Chicago architecture tours
Chicago architecture walks and guided tours
Chicago has become a city of reference in the United Sates. Impressive public spaces and magnificent buildings await its visitors. Chicago is not only skyscrapers like the Sears Tower. It also offers impressive buildings that unite a subtle mix of Baroque, Art Deco, neo-gothic and contemporary design.
Chicago owes its architectural fame to an unfortunate even: the great fire of 1871. This event brought numerous eager engineers and architects to Chicago to work on new construction methods.
Frank Lloyd Wright coined the term organic architecture. The central idea is that building should be the stem from the natural environment. One of his fundamental contributions to modern architecture was his control of the open floor, with which he created impressive spaces that flow from one room to the other. This concept is evident in what are called “prairie-houses” in Oak Park, Illinois, tour we will be able take while in Chicago.
In Chicago we would be able to visit the so-called Loop, Financial District neighborhood where there is the highest concentration of historic and modern skyscrapers of the city. Highlighting are the Carson, Pirie, Schott & Co. Store by Louis H. Sullivan, J. The Rookery by Root, D. H. Burnham and F. LL. Wright or the famous Sears Tower (now Willis), which is the tallest tower in the United States.
Furthermore, Chicago is also famous for its Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), a University located in the heart of the city. We could visit the Campus, designed by Mies van der Rohe, including, among others, Herman Hall of SOM, and, of course, the SR Crown Hall (School of Architecture).
Let you surprised by the architecture of Chicago and its mixture of tradition and modernity, the contrast of delicate houses compared with its towering skyscrapers. Find out why the "Chicago School" is one of the most important movements of World Architecture thanks to our architects.
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