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The Butler Street Foundry helped rebuild Chicago after the great fire. Check out photos from a Chicago treasure.
Last year we visited the Butler Street Foundry, a metal shop located on the Southside of Chicago in the shadow of Comiskey Park. We met the owner, John Lamonica, at a Craftsman event and besides being an artisan metalworker he also works closely with kids and inspires them to learn […]
During our time in Chicago for the Craftsman Experience Holiday Extravaganza, we had the pleasure to stay at the Hotel Felix in downtown Chicago. The Hotel Felix is Chicago’s first hotel designed to meet Silver LEED certification. During construction they focused on using organic materials and renewable resources. Location Location […]
As part of the Craftsman Experience Holiday Extravaganza, they invited the Chicago hackerspace, Pumping Station: One to participate and build some holiday projects like snow globes powered by Craftsman orbital sanders and hand-held fans as well as a holiday bot, shown here.
The Craftsman Experience is kicking off their holiday season this weekend and last night we had an opportunity to present the Ultimate Sleigh built by John Lamonica and his team at the Butler Street Foundry with some help from local high school students who they were mentoring. It will be […]
The Craftsman Experience showroom is perfectly located almost under the “L” train in the River North neighborhood of Chicago. The urban industrial setting is the ideal backdrop to prepare you for the Craftsman Experience. We had an opportunity to visit the showroom last week while they were holding a couple […]
Greenbuild is really buzzing today. The energy is as high as the attendance seems to be and the Expo has filled the McCormick place to the brim. We’ve already had great chats with folks from Glidden, Kohler, Certainteed, Sylvania, NIKE Grind, Accoya and more. We missed ret. General Colin Powell […]
Greenbuild 2010 takes over Chicago this week and we’ll be on the ground covering it from top to bottom. Colin Powell kicks off the conference and tradeshow as the featured keynote speaker and there will be over 1,000 manufacturers in attendance ready to present their sustainable products and services. Other […]
This build-it-yourself table by a first time furniture builder is one of the sharpest we’ve seen in a long time. The construction and craftsmanship look like that of an experienced builder. They explain the process which includes re-usable materials. This is a table built out of old pine & fir […]
Now’s your chance to own a priceless piece of real estate, made famous in the 1986 classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The Highland Park, Ill., home belonged to the parents of Ferris’ notoriously uptight sidekick, Cameron. For a cool $2.3 million, the 5,300-square-foot, mostly glass house can be yours. Rambunctious […]
The folks at Chicago 2-Flat tore up a concrete slab in their backyard to discover a 100-year old drywell located just next to the house. They considered setting up rain barrels as the only gutter drained into this drywell but decided against this due to the weather and limited space […]
K/BIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) is under way in Chicago and the cancellation of more than 1000 American Airlines flights hopefully won’t damper the launch of the show although we do know of some folks who are scrambling to find alternative transportation. If you are one of the unlucky […]
If you are in the Chicago area you should check out Salvage One. Their website highlights some great finds like this art-deco bar and prairie-style window.
We’re proud to say that Charles and Hudson has been added to Apartment Therapy’s blogroll. If you aren’t familiar with Apartment Therapy they are a daily blog whose goal is to connect people to the resources they need to redecorate their home, while reducing their reliance on stuff. This mission […]
There comes a time when even the most capable DIY homeowners need to call for help. Whether it be for technical skill and know-how or physical labor, there are some projects that require the experience and eye of an expert. Finding these experts is no small task. Where do you […]