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Archer Avenue, Chicago. A jewelbox of a tavern whose moderne flourish is totally unexpected and out of place
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Abundant Life Mission, Rogers Avenue near Sheridan Road, Chicago. The applique columns and pediment are outstanding examples of make-do church architecture.
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Abundant Life Mission, Rogers Avenue near Sheridan Road, Chicago
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Omega Church of God in Christ, Berwyn and Winthrop, Chicago (church is gone)
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Omega Church of God in Christ, Berwyn and Winthrop, Chicago (church is gone).
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The Art Deco steeple at Queen of Angels Church, Western Avenue at Sunnyside, Chicago
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More deco details at Queen of Angels Church, Western Avenue at Sunnyside, Chicago
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Queen of Angels Church, Western Avenue at Sunnyside, Chicago
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Mikro Kodesh Anshe Tiktin, Foster Avenue near California, Chicago. The synagogue, now razed, was a classic '50s box
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Unexpected architectural fantasy on an ordinary street. Winona near Broadway, Chicago
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Winona near Broadway, Chicago
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Winona near Broadway, Chicago
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Winona near Broadway, Chicago
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Winona near Broadway, Chicago
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An ultra-Mansardian fanasty. The window treatments and curves move it beyond mere period piece. Addison at Wolcott, Chicago
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The massively Mansard roof also contributes to this building's exceptional character. There are a handful of similar examples on Chicago's North Side, not all by the same architect. Addison at Wolcott, Chicago
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Addison at Wolcott, Chicago
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Chicago (Bridgeport neighborhood), 1990s. Brilliant use of Mansard fragments
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Known locally as the "professional building," this was added to the neighborhood long before it achieved National Register status. Lakewood Avenue near Catalpa, Chicago
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This beautifully kept garage is located in a National Register district of homes from the 1890s and early 1900s. Magnolia Avenue near Balmoral, Chicago
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Magnolia Avenue near Balmoral, Chicago
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Park Forest, Illinois. A nicely preserved 1950s suburban classic
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The old Park Forest Plaza and clock tower. The Plaza was a pioneering shopping mall built in the 1950s. Besides creating a new model for retail stores, it also became a prime teen hangout spot in the 1960s and early '70s. Construction of new malls in the 1970s, especially the enclosed Lincoln Mall in Matteson, ultimately put it out of business
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The current tribute to the old clock tower. The plaza fell into decrepitude long ago and went through successive attempts at revitalization. The orginal clock tower is long gone
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Twin Walter Burley Griffin houses on Magnolia in Chicago
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Twin Walter Burley Griffin houses on Magnolia in Chicago
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Trumbull School, Foster Avenue at Ashland, Chicago. A fine example of Dwight Perkins' Chicago school (literally) architecture
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The Chicago skyline is nice, but I love the ancient Illinois Central commuter train station at Roosevelt Road, now replaced
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A holdout whose days were numbered
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Clark Street near Gregory, Chicago. They don't make commercial buildings like this one anymore
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Clark Street near Gregory, Chicago
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Clark Street near Gregory, Chicago
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The entrance to the former Essanay movie studio on Argyle Street in Chicago. Chaplin made movies here in 1915
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Argyle Street, Chicago
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Some nice detailing on an apartment building in my neighborhood
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Erickson Jewelry on Clark Street in Chicago is now closed, one of the last Swedish businesses in Andersonville. Its Vitrolite sign is also one of the last of its kind
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Erickson Jewelry, Clark Street in Chicago
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Erickson's neon is not so bad either. Clark Steet, Chicago
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Crossroads Hotel, Pulaski Road and 53rd, Chicago. I love the variance in this geomatrically symmetrical facade
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Hot Grill Restaurant, Cicero Avenue, Cicero, Illinois

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