I recently had the pleasure of visiting the new Chicago Poetry Foundation building, located at 61 West Superior, designed by local architect John Ronan. As a building dedicated to the study and creation of poetry, it presents the act of inhabiting and moving through space in […]
Chanced upon this video today made by Refinery29. It’s somewhat similar to a little video project we’re working on right now actually! Despite that this street fashion publication doesn’t originate from Chicago, they’ve known to tap in to that Midwest pride we have for our city. […]
The curious people who come on our interactive, guided tours of history, culture and architecture sometimes have questions. Since Chicago Detours guides don’t make up answers for our architectural tours, we mark them down and then research the answers for them. (Although what do you think […]
Chicago Detours had a field trip this past week with the Chicago Film Tour (got the Groupon). Since film tours do not comprise our repertoire, Detours’ tour guide Nick and I jumped on this, especially since it gives us the rare opportunity to actually be tour-ees […]
This week, Daley Plaza is unveiling something quite different and less enigmatic than our very own ink-blot-test-of-a-sculpture, “The Chicago Picasso:” The Chicago Sister Cities International Festival! (We have a tantalizing view of all the tents when we walk past Daley Plaza this week on our architectural […]
This past Saturday, August 6, Chicago Detours held it’s first (of many more to come) one-off special event tour with a 2-hour architectural and historical tour of the Chicago Temple building, which houses the First United Methodist Church as well as many law offices. This special […]
Lollapalooza is lighting up the blog universe here, there, and everywhere as its opening on Friday nears. But I find myself desiring a bit of perspective. That is, an exploration beyond celebratory “Must See” and “Guide To” lists ranging from alternative weeklies and digital outlets to the […]
If you aren’t on our mailing list yet, then you haven’t heard of our special interior tour of the Chicago Temple Building we are offering this Saturday, August 6. Ever since I first popped into this building while conducting research for our “Inside the Loop: Explore […]
Chicago Detours approaches the city not just as a history museum, but as a living organism to be experienced in the present, and the future, too. The city is abuzz with talk of Chicago as a hot place for technology start-ups. Mayor Emmanuel announced the “Apps […]
Is all the talk of debt ceilings and foxy Rupert’s phone-tapping scandal getting you down? While our heroic public servants in the Capitol continue their nail-biting bargaining to raise the debt ceiling, the true spirit of free speech will be exercised this Saturday 7/30 at the […]
Today the U.S Coast Guard lay flowers on the site of the disaster along with the people of the Eastland Historical Society to commemorate Chicago’s worst disaster of human casualties. In 1916 the ship was ready to head out for the Western Electric Company’s annual picnic […]
Dwight H. Perkins, prairie school architect, has a number of relevant buildings located throughout Chicago, yet has traveled under the historical-radar. His most famous buildings are located in the Lincoln Park Zoo and offer an opportunity to learn more about the oldest public zoo in North America.
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