WBEZ | Roosevelt University http://www.wbez.org/tags/roosevelt-university Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A look back at – or down from? – Chicago’s observation decks http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range/look-back-%E2%80%93-or-down-%E2%80%93-chicago%E2%80%99s-observation-decks-103901 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F67700461&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/sky%20deck%20flickr.jpg" style="float: left; height: 400px; width: 300px;" title="The view down from the Sky Deck at Willis Tower. (Flickr/Ambimb)" />In Saul Bellow&rsquo;s 1987 novel <em>More Die of Heartbreak</em>, protagonist Kenneth Trachtenberg takes his uncle to the observation deck on the 102nd floor of the &ldquo;Electronic Tower,&rdquo; a mammoth skyscraper in an unnamed Midwestern city. Surveying the landscape, the outlook inspires both awe and dread in Bellow&rsquo;s viewers:</p><blockquote><p><em>Any number of disorders can be temporarily forgotten at such a height &mdash; a crime you committed long ago, a fatal error of judgment, even a secret berth of cancer cells &mdash; when you are rapt from yourself with such a view from the 102nd floor. Any amount of human queerness I mean to say, may be checked for a moment, as you face an Egyptian pyramid or a Sistine ceiling.</em></p><p><em>I silently inspected uncle, as he inspected his native city with that cobalt gaze of his. Empty factories, stilled freight yards, upended streets, stretches of river where the water was as still as a fish tank. And then the country side: prairies liberated from the darkness of the city, farmlands under white icing and skies suggesting freedom and eliciting ideas of flight or escape.</em></p><p><em>I wonder if uncle wasn&rsquo;t thinking something like that: What a perfect day to flee.</em></p></blockquote><p>Bellow&rsquo;s Electronic Tower would seem to be a clear riff on Chicago&rsquo;s Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), with its expansive Sky Deck views at 1,353 feet, or perhaps the Hancock Building, with its similarly impressive and frightening tableaus (though Bellow makes no mention of a strange, waxy ice skating rink in miniature, which one can also find near the top of the Hancock).</p><p>The feelings Bellow describes may be similarly familiar to Chicagoans: City dwellers (and tourists) have always sought out the view from up high, for the way it literally changes our perspective, for the sense of the sublime it brings or for the reminder of our own relative smallness.</p><p>Tony Macaluso, an administrator at WFMT who developed a passion for skyscrapers during his seven years as a guide on Chicago&rsquo;s well-known architectural boat tours, is writing the history of this pursuit. In a forthcoming book due out in 2014, he explores Chicago&rsquo;s love for the tippy-top of tall buildings, starting with our observation decks. As it turns out, the Sky Deck has some pretty good antecedents in Chicago history.</p><p>As the pioneer of tall buildings, Chicago was also a pioneer of the miraculous urban vista, featuring some of the first and most posh observation decks in America.</p><p>&ldquo;Chicago was at (the) forefront of this tourist trend,&rdquo; Macaluso explained at a recent talk. &ldquo;The same year the Eiffel Tower opened, barely six months later is when the Auditorium Building opened,&rdquo; he said, referring to Adler and Sullivan landmark<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/john-r-schmidt/2011-12-09/december-9-1889-magnificent-auditorium-94530"> that&rsquo;s now part of Roosevelt University</a>. &ldquo;That became the city&rsquo;s first big observation deck. And the comparisons were actually pretty explicit in the press at the time between Chicago and Paris, the Auditorium Building and the Eiffel Tower, even though the Eiffel Tower was four times taller.&rdquo;</p><p>In the audio above, Macaluso delves into the reactions provoked by the Auditorium Building&rsquo;s observation deck. Anyone who has gazed down from the vantage of Willis Tower&rsquo;s Sky Deck will surely understand the particular mix of awe and fear the Auditorium Building inspired in 19th-century Chicagoans.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range">Dynamic Range</a></em>&nbsp;<em>showcases hidden gems unearthed from Chicago Amplified&rsquo;s vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Tony Macaluso spoke at an event presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation earlier this month. Click</em>&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/secret-spaces-atop-chicago-cultural-history-urge-climb-above-city-103424">here</a></em>&nbsp;<em>to hear the event in its entirety.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range/look-back-%E2%80%93-or-down-%E2%80%93-chicago%E2%80%99s-observation-decks-103901 An architectural 'New Deal' for Roosevelt University http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-12-01/architectural-new-deal-roosevelt-university-94491 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-December/2011-12-01/Roosevelt tower_LeeBey.