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  1. Chicago Before the Great Fire

    PRE-FIRE CHICAGO LECTURE AND EXHIBIT Glessner House Museum will host a lecture and exhibit entitled “Chicago Before the Great Fire: The Prints of Jevne and Almini” on Wednesday March 8, 2017 from 4:45 to 6:30pm. The event will take place at the offices of William Blair & Company, 222 W. Adams Street in Chicago. Isidora K. Lagos, curator of the William Blair & Company corporate art collection, will discuss an extraordinary collection of 52 tinted lithographs of Chicago created in 1866-1867 by Jevne and Almini. The Great Fire destroyed almost everything depicted in these prints, and so they remain the best (and extremely rare) source for the appearance of Chicago prior to 1871. The prints will be presented in PowerPoint and will be available for up-close viewing as well. Refreshments provided by William Blair & Co. Admission is $35 per person. Pre-paid reservations are required and may be made online at www.glessnerhouse.org. For further information, call 312-326-1480.
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    THURSDAY / JANUARY 26, 2017 / 5:45 PM - 7:30 PM CANADA'S MODERN ARCHITECTURE, 1886 TO THE PRESENT: AN AUTHORS EVENT AIA CHICAGO, 35 EAST WACKER DRIVE, #250 Authors Michelangelo Sabatino and Rhodri Windsor Liscombe will discuss their new book, Canada (Modern Architectures in History). Architecture in Canada has been fashioned by the nation’s immense size, as well as its concentrated and diverse geography and demography. This richly informative history reveals how the country has contributed in no small measure to the spread of architectural modernity in the Americas and beyond. During the twentieth century, a distinct Canadian design attitude coalesced: a liberal, hybrid, pragmatic mindset intent less upon the dogma of architectural language than on thinking about the formation of inclusive spaces and places. Taking a fresh perspective on design production and its context, Canada maps the unfolding of architectural modernity across the country, from the completion of the transcontinental railway in 1886–87 to the tumultuous interwar decades, the period of Reconstruction post-1945, and the politically conflicted era of the late 1960s and ’70s. It also examines the broad pattern of Canadian political, industrial and socio-cultural evolution, urban–suburban expansion, and the technology of building. The book will be available for purchase and signing at a special price of $25 (including tax; suggested retail price is $30 + tax). Refreshments at 5:45pm. Presentation will start at approximately 6:00pm. Speakers: Rhodri Windsor Liscombe is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia. His books include The New Spirit: Modern Architecture in Vancouver, 1938–1963 (1998) and Architecture and the Canadian Fabric (2011). Michelangelo Sabatino is Professor and Director of the PhD Program in Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is the author of Pride in Modesty: Modernist Architecture and the Vernacular Tradition in Italy (2011) and co-editor of Arthur Erickson: Layered Landscapes (2013). Canada is a unique critical account of modern and contemporary architecture in a country once defined by Voltaire as “a few acres of snow.” This book views Canadian modern architectural history in terms of its underlying social, political and economic forces. Through its focus on public buildings, and by extension public life, it reflects Canada’s social democratic traditions. This communitarian ethic distinguishes the nation from its US neighbours to the south. It stems from the mixing of Canada’s founding Aboriginal, French and British cultures; and their respect for our vast and often intimidating natural landscape and climate. --- Brian MacKay-Lyons, Partner, McKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects and Professor at Dalhousie University, Halifax
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    WEDNESDAY / JANUARY 25, 2017 / 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM UNDERSTANDING THE VOLATILE CONSTRUCTION MARKET IN THE 2015 – 2018 REBOUND AIA CHICAGO, 35 E. WACKER DRIVE, SUITE 250 Current economic trends influencing construction costs will be discussed from a global, national, regional, and local level. Indicators for major construction sectors will be projected through 2020 to illustrate the key risks facing owners / architects. Contributing factors affecting escalation will be examined as well as the impact escalation can have on different project types. Differentiating between Cost Management and Cost Estimating, this course describes the merits of using Cost Management as a design tool to maximize efficiency and improve performance in volatile and rebounding market conditions. Learning Objectives: -Describe the many influences and factors of the current economic climate which are causing construction costs to increase (global, national, regional, local). -Describe how escalation affects construction costs and what consideration should be given to escalation costs in current construction budgets -Describe the differences between Cost Management and Cost Estimating as they relate to design and construction. -Define specific advantages of utilizing Cost Management in addition to Estimating to the Architectural/Engineering Design process.
