Architectural Buildings in Chicago

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Architectural Buildings in Chicago

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  • Edwin H
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands44 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The view is really great up there, and it is nice to learn about the (sometimes quite literal) rise of chicago whil on your way to the skydeck. So it is more than just a view. It is rather expensive though
    Written 30 January 2024
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  • LaurenSCO
    Scotland, UK53 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most amazing views! The tilt experience was great and I thought, reasonably priced! Staff were nice and queues moved fast. Only thing that stopped it being a 5 was the cost of the photos. You expect to pay a bit more at these things but I felt $30 for one print was excessive.
    Would definitely recommend when in Chicago!
    Written 21 November 2023
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  • J h
    usa74 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful building . Take a walk up the stair case to view at all the exquisite elements of the interior design.
    Be careful if you are sensitive to smells right now. There is an art installation of some type of plastic/ rubbery covered hoses that his covered some of the beauty of the staircase. There is an out-gassing which stinks. I feel sorry for the staff and concerned for their health. You may need to check to learn if this has been removed.
    Written 15 November 2023
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  • sweenee32018
    Knoxville, TN87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We attended Catholic Mass here. When we walked into the Cathedral we were impressed with the beautiful architecture. They have tours after the 8:00 and 10:00 Sunday masses.
    Written 21 January 2024
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  • joaniemaria
    Eldridge, IA2,402 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Frank Lloyd Wright designed this quintessential prairie style home built in 1906. The hour long tour gives information about the home, several owners. and Wright. Our docent was Maria and she was very knowledgeable and pleasant. The gift shop located in the garage area is worth a look. If you are interested in architecture, don’t miss this one!
    Written 10 October 2023
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  • Betty
    2,801 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We love to visit this building when we are in the area. The atrium and staircase are stunning. Most of the building is roped off but you can pay for a tour to see more. Even without the tour, it is worth a visit to enjoy the amazing architecture.
    Written 30 August 2023
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  • plevin2024
    Chicago, IL1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    As the only remaining church designed by Louis Sullivan, this is a ‘must see’ structure in Chicago. The tour was informative: the guide was very knowledgeable. The cathedral is located in one of Chicago’s fun and vibrant neighborhoods, Ukrainian Village, where there’s lots to do and enjoy.
    Written 31 January 2024
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  • Alex S
    Elmhurst, IL32 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amtrak lounge is far more comfortable than benches in the waiting room. There is a cash bar and a selection of snacks, soft drinks and coffee. Also a police dog (and her handler, so leave the cannibals at home.
    If you've paid for a sleeper don't miss it.
    Written 23 January 2024
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  • 339leonardt
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s Beaux Art style reflects the marvels of past architecture but the uniqueness is walking around the building and seeing the facade covered with historic pieces from other buildings and landmarks from around the world
    Written 11 July 2023
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  • Bill B
    Bel Air, MD8,176 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I could see the Wrigley Building from my hotel, so I made the short walk over this afternoon. Entrances to shops and offices for both sections are on the Michigan Avenue level, but the actual foundation goes all the way down to the river level. The click tower tells the correct time. They say that the terra cotta tiles are in six shades of white, and though I could not discern the subtle differences, I can agree that the design and facade are beautiful. Local wedding parties must agree because there were several different ones at different spots in front of and between the two buildings taking photos. It appears that the Wrigley Building is a real community spot appreciated by locals and visitors alike.
    Written 21 October 2023
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  • pyegirl
    Rome, Italy1,424 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is the place to go if you are in the market for new, high end kitchen appliances or remodel fixtures and you want to see them and talk to peopel who know the differences between all the diff models/products. For those of us who live in small markets and can't actually see the actual appliances and are left to guess with either sales people who don't know squat (eg. Best Buy or small appliance stores that hire your college student on vacation), this is the place to go to really shop.

    Make an appointment with all the show rooms and have them tell you about their products. They don't actually sell you the product, but they are very knowledgeable. Thermador, Bosch, Miele, Wolf, Monogram, Dakor, Waterworks, you name it, it's there.

    One stop shopping with people who know their stuff.
    Written 27 September 2023
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  • Sylwia T
    Romeoville, IL40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had family members visiting from Europe & we took them for a drink at 96 th floor. We got there an early Monday evening so it wasn’t crowded at all. We had table at the window. Views are incredible, city view, water, beach. Our guests had the chance to see the Windy City from perspective. We ordered raspberry mule, Cuba libre, bottle of wine. All drinks were delicious. We stayed over 3 hours. Crowd started picking up in later hours but that didn’t bother us. The bill was $180 for 5 people
    Written 8 May 2023
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  • Grover R
    Pensacola, FL18,062 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The University of Chicago was created and gifted by John D Rockefeller, one of the wealthiest people to ever live. For decades it has been a worldwide research leader in so many fields. As an economics major, so much of my studies in the 1980s were derived from Milton Friedman and the Economics School here.

    Most people are totally unaware that the roots of the university are from the American Baptist Education Society as Rockefeller was a devoted Baptist. This Gothic Revival Church commands a prominent position on the SE corner of the campus. At 200 feet it is by covenant to be the tallest structure on campus. Additionally is a self supported structure with no steel, like the medieval cathedrals of Europe.

    Unfortunately, we walked the campus before 10 so the Chapel was not opened. Still it was an impressive site on its exterior.
    Written 2 August 2022
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  • Grover R
    Pensacola, FL18,062 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chicago is littered with incredible architectural skyscrapers and this is certainly one them. Chicago's location in the heart of the Midwest plains coupled with strategic transportation location for water and rail has made it the historic site for American agricultural commodities. However, the importance of the CBOT is only part of the building. It has several architectural features including its location in the middle of the block so La Salle Street dead end into the building. The way the building is framed by the Federal Reserve and The Rookery on each side of LaSalle that it is made for pictures. Additionally, this is one of the premier Art Deco buildings in Chicago built in 1930, with an Art Deco statue atop the pyramid top of Ceres, the goddess of grain/agriculture. Again it is one of those buildings tied to Chicago that you have to see it when you are here.
    Written 23 November 2022
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  • dlfscrapbook
    Pekin, IL71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We attended a taping of the NPR program, "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me . . . " at the Studebaker Theater in the Fine Arts Building. The Theater has a small venue vibe, but seats about 700 people. The architecture of the building and the theater are gorgeous, displaying old-world craftsmanship that is no longer seen in today's structures. The intricate details of the carvings and inlays are a feast for the eyes.

    There was a small concession stand set up during our visit. I do not know if it was part of the Theater or part of the NPR presentation, but the pricing was rather high. Our group purchased 3 waters (2 still, 1 sparkling), 2 candy bars, and 1 bag of chips. Even allowing for the fact that the 2 still waters came in reusable metal bottles, our meager purchases set us back $32 after leaving a small tip.

    Two of the three members of our party used the restrooms during our visit. There are two single-stall, ADA-compliant restrooms on the same level as the theater, but the main restrooms are located in the basement of the building underneath the theater. Due to the limited restroom facilities on the main level, the wait to use them was rather long. This may be a challenge for visitors that cannot access the basement restrooms due to mobility limitations. The two members of our party that used the restrooms did go to the basement, and one person reported that the stairs were slightly steeper than most stairways being installed today.

    The performance we attended was fantastic, although that is more a function of the presenting group than the theater itself. While our experience with this venue is limited, we thoroughly enjoyed our time there. We look forward to returning to experience some of the other activities that take place in the building, not just in the theater.
    Written 7 May 2023
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