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-30/untitled shoot-001.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 525px;" title=""></p><p>Here's a look at Roosevelt University's new tower, although if you've been on the southern edge of the Loop at all this year, the building is hard to miss.</p><p>The 32-story building will be completed early next year but there is already much to like, such as the bluish patterned glass and the way the building pinches in and out along the sides, which almost gives the building a human form. The thin building's broadest sides face north and south, almost as if it is turning its shoulder eastward. Located at 435 S. Wabash but leaving its mark on the S. Michigan Avenue streetwall a block east, the building connects with its historic neighbor, the Adler &amp; Sullivan-designed Auditorium Building which has been Roosevelt's downtown home since 1945. The contrasts between the two are startling and quite welcome as each building speaks for its own time.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-30/untitled shoot-018.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 537px;" title=""></p><p>The big tower is the second-tallest university building in the country, second to University of Pittsburgh's 42-story Cathedral of Learning, built in 1937. In the photo below, the building posts-up nicely against the red CNA Tower in both scale and color.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-30/untitled shoot-013.jpg" style="width: 491px; height: 640px;" title=""></p><p>Roosevelt's tower is essentially a new college turned on its end, housing a array of offices, labs, the business school, classroom space, etc. The 17 floors will be a residence hall for 600-plus students. Views from there will be worth writing home about no doubt.</p><p>The tower was designed by Chicago architecture firm <a href="http://www.voa.com/">VOA Associates</a>.</p></p> Fri, 02 Dec 2011 02:23:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-12-01/architectural-new-deal-roosevelt-university-94491 Weekender with Alison Cuddy http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-25/weekender-alison-cuddy-94263 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-22/brian-babylon.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/turkey 1.jpg" style="width: 560px; height: 373px;" title=""></p><p>For most of us Thanksgiving means turkey for dinner. But many use the holiday to ponder deeper relationships to the big, meaty bird. These days some folks go the <strong><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-talk-eng-turkey-slaughter-20111122,0,7655182.story">extra mile</a></strong> to make feasting on the bird more meaningful. Maybe they agree with Benjamin Franklin - who in jest deemed turkey a '<strong><a href="http://fi.edu/franklin/birthday/faq.html#21">more respectable bird</a></strong>' than America's national symbol, the eagle? But why stop at turkey? The birds are everywhere! Angry Birds, the popular mobile app, is now entering the <strong><a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/angry-birds-the-smurfs-holiday-toys-264997">stuffed toy market</a></strong>. And take a look at this <strong><a href="http://vimeo.com/30843599">creepy mash-up</a></strong> of Angry Birds and Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. If that revenge scenario has you regretting the feast you just consumed check out Peggy MacNamara, artist in residence at <strong><a href="http://fieldmuseum.org/"><span class="Normal__Char" style="font-weight: bold;">The Field Museum</span></a></strong>. MacNamara’s not only drawn many of the bird specimens held by the Museum - 18 of her own <a href="http://www.peggymacnamara.com/"><span class="Normal__Char" style="font-weight: bold;">paintings </span></a>are also on permanent display.</p><p>Other picks for the weekend are below. And big thanks to The Chicago Film Archive for providing the vintage sounds of Chicago's holiday season (The Big Downtown Christmas, Charles Sharp, 1962).</p><p>Here are <em>Weekender</em>'s top 6 picks:</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/boys-noize.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 87px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.boysnoize.com/blog/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>1. Boys Noize</strong></span></a></p><p><a href="http://www.clubtix.com/themid/boys-noize---team-bayside-high---mayhem-tickets-66377">Friday 10pm-4am</a></p><p><a href="http://www.themidchicago.com/">The Mid</a> 306 N Halsted</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong><a href="http://southsidehub.org/2011/11/18/three-films-about-the-middle-east/">2. Films about the <img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/middle east.