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Chicago Architecture

A closer look at the skyscrapers transforming Chicago’s skyline

Meet the next generation of supertall buildings.

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The most beautiful historic interiors in Chicago

There’s beauty everywhere: Theaters, fieldhouses, apartments, lobbies and libraries.

How Chicago architects are 3D printing protective gear to help local hospitals

The team at bKL Architecture retooled its model shop to produce face shields for frontline healthcare workers.

Take virtual tours of 12 Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces each week

Check out 12 iconic sites including Unity Temple, Falling Water, and Emil Bach House.

Garfield Green housing project, winner of global design competition, moves ahead

C40’s Reinventing Cities contest asked for green development projects that would fight climate change. Chicago’s winning project steps closer to breaking ground.

Revisit these 8 Curbed Chicago stories that have nothing to do with coronavirus

Highly coveted homes, beautiful historic interiors, and an illustrated architecture guide.

10 essential books about Chicago

Love Chicago? Dig deep into neighborhoods, history, and architecture in these books.

How to research the history of your Chicago home

We’re all spending a little more time at home—here’s what you can learn about your historic house online.

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16 Brutalist buildings that every Chicagoan should know

Love it or hate it, brualism deserves to be recognized.

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What makes an Irish bar authentic? Look for these 6 design elements.

Here are a few ways to spot the real deal in Chicago.

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Chicago’s greatest remaining Gilded Age mansions

Surviving remnants of the indulgent bygone era exist throughout the city—if you know where to look.

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Chicago’s 10 most senseless demolitions, mapped

The city’s historic preservation movement didn’t always exist.

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Discover 10 Prairie School buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright disciples

Unique early-20th century churches, homes, a brewery, and more.

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Celebrate Black History Month by getting to know these 10 landmarks

Famous African-American churches, newspapers, and cultural sites.

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12 modernist buildings every Chicagoan should know

Steel-and-glass mid-century masterpieces by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and other visionaries.

These are the architecture tours worth taking in Chicago

Learn about the Pedway, skyscrapers, and Chicago common brick.

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27 iconic Chicago buildings that everyone should know

From Tribune Tower to the South Shore Cultural Center, these buildings are the heart and soul of the city.

A history of Union Station architecture

Chicago’s temple of transportation

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10 historic Chicago bridges to know

100-year-old steel bridges, a Frank Gehry design, and Japanese footbridges

11 exhibits we loved at the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019

In the final weeks of the city’s largest architecture festival, see exhibits that challenge the industry.

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Chicago's most beautiful places to get married

Looking for an unforgettable Chicago wedding venue? Start here.

A decade of regret in Chicago

How the loss of historic churches, affordable housing, and 50 public schools changed the city.

What were Chicago’s most important developments over the last decade?

Which new skyscrapers, parks, and transit stops had the biggest impact in the last 10 years?

Global climate coalition selects Loop site for ambitious carbon-neutral redevelopment

Architects will pitch sustainable development projects as part of the global design competition.

An illustrated guide to Chicago architecture

Get to know signature styles from Chicago School, Prairie, and Millennium Modern.

West Loop library honored with AIA Illinois architectural award

The SOM-designed adaptive reuse project was recognized for "enhancing the built environment of the community."

Chicago’s iconic landmarks get dressed up for the holidays

Trains, parks, and landmarks get festive for the winter season.

Explore the Midwest through sci-fi buildings, grain silos, and imaginary skyscrapers

A new book, Midwest Architecture Journeys, pays respect to the lesser-known designs in the region.

Where to take the best photos in Chicago

Find the perfect backdrop that isn’t an overrun tourist trap.

New Obama Center renderings show tweaks to museum tower, landscaping

The design of the controversial Jackson Park campus continues to evolve.

Looking at architect John Ronan’s colorful library and housing project in Irving Park

Check out photos of the bright, modern affordable housing

The South Side’s wealth of architectural beauty highlighted in Lee Bey’s new book

Photographs in "Southern Exposures" showcase that area’s most beautiful—and often overlooked—buildings.

An ornate French Renaissance auditorium is for sale in River North

The Murphy Auditorium was built in 1926.

Historic Illinois Governor’s Mansion will close for more renovations

The 164-year-old estate finished a $15 million renovation in 2018.

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11 storefront theaters that carved out a place for arts in Chicago neighborhoods

These theaters are worth the ticket price.

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The best downtown spots to see at Open House Chicago

Downtown remains a popular destination for its concentration of sites and access stunning high-rise views.

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The 16 best churches, temples, synagogues to see at Open House Chicago

With over 90 stunning places of worship to choose from, it’s hard to narrow it down.

Check out these 8 design exhibits this fall

From midcentury modern furniture to stained-glass and historic maps.

Mayor Lightfoot is an advocate for architecture and design, Maurice Cox says

City leaders kick off the Chicago Architecture Biennial