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post updated June 2, 2023

Architecture in Chicago

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Chicago Architecture Designs.

We have 4 pages of Chicago Architecture selections with links to hundreds of individual project pages.

Chicago Buildings : news + key projects

Chicago Architecture : A-E (this page)

Chicago Building Designs : F-J

Chicago Building Developments : K-Z

Chicago Architectural News

Chicago Architecture News, chronological:

Chicago Architecture News
Wintrust Arena Chicago Building
photographer : Jeff Goldberg/ESTO

Mar 26, 2018
Viceroy Hotel
Design: Goettsch Partners with hospitality design firm TAL Studio
Viceroy Hotel in Chicago
photo © Christian Horan Photography
Viceroy Hotel Chicago Building
The new Viceroy Chicago is being noted as a standout for architecture and design. Chicago-based developer Convexity Properties pay homage to the history of Chicago with thoughtfully curated architecture, design, art and style.

Jan 26, 2018
Woodlawn Residential Commons, University of Chicago
Design: Elkus Manfredi Architects
University of Chicago building
image © Elkus Manfredi Architects
Woodlawn Residential Commons, University of Chicago
Continuing efforts to enhance on-campus housing for College students, the University of Chicago plans to build a new residential hall and dining commons opening in the 2020-2021 academic year. The new Woodlawn Residential Commons will be located between Woodlawn and University avenues, just north of 61st street.

Aug 15, 2017
Tours of SC Johnson Headquarters Racine, Wisconsin
SC Johnson Headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin
photo : Iwan Baan
SC Johnson headquarters in Racine designed by nial Invites Architecture Enthusiasts from Chicago and Around the World to Visit SC Johnson’s Frank Lloyd Wright architect
SC Johnson will once again offer free tours of the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright–designed architecture at its Racine, Wisconsin, global headquarters during the 2017 edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. SC Johnson’s Administration Building is the only Frank Lloyd Wright–designed office space still in use today.

July 22, 2017
The Chicago Architecture Biennial 2017 – Special Projects
– a SO – IL and Ana Prvački collaboration and a Francois Perrin installation at the Garfield Park Conservatory

– Gerard & Kelly performances at the Farnsworth House

– James Welling photographs and Gerard & Kelly videos at the City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower

James Welling Chicago, 2016-2017
photo © James Welling, 8183, 2016 from the series Chicago, 2016-2017, Courtesy the Artist and David Zwirner, New York/London
Chicago Architecture Biennial 2017

Apr 21, 2017
150 North Riverside Office Building, West Loop
Design: Goettsch Partners (GP)
150 North Riverside Chicago Office Tower |
rendering from architects
150 North Riverside Office Building in Chicago
Comprising 1.25 million rentable square feet, the building is located in Chicago’s West Loop on one of the most prominent sites in the city, bounded by Randolph and Lake streets at the confluence of the north, south and main branches of the Chicago River.

Mar 16, 2017
110 North Wacker Office Building
Design: Goettsch Partners
110 North Wacker Office Building Chicago
rendering from architects
110 North Wacker Building in Chicago
New High-Rise Along the Chicago River.

Feb 13, 2017
Willis Tower Renovations
City officials have revealed numerous improvements for Chicago’s tallest building, 233 S. Wacker Drive – the Willis Tower Building. Totaling up to $500 million, the renovations will include six floors of new retail space, an outdoor deck and a winter garden—all intended to entice tourists into the Tower.

Oct 10, 2016
Marina City Towers Chicago
Design: Bertrand Goldberg Architect
Marina City Towers Chicago

Marina City Towers Chicago Buildings
Architect Bertrand Goldberg’s distinctive-looking high-rises, part of a larger Marina City complex, are icons of modern architecture. This year, the Chicago City Council recognised the historical significance of Marina City by designating it a Chicago landmark.

Oct 7, 2016
Ansarada Workspace
Ansarada Workspace

747 North Clark
Design: Ranquist Development Group
747 North Clark

Zurich North America Headquarters in Schaumburg
Design: Goettsch Partners
Zurich North America HQ in Schaumburg

Obama Presidential Center Building
Obama Presidential Center Building

Vista Tower
Vista Tower Chicago Skyscraper

New Chicago Aerial Cable Car
Design: Marks Barfield Architects and Davis Brody Bond
New Aerial Cable Car in Chicago by Marks Barfield Architects
image from architect
Chicago Aerial Cable Car Design – 4 May 2016
The Chicago Skyline is a proposed new aerial cable car tourist attraction linking Navy Pier, the Chicago Lakefront, the Riverwalk running alongside the Chicago River, and downtown Chicago.

