Category Archives: Chicago

Age-Appropriate: Fitting A Business Into Chicago’s Historic Monadnock Building

Chicago’s Monadnock Building is an anomaly; at 16 stories, it’s the tallest masonry structure in the world, but it was completed after similarly-sized steel frame buildings like the nearby Reliance Building. Continue reading Age-Appropriate: Fitting A Business Into Chicago’s Historic Monadnock Building

Eleanor Boathouse by Jeanne Gang

Eleanor Boathouse Chicago Jeanne Gang

Photo: Richard Miller/Opus Photo

The second Jeanne Gang-designed boathouse in Chicago is ready for spring. The Eleanor Boathouse, in the Bridgeport neighborhood on the city’s south side, officially opened in December but hasn’t seen much use due to the obvious reason, namely winter.

Eleanor Boathouse Chicago Jeanne GangPhoto: Richard Miller/Opus Photo

Part of a program begun by the city of Chicago to emphasize the role of the Chicago River and its tributaries as recreational areas, the Eleanor Boathouse is the fourth boathouse opened in the city in recent years.

Eleanor Boathouse Chicago Jeanne GangPhoto: Richard Miller/Opus Photo

The WMS Boathouse at Clark Park, on the city’s North Side, near Addison and Western Avenues, was the first designed by Gang. The design of the Eleanor Boathouse is a variation on the theme of the first, with irregular sawtooth-inspired roofing providing light to the interior and an exterior clad in dark grey.

WMS Boathouse Chicago Jeanne Gang

The first Jeanne Gang Boathouse, the WMS Boathouse in Clark Park. Photo: Travis Stansel

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Sherwood Tube Amplifier

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This 1960 or 1961 Sherwood tube stereo amp is 64 watts per channel – very powerful for a tube amp. It is detailed and spacious, whether listening online, to a CD or vinyl. It was designed and built in Chicago in a factory on North California Street.