Thursday, June 9, 2016

Historic Landmark Buildings Reappear as Hotels

360 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago
Plate No. 67
Frames to 16" x 11"



The London House Hotel at Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive was formally known as The London Guarantee & Accident Co.  Sitting at the site where Fort Dearborn once stood, built in 1923 with a Beaux Arts Tower and a trapezoid shaped footprint, the building was once home to the fabled London House Jazz Club. A most recent owner was Crane Communication, who sold it for development in 2013.





168 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago
Plate No. 130
Frames to 16" x 16"
Version 1



168 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago
Plate No. 130
Frames to 16" x 16"
Version 2


The 168 North Michigan Avenue building was designed and built by architects Marshall and Fox in 1916.  It was the Federal Life Building for many years. As shown in each of these etchings, the building with the terra cotta fa├žade on the left will become part of a high-design lifestyle hotel with 200 rooms. Opening is scheduled in early 2018. The building on the right is the Smurfit Stone building.  Looking eastward, the center building is the Prudential Plaza Building across Michigan Avenue.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Chicagoland Dining (Etchings from the City)

A few of my favorites:

Harry Caray's Italian Restaurant
State and Kinzie
Aquatint etching with hand-coloring
10x12 (frames to 16x16)



The White Palace Grille
Canal and Roosevelt
Aquatint with hand-coloring
6x8.5 (frames to 9x12)


Pizzaria Uno
Ohio and Wabash
Aquatint etching with chine colle
3.5x3.5 (frames to 8x10)


Pizzaria Due
Ontario and Wabash
Aquatint etching
3.25x5 (frames to 8x10)

Saturday, March 26, 2016

The HOPE Benefit

The HOPE Benefit, May 12, 2016

This year, I will participate in one of my favorite fund raisers, the HOPE Benefit. This special event will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at the Floating World Gallery in Chicago beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The focus for HOPE continues to be the Women’s HIV Program at the Infectious Disease Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and is one of the leading treatment centers for HIV-positive women in the nation. The remarkable success of this program has infused a sense of optimism and life into all who fight HIV and AIDS.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Chicago Theater Etchings

Celebrate Chicago and enjoy some etchings of some landmark theaters:


The Waterworks

The Waterworks on Michigan Avenue and the Water Tower were built in 1869. Both survived the Great Chicago Fire (1871) and are on the National Registry of Historic Places. Looking's Theater began operations in Chicago in 1988 and moved to the Waterworks facility in June 2003. It was awarded the 2011 Tony Award for Regional Theater.

The Chicago Waterworks and Lookingglass Theater
Aquatint etching with hand-coloring
Frames to 9x12

















Renaissance at the Green Mill

The Green Mill Jazz Lounge has been in Uptown since the early 1900s. Gangsters were frequent patrons in the 1920s. The Green Mill was purchased and rehabilitated in 1986 by current owner Dave Jemilo. Currently the best jazz musicians and, recently, Slam Poetry events are performed regularly at the Green Mill Jazz Lounge.

Uptown Chicago: The Green Mill Jazz Club
"A History Lesson at Lawrence and Broadway"
Aquatint etching
Frames to 11x14




















Music and Dance at Millennium Park

Irving Harris was a Chicago businessman and philanthropist. He was co-founder of the Toni Home Permanent Company.

Joan and Irving Harris Theater for Music and Dance in
Millennium Park
Aquatint etching with hand-coloring
Frames to 9x12



















The Chicago Theater

The Chicago Theater was built in 1921 by the Balban & Katz Entertainment Company and was the first of many such theaters in Chicago and around the country. The theaters featured entertainment on stage and screen and continues as a major force today in the Theater District of Chicago.

The Chicago Theater on State Street
Aquatint etching with hand-coloring
Frames to 9x12








Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Pitchers and Catchers Report


The 2016 Cactus League has begun with the notorious phrase known to baseball fans:

......"pitchers and catchers report."

The turnstiles at US Cellular Field and Wrigley Field have not begun to spin in Chicago but they are turning in Arizona and Spring training is the ritual known to baseball fans of all ages.....it begins with a call to action for pitchers and catchers.

2016 holds great hopes for Chicago baseball fans and my images depict a view of Cub's Park from the Addison "L" platform and White Sox stadium from the Parking Lot E and A.



Addison and Sheffield from the "L"  Wrigley Field Chicago
Hand colored etching that frames to 11" x 14"

Addison and Sheffield from the "L"  Wrigley Field Chicago
Hand colored etching that frames to 12" x12"


1060 West Addison from the "L"
Chicago
with Pat Pieper game day announcement
Hand colored etching that frames to 11" x 14"

US Cellular Field
Home of the Chicago White Sox
Hand colored etching that frames to 10" x 16" 


US Cellular Field
Home of the Chicago White Sox
Parking Lot E
Hand colored etching that frames to 12" x 12" 


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A Chicago Series of six etchings called "The City from Within"


The City from Within are etchings created from up-close, detailed images of Chicago locations. (photographs by Steve Serio)


Intersecting Tracks at Lake Street and Wells
Plate 075
Aquatint Etching with hand coloring
Frame 20" x 16"


Urban Steeple Assumption Catholic Church 
Plate 076
Aquatint Etching with hand coloring
Frame 20" x 16"


A City Water Tank an Endangered Species
Plate 079
Aquatint Etching with hand coloring
Frame 20" x 16" or 18" x 14"


Evening on Lake Street 
Plate 080
Aquatint Etching with hand coloring
Frame 20" x 16" or 18" x 14"


Urban Silhouette
Plate 099
Aquatint Etching with hand coloring
Frame 18" x 14"
Black or Sepia ink


The L Turning at Lake Street and Wells
Plate 101
Aquatint Etching with hand coloring
Frame 18" x 14" or 20" x 16"
Black or Sepia ink with chine colle


Windows at Michigan Avenue
Plate 130
Aquatint Etching with hand coloring
Frame 16" x 16"
with chine colle


The Red Chair at 5 O'clock
Plate 131
Aquatint Etching with hand coloring
Frame 18" x 14"



Thursday, January 28, 2016

Popular Chicago

Popular Chicago sites are wonderful places to begin a tour of this city ...our Sierras on the lake.

Cloud Gate in Millennium Park (2004) by the British artist Anish Kapoor is a special part of Chicago public art. The 110 ton elliptical sculpture is a series of highly polished stainless steel plates that reflect the Chicago Skyline and Clouds above the 12-foot high "gate" to the concave chamber beneath the sculpture.  Inspired by liquid mercury, the sculpture is among the largest in the world, measuring 66-feet long by 33-feet high.

Plate 143
Aquatint Etching with
hand coloring
Frames to 14" x 11"

The corner of Oak Street and Michigan Avenue is the start of the Magnificent Mile.  Heading south on Michigan Avenue, one is amazed at the skyscrapers filled with apartments and condominiums as well as year round shopping sites.
 
The Drake Hotel and Palmolive Building Towers, formerly the Playboy Towers, and the John Hancock Building establish the feeling of these "Sierras on the lake".

Plate 140
Aquatint Etching
a la poupee
Frames to 14" x 11"