Column: To mark the Lenten season, a Chicago man makes a ‘pilgrimage of doomed churches’
As the Archdiocese of Chicago consolidates many parishes, closes some churches and leaves the fate of others up in the air, John Holden has felt a need to witness what might soon vanish, our columnist writes.chicagotribune.com
Detroit’s Best Building Bracket: After 21,000 votes, the winner is crowned
Well, after five rounds over three weeks and more than 21,000 total votes, we’ve got a winner in our Detroit Best Building Bracket challenge. Defeating the Albert Kahn Building, the Grand Army of the Republic Building, the top-seeded Guardian Building in the semifinal -- and then the other top-seed, the Fisher Building in the final round -- Detroit’s Best Building is.....Michigan Central Station! What a run for the old train depot, now soon-to-be Ford office, beating both of our top seeds and it wasn’t even that close in the end. Read more: A brief history of Michigan Central Station as historic Detroit train depot prepares for new chapterAd(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File) (Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. The final bracket after Round 5:
Ann Arbor asks owners of tall buildings to turn off lights to help migrating birds
ANN ARBOR – During the spring and fall migrations, more than 250 birds migrate at night over Michigan. Brightly-lit tall buildings disorient the birds and some will circle these buildings until their either die from colliding with the structure or from exhaustion. According to scientists, hundreds of millions of birds die annually as a result of these encounters with tall buildings. AdProperty owners of tall buildings as well as residents or office workers are encouraged to turn off their lights or close their shades after 11 p.m. during Safe Passages Great Lakes Days. Those who work in tall buildings at night are also encouraged to use desk lamps or other dim lights to minimize perimeter lighting at night.
Detroit’s Best Building Bracket: 2 icons battle in final round -- vote here
Detroit has some of the best architecture in the world. But which building is the best? We’ve launched a new bracket challenge to find out which of Detroit’s iconic and celebrated buildings is the best. It’s all come down to this -- the final: The Fisher Building vs. Michigan Central Station. Vote in Round 5 (the final) of Best Buildings Bracket below:
Detroit’s Best Building Bracket: Vote in semifinal round, win cash prizes
But which building is the best? We’ve launched a new bracket challenge to find out which of Detroit’s iconic and celebrated buildings is the best. 1 seeds, the Fisher Building and Guardian Building, have survived. The Fisher Building will take on the No. Vote in Round 4 (semifinal) of Best Buildings Bracket below:
U-M locks hundreds of undergrads out of school buildings for not following COVID testing protocols
FILE: Students walk across the University of Michigan campus January 17, 2003 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan has deactivated Mcard access to non-residential buildings for 375 undergraduate students after they failed to comply with the school’s mandatory COVID testing requirements. Undergraduate students who reside on or visit campus have been required to undergo weekly COVID testing through the Community Sampling and Tracking Program since the beginning of the semester. Students can also submit a request for an exemption from being included in the mandatory testing cohort. According to the team, roughly 98% of undergraduate students living in residence halls have complied with the required testing program.
