How did such a backward-looking guy wind up so far ahead of his time?
To the editors: The University of Chicago at the turn of the last century stood in a south side that was poor and non-WASP, not poor and nonwhite as I […]
Mark Harris thought he was writing a book about Vachel Lindsay. Turns out he was writing about Mark Harris.
Daniel Burnham: An Unabashed Reappraisal
When the World Cup comes to Soldier Field next summer, will the world’s most violent fans come too?
Reflections on Urban Infrastructure Occaisoned by the First Anniversary of the Great Leak
On Parks, Plazas, and That Big Hole in the Loop
Union Station, the Merchandise Mart, the Wrigley Building, Marshall Field’s–all were designed by Graham, Anderson, Probst, and White, purveyors of “Commercial Classicism” made to order.
The closest thing Chicago has to a writers’ memorial is a small room in the new library decorated with vandalized book pages.
Architects have a special calling to improve society, having done so much to screw it up in the first place.
The tourism pros think downstaters visit Chicago because they are impressed by the big city. Actually they come for the thrill of feeling superior to it.
To the editors: Thank you for giving us Nina Sandlin on saddle soap [Our Town, April 24]. Household cleaning gets short shrift in most journals. Chicagoans have had little to […]
The new building design declares the MCA’s embrace of mainstream values–flag, MOMA-hood, and apple pie.
How foolish can one get? Four or five governors later, they’ll open it again. –from a reader’s letter to Springfield’s State Journal-Register In the summer of 1968 I was 19 […]
It looks like a trend. In recent months: WBEZ’s Greg King referred to a “racketeering trial for” Jesse Jackson’s brother, Noah Robinson. Tribune reporter Rick Pearson quoted Illinois House speaker […]