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 120px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="">Middle East</a></strong></span></p><p>Three films about Americans' Knowledge of the Middle East</p><p>Saturday 6pm</p><p><a href="http://southsidehub.org/">Southside Hub of Production</a> 5638 S Woodlawn Ave, Hyde Park</p><p>See a trailer for one of the films, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVVFX4ptNPA">Desert in the Coffeehouse</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-21/brian-babylon.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 141px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://comedybarchicago.com/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>3. Brian Babylon</strong></span></a></p><p>Saturday 8pm and 10pm</p><p><a href="http://www.vocalo.org/">Vocalo</a>'s <a href="http://www.brianbabylon.com/Brian_Babylon/BRIAN_BABYLON.html">Brian Babylon</a> hosts hilarious Stand Up at <a href="http://comedybarchicago.com/">The Comedy Bar</a></p><p>157 W Ontario St (Ontourage)</p><p>See more of Brian's comedy <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NL-xgQ8C4sU">here</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.roosevelt.edu/GageGallery.aspx">4. Prison </a><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/Supermax-Prison.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 106px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></strong></span></p><p>Photographs by <a href="http://lloyddegrane.com/">Lloyd DeGrane</a></p><p>Friday 9-6 Saturday 10-4&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.roosevelt.edu/GageGallery/Directions.aspx">Gage Gallery</a> 18 S. Michigan</p><p>Hear more from Lloyd DeGrane <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-22/capturing-life-behind-bars-94278">here</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/yawn.jpeg" style="width: 160px; height: 116px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.yawntheband.com/YAWN/Home.html"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>5. YAWN</strong></span></a></p><p>Saturday 8pm</p><p>w/ <a href="http://www.thekooks.com/">The Kooks</a> and <a href="http://www.thepostelles.com/">The Postelles</a></p><p><a href="http://www.jamusa.com/Venues/Vic/Concerts.aspx">The Vic Theatre</a> 3145 N Sheffield Ave</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/christ.jpg" style="width: 159px; height: 106px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.christkindlmarket.com/"><strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">6. Christkindlmarket</span></strong></a></p><p>Friday-Saturday 11am-9pm&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sunday 11am-8pm</p><p>Traditional German American Holiday Market and Chicago Institution</p><p>Daley Plaza 50 W Washington St</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" target="_blank">here</a> to subscribe to the <em>Weekender</em> podcast.</p></p> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-25/weekender-alison-cuddy-94263 Capturing life behind bars http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-22/capturing-life-behind-bars-94278 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-22/P1030332.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The reality of life inside prison is one that most won’t know but photographer <a href="http://lloyddegrane.com/" target="_blank">Lloyd DeGrane</a> set out to capture this reality. His collection of photos—<em>Prison: Photographs by Lloyd DeGrane</em>—currently on display at <a href="http://www.roosevelt.edu/GageGallery.aspx" target="_blank">Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery</a>. DeGrane’s photographs detail the journey from Cook County Jail and into maximum-security at Stateville Correctional Center. But the pictures were only one part of the story: The writings and poetry of former Stateville inmate Simon, aka “Sam G,” Gutierrez accompanied DeGrane’s photos.<em> Eight Forty-Eight</em> recently spoke with DeGrane and Gutierrez at Gage Gallery.</p><p>The photos will be on display at Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery through Feb. 4.</p><p><em>Music Button: Ilhan Ersahin's Istanbul Sessions, "Night Ride", from the album Night Rider, (Nublu)</em></p><p><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 16:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-22/capturing-life-behind-bars-94278 Listeners discuss the highs and lows of marijuana laws http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-03/listeners-discuss-highs-and-lows-marijuana-laws-93718 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-03/68481352_24a8657d88_m.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>An ordinance introduced by Ald. Danny Solis at Wednesday’s <a href="http://www.chicityclerk.com/about_city_council.php" target="_blank">City Council</a> meeting proposed the decriminalization of small amounts marijuana. Under the proposal, people caught with 10 grams or less of the green stuff would not be arrested but would get a ticket for $200. <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/city/en/depts/mayor.html" target="_blank">Mayor Emanuel</a> did not back the ordinance but said he will ask the <a href="http://www.chicagopolice.org/index.html" target="_blank">Chicago Police Department</a> to look at it further. When it comes to pot, there are many different issues at play: Is it a criminal matter? A public health issue? Should Chicago decriminalize or even legalize marijuana?