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Chicago Buildings

Chicago Sears Tower

Chicago Sears Tower

Chicago is home to some of the tallest and most impressive buildings in the world. The Sears Tower and John Hancock are the best examples of function, size and dramatic beauty taken to the extreme in construction. Beyond those, there are countless fine examples of many types of architecture include those of the world-renown Frank Lloyd Wright, with numerous local work products. Enjoy touring Chicago as you admire these incredible feats that seem to defy gravity. These beautiful steel giants rise high above the city and some even have view decks, and rooftop venues. Chicago is a true demonstration of architecture at its best since the Windy City is home to many a skyscraper.

Check out the lists below of all of the great places you will be able to visit while visiting and touring Chicago. The Willis Tower rises 108 stories above this metropolitan city, a mere 1,451 feet in the air! The Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower currently ranks among the tallest buildings in the United States, and is the fifth tallest building in the enitre world. Head up to the observatory in this wonder of a building.

The Chicago Skyline glitters with the high number of steel giants resting on its horizon. Enjoy the view from Lake Michigan on a cruise around the lake or from land or from a hot air balloon. No matter which way you decide to view this incredible view, make sure to grab your camera, because you are sure see one of the most beautiful sights. This set of skyscrapers reaching taller and taller into the statosphere is among the aspects and qualities that make Chicago a unique city. Come visit the Windy City and explore all of these great buildings and revel at the beauty that is this impressive skyline.

Links below will take you to the official or best available web site of many Chicago buildings. Look through these sites and start planning all of the tours you want to take during your trip to Chicago. Be sure to check each type of tour. You are certain to have great options to choose from such as air, boat, walking, bus, train, and hot air balloon tours. Research these builings along with your favorite architects and you will surely be entertained both prior to and during your Chicago visit.

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Chicago Attractions-Buildings

Crown Hall, Chicago Illinois

Crown Hall, Chicago Illinois

Other Important Chicago Buildings

Known for its expanse of skyscrapers, Chicago certainly has a long list of significant buildings to come visit. Below is a list of just a few of them. Take a look!

Chicago Skyscrapers and Tall Buildings

Chicago Skyscrapers and Tall Buildings

16 of Chicago's Top Buildings

Information on these buildings includes: architect, location, date of construction, building type, context, style, notes, images, photo, drawings and discussion.

Marina City Building, Chicago, IL

Marina City Building, Chicago, IL

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  1. 7 South Dearborn, by Skidmore Owings and Merrill, at Chicago, Illinois, 2000.
  2. Auditorium Building,by Louis H. Sullivan, at Chicago, Illinois, 1886 to 1890.
  3. Crown Hall, by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, at Chicago, Illinois, 1950 to 1956.
  4. Glassier House,by Henry Hobson Richardson, at Chicago, Illinois, 1885 to 1887.
  5. John Hancock Center,by Bruce Graham/ SOM, at Chicago, Illinois, 1970.
  6. Lake Shore Drive Apts, by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, at Chicago, Illinois, 1948 to 1951.
  7. Marina City,by Bertram Goldberg, at Chicago, Illinois, 1959 to 1964.
  8. Macy's Store, by Henry Hobson Richardson, at Chicago, Illinois, 1885 to 1887.
  9. McCormick Place, by C. F. Murphy Associates, at Chicago, Illinois, 1968 to 1971.
  10. Monadnock Building, by Burnham and Root, at Chicago, Illinois, 1889 to 1891.
  11. Reliance Building, by Daniel Burnham, at Chicago, Illinois, 1890 , extended to 14 floors 1894.
  12. Richard Daley Center, by C. F. Murphy Associates, at Chicago, Illinois, 1965.
  13. Robie Residence, by Frank Lloyd Wright, at Chicago, Illinois, 1909.
  14. Schlesinger and Meyer Department Store, by Louis H. Sullivan, at Chicago, Illinois, 1899 to 1904.
  15. Willis/Sears Tower, by Bruce Graham/ SOM, at Chicago, Illinois, 1974 to 1976.
  16. United Airlines Terminal, O'Hare, by Helmut Jahn, at Chicago, Illinois, 1985 to 1988.

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