Chicago Architecture and Design

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

Before & After: A Chicago Queen Anne Recovers From a Misguided 1960s Remodel
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.
- 4 days ago
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 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.
- 3 months ago
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! 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.
- 10 months ago
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.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Celebrated Robie House Reopens to the Public
Chicago’s Frederick C. Robie House underwent an expansive $11 million restoration helmed by its preservation steward, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust.
Own a Frank Lloyd Wright “Bootleg” Gem in Illinois For $1.2M
Built in 1892, this newly listed Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in a Chicago suburb has a remarkable history.
A New Chicago Cafe and Bottle Shop Flaunts Funky ’70s Vibes
Equal parts cafe, bottle shop, and market, this laid-back hangout brightens Chicago’s Ukrainian Village.
A Dated ’90s-Style Loft Is Stripped Down to a Streamlined Aesthetic
Simplicity drives the transformation of a cluttered Chicago loft into a clean and calm home.
Own a Midcentury Gem by a Frank Lloyd Wright Disciple For $1.2M
Noted Chicago architect Dennis Blair declared this masterful, modernist Schell House his favorite residential work.
A Frank Lloyd Wright-Inspired Home Near Chicago Hits the Market at $777K
Tucked away in a leafy Illinois suburb, this midcentury modern house that takes inspiration from America’s most famous architect is available for the first time.
Run, Don't Walk to This Frank Lloyd Wright-Inspired Bar in Chicago
East meets Midwest at Prairie School, a cocktail haven for architecture buffs that touts a noteworthy beverage program by mixologist Jim Meehan.
Before & After: A Rundown Bodega in Chicago Is Reimagined Into a Vibrant Live/Work Space
Moss Design redevelops a deserted corner store into Logan Certified—a furniture and art gallery, showroom, apartment, and office space—for a newly expanded architecture and design...
Midcentury Mashup: A 1950s Ranch House in Chicago Gets a Palm Springs–Style Butterfly Roof
A couple budgets carefully while renovating a split-level house on Chicago’s Near North Side.
An Accessible Home Promotes a Lifetime of Well-Being For the Whole Family
Tucked in a Chicago suburb, the Courtyard Residence celebrates the outdoors while responding to the needs of each family member.
Clever Storage Solutions and a Shifted Layout Revive This 1950s Chicago Home
When Carly and Brad Moeller were searching for a new home in the Ravenswood Manor neighborhood of Chicago, they came across a classic split-level house that needed some serious...
Four Floors of Gadgets and Gardens in Chicago
A strategic rewire enhances a spec house’s gut renovation.
Modern Live/Work Space in a Former Chicago Funeral Home
A gut rehab turns a quixotic old building into a model live-work space near Wicker Park.
A Brick-Clad Modern Family Home in Chicago
Once ashamed of his lackluster Chicago abode, architect Brad Lynch tore it down and started over with a family home that’s part retreat and part public stage.
Sustainable Living: Chicago’s First Certified Passive House
Take a tour through Chicago’s first passive house, built by Brandon Weiss of Weiss Building and Development LLC with the help of architect Tom Bassett-Dilley.
Chicago’s Green Mile
Chicago bills a one-and-a-half-mile-long stretch of Cermak Road as “the greenest street in America,” a surprising characterization considering it was once one of the grittiest...