Today’s Headlines for Friday, April 15

  • Rahm Wants to Demolish Part of McCormick Place to Build Lucas Museum (Sun-Times)
  • Herald Editorial Supports John Cullerton’s Per-Mile Tax Proposal, With Tweaks
  • Uber Says It Has Collected 100K Signature’s Against Chauffeur License Requirement (Crain’s)
  • Former Executive for Chicago Parking Meters Pleads Guilty to Kickback Scheme (Tribune)
  • Man Charged With Shooting Over Traffic Dispute in Evanston (Sun-Times)
  • 11 People, Including 6 Kids, Injured in West Woodlawn Crash (Tribune)
  • Active Trans Discusses City’s Plan for 50 Miles of “Better Bike Lanes
  • Results of MIPRC‘s Survey of Colleges & Universities Along Illinois Amtrak Routes

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  • You know in spite of much criticism I have always loved that building, the hugely cantilevered black McCormick Place building. Right from the start it was much more beautiful than the really ugly building that burned and was replaced.

    It is the most beautiful of all the McCormick Place buildings.

    This building could be considered a cross between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies Van der Rohe. The minimalism of Mies and the horizontal line with overhung eves of Wright. I never knew why it got such a bad rap. Maybe it was an early expression of a hatred for Daley I.

    This simple and graceful standout example of 50s and 60s Chicago architecture should be on the registry of historic Chicago buildings in my humble opinion.

  • dr

    I came here to ask if I was the only one who really liked McCormick. I will say that it’s pretty atrocious inside. But, viewed from the lake, I think it’s a gem.

  • Pat

    I like it too but it proximity to the lake is unfortunate. Replacing it with another building does nothing.

  • kclo3

    The major drawback of McCormick East is that its podium is very fortress-like, rises too far off the ground, and lacks the broad staircases and permeable corners of the Neue Nationalgalerie that the building is modeled after. A more graceful elevation change could be had on at least the north/south edges.

  • So it’s even more Miesian than I thought. I had never heard of Neue Nationalgalerie so thanks for the schooling. Likely the trussing of the roof of the McCormick building was needed for structural reasons but is a definite improvement, imho. Your ideas for improvement strike me as sensible. Another improvement I would add would be to change the LSD overpass that intrudes discordantly in color and shape and design. The eastern portion of the overpass into the east building should mirror the color and design of the building itself.