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    THURSDAY / JANUARY 19, 2017 / 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM THE EMERGING NEED FOR AN INTEGRATED URBAN PUBLIC REALM PERKINS+WILL CHICAGO, 410 NORTH MICHIGAN AVENUE, SUITE 1600 Douglas Smith, AIA, AICP, Managing Principal at Perkins+Will Chicago, will identify global and domestic trends and pressures impacting the urban public realm and what this portends for the future. Using a variety of real world examples of completed, in process and proposed project types, he will classify and compare a number of solutions for consideration here in Chicago, North American, and other global locations. Based on real-world research, the participants will learn the community economic and social benefits of an improved public realm. Doug will conclude with a review of the forces that are resisting the enhancement of our environment. Bring your lunch; beverages provided by Perkins+Will. Thanks to P+W for hosting this program at their new office in the Wrigley Building. REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY 5PM ON MONDAY, JANUARY 16, SO THAT WE CAN MEET THE BUILDING’S SECURITY REQUIREMENT. Speaker: Douglas Smith, AIA, AICP, Managing Principal at Perkins+Will, has over 30 years of experience in architecture, design and planning. He has managed a wide range of project types from architectural to urban mixed-use development planning in the U.S. and around the world. Many of his projects have won both local and national design awards from the AIA, ASLA, APA, and Congress for the New Urbanism. Doug’s primary experience includes office, hotel, retail, transportation facilities, urban design and strategic redevelopment planning with expertise in complex mixed-use urban design. His extensive portfolio overseas enables him to lead projects with a keen understanding of cultural and geographical context. Doug received a Master of Architecture, Master of Urban Planning, Bachelor of Science in Architecture, and Bachelor of Arts in Urban Geography degrees from the University of Michigan.
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    WEDNESDAY / JANUARY 11, 2017 / 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM FRESH FUTURES: VLADIMIR RADUTNY, AIA CHICAGO DESIGN MUSEUM AT BLOCK 37, 108 NORTH STATE STREET, 3RD FLOOR Vladimir Radutny, AIA, was awarded the 2016 Dubin Family Young Architect Award from the AIA Chicago Foundation—a juried award established in 1983 to recognize excellence in ability and exceptional contributions by Chicago area architects between the ages of twenty-five and thirty-nine. Radutny will discuss his career as Principal and Founder of Vladimir Radutny Architects, whose myriad residential projects have garnered several awards from AIA Chicago’s Design Excellence and Small Projects award programs (2013-16); among other awards such as the Builder’s Choice Custom Home Design (2016). His studio’s approach is ideas-driven, with dedication to artistic thinking and experimentation, testing designs that result in work that moves beyond just an aesthetic response. He has taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is recognized for challenging the conventional interpretations of space, function, and material use. ChiDM Presents is a semi-monthly event series within City of Ideas: Architects' Voices and Visions. All events are free and open to the public, and held at the Chicago Design Museum on the 3rd floor of Block 37. The presentation will start at 6:00pm. Light refreshments provided.
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    YAF TOUR & SOCIAL: CHARNLEY-PERSKY HOUSE CHARNLEY-PERSKY HOUSE, 1365 NORTH ASTOR STREET, CHICAGO AIA Chicago’s Young Architects Forum (YAF) has been given an exciting opportunity to tour the historic Charnley-Persky House, national headquarters of the Society of Architectural Historians, at a discounted rate. Designed by Louis Sullivan with assistance from his junior draftsman, Frank Lloyd Wright, in 1891, the Charnley-Persky House is recognized as a pivotal work of modern American architecture. The house is located in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood just north of downtown. The cost to tour the house is typically $10; the discounted YAF tour fee is only $5 (pay on site). IMPORTANT DETAILS: - ARRIVE PROMPTLY BY 5:45 PM. - TOUR IS LIMITED TO 30 ATTENDEES. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AT THE YAF MEETUP PAGE, BUT PLEASE ONLY RSVP IF YOU ACTUALLY PLAN TO ATTEND.
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    Projects by Chicago Architects: The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy PierWednesday, October 26 | 5:30–8:30pm The Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S Michigan Ave, 22nd floorFriends of Downtown, in partnership with The Cliff Dwellers and AIA Chicago, present another in a series of lectures on Projects by Chicago Architects. The project team from Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture - Ben Johnson, AIA, Chad Smith, AIA, and Jennie Tolfa - will present The Yard at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier.
