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Winter in Chicago

Winter in Chicago is generally cold and snowy. Every three years or so during the winter Chicago experiences a heavier snowstorm that can produce over 10 in (25 cm) of snow over a 1- to 3-day period, a level of snowfall very often seen in cities on the “snowbelt” on other side of the lake […]

Suburban Developments

Suburbs first emerged on a large scale in the 19th and 20th centuries as a result of improved rail and road transport, which led to an increase in commuting. Several layers of suburban municipalities now surround cities like Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Dallas, Denver, Houston, New York City, San Francisco, Sacramento, Atlanta, Miami, […]

Autumn in Chicago’s Millennium Park

Millennium Park (constructed 1998–2004) is a 24-acre park, garden, subterrene parking garage, and cultural center located within Grant Park and bounded by Michigan Avenue on the west, Randolph Street on the north, Columbus Drive on the east, and Monroe Street on the south. Mayor Richard M. Daley thought of Millennium Park as a collaborative public- […]

Eleanor Boathouse at Park 571

As the City of Chicago strives to convert the long-polluted and abandoned Chicago River into its next recreational frontier, Studio Gang’s WMS Boathouse at Clark Park helps catalyze significant momentum. By creating a key public access point along the river’s edge, it supports the larger movement toward an ecological and recreational revival of the Chicago […]

Schorsch Village Neighborhood
Schorsch Village Neighborhood

Schorsch Village located near the site of the Chicago-Read Mental Health Center, formerly known as Cook County Insane Asylum and commonly referred to, in its day, as simply “Dunning.” In 1916 the first housing boom occurred when Schorsch Brothers Real Estate bought a tract west of Austin and south of Irving Park. They called the […]

The Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain

The Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain, one of the largest in the world, is located at Columbus Drive (301 East) and Congress Parkway (500 South) in Grant Park and runs from 8 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily, typically from early May through mid-October, depending on the weather. Display times are subject to change during special events […]

Milwaukee Ave, North Ave, and Damen Ave Intersection in Chicago
Wicker Park / Bucktown

Milwaukee Ave, North Ave, and Damen Ave Intersection in Chicago

Farmland West of Chicago
Farmland West of Chicago

It’s easy to forget that there is farmland about 45 minutes West of Chicago.

Abandoned Trucks in a Warehouse
Abandoned Trucks in a Warehouse

Abandoned Trucks in a Warehouse.

Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Aerial view of the Chicago Skyline above Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Going through the “Bronzeville” community is Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, previously known as Grand Boulevard. Acquired in 1874 by the South Parks Commission, this tree-lined boulevard became a popular site for affluent Chicagoans to build ornate and luxurious mansions.

Suburbia and the future of suburban development

Suburbia is more than just a mixed-use or residential area, existing either as part of a city or urban area or as a separate residential community within commuting distance of a city.

Abandoned Warehouse somewhere in Chicago
Abandoned Warehouse Office

An abandoned warehouse can be like a time capsule. Sometimes, you are able to see multiple generations of the industry by examining wall layouts and additions, or the mechanical systems.

Chicago Lakefront
Chicago Lakefront

Sunrise above Lake Michigan. This image was taken in the summer of 2016. A jogger takes a moment to capture the reflection of the sun in the skyline.

The Auditorium Building

The Auditorium Building is a ten-story granite and limestone building with a seventeen-story tower. It’s a fun fact that Adler & Sullivan had also opened their offices on the 16th and 17th floors of the Auditorium tower. The Auditorium Building in Chicago is one of the best-known designs of Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler. Completed […]

Chicago Architecture
Chicago Architecture – An Intro

Beginning in the early 1880s, architectural pioneers of the Chicago School explored steel-frame construction and, in the 1890s, the use of large areas of plate glass. These were among the first modern skyscrapers. William LeBaron Jenney’s Home Insurance Building was completed in 1885 and is considered to be the first to use steel in its […]

Downtown Chicago Pedestrian Traffic
Downtown Chicago Pedestrian Traffic

This image was taken more than one year before the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Chicago. The amount of pedestrian traffic is just astounding.

Lincoln Park
Lincoln Park – The Lakefront, and The Lagoon

Lincoln Park is a 1,208-acre (489-hectare) park situated along Lake Michigan on the North Side of Chicago, Illinois. Named after US President Abraham Lincoln, it is the city’s largest public park and stretches for seven miles (11 km) from Grand Avenue (500 N) on the south[1][2] to near Ardmore Avenue (5800 N) on the north, […]

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