A Chicago Sojourn is an architectural blog that explores the urban landscape of the city – finding patterns, hidden beauty, fading history, and obscure and forgotten corners of Chicago and its surroundings. Favorite topics include Mid-Century Modernism, church architecture, Victorian era design, industrial sites, historic preservation issues, and small commercial storefront architecture.

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  1. I am really enjoying your blog on the churches of Chicago. I had no idea of the beauty behind the
    churches that I have been passing since I was a child.
    Your blog inspired me to research the Logan Square temple where my family worshipped. It’s been torn down for I believe decades due to the changing neighborhood but, I was able to find a photo. I find it impossibly sad that buildings of such splendor are even allowed to be torn down for yet another condo or strip mall.

  2. Does your blog have a contact page? I’m having problems locating it but, I’d like to shoot you an e-mail.
    I’ve got some recommendations for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great blog and I look forward to seeing it expand over time.

  3. Ok, friend. I hope one day you’ll choose to replace the stock ‘about’ text with something that truly is ‘about’ you. My heart beats faster every time I take a peek here. I am a mid century mama living far from my midwestern hometown of Chicago. I love architecture of every kind and I linger over all the familiar images here. Thank you my dear! Will you please identify yourself to those of us who would very much like to know who you are? I, one fan of many, am Elizabeth Conant, and you can find me here…. http://thehillhouseingreenfield.com/

  4. Hi Chicago Sojourn! I help out at a Rogers Park art space, Roman Susan, and right now we’re creating an art map of the neighborhood (http://romansusan.org/rogers-park).

    I just wanted to let you know that we linked to some of the images found in your blogger post of June 19, 2011 (http://achicagosojourn.blogspot.com/2011/06/rogers-parks-metra-murals.html) for pictures of murals at Metra underpasses. Eventually we’ll make our way out to snap some pictures of our own when the weather gets nicer, but just wanted to thank you for the great info and guide as we start this project.

    If there are other sites/venues in Rogers Park that you think we should add, please let us know!


  5. I love this blog! Thanks for reminding me why I love this city. It’s been hard to remember lately!

  6. I love your site. I came tinpot late but now I’m hooked. I love the fact that your explanations are clear and your photographs are so well done.
    Thank you too for including the addresses of the buildings you feature. Some sites don’t do that.
    I’ll be in Chicago soon and your site will help me enjoy it that much more.

  7. 733 W. Lake st. will be demolished soon. It is a hansome one storey brick facade with some great beaux arts terra cotta. Please photogragh it before it is gone. It is being replaced with yet ANOTHER highrise.

  8. Charles Stade did some academic buildings. A blog on those buildings would be interesting. I know of a chapel at Valparaiso and Brommel Hall at Northeastern. Did he do the Foreigh Languages Building in Urbana?

    Also, do you know who designed the Edgebrook Community Church?

    Thanks for blogging. Your essays are enjoyable.

  9. 1. In case you know anyone who might want to live there, I am selling a unit at Lunt-Lake coop. 2. It is interesting to see how each of the coops developed. Sherman Gardens has residents with more money than either Lunt-Lake or the Granville buildings and has put more money into the building (I had involvement with Sherman Gardens as a contractor, and had (separated) parents living in Lunt-Lake and in the one on Wolcott. 3. I like your work; if I can assist on concrete, especially precast or cast stone, let me know. I know quite a bit (see http://www.caryconcrete.com)

  10. Please post your contact information. Are you on Twitter? It’s great to have you write articles, but if there is no way to reach out and collaborate with you, I think you’re doing a disservice to your talents and these buildings you wish to protect!

  11. Hi Chicago Sojourn!

    I also enjoy your blog and would love your contact information to learn more about you!
    I work at a local architecture firm, JGMA, and would appreciate to hear your thoughts on our recent projects!
    Hope to hear from you soon 🙂

    – Vanessa

  12. It’s closed, so it may get demolished at any time, but as of today, Szalas is still up and standing on Archer Avenue. If you get the chance, it will be worth your time.

  13. I would like my home removed from this site. You took a picture of my house without my permission and used it as public view. You also put my home address on here.

  14. Yo, 2 months ago, I moved into an abandoned building on the near South side. It’s a former plant and warehouse, some as much as 8 floors high. But I didn’t see it here. I was wondering if you know of any other abandoned buildings to live in? Preferably on the North side?

    Recently, I found an abandoned building in Humboldt Park where there are White homeless people living in it, but it’s filled with trash so I wouldn’t want to live there.


  15. Hi, I’m an intern architect with a firm in Philadelphia, PA! We are getting ready to publish a book and discuss Olmsted’s Riverside development in one of the chapters, and in trying to replace some of the black-and-white photographs for the place, I came across your photos that really do a nice job of displaying the mixed-use aspects of the community, and want to get in touch about using a particular photograph in our book.

    Please email me back if you’re interested in this possibility! I would appreciate a reply to this to get the ball rolling, and from there we can figure out how to get in further contact with each other.


  16. Hi Robert. I wanted to know if you might be interested in presenting a program on your work sometime in the fall. The audience would be a group of older adults at one of our Mather cafes on the Northwest Side of the city. Please contact me by e-mail or by phone.



  17. HI! Love this blog and wanted to find out more about you, and discuss you possibly helping us find some locations for a TV series in chicago? Please reach out to me at rubyinthecity@gmail.com. Thanks

  18. The house that was demolished at 4850 N. Paulina to make way for the blonde pill boxes that you reference four sons who died in WWi was the home of my great great grandfather, Joseph E. Flanagan. I am trying to locate a picture of that house before it was demolished and possibly when it was built. I know the address would have been different before 1909. It was 2844 N. Paulina, I think. Any help would be appreciated. If you need more info, let me know.

  19. Hello. I live in Sweden and I have an old real photo postcard picturing a three-storey brick buildning with the name “LOTUS” above the porch.
    i found this postcard together with other cards from Chicago so my question is if you know of a building in Chicago that fits this disciption?
    I will be happy to send a scan. Regards from Sweden Bengt Herrman (Good blog!)

  20. Hello Robert, I truly, truly enjoy your work. Can you please contact me regarding a request for permission to use some to use some of your images on a website? mjflight1@yahoo.com

  21. REF: Sullivanesque Revisited As a former Chicago resident I always was facinated by Chicago’s architecture and felt that the neighborhoods has some hidden gems. I didn’t know they were called Sullivanesque, but as a Child and adult I had always enjoyed seeing them. One other thing I had noticed quite often on Milwaukee Ave was the marble strips right underneath the windows, specifically at like 2638 N. Milwaukee Ave. Before and after the Logan movie theater upon closer inspection one will see that these are actually screw in-fixtures for light bulbs. The avenue must have been so beautiful during its had day when those lights were still working, its amazing how they were built right into the facade and yet few people even notice that they are there. if you ever on the block look up, you will see them. If I recall other neighborhoods also had them.

  22. Trying to reach Robert for permission to use one of his courtyard Apartment building photographs for my thesis. thanks for any help! -Leigh Haddix

  23. Hi Robert. I’m trying to get in touch regarding permission to use some of your photographs of Busch Stadium on your Built St. Louis site. Can you please get in touch to discuss? Thanks so much! – Allison

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