what a weekend to be in chicago
Notre Dame loses to Purdue. The faithful at Durkin's and Kendall's raise a mug to toast the still-slumbering echoes and Stu Schweigart's two huge picks.
Soldier Field opens to season ticket holders Saturday and to a national audience on Monday night. There has been nothing but controversy surrounding architects Wood and Zapata's insertion of a postmodern design into an existing neoclassical structure that is the iconic old stadium. However, in architecture as in software, I always believe the final test of success is the staying power of the finished design, no matter how painful the birthing process. Early reviews from everyday people (well, season ticket holders) about the seating layout and field site lines are glowing. The exterior treatment will never please everybody, so we just have to accept its polarizing effect. If the new dame graces the public in her Monday night coming-out ball, then the critics, like despondent second place Sox fans, will have to find a new audience in this town for their gripes.