Chicago Architecture and Design

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

From Rooftops to Backyards, Now Is the Best Time to Design Your Dream Outdoor Space
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.
- a month ago
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 Dwell 24: Kazuki Guzmán
The Chicago-based designer is using his Japanese heritage to reimagine hammers and mallets.
- 6 months ago
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
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
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.
- 8 months ago
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.
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.