For structure lovers, there’s by no means a foul time to go to Chicago. However the Windy Metropolis is particularly engaging throughout the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the second version of which runs by way of January 7 at the Chicago Cultural Middle (78 East Washington Avenue) and different venues. Curated by Los Angeles architects Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee of the agency Johnston Marklee, the Biennial showcases initiatives by greater than 100 architects on the theme “Make New Historical past.” The Cultural Middle, previously the metropolis’s principal public library, is an ornate constructing in a metropolis that perfected fashionable structure, then for a time grew to become a hotbed of put up-modernism. (The most influential architect of the 20th century, Mies van der Rohe, constructed gridded towers throughout Chicago; the puckish put up-modernist Stanley Tigerman as soon as confirmed Mies’s magnum opus, Crown Corridor, sinking into Lake Michigan.) However this present is put up-put up-modernism—a lot of the entries are in a cartoony, anime- and Minecraft-influenced fashion. Even proposed additions to Mies’s personal Illinois Institute of Expertise campus resemble Superman’s Fortress of Solitude.