhelming. A futuristic map of the world with tall buildings and what the future of Chicago might look like grabs one's attention—with a deep blue ...


  REAL ESTATE The Hampdens--Aiming for luxury living in Lincoln Park

Nestled on a quiet side street off of Diversey Parkway, The Hampdens of East Lincoln Park ( The Hampdens ) will soon be home to 45 multi-bedroom residences. The two boutique-style, six-story buildings, Hampden 53 and ...


  Protest Monday Feb. 24 46th Ward TIF proposal

Press release from Uptown Uprising

UPTOWN—While the City of Chicago makes massive cuts to public services due to a supposed "budget crisis," the mayor and his aldermen continue to find ways to offer handouts to private corporations. In the neighborhood of ...


  REAL ESTATE: A site to behold

—Address: 340 W. Superior St., PH2, in the River North neighborhood —Market price: $1.4 million —Details: This 2,698-square-foot unit (with two bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms) has everything a penthouse condo in this neighborhood should have: highly ...


  Selling real estate without real estate help: unknown territory

Part of a series

With the depressed real estate market we are now facing, some sellers are questioning the need for the services of a real estate agent. Dropping sales' prices and high mortgage payoffs leave home sellers wondering where ...


  REAL ESTATE A site to behold

—Address: 130 N. Garland St. (The Heritage at Millenium Park), penthouse residence 5702—it's a half-block off Michigan Ave., next to the Chicago Cultural Center —Market price: $5.25 million (mostly furnished) —Details: This stunning 5,200-square-foot unit offers ...


  Robo-signing and buying a house

Despite the woes of the housing market, Steve DiMarco—president of Baird & Warner Financial Services and a member of the firm's executive committee—said that the it's actually a good time to purchase a home. "There's a ...


  Real estate news: Ellen, Oprah

—Ellen downsizes: Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi have followed the sale of their $49-million property with the purchase with a more modest $18-million home in Beverly Hills, the Daily Mail reported. The 8,500-square-foot home, ...


  WTTW architect doc wins Hugo Award

WTTW has announced that Architect Michael Graves: A Grand Tour, 30-minute documentary that premiered on the station March 22, has been recognized with a Silver Plaque from the 2012 Hugo Television Awards in the category of ...


  Real estate news

—Pritzker purchase: A venture of James Pritzker paid $1.2 million last month for an Evanston house he will rent to another family, according to a Crain's item. Pritzker, president and CEO of Tawani Enterprises Inc., lives ...


  LGBT housing protections focus on forum

About 15 people attended a forum called "The LGBT Community and Emerging Fair Housing Rights" to discuss new housing protections for the LGBT community at the Maze Branch of the Oak Park Public Library April 26. ...


  Owning real estate: Tenants by the entirety

Part of a series

Q. My lover and I bought our house together and hold title in joint tenancy. Our lawyer said that in case one of us should die the house would go to the survivor with or without ...


  NYC hotel serves LGBTA tourists

New York City has its first hotel that's strictly for the LGBTA community. THE OUT NYC is New York City's first "straight-friendly" urban resort, according to a release. The complex is located at 510 W. 42nd ...


  LGBT seniors and reverse mortgages

An increasing number of elder LGBT individuals are investing in reverse mortgages. Steve DiMarco—president of Baird & Warner Financial Services and a member of the firm's executive committee—said that the mortgages are "federally insured offerings through ...


  Covering your assets

When it comes to same-sex couples and mortgages, Steve DiMarco—president of Baird & Warner Financial Services and a member of the firm's executive committee—told Windy City Times there are two areas of concern. "The first issue ...


  Tickets available for Wright Trust's Housewalk

And other real estate news

Tickets are now available for the internationally acclaimed Wright Plus 2012 housewalk, showcasing rare interior tours of private homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his contemporaries in historic Oak Park, Ill. Wright Plus 2012, which ...


  Wright Preservation Trust needs volunteers

The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust is seeking volunteers to assist at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park; Wright's Robie House, in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood; and The Rookery Building in Chicago's ...


  Lesbian-owned B&B puts a modern twist on the business

Tucked onto a quiet street in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood, Nina's Bed and Breakfast brings a distinctly modern yet homey feel to the city's accommodation options. "Most B&Bs have that old feeling," said co-owner Sheilia Henley. She ...


  Kent Bartram on Frank Lloyd Wright and old Hollywood


Kent Bartram on Frank Lloyd Wright and old Hollywood It is four o'clock on a Sunday afternoon in Oak Park as clusters of tourists gather in the shade of an overpowering ginkgo tree central to the ...


  Cindy Gaffney on buying and selling, economy and family

Cindy Gaffney only joined @properties last year but has plenty of experience as an agent, having been one for several years—although she previously managed school and senior living food programs. Gaffney, who is originally from the ...