</p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> asked listeners to share their thoughts: The number to call is <strong>312-923-9239</strong>, e-mail the show at <a href="mailto:848@wbez.org">848@wbez.org</a> or tweet <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/848" target="_blank">@848</a>.</p><p>To help weigh the risks and rewards, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by Stephanie Schmitz, the research project manager for the Institute for Metropolitan Affairs at <a href="http://www.roosevelt.edu/" target="_blank">Roosevelt University</a> and the associate director of the <a href="http://www.illinoisdrugpolicy.org/" target="_blank">Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy</a> at Roosevelt University.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 03 Nov 2011 13:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-03/listeners-discuss-highs-and-lows-marijuana-laws-93718 Morning Rehearsal: Chicago theater 4/22 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-22/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-422-85549 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-22/Alexis Armstrong, David Geinosky, PJ Samorian.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: left;">Looking ahead: On Monday, the 14th Chicago Improv Festival begins. Nina Metz at the <em>Tribune </em>has the <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/ct-ott-0422-chicago-improv-fest-20110421-6,0,7110984.story">highlights</a>&nbsp;(which include some bodypainting experiments)&nbsp;but the <a href="http://www.chicagoimprovfestival.org/web/cif_home.php">full schedule</a> is also worth perusing so you don't miss a thing. Additionally,&nbsp;Bassprov members Joe Bill and Mark Sutton, former artistic director of the festival, <a href="http://vocalo.org/amp/2011-04/friday-funday-0">spoke to</a> Vocalo's Molly Adams in the Morning AMp today (and can be seen performing below).</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="368" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/10026629?title=0&amp;byline=0" width="490"></iframe></p><p>2. The Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg <a href="http://auditoriumtheatre.org/wb/pages/home/performances-events/performances.php?event_id=296&amp;wb_session_id=4a94a35ddbb2ad45c8371bf6f015a9cf">presents </a><em>Don Quixote, or Fantasies of a Madman. </em>The production was<i>&nbsp;</i>at Roosevelt University last night, but there will be a matinee performance on Saturday. Choreographed by the aforementioned Boris Eifman, with music by Ludwig Minkus, the ballet sounds a little bit like&nbsp;<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112883/"><em>Don Juan Demarco</em></a> with Johnny Depp<em>:&nbsp;</em>a man locked in an asylum believes he is Don Quixote, and inspires those around him with his fantasies.</p><p>3. <a href="http://urbantheaterchicago.org/"><em>Sonnets For An Old Century</em></a> is wrapping up its run this weekend at Steppenwolf's Garage Rep. <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/sonnets-for-an-old-century,52247/">The A.V. Club called</a>&nbsp;<em>Sonnets</em><i>"</i>a captivating examination of life and death from a promising young company." From UrbanTheater Company, the play takes place in the waiting room of the afterlife, which I can't imagine is particularly lighthearted, but is probably enlightening.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="333" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-22/Alexis%20Armstrong%2C%20David%20Geinosky%2C%20PJ%20Samorian_0.jpg" title="Alexis Armstrong, David Geinosky, PJ Samorian " width="350"></p><p>4. Opening this weekend is <a href="http://www.bignoise.org/chaperone.html"><em>The Drowsy Chaperone </em></a>by The Big Noise Theatre Company, which if past productions count for anything, promises to be particularly feel-good. The show had a successful revival on Broadway in 2006; as musicals go, it's funny and relatively harmless.</p><p>5. It was announced just&nbsp;<a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/stage/4957772-421/chicago-actor-director-will-head-porchlight.html">yesterday</a>&nbsp;that&nbsp;Michael Weber is the new artistic director of Porchlight Music Theatre. As you'll recall, <em>The King and I</em> <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-21/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-421-85493">just opened there</a>.&nbsp;Weber will begin his work June 1, and takes the place of L. Walter Stearns, who has moved to the Mercury Theatre.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.</p></p> Fri, 22 Apr 2011 14:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-04-22/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-422-85549