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post updated April 21, 2024

Key Illinois Building

Farnsworth House, Plano
Date built: 1950
Design: Mies van der Rohe Architect
Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe interior
photo by Victor Grigas – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,
Farnsworth House
A challenege for this world-famous house is how to protect the building from floods. The Fox River is close by and the lawns above which this Modern home ‘floats’ are increasingly prone to flooding.

Illinois Building News

April 15, 2024
Chicago Flaxman Library, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois
Architecture: Kwong Von Glinow
School of the Art Institute Chicago Flaxman Library USA
photo : Mikael Olssons
Chicago Flaxman Library, School of the Art Institute

March 10, 2024
Two Gables House
Architects: Wheeler Kearns Architects
Two Gables House Glencoe Illinois
photo : Kendall McCaugherty
Two Gables House, Glencoe, Illinois
This is a home for two new empty-nesters looking for significant change for themselves and their evolving family. They aspired for a light-filled, contemporary home with dedicated living, working, and entertaining spaces—and a dramatic departure from their former 19th-century Victorian residence’s density, ornateness, and cellular nature, located just two blocks away.

Sep 4, 2022
Wilmette Residence, Wilmette
Architects: Nicholas Design Collaborative
Wilmette Residence Cook County Illinois
photo : Van Inwegen Digital Arts
Wilmette Residence, Cook County
A 5,000 square foot plus basement, single family residence located on a cul-de-sac, adjacent to a golf course in an older, inner ring suburb of Chicago. This new residence is triangular in shape and the house responds directly to the site conditions by subdividing the land into 4 distinct exterior spaces with interior spaces responding and interacting with those spaces.

July 9, 2022
Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep, Waukegan
Architects: JGMA
Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep Waukegan IL
photo : Dimitre Photography Inc.
Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep, Waukegan IL
The Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep (CRSM), a member of the national network of Cristo Rey schools, is a new high school campus as progressive as its students. As their current facility no longer meets the basic needs of their students, CRSM looked towards their neighbor, an abandoned department store, to become their new home.

May 3, 2022
The Table at Crate, Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook
Architects: Cushing Terrell
The Table at Crate Oak Brook Illinois
photo : Paul Schlismann
The Table at Crate, Oak Brook
The Table at Crate design and construction team brought together an array of talent to execute on their first-ever, full-service restaurant concept. The goal was to create a welcoming dining experience and immerse guests in the Crate & Barrel story.

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Illinois Architecture 2020 – 2021

Sep 15, 2021
I Hotel Conference Center, Urbana
Design: Cordogan Clark
I Hotel Conference Center Ill
photo : James Steinkamp
I Hotel Conference Center, Urbana
The I Hotel Conference Center expansion provides the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus and community with a dynamic new event space that nearly doubles its size, allowing it to host larger events. The first exposure many people have with UIUC’s Research Park is the I Hotel and Conference Center.

Jun 24, 2020
Columbia College New Hall, Columbia
Design: Ittner Architects
Columbia College New Hall Illinois
photo : Aaron Gipperich Photography
Columbia College New Hall
With a goal of creating engaging, technology-rich spaces that support students’ progress on their career paths, New Hall houses both the Robert W. Plaster School of Business and residential living areas for 150 students. The 60,000 square foot building features state-of-the-art classrooms, an event center, conference rooms, and 76 residential suites on the three upper floors.

Aug 5, 2020
East St. Louis High School
Design: Ittner Architects
East St Louis High School Illinois
photo : Aaron Gipperich Photography
East St. Louis High School
The extensive renovation and large additions for East St. Louis High School confirms equity and creates a community of learning in a long under-served inner city school district. Our 10-year relationship with the district established our dialogue with diverse and often untapped voices, ensuring the building renovations represented the entire community.

July 30, 2020
Chapel of St Joseph, Lady of Guadalupe, Des Plaines
Design: Wheeler Kearns Architects
Chapel of St Joseph des Plaines Illinois
photo : Tom Harris Photography
Chapel of St Joseph in Des Plaines
When transforming a 1937 gymnasium into the Shrine’s first climate-controlled and sheltered space, the design team reused over 75% of the structure. It exposed the original timber roof deck and painted the original riveted steel trusses.