Detroit’s Best Building Bracket: Vote in Round 3, win cash prizes
But which building is the best? We’ve launched a new bracket challenge to find out which of Detroit’s iconic and celebrated buildings is the best. We’re into Round 3 of the bracket, now down to 8 buildings. AdPrizes: Just by voting, you’ll be entered to win a $100 gift card to Jax Car Wash (four in each round) and one grand prize of $500! Vote in Round 3 of Best Buildings Bracket below:
Detroit’s Best Building Bracket: Vote in Round 2, win cash prizes
We’ve launched a new bracket challenge to find out which of Detroit’s iconic and celebrated buildings is the best. We’re into Round 2 of the bracket, now down to 16 buildings. AdWe’ve got some big matchups in Round 2 -- voting ends Thursday morning. Prizes: Just by voting, you’ll be entered to win a $100 gift card to Jax Car Wash (four in each round) and one grand prize of $500! Vote in Round 2 of Best Buildings Bracket below:
Chicago lakefront, Catholic churches top newest list of city’s most endangered historic buildings
“It’s just such a tragedy to think that these buildings were built by the faithful and the communities that surround them with pennies, nickels and dimes,” Miller said. " ... We should be thinking better of how we handle them. We shouldn’t be selling them at top dollar. We should be giving them away. We should be finding new uses for them.”chicagotribune.com
Detroit’s Best Building Bracket: Vote in Round 1, win prizes
But which building is the best? We’ve launched a new bracket challenge to find out which of Detroit’s iconic and celebrated buildings is the best. The Fisher Building and Guardian Building will serve as the top seeds, with the Penobscot and Masonic Temple as the No. There will be five rounds in this bracket challenge -- finishing up just before March 13 -- 313 Day. AdVote in Round 1 of Best Buildings Bracket below:
Heavy snowfall takes a toll on Chicago-area roofs — and collapses could be just the start of the misery
At least eight buildings in the area have given way under the foot-plus of snow that has accumulated in recent days. The latest victims were a suburban horse training arena whose roof collapsed early Tuesday morning, though no people or animals were hurt, and three vacant buildings on Chicago’s South Side.chicagotribune.com
Take a tour of this artist’s impressive murals
The murals in Detroit are almost impossible to overlook, these giant paintings prominently grace the walls of buildings all over the city. Each tells a story of our community, creates connections, and pays homage to the city’s past, present, and future. Anthony Lee is a Chinese American artist who has brought his talents to the streets of his home Detroit. “When you see a wall has intention put into it you feel like it’s cared for," explains Lee. To see a few of his favorite murals and the stories behind them, watch the full video above.
Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what happened Dec. 16 with COVID-19 in the Chicago area
But a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said there have been no changes to the three official allocations that have been made to the states: the first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine, which was allocated Nov. 20 and went out this week; the first shipment of a second vaccine from Moderna, allocated Nov. 27 and set to ship as soon as next week; and the second shipment of the Pfizer vaccine, which was allocated Tuesday and also would ship next week.chicagotribune.com
University of Michigan alum’s LEGO Ann Arbor campus goes viral
ANN ARBOR – University of Michigan alumnus and current employee, Adam Mael, has been a fan of LEGO since he can remember. A couple hours later the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan reached out and asked if they could share the pictures on their social media pages. Mael estimates that 30,000-32,000 pieces of LEGO make up the model, which measures roughly 3.5 by 3.5 feet. He estimates he has up to 200,000 LEGO pieces in his collection. He said if the times were different, he would be showing it at the Ann Arbor District Library’s Annual LEGO Contest.
‘Glass Mural’ office, retail building planned for Detroit’s Eastern Market
DETROIT – A unique retail and office development is planned for Detroit’s Eastern Market. A four-story building dubbed the “Glass Mural,” and inspired by the artistic expression of Eastern Market, is planned to be built directly across Eastern Market’s Shed 3, at the intersection of Russell and Division Street. Currently, the site is home to a two-story brick building that features a mural by local artist DENIAL. (MVRDV)Operationally, Glass Mural will have a ground-level retail storefront, with three floors of offices dispersed throughout the two primary glass blocks with permanent artworks. Glass Mural rendering.
Michigan governor: Lansings Lewis Cass Building renamed to Elliott-Larsen Building'
Gretchen Whitmer signed an Executive Order to rename Downtown Lansings Lansings Lewis Cass Building to honor civil rights legislation. Executive Order 2020-139 renames the state-owned Lewis Cass Building in Downtown Lansing to the Elliott-Larsen Building, honoring the legislators who sponsored Michigans landmark civil rights act. This change marks the first time in Michigan history that a state building is named after an African-American woman. Together, Melvin Larsen and Daisy Elliotts names have become synonymous in Michigan with the protection of civil rights, said Governor Whitmer. Thats why I am proud to rename the Cass building in Lansing to the Elliott-Larsen building.
Flooded Michigan city is midcentury architecture mecca
The lower level of the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, which houses the children's section and the city's public television studio, also flooded. McDonald recalled spending time as a child in the midcentury library and sitting on Barcelona chairs and stools, a classic midcentury furniture design, in the gallery and other spaces. This is an incredible town, said Charles Mikkelsen, for whom living in a midcentury home had been a longtime dream. This time their home, which was built on a concrete slab and overlooks a creek, was filled with about 5 feet (1.5 meters) of water. In 2017, it was flooded by less than a foot (0.3 meters) and it took 9 months to restore.