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Key Issues

  • New projects and proposals that have Chicago talking—and often debating
  • Changes on the horizon for the buildings and places that dazzle and puzzle us
  • Context for design-related controversies in the news

About This Topic

The changing face of Chicago architecture—in structures old, new and yet to be—will always be newsworthy. Here, we track the buzz and battles, building context around a city’s issues as they unfold.

What buildings will arrive to affect the city’s architectural environment? Which Chicago structures and areas are prime candidates for adaptive reuse? What new projects under construction will we be talking about most? In Evolving Chicago, we will be listening, looking ahead and letting you know what’s happening around the city.

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Obamas unveil design of presidential center in Chicago

Chicago Tribune

Former first couple Barack and Michelle Obama on Wednesday offered the first look at the design of the planned Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park — a campus of three buildings highlighted by an eye-catching museum, whose height and splaying walls would make a bold architectural statement.