Chicago Tribune — “Rockford, Racine Projects Show Promise for Chicago Designers”

June 15, 2003

“Want to see the latest in innovative design from Chicago’s rising architectural stars? Gas up the car, head for the interstate, and drive—this is no joke—to Rockford and Racine. ... Both cities are home to adventurous new public buildings that give one hope about the future of architecture in Chicago, where there has been far too little forward-thinking design of late.

The renovated Starlight Theatre in Rockford hosted its first performance Wednesday night under a retractable roof that opens like the petals of a flower. An engineering marvel as well as a striking, if somewhat visually hyperactive, piece of architectural sculpture, it is the first public building by Jeanne Gang, 39, a protege of the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas.”

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