WBEZ | Riverwoods http://www.wbez.org/tags/riverwoods Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Plane crash in suburban Riverwoods kills three http://www.wbez.org/story/plane-crash-suburban-riverwoods-kills-three-94423 <p><div><div><p><span id="_oneup">A medical transport plane has crashed in suburban Chicago, killing a patient being brought to Illinois, the patient's wife and a third person aboard the plane.</span></p><p>Authorities have identified two of the victims as 80-year-old John Bialek and 75-year-old Ilomae Bialek. They were from Streamwood. The third victim's name is being withheld pending notification of relatives.</p><p><span id="_oneup">Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory says the plane was carrying five people and originated from Georgia. Cory says the pilot reported fuel trouble just before crashing in Riverwoods, about 25 miles northwest of Chicago.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup">Authorities say the two crash survivors are expected to survive. Nobody on the ground was hurt.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup">Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are working to figure out what caused the crash.</span></p></div></div></p> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 16:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/plane-crash-suburban-riverwoods-kills-three-94423 Midcentury fans push for people to live glass houses http://www.wbez.org/content/midcentury-fans-push-people-live-glass-houses <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-23/Minsk House 1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>You don’t have to look very hard to see Chicago’s tradition of midcentury modern architecture. A Mies here, a Frank Lloyd Wright there; we’re lousy with ‘em. Classics like Bertrand Goldberg’s Marina City are on full display in the city (and through January, in <a href="http://www.artic.edu/aic/exhibitions/exhibition/bertrandgoldberg">a marvelous exhibit</a> in the Art Institute’s Modern Wing that is the architect’s first retrospective).</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-23/Minsk House 1.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 260px; float: left; margin: 5px;" title="The Minsk House in Riverwoods, Ill. (Dan Obermaier)">But for every IBM building there are a number of smaller gems scattered throughout the region: private homes, many if not most of which are in the suburbs.</p><p>Gary Gand founded the group <a href="http://www.chicagobauhausbeyond.org/">Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond</a> to document and preserve the architectural heritage of these homes, and he and his family practice what they preach. He and his wife, Joan, live in the <a href="http://jetsetmodern.com/keck.htm">Minsk House</a>, a low glass box of a home in Riverwoods, Ill. The house was built in 1955 by Chicago architects Keck &amp; Keck, best known for their contributions to the Century of Progress World's Fair, the <a href="http://houseplansllc.wordpress.com/category/round-houses/">House of Tomorrow</a> and the <a href="http://housing.progressivedisclosure.net/categories/homes/history-prefabricated-home/keck-crystal-house-george-fred-keck-1933-1934.html">Crystal House</a>.</p><p>When Gand spoke at the Chicago Architecture Foundation last year, he was there to celebrate the release of Bauhaus and Beyond’s first publication: <a href="http://www.chicagobauhausbeyond.org/news.htm">a book of Chicago Midcentury homes</a> captured by legendary architectural photographer Julius Shulman. And in the talk as in the book, Gand’s own home was very much on display. During the talk Gand described “what it’s like to live in a glass box” (answer: “We love it”) and explained why, when they moved in, they had to buy all new furniture to match the house. You can listen above.</p><p><em><a href="../../series/dynamic-range">Dynamic Range</a> showcases hidden gems unearthed from Chicago Amplified’s vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Gary Gand spoke at an event presented by the </em><em><a href="http://caf.architecture.org/"><em>Chicago Architecture Foundation</em></a></em><em>in June of 2010. Click </em><em><a href="../../episode-segments/julius-shulman-chicago-mid-century-modernism"><em>here </em></a></em><em>to hear the event in its entirety.</em></p></p> Fri, 23 Sep 2011 19:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/midcentury-fans-push-people-live-glass-houses