Holabird & Roche

The Stevens Hotel (Hilton Chicago)

Sometimes a hotel is just a hotel. It’s a place to sleep for the night, and that’s all it was ever meant to be. But sometimes, a hotel is an obsession. One particular hotel was the obsession of two men and their fixations had contrasting outcomes: For one, it was a heralded achievement, but for …

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The Chicago Temple

At the top of a neo-gothic skyscraper across from Daley Plaza is a steeple. It’s an unusual sight, not really something you expect to see in the heart of the Loop, but inside is a church whose Chicago beginnings date back to before the city was a town and which has stayed on that same …

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Monadnock Block

Monadnock Block

The Monadnock Block is one of Chicago’s architectural darlings. To the casual observer, this block may not seem revolutionary, but it’s a two-in-one time capsule of trailblazing construction techniques and evolving aesthetics. From the north it’s a tall, narrow building with thin windows, not much ornamentation, and a smooth flare at the top. From the …

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