The latest completed buildings on Madison Street in Oak Park have raised the bar for architecture. Walgreens' innovative and sensitive repurposing of a handsome two-story façade is a great example of architecture at its best. The façade restoration, sustainable elements and free recharging stations have all contributed to a meaningful project. It has awakened many to what could be — instead of simply employing a bland prototype (Walgreens) that has no respect for context.
Cuba has everything — it is an idyllic island country with near-perfect climate 90 miles from Florida. The residents enjoy sun-drenched, white-sand beaches, intricate Colonial architecture, free health care and free education. No poverty can be found like we would encounter in Africa or India.
Chicago will be surprised to discover this spring a spectacular new 25 acre, $60 million public park at 337 E. Randolph St. The modern park, intended to serve families, is located east of Millennium Park.