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Illinois Architecture 2011 – 2019

Jun 16, 2019
Rockford Public Schools District 205, Rockford, IL
Architects: CannonDesign
Rockford Public Schools District 205 in Illinois
photo © Christopher Barrett
Rockford Public Schools District 205
Children are a segment of the population with essentially zero political power. Any power they do hold is by proxy. The process and resulting solution for Rockford Public Schools’ new K-5 prototype school pivots this dynamic, designing with students rather than for them. This architecture is community.

Jul, 2018
Knox College Whitcomb Art Center, S Prairie St, Galesburg
Design: Lake|Flato Architects
Illinois Architecture - Knox College Whitcomb Art Center Building
photo courtesy of The Chicago Athenaeum
Knox College Whitcomb Art Center Building
The Whitcomb Art Center creates a vibrant new home for Knox College’s arts programs and provides a fresh new take on Galesburg’s Midwest Americana charm. Crafted of pre-engineered metal, the exterior blends into the nearby urban fabric.

Apr 27, 2011
WIU Theater, Macomb
Design: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Western Illinois University Theater - WIU Performing Arts Center Building
picture from architect office
WIU Theater
The new Western Illinois University Performing Arts Center is located on the Macomb, Illinois campus. The building comprises two brick-clad wings connected by a two-story, glass-walled gallery. The building will contain a 250-seat theater with thrust stage, a 150-seat studio theater and a 1,400-seat proscenium theater.

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Major Illinois Projects

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Illinois Buildings, USA. We aim to include projects that are either of top quality or interesting, or ideally both.

We cover completed buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and architecture competitions across the state. The focus is on contemporary Illinois buildings but information on traditional buildings is also welcome.

Illinois Architecture, alphabetical:

860-880 Lake Shore Apartments, Chicago
Dates built: 1948-51
Design: Mies van der Rohe Architect

Chicago Federal Center, Chicago
Date built: 1974
Design: Mies van der Rohe Architect

Chicago O’Hare International Airport – Part Redevelopment
Dates built: 2000-04
Design: Murphy/Jahn Architects

Crown Hall + IIT Masterplan, Chicago
Date built: 1940-
Design: Mies van der Rohe Architect
Crown Hall Illinois Building

Farnsworth House, Plano
Date built: 1950
Design: Mies van der Rohe Architect

Fordham Spire, Chicago
Dates built: 2006-10
Design: Santiago Calatrava Architects

The Ford House, Aurora, Illinois
Date built: 1947
Design: Bruce Goff Architect

Frank Lloyd Wright Residence, 951 Chicago Avenue, Oak Park
Date built: 1889
Design: Frank Lloyd Wright

Frederick C. Robie House, Chicago
Design: Frank Lloyd Wright

HALO Headquarters, Niles
Dates built: 1998-2000
Design: Murphy/Jahn Architects

Mar 20, 2009
HSBC North American Headquarters, Mettawa, Illinois, USA
Design: Wright Heerema Architects
HSBC North American Headquarters Building
HSBC North American Headquarters

IBM Building, Chicago
Design: Mies van der Rohe Architect

Illinois Holocaust Museum
Design: Tigerman McCurry Architects
Illinois Holocaust Museum Building
picture from architect
Illinois Holocaust Museum

Inland Steel Building, Chicago
Design: Skidmore Owings Merrill Architects (SOM)

Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation Synagogue, Evanston
Design: ross barney architects
Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation Synagogue Evanston - Illinois Architecture
photo : Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing
Jewish Synagogue

John Deere Headquarters, Moline
Design: Eero Saarinen

McCormick Tribune Campus Center – IIT
Design: Rem Koolhaas Architect / OMA

Millennium Park Music Pavilion and Great Lawn

Gehry Partners

Museum of Bond Vehicles and Espionage, Momence
Gensler architects
Illinois Architecture - Museum of Bond Vehicles and Espionage cars
image from architecture practice
Bond Museum Illinois

Robie House, 5757 Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago

Frank Lloyd Wright

Sears Tower, Wacker Drive, Chicago
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Sears Tower

The Sporting Club at Illinois Center
Kisho Kurokawa

Unity Church, 875 Lake Street, Oak Park
Frank Lloyd Wright

University of Chicago Hospitals – New Pavilion
Design: Rafael Vinoly Architects
University of Chicago Hospitals building
image from Rafael Viñoly Architects

Ward W. Willets House, Highland Park
Frank Lloyd Wright

William H. Winslow House, River Forest
Frank Lloyd Wright Architect

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Chicago Spire – proposed skyscraper

Hans Hollein – Education: Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA: 1959

Eero Saarinen architect of Illinois HQ building in Moline.

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