This blog started four years ago this month.
During that time you've been gracious enough to indulge me as I wrote about new buildings, explored abandoned structures, documented lesser-known streetscapes and found obscure movies and video—all in service of telling stories about Chicago's built environment.
Some of these explorations were pure fun, like the time Columbia College—which owns the former Johnson Publishing Company headquarters on south Michigan Avenue—let me photograph the building's perfectly-intact 1970s mod interiors.
Others were tougher to swallow, such as the demolition of the former Michael Reese Hospital. Wrecking those buildings compounded an earlier, and greater, civic tragedy: that a world-class medical institution like Reese would be allowed to waste away in the first place. The continual erosion of building and population from the greater South Side was another point of concern.
And there are more stories: The redevelopment of the city's neighborhoods; the fate of all those shuttered schools; the midcentury architecture and classic churches at are at risk. But they are stories others will have to tell. This is my last blog post for WBEZ.
It's been a good run here and I've been treated well.