Shout-out to two South Loop buildings that were given "preservation excellence awards" by the city of Chicago recently. Here is a quick blurb from curbed chicago:
Winning projects include office restoration, exterior renovations, and last but not least, a rare surviving example of a first generation White Castle (occupied by the Chef Luciano & Gourmet Chicken restaurant). The 80-year old White Castle structure was restored to its glory days by replacing brick, returning signage and lighting to historic placements, and recreating the crenellated tower. You can see, while charming, it would have trouble accommodating drive-thru (image above). Particularly impressive to us, Columbia College's exterior restoration of its large neoclassical main campus building involved rebuilding the entire bracketed stone cornice and repairing large sections of brick and limestone. Located at 600 Michigan Ave, this is an important piece of the historic streetwall.Congrats to everyone involved and way to represent the Sloop!
(Image from Curbed Chicago!)