Category Archives: Chicago

Metrics used to refer to a baffling system of weights and measures that Americans refused to adopt. These days, however, sports fans quote a different kind of metrics that measure everything from K/BB ratio to Kobe’s plus-minus. We live in an age … Continue reading

Standing 82 stories at 225 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago’s Aqua was named  the Emporis Skyscraper Award “skyscraper of the year” on September 24, 2010. This unique mixed-use residential building is featured on the cover of the AIA Guide to Chicago, Third Edition. … Continue reading

Robert G. La France, co-editor of Lorado Taft: The Chicago Years, talks about the life and work of the influential sculptor in this video. In the book trailer, La France, former Curator of Pre-Modern Art at Krannert Art Museum at the … Continue reading

The AIA Guide to Chicago is the premier guidebook for exploring the architectural treasures of a city known for an urban landscape of art and innovation. It’s not only the iconic designs of Burnham, van der Rohe or Wright that … Continue reading

Now that former Illinois Governor George Ryan is officially a free man, the Land of Lincoln has only a single former Chief Executive in prison. In their book Fixing Illinois: Politics and Policy in the Prairie State, authors James D. … Continue reading

Steve Cushing, the award-winning host of the nationally syndicated public radio staple Blues before Sunrise, has spent over thirty years observing and participating in the Chicago blues scene. In his upcoming UIP book Pioneers of the Blues Revival, he interviews many of … Continue reading

Watch the book trailer for the new edition of AIA Guide to Chicago. The book will debut Saturday, June 7 at the Printers Row Lit Fest where Zurich Esposito, Executive Vice President of AIA Chicago, and co-editor Laurie McGovern Petersen, … Continue reading

Jimmy Rogers was born James A. Lane on this day in 1924. As Wayne Everett Goins notes in Blues All Day Long, his new biography of Rogers, the legendary guitarist carried a no-nonsense version of how he came to be. … Continue reading

In the 1950s, thriving commerce , strong leadership, and geographical good fortune made Illinois one of the most envied states in the nation. The authors of Fixing Illinois: Politics and Policy in the Prairie State have four decades of experience working inside … Continue reading

Chicago’s double-deck Michigan Avenue bridge turned 94 years old this week. The bridge is one of the most revered and celebrated landmarks in the Second City. When the movable bridge was put into operation in 1920 there was much fanfare. … Continue reading