Blair Kamin,

Blair Kamin

Chicago, IL, United States

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Past articles by Blair:

Blair Kamin: This weekend’s 5K and marathon allow us to take in Chicago’s magnificent cityscape

I’ll join thousands of other 5K runners Saturday on a tour of Chicago’s cliff of historical high-rises and canyon of glass-sheathed skyscrapers. → Read More

Op-ed: My late parents’ Colonial home will be torn down, says Blair Kamin. It’s like dealing with a 3rd death.

It is rare to grow up in a very old house, and rarer still to have parents who plant themselves there for more than half a century. → Read More

Column: Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin reflects on 28 years of reviewing Chicago’s wonders and blunders, and why such coverage should continue

Tribune critic Blair Kamin reflects on 28 years of reviewing Chicago's architectural wonders and blunders, and explains why such coverage should go on. → Read More

Column: Chicagoans of the Year in architecture: The team that helped revive old Cook County Hospital

Chicagoans of the Year in architecture: The team that led the renovation and reinvention of old Cook County Hospital → Read More

Column: In architecture, 2021 shapes up as the Year of the Question Mark. Here’s what we know — and don’t.

In architecture, 2021 shapes up as the Year of the Question Mark, with much unknown. Here are 10 things to watch in the year ahead. → Read More

Column: From the Great Fire to modernist houses to Jeanne Gang, a rich array of design books for the holidays

From the Great Fire to modernist houses to the designs of Jeanne Gang, a rich array of architecture books for the holidays → Read More

Chicago architecture in 2020: In a year like no other, anxiety soared about the future of downtown Chicago, but so did new skyscrapers

In architecture, 2020 was a year like no other. Anxiety soared about the future of downtown, but so did new skyscrapers. → Read More

Best Chicago architecture of 2020: The design of St. Regis Chicago, a new bridge and the pandemic-ready Rush Hospital raised our sights and spirits

On our Top 10 for Chicago architecture: New skyscrapers, the pandemic-ready Rush University Medical Center and the preservation of both the old Cook County Hospital and the Chicago house of Emmett Till. → Read More

City officials revoke demolition permit for surviving Victorian building in Fulton Market

A surviving Victorian building in Chicago’s rapidly developing Fulton Market district, originally a Schlitz tavern and later the home of the Italian restaurant La Luce, has been temporarily spared a date with the wrecking ball. → Read More

Column: A solution for the bitter Pilsen landmark district battle: compromise

A compromise proposal for the bitter Pilsen landmark district debate: Cut the proposed district in half → Read More

Column: From Vista Tower to St. Regis Chicago

The renaming of the Vista Tower to The St. Regis Chicago is the latest reminder that the names of Chicago's skyline giants are anything but permanent. → Read More

Column: An exclusive look at Jeanne Gang’s Vista Tower, now Chicago’s third-tallest building

Chicago architect Jeanne Gang's new Vista Tower, almost complete, is Chicago’s third-tallest skyscraper and a stirring work of art, with one notable flaw on the 83rd floor, Blair Kamin writes. → Read More

Column: Jeanne Gang on Vista Tower, gender equality in architecture and the future of downtown Chicago

In an interview with the Tribune, Chicago architect Jeanne Gang discusses her new Vista Tower, her inspirations, and the post-COVID future of downtowns. → Read More

Column: Wrigley Field national landmark listing will likely mean millions in tax credits for the Cubs-owning Ricketts family

With Wrigley Field joining a select circle of national landmarks, its owners become eligible for millions in federal tax credits → Read More

Column: Now THAT’S a big, beautiful wall; award-winning lakefront barrier at Northwestern shows how to upgrade infrastructure

An award-winning lakefront barrier at Northwestern University shows how to elevate infrastructure--through a mix of art and science, use and beauty. → Read More

Column: Amid a pandemic that isolates us, Chicago architecture awards recognize designs that build community

In an era defined by a pandemic and polarization, the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects on Friday presented awards that recognized architecture's power to build community. → Read More

Column: Emmett Till house makes strides toward becoming an official city landmark and a museum

The South Side home of Emmett Till has taken key steps toward becoming an official city landmark and a museum. → Read More

Column: In a shift, city will take first steps to grant landmark status to Pilsen’s shuttered St. Adalbert Catholic Church

“We have heard you,” said Maurice Cox, Chicago’s planning commissioner, concerning St. Adalbert Catholic Church. “This is an iconic landmark in Pilsen. That is without dispute.” → Read More

Column: ‘Rolling Thunder:’ The Loop elevated shaped downtown Chicago and unified a divided city. It still matters today, a new book reminds us.

'Rolling thunder': A new book charts how the Loop elevated tracks gave shape to Chicago → Read More

Column: Opening of Navy Pier hotel is postponed, the latest blow to city’s reeling hotel market

The opening of a Navy Pier hotel, which was to make its debut Sunday, has been delayed until March and the pier's closure, which originally was to last until April, could be extended. → Read More