Chicago Architecture and Design

Browse Dwell stories about modern homes, design, and architecture in and around Chicago, IL.

This Recently Renovated 1960s Residence Outside Chicago Just Hit the Market at $1.7M
This Recently Renovated 1960s Residence Outside Chicago Just Hit the Market at $1.7M
The 7,617-square-foot home in Barrington Hills, Illinois, sits on a 5.3-acre lot complete with a large pool and kidney bean–shaped putting green.
An Italianate-Style Cottage That Survived the Great Chicago Fire Hits the Market for $2.4M
The 1869 residence by prominent local architect William W. Boyington is one of three homes on the city’s North Side still standing after the devastating two-day blaze.
Before & After: Two Architects Transform Their Chicago Condo With Wonderful Woodwork
Architects Annabell Ren and Steven Karvelius take a DIY approach to outfitting their Lincoln Park home during the pandemic.
Before & After: A Chicago Architect Straightens Out Her Victorian Cottage’s Unwieldy Floor Plan
Before & After: A Chicago Architect Straightens Out Her Victorian Cottage’s Unwieldy Floor Plan
Removing a questionable staircase, Danielle Beaulieu brings light and fluidity into her 130-year-old home.
An Elegant Manse in Chicago With a Wine Cellar and 50-Foot Atrium Asks $3.9M
Original architectural features and contemporary comforts merge in this graceful Lincoln Park mansion.
From Rooftops to Backyards, Now Is the Best Time to Design Your Dream Outdoor Space
Wintertime may be keeping you indoors, but there’s plenty to do before all the best designers and contractors book up. Get started with these tips.
For the First Time Ever, This Winsome Illinois Home by Frank Lloyd Wright Is on the Market
The John O. Carr House, built in 1950, has been expanded by its architect resident, who took painstaking care to preserve its original character.
A Big and Bright Midcentury Home by Frank Lloyd Wright Apprentice Don Erickson Asks $595K
Located near Chicago, the 1950s-era house was designed by Erickson shortly after he left a fellowship with Wright at Taliesin East.
The Dwell 24: Kazuki Guzmán
The Chicago-based designer is using his Japanese heritage to reimagine hammers and mallets.
The Dwell 24: Casey Lurie
Once a designer-in-residence for Japanese furniture manufacturer Idée, the Chicago-based designer now uses craft and industrial techniques to produce thoughtfully proportioned...
This Designer Is Changing Architecture Education With a Solar-Powered Mobile Classroom
This Designer Is Changing Architecture Education With a Solar-Powered Mobile Classroom
Maya Bird-Murphy, founder of Chicago Mobile Makers, converted a Postal Service truck into a pop-up design classroom for neighborhood children.
A Blackened Steel and Glass House Outside of Chicago Hits the Market for $825K
The home’s interiors echo the dense forest outside its massive windows.
A Dilapidated Workshop Becomes an Eclectic, Live/Work Haven for Artists Nick Cave and Bob Faust
Artist couple Nick Cave and Bob Faust work with Carlo Parente Architecture to craft a creative space in a 1920s industrial building in Chicago.
An Early Prairie-Style Residence by Frank Lloyd Wright Lists for $2.2M in Chicago
Back on the market, the 1896 Heller House marked a turning point in Wright’s career.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s World-Famous “Playhouse” Reduces Its Asking Price to $650K
Originally a private school and now a single-family residence, the 1912 design showcases Wright’s iconic “kinder-symphony” windows.
A Delivery Van–Turned–Mobile Classroom for Kids Hits the Streets of Chicago
Chicago Mobile Makers converts a USPS van into a roving “makerspace” for young people to learn new design skills.
Before & After: A Chicago Queen Anne Recovers From a Misguided 1960s Remodel
A talented team balances historic and modern elements in an 1885 Queen Anne that had been sabotaged in the ’60s.
Before & After: An Atrium-Like Staircase Fills This Minimalist Chicago Duplex With Light
Carefully placed windows steep this crisp Chicago apartment in the texture of the city.
A Frank Lloyd Wright Home Could Be Yours for Less Than $200K
The Japanese-influenced S. A. Foster House and Stable was designed during the architect’s experimental period in the late 1800s.
A Sparkling Remodel Revitalizes a 1974 Home That Twists Like a Corkscrew
A quirky multilevel home in Chicago’s Old Town by pioneering architect Walter Netsch has been sympathetically restored by its new owners.
Before & After: A Cavernous Chicago Loft Undergoes an Artistic Renovation
Vladimir Radutny Architects refines an industrial loft in Chicago, introducing a restrained palette with sculptural accents.
Inside Frank Lloyd Wright’s “$10,000 Home” in Chicago
A new book explores how the 1915 Bach House distilled the tenets of Wright’s work into a single, affordable home.
Urban Planner and MacArthur “Genius” Emmanuel Pratt’s Vision for Chicago Is Radically Simple
Ideas like urban acupuncture and biofeedback belie the simplicity behind Sweet Water Foundation’s mission—to help folks in blighted neighborhoods reclaim their humanity.
Here Are 8 Homes You Can Buy Near Chicago With $515K
You can choose from a riverfront studio in the famous "Corn Cob Towers" and the former home of Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin.
Before & After: A Remodeled Chicago Kitchen Channels the Owners’ Commitment to the Arts
The couple behind Threadless eschew boring neutrals for more natural light, plants, and vibrant color in their kitchen remodel.
This Rare 1909 Frank Lloyd Wright Home With a Cathedral-Like Living Room Asks $900K
As one of the few remaining Wright designs with a two-story living room, this century-old residence is ready for new owners to reinstate its former glory.
Hot Dog! Now You Can Spend a Night in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile
Hot dog heaven is closer than we thought—it's in a Chicago parking lot.
Top Design Cities 2019: Chicago
Artistic director of this year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial, Yesomi Umolu is at the center of an energized design capital.
Before & After: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Rarely Seen Fredrick House Is Deftly Restored
Chicago–based Eifler & Associates Architects leads a painstaking renovation of the rarely published home located in Barrington Hills, Illinois—overseeing everything from a sagging...
A Chic Chicago Dispensary Rises Above Stoner Stereotypes
In the village of Oak Park next to Chicago’s West Side, Seven Point fights the stigma surrounding cannabis usage with high-end design.