How Architect Jackie Koo Likes to Spend Summer in Chicago

By Heidi Mitchell, photographed by Evan Sheehan | May 7, 2019 | People

The buzzy architect reflects on why she loves summer in the city.

Jackie Koo

When Jackie Koo isn’t busy designing lofts in Detroit or the much-anticipated hotel and soon-to-open rooftop lounge Offshore at Navy Pier for her Chicago-based architecture and interior design firm, you’ll find her exploring the grounds of her alma mater, the University of Chicago. “As an architect, of course this is the best time of year to walk and bike around and photograph architecture and see it up close,” she says.

She cruises around Hyde Park to spy buildings like the Joseph Bond Chapel (where she got married), the eggshaped Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, and the area around Jackson Park where, fingers crossed, the Obama Presidential Library will soon break ground. “I’m also the mom of a 10-year-old boy in Little League, so I spend a lot of time on the bleachers in various neighborhood Chicago Park District parks watching baseball with other parents.”

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