  Gold Coast B&B: A nugget in the heart of the city

If you think that bed-and-breakfasts are tucked away in rustic areas in the scenic countryside, think again. There's one in the heart of one of Chicago's toniest neighborhoods. The four-room Gold Coast Guest House Bed & ...


  Kelly Fondow talks suburbs, selling—and BP

Real Estate

Kelly Fondow is a real-estate agent who knows about dichotomy—after all, she shows properties to clients in the city of Chicago as well as suburbs such as Berwyn and River Forest. Fondow—who lives in the Chicagoland ...


  Cook County clerk's mortgage surplus fund

Real Estate

The office of the Clerk of Circuit Court of Cook County, Dorothy Brown, has more than $17 million in mortgage surplus money ready to be claimed by Cook County citizens, according to a media release. Last ...


  Aqua: Making a splash in Chicago

Real Estate

When looking at Chicago's Aqua, located at 225 N. Columbus, the aspect of the building that catches the eye has to be the waves designed by award-winning architect Jeanne Gang. However, there is much more to ...


  Real estate news:

—In the Loop: A Miami developer has purchased more than 200 unsold units in a South Loop tower, according to Chicago Real Estate Daily. Crescent Heights Inc. paid approximately $45 million for 205 units, or about ...


  Obama's winter home

President Barack Obama and his family once again chose Paradise Point Estates in Kailua, Hawaii, to serve as the Obama Winter White House during the 2010 holidays, according to PR Newswire. For the third consecutive year, ...


  Brian Gorman 'Lords' it over South Beach with new hotel

Lords South Beach, which has recently opened softly in Miami, Fla., is the first gay hotel brand in the country. ( The grand opening is Dec. 29. ) Lords is situated in the heart of South ...


  Frank Lloyd Wright Trust now downtown

The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust ( FLWPT ) will establish a new location with the lease of space in the lobby of The Rookery, a national historic landmark located at 209 S. LaSalle. Slated ...


  Chicago's Aqua gets high-rise award nod

The mixed-use Aqua tower that anchors Chicago's rising Lakeshore East neighborhood has been selected one of five finalists for a new International Highrise Award, according to a press release. It is the only U.S. representative. ...


  Sam Powell talks buying, selling and 'steering'

Sam Powell has not always been involved in real estate. However, once she did become involved, she found her calling. Powell talked with Windy City Times about her start in the business, the real-estate market and ...


  Best and worst markets for conservative investors

An updated Local Market Monitor, Inc. report has revealed the best and worst markets for conservative residential real-estate investors, according to a Wall Street Journal item. The report omits towns with fewer than 200,000 residents ...


  Foreclosure freezes happening across U.S.

In Connecticut, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal ordered Oct. 2 that a freeze on all foreclosures by all banks for 60 days, according to the Washington Post. However, Connecticut is far from the only one taking ...


  Real estate news

—Foreign aid: The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill July 30 ( by a vote of 402-11 ) that encourages foreign investment in U.S. real estate by doubling the amount of foreign dollars that ...


  Agent David Shallow talks the market and LGBTs

"The gay real estate market in the Chicagoland area is very diverse culturally, ethnically and geographically," said David Shallow on his realtor profile at Navigating the real estate market can be a daunting task and ...


  Chicago spot among best lesser-known beach buys

During the sweltering days of summer, everyone who can do so seems to make tracks for the nearest beach. But when the rush is on to hit the sand and surf, world-renowned coastal hotspots tend to ...


  Albert Gaskin: A groundbreaking real estate agent

At the heart of Albert Gaskin's life was a love story, one that began more than 41 years ago on the corner of Clark and Division. There, in a bar called Sam's, on Feb. 1, 1969, ...


  The 10 worst real estate markets has listed the 10 worst real estate markets in the United States. Among other things, unemployment and foreclosure rates are considered. Real estate research/consulting firm First American CoreLogic has stated that more than 11 ...


  Real estate news

—We are the CHUMP-ions: Lucid Realty, Inc. has introduced CHUMP, a real estate service targeted to Chicagoland home buyers and sellers, according to CHUMP ( Catering to Highly Unsophisticated and Misguided People ) lets ...


  Exclusive Buyer's Agents/Brokers:Who They Are & Why You Might Use One

by Jeff Hammerberg Real estate agents often wear many hats, and their roles and responsibilities can sometimes shift back and forth between the buyer and the seller in a so-called 'dual agency' capacity. The 'dual' ...


  Home & Design: 2004 Real Estate in Chicago

The Chicago Association of REALTORS® ( CAR ) , in conjunction with the Real Estate Center at DePaul University, held its 2004 Economic Forecast Summit answering one of the most important questions of the industry, ...