  9. How many Chicago locations can you identify in the newest iPhone ad?
  10. Virgin Hotels Chicago Named #1 Hotel In United States By Condé Nast Traveler's 2016 Readers' Choice Awards The World's Best Hotels, Resorts, Cities, Islands, Airlines, And Cruise Lines MIAMI, Oct. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 29th annual Readers' Choice Awards with Virgin Hotels Chicago recognized as the #1 Hotel in the United States and Chicago, with a score of 98.1. To celebrate this honor, Virgin Hotels Chicago will offer a special deal for travelers with a 48-hour sale for 25 percent off their stay.* Virgin Hotels sister company Virgin America, the California-based airline known for reinventing flying, also took the top spot in its category for the ninth year in a row as "Best U.S. Airline." To thank its loyal flyers, Virgin America today launches a network-wide fare sale, with Main Cabin fares as low as $39** (taxes and fees included, restrictions apply) at www.virginamerica.com and at 1.877.FLY.VIRGIN*** and must be purchased today by 11:59pm CT. "It means so much to be named the #1 hotel in the United States by those we care about most -- our guests," said Raul Leal, CEO of Virgin Hotels. "As we celebrate our first year in business and look to the growth of our brand, this award is a true testament of our teammates' hard work to provide guests with a hotel experience they've been missing." Over 300,000 dedicated readers – nearly twice as many as last year -- cast votes for 7,394 hotels, 606 cities, 500cruise ships, and 236 islands, in an average survey time of 8.4 minutes. The result? The 1,402 best travel experiences in the world. Launched in 2015, Virgin Hotels Chicago offers the same excitement, heartfelt service and smart innovation the Virgin brand is known for. Located in the heart of Chicago's Loop district, Virgin Hotels Chicago has racked up critical praise for its brilliant service and unique design that make traveling for business or leisure an easier experience, including a full vanity, make-up desk and mirror, an extra-large shower with a bench, and closets built for two. Virgin Hotels has also taken working from bed to another level with the brand's patented, ergonomically designed bed, making it the ideal space for setting up shop working, recharging or playing. The Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as "the best of the best of travel." Under Editor in Chief Pilar Guzmán, the Readers' Choice Awards have become more selective and specific to the passions that inspire today's travelers. The Readers' Choice Awards are announced in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler, on newsstands nationwide on October 25, 2016. The full list is published exclusively online, at www.CNTraveler.com/rca
  11. New mixed-use building proposed for 4646 North Damen in Lincoln Square. 9 residential units over ground floor retail. Four parking spaces.
  12. New mixed-use building proposed for 3226 North Clark in Lake View. 7 stories. 24 residences over ground floor retail. 74 feet tall. Parking for 6 cars and 18 bicycles.
  13. New mixed use building proposed for 1665 North Milwaukee Avenue in Bucktown. Ground floor retail below. 32 efficiencies above. Parking for 3 cars and 45 bicycles.
  14. South Loop’s Latest Student Housing Block Tops Out

    I think "roommate matching service" is a new one for he ol' standard amenities list.
  15. Tribune Media Company Closes Major Real Estate Sales Company Sells Three Marquee Properties for $430 Million; Total Consideration Could Reach $475 Million CHICAGO, Sept. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO) today announced that it closed the sale of its Tribune Tower, Los Angeles Times Square (North Block) and Olympic Plant (Los Angeles) properties this week. In total, the company received $430 million in gross cash proceeds and could receive contingent payments of up to an additional $45 million, bringing total consideration to $475 million. "We have made considerable progress toward achieving our goal of realizing at least $1 billion of gross proceeds from the sale of some of our most significant real estate holdings," said Peter Liguori, Tribune Media's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Real estate sales closed from 2014 through today's announcement have generated $576 million of gross cash proceeds. Importantly, we estimate the value of our remaining real estate portfolio to be at least $500 million, including properties in Chicago, Southern California, Ft. Lauderdale, and Long Island." The company expects that the three properties sold this week will generate approximately $330 million of net cash proceeds after paying taxes, transfer and legal fees and broker commissions. In 2016, the company has now sold nine properties for $519 million of gross cash proceeds or approximately $409 million of net cash proceeds. As a result of these nine sales, for full-year 2016, the company expects a reduction in rental revenues of $11 million and lower operating expenses of $5 million, which would result in a corresponding decrease in Adjusted EBITDA of $7 million. On an annualized run-rate basis for 2016, the nine real estate sales would have reduced rental revenues by $34 million and lowered operating expenses by $17 million, which would have resulted in a corresponding decrease in Adjusted EBITDA of $17 million. Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO) is home to a diverse portfolio of television and digital properties driven by quality news, entertainment and sports programming. Tribune Media is comprised of Tribune Broadcasting's 42 owned or operated local television stations reaching approximately 50 million households, national entertainment cable network WGN America, whose reach is approaching 80 million households, Tribune Studios, and Gracenote, one of the world's leading sources of TV and music metadata powering electronic program guides in televisions, automobiles and mobile devices. Tribune Media also includes Chicago's WGN-AM and the national multicast networks Antenna TV and THIS TV. Additionally, the Company owns and manages a significant number of real estate properties across the U.S. and holds other strategic investments in media. For more information please visit www.tribunemedia.com.