A Lot You Got to Holler EP 5: Pullman’s Past, Present, and Future

EP 5: Pullman’s Past, Present, and Future  The neighborhood of Pullman on Chicago’s far South Side is a crucible of architectural, labor, industrial and civil rights history. It’s also a national monument, with big plans for renovation and redevelopment on the horizon. Commissioned by railroad magnate George Pullman in 1880 and designed by Solon Beman, Pullman was an idyllic workers utopia… for a few years, unt
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A Lot You Got to Holler EP 4: Architecture is Hilarious

EP 4: Architecture is Hilarious  Architecture requires massive amounts of money, time, and effort to come together. It’s serious business. Most of the time. But here in Chicago there are a handful of designers that work humor into their architecture whenever they can, as a way to satirize the practice of architecture and the cultures that surround it, or as a way to invite new people into the conversation. For
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A Lot You Got to Holler EP 3: Immodest Proposals for the Chicago Lakefront

EP 3: Immodest Proposals for the Chicago Lakefront  Chicago’s most valuable natural asset is its lakefront, forever free, public, and protected by law. This lakefront is so valuable, argues the architects at Port Urbanism, that we need more of it to pay off the city’s massive debts. Or (if you ask the designers at UrbanLab) newly built islands in the lake must be drafted into relieving pressure from an overstressed s
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A Lot You Got to Holler EP 2: Cabrini-Green Dreams and Nightmares

EP 2: Cabrini-Green Dreams and Nightmares  Depending on who’s telling the tale, the Cabrini-Green housing projects on Chicago’s Near-North Side are either patient-zero for urban dysfunction and decay, or a humble high-rise utopia, Corbusier’s Radiant City with soul. But at the end of the day it was home to 15,000 people. Cabrini-Green was mostly demolished by 2011, but its legacy both haunts, or enr
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A Lot You Got to Holler EP 1: Chicago Plays Itself

Episode 1: Chicago Plays Itself From the eighties to the nineties, movies set and filmed in Chicago showed a city cleaving itself in half. From John Hughes suburban-kid-in-the-city hijinks to the near apocalyptic urban horror of Candyman and Child’s Play, these twenty years of film reflected the straining inequalities of the city that produced them. Our hosts will recount Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines as sociopath
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