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October 9, 2013

The Architecture of Chicago in Photos

The architecture of Chicago in pictures.

Without a doubt, Chicago is one of my favorite cities in North America.

I recently had the chance to visit the city for a 24-hour layover while taking the train across America. And during my day in the city, I did the same thing I’ve done every time I’ve visited Chicago: walked around.

It’s not that there aren’t some amazing things to do in Chicago, but the beauty of the architecture of Chicago simply wows me everytime. I could probably spend an entire week just walking through Chicago’s forest of towering architecture without getting bored.

Because of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, very few buildings in the city are much over 100 years old. However, what they lack in age, they certainly make up for in beauty. Utilizing what’s known as the “Chicago School” style of architecture, many buildings feature steel construction and large panes of glass. The skyscrapers of Chicago rival many of the world’s older gothic buildings in sheer beauty; making Chicago one of the most beautiful city’s in the world.

However, don’t take my word for it. Check out the pictures below, which are some of my favorite architecture shots from my last visit to Chicago.

The skyline of Chicago from Navy Pier.

The skyline of Chicago from Navy Pier.

The Chicago river flanked by the architecture in Chicago.

The world's coolest Bloomingdales - Architecture in Chicago

The world’s coolest Bloomingdales.

Chicago's old Water Tower is one of the city's most memorable buildings.

Chicago’s old Water Tower is one of the city’s oldest and most memorable buildings.

The old pumping station in downtown Chicago.

The old pumping station in downtown Chicago.

City reflections in Chicago's Bean.

City reflections in Chicago’s Bean.

An old clock in downtown Chicago. The architecture of Chicago, Illinois.

An old clock in downtown Chicago.

The architecture of Chicago.

The beautiful Congress Hotel in downtown Chicago.

The beautiful Congress Hotel in downtown Chicago.

A statue of Juliet with the Chicago skyline in the background.

A statue of Juliet with the Chicago skyline in the background.






4 Comments


  1. That water tower is a lot cooler than the mirror bean. In my humble opinion, anyway.


  2. Terrific photos of Chicago, Jim. I especially like the third one…


  3. Wonderful pictures of a great city. A great mix of historic and modern architecture



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