Chicago Navy Pier Competition
Winner – James Corner Field Operations
Buckingham Fountain Chicago
picture © Joe Lekas
Chicago Navy Pier Competition
Chicago’s most popular attraction reimagines its potential as a world class cultural destination. A shortlist of 5 architects was announced in Nov 2011 with the winner being posted here in Mar 2012. The five shortlisted design teams were led by AECOM, Aedas Architects, James Corner Field Operations, Xavier Vendrell Studio and !melk.

Aqua Tower
Design: Studio Gang Architects
Aqua Tower Chicago
picture from architects
New Chicago Skyscraper design
This 82-story Chicago skyscraper building totals 1.9 million sqft in area and was completed 2010 at an approximate cost of $300M for the Magellan Development Group. The architecture style is innovative and eyecatching, with the slab edges rippling up the height of the tower.

Columbia College Media Production Center
Design: Studio Gang Architects
Columbia College Media Production Center Building Chicago
photo Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing
Columbia College Media Production Center

Key Chicago Buildings, alphabetical:

77 West Wacker Drive
Ricardo Bofill – ‘Taller de Arquitectura
77 West Wacker Drive
photo from architects
77 West Wacker Drive

235 Van Buren, South Loop neighborhood
235 Van Buren Chicago
image from architects
235 Van Buren, Downtown Chicago

Burnham Pavilion by Zaha Hadid
Zaha Hadid Architects
Burnham Pavilion Millennium Park
image © Michelle Litvin
Burnham Pavilion

Burnham Pavilion by UNStudio
Burnham Pavilion
photo courtesy of Christian Richters
Burnham Pavilion Design

Chicago DeCarbonization Plan
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Chicago Central Area DeCarbonization Plan
picture © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Chicago Central Area DeCarbonization Plan

Claremont House
Brininstool + Lynch
Chicago house
photograph : Christopher Barrett, Hedrich Blessing
Claremont House

Chicago Architecture Designs – No Images

Major Chicago Architecture Projects, A-J, alphabetical:

860-880 Lake Shore Drive Apartments
Mies van der Rohe, Architect

Key Chicago Architectural Projects, A-J, alphabetical:

155 North Wacker

Goettsch Partners

Aon Center, 200 East Randolph Street
Edward Durell Stone / Perkins + Will
Aon Center

Chicago Institute galleries
Design: wHY architecture

Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center, 71 W. Van Buren St.

Harry Weese & Associates

Dearborn Center
Architect : Ricardo Bofill – ‘Taller de Arquitectura
Dearborn Center

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Skyscraper Conference Chicago

Michael Reese Hospital Buildings
Design: Walter Gropius Architect
Gropius in Chicago Coalition Protest

Chicago architecture – divided into historical buildings and contemporary buildings

Early 20th Century Chicago buildings

Chicago Water Tower : William W. Boyington
Montauk Building : Daniel Burnham and John Wellborn Root (Burnham and Root)
Monadnock Building : Burnham and Root
Home Insurance Building : Chicago School, William Le Baron Jenney
Reliance Building : Charles B. Atwood of Burnham & Root
Masonic Temple : Burnham and Root
World’s Columbian Exposition : Daniel Burnham, director of Works
Chicago Library (now Chicago Cultural Center) : Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge

Mid-century Chicago buildings

Robie House : Frank Lloyd Wright
Chicago Theatre : Cornelius W. Rapp and George L. Rapp
Palmolive Building : Holabird & Root
Uptown Theatre : Cornelius W. Rapp and George L. Rapp

Contemporary Chicago architecture

Lake Shore Drive apartments : Mies van der Rohe
Inland Steel Building : Bruce Graham and Walter Netsch, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
330 North Wabash (formerly IBM Plaza) : Mies van der Rohe
Marina City : Bertrand Goldberg
Lake Point Tower : John Heinrich and George Schipporeit
Millennium Park : Frank Gehry, Kathryn Gustafson, Anish Kapoor, Jaume Plensa, et al
Willis Tower : Bruce Graham, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Seventeenth Church of Christ Scientist : Harry Weese
Trump International Hotel and Tower : Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

Chicago Spire Contest : Chicago Architectural Club

Eli Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects

Illinois Buildings

Chicago Federal Center building

Farnsworth House

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