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Top Choice Architecture in Hyde Park & South Side

Robie House

Of the numerous buildings that Frank Lloyd Wright designed around Chicago, none is more famous or influential than Robie House. Because its horizontal lines resembled the flat landscape of the Midwestern prairie, th…
Notable Building in The Loop

Chicago Cultural Center

This block-long building houses terrific art exhibitions (especially the 4th-floor Yates Gallery), as well as jazz, classical and electronic-dance-music concerts at lunchtime (12:15pm Monday, Wednesday and most Frid…
Architecture in The Loop

Rookery

The famed firm of Burnham and Root built the Rookery in 1888. Frank Lloyd Wright remodeled the atrium 19 years later. It's renowned because while it looks hulking and fortresslike outside, it’s light and airy inside…
Architecture in Near North & Navy Pier

Tribune Tower

Take a close look when passing by this 1925 neo-Gothic edifice. Colonel Robert McCormick, eccentric owner of the Chicago Tribune in the early 1900s, collected – and asked his reporters to send – rocks from famous bu…
Architecture in The Loop

Aqua Tower

Aqua made waves when it appeared in 2009. Local architect Jeanne Gang designed the 82-story tower, the world's tallest created by a woman. Dramatic undulating balconies curve out from the core, interspersed with ref…
Architecture in Near North & Navy Pier

Wrigley Building

The Wrigley Building glows as white as the Doublemint Twins’ teeth, day or night. Chewing-gum guy William Wrigley built it that way on purpose, because he wanted it to be attention-grabbing like a billboard. More th…
Architecture in Near North & Navy Pier

Marina City

For postmodern fun, check out the twin corncob towers of the 1964 Marina City. Bertrand Goldberg designed the futuristic high-rise, and it has become an iconic part of the Chicago skyline (check out the cover of the…
Architecture in The Loop

Pritzker Pavilion

Pritzker Pavilion is Millennium Park's acoustically awesome band shell. Architect Frank Gehry designed it and gave it his trademark swooping silver exterior. The pavilion hosts free concerts at 6:30pm most nights Ju…
Architecture in South Loop & Near South Side

Prairie Avenue Historic District

In the late 1800s, Prairie Ave between 16th and 20th Sts is where Chicago's millionaires lived in their mansions. Today the district is good for a stroll. Some of the homes have been preserved as museums; others are…
Notable Building in Near North & Navy Pier

Merchandise Mart

The Merchandise Mart is the world’s largest commercial building and largest LEED-certified building (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design; silver status, thanks in part to a hefty thermal storage facility).…