A fun and USEFUL activity during COVID: CCRx launches online market to better support teachers and nonprofits!


My friend Barb Koenen co-founded the Creative Chicago Reuse Exchange (CCRx) a couple of years ago to get donated supplies for Chicago teachers and nonprofits.  They’ve served thousands of teachers, students and others through pop-up events and from their warehouse on the Southwest side.  Since we’re all dealing with COVID, Barb is ramping up an online […]

Shared History: The Mecca Flat Revealed at IIT Architecture


Yesterday, I attended an event at The IIT College of Architecture celebrating the recent recovery of architectural elements and artifacts from the Mecca Flat — the historic residential building which previously occupied the site of Mies van der Rohe’s S. R. Crown Hall. The program was entitled “Shared History: The Mecca Flat Revealed at IIT […]

The continuous reinvention of Chicago’s Palace of the People (aka the Chicago Cultural Center)


I just came across this lovely article by Iker Gil in this week’s Archinect, and I thought it was so loaded with great Chicago details that I wanted to maximize the number of people who’d read it. It originally ran in the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial blog, and contains a wonderful history of the building and the […]