Chicago Architecture Overview

As depicted in the first of two google maps to our next (or below in mobile), the Chicago's Loop, Magnificent Mile, Streeterville, and River North neighborhoods are located next to each other at the heart of the city.  The following map pinpoints the landmarks discussed here. The neighborhoods are home to many of the most popular tourist destinations. 

They are also home to many interesting architectural styles and magnificent buildings that you can explore and marvel at as you carry on with your activities.  A well-narrated architectural boat cruise along the Chicago River is also an excellent means to cover a lot of ground here.   Here are some examples of the novel and imaginative architecture these regions of the city proudly display:

  • Art Deco: The Chicago Board of Trade Building in the Loop is a classic example of Art Deco architecture. Its design features bold geometric patterns, stylized figures, and intricate ornamentation.

  • Gothic Revival: The Tribune Tower on the Magnificent Mile was designed in the Gothic Revival style, featuring pointed arches, ornamental spires, and intricate stonework.

  • Modernism: The Marina City complex in River North is a prime example of Modernist architecture. Its cylindrical towers and "corncob" balconies were innovative designs when they were built in the 1960s.

  • Beaux-Arts: The Wrigley Building on the Magnificent Mile is a Beaux-Arts style building. Its design is characterized by grandeur, symmetry, and ornate decoration.

  • Art Nouveau: The former Carson Pirie Scott department store building in the Loop is an excellent example of Art Nouveau architecture. Its design features curved lines, organic shapes, and floral motifs.

  • Postmodernism: The AT&T Corporate Center in the Loop is an example of Postmodern architecture. Its design features playful, exaggerated forms and a mix of historical and modern elements.

  • Neoclassicism: The Chicago Cultural Center in the Loop is a beautiful example of Neoclassical architecture. Its design is inspired by ancient Greek and Roman architecture, with grand columns, domed ceilings, and ornate details.

Chicago Cultural Center
Neoclassical - Chicago Cultural Center