Author: barry pearce

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Design for Lincoln Park 2520 condo tower travelled back in time

Design for Lincoln Park 2520 condo tower travelled back in time

It's a bit of a conundrum for fans of modern architecture that the designer behind some of the city's coolest and most progressive recent designs is ...

Is that lakefront home adequately fortified against the elements?

Lake Michigan is the gold standard in Chicago real estate - the closer you are to it, the more your home tends to be worth. But "living near a force o ...
Has the South Loop developed enough character that it needs guarding?

Has the South Loop developed enough character that it needs guarding?

Phil Berger explores how the massive amount of development underway in the South Loop is shaping the comparatively new neighborhood in his story in ...
Prices rise with new towers in booming South Loop

Prices rise with new towers in booming South Loop

We asked one prominent South Loop developer how sales have been at his latest project, and he told us, “Great, until about six months ago, when they ...
Infill: Alhambra's schlocky exterior hides surprisingly well crafted interior

Infill: Alhambra's schlocky exterior hides surprisingly well crafted interior

Viewers of architecture critic Phil Berger's earlier pieces on YoChicago might be surprised to hear his qualified praise for Alhambra Palace, the ne ...
Deal of the day: $25,000 off next 15 Terrazio condos

Deal of the day: $25,000 off next 15 Terrazio condos

Sedgwick Properties conceived Terrazio, a pair of condo mid-rises planned for 1935 S Wabash Ave, as a competitively priced project for the South Loo ...
Toniest condo developments don't always offer endless choices

Toniest condo developments don't always offer endless choices

You'd think that the more you pay, the more options you have when it comes to buying a new condo, but that isn't always the case at Chicago's high-e ...
Infill with Phil Berger: Most West Loop condo mid-rises fail at street level

Infill with Phil Berger: Most West Loop condo mid-rises fail at street level

Join architecture critic Phil Berger for a look at streetscapes and building profiles in the West Loop. Mid-rises condo buildings dominate, since th ...
Photographer Michael Kardas takes on the South Loop

Photographer Michael Kardas takes on the South Loop

Photographer Michael Kardas likes nothing more than going on photo safaris in the "wilds of Chicago," as his voice mail message will remind anyone w ...
Infill with Phil Berger: Mod condos looks promising in West Loop

Infill with Phil Berger: Mod condos looks promising in West Loop

Our new video series with architecture critic Phil Berger got off to a feisty start. There he was, minding his own business on Fulton, when the deve ...

Comment of the day: Magnolia and Wilson building is nice, but condos overpriced at $400k

"I actually looked at this building before purchasing new construction farther west.. it is a nice building and has the amenities you would expect in ...
Outdoors in Uptown: Lawrence and Broadway intersection hits critical mass

Outdoors in Uptown: Lawrence and Broadway intersection hits critical mass

We expressed the other day how impressed we were by the changes on Wilson Avenue in Uptown, a stretch of road that even intrepid urbanites used to f ...
In-Spired: how twisting exterior affects windows, floors, etc. in Chicago Spire

In-Spired: how twisting exterior affects windows, floors, etc. in Chicago Spire

Check out our brief tour of a model that was created to give a sense of what a 90th-floor unit at the planned Chicago Spire will look like. Marketin ...

Comment of the day: At least Fulton Market buildings have some character

"Curious…Is Phil Berger a licensed architect? Or a licensed developer? I highly doubt Blair Kamin would concur with Mr. Berger on this one. Saying th ...
Signs of the times at 4553 N Magnolia

Signs of the times at 4553 N Magnolia

No shortage of units for sale at the relatively new condo building at the corner of Magnolia and Wilson, in Uptown. ...
Chicago deal of the day: free parking at Michigan Avenue Tower II condos

Chicago deal of the day: free parking at Michigan Avenue Tower II condos

Developer Russland Capital Group is including a free parking space - valued at $37,500 - with new condos at its Michigan Avenue Tower II project, 14 ...
Infill with Phil Berger: Live-work spaces on Fulton Market a missed opportunity

Infill with Phil Berger: Live-work spaces on Fulton Market a missed opportunity

Architecture critic Phil Berger likes the concept behind the live-work spaces on the 1000 block of Fulton Market and he's willing to give the develo ...
1349 South Wabash condo high-rise breaking ground in South Loop

1349 South Wabash condo high-rise breaking ground in South Loop

At the start of 2007, developer See Wong was offering $5,000 in upgrades for buyers who purchased two-bedroom condos at his 1349 South Wabash deve ...
In-Spired: Condo tower's creative shape leads to some unusual floor plans

In-Spired: Condo tower's creative shape leads to some unusual floor plans

Sorry if we seem a little Spire-happy lately, but it's not every day that the tallest exclusively residential building in the world is planned for C ...
Chicago lofts: Is loft condo design stylish or 'super crappy' in recent developments?

Chicago lofts: Is loft condo design stylish or 'super crappy' in recent developments?

Not to beat a dead loft, but Paulj's comment on an earlier loft post got us thinking about the state of Chicago loft design: The structure and the ...
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