Lee Bey had forgotten all about the McCormick Inn, a high-rise convention center hotel that was demolished after only 20 years of use. That is until he saw a YouTube video documenting a 1976 two-alarm fire at the hotel.
This Saturday, Lee Bey and his camera took a break from architecture and attended the 22nd annual Chosen Few picnic in Jackson Park. The event honors house, the rythmic, pulsating dance music that originated in Chicago.
St. Basil’s was built in the Byzantine style, along the lines of the famous Hagia Sophia in Constantinople. Granite columns rose from steps on the portico and the interior contained frescoes and mosaics in bright colors.