Chicago's 6 Most Amazing Architecture Spots

Chicago's savviest British import and all-around tastemaker, Zoë Ryan, was recently appointed Chair and John H. Bryan Curator of Architecture and Design at The Art Institute. And did we mention she's only in her early thirties? Yeah...we're jealous, too. So, when we wanted the scoop on where to find our fair city's most awe-inspiring buildings and structures—there are many!—we knew Ms. Ryan was our go-to. And, as we expected, her list does not disappoint. In fact, her stops will have your heart soaring like a tourist's in no time. And for even more proof that Zoë is indeed ahead of the local design game, check out her current exhibit at The Art Institute, Hyperlinks, the most innovative, and curiously provocative collection of global design projects we've ever seen. Trust us: You'll be glad you didn't miss this one.
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The Farnsworth House
"This is one of my all-time favorite buildings. The relationship between the interior and exterior spaces is masterful."
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New Loop Ecologies
"If the El train [was redesigned] to take into account some of architect Doug Garofolo's insightful ideas [from] his speculative project for the Loop, that would give Chicago the edge in terms of adaptive reuse and green design without, as Doug says, cleansing Chicago's toughness."
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The Aqua Tower
"From certain angles, the curved façade of this celebrated building by Jeanne Gang appears to ripple in the wind like waves."

Photo: Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing
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"The new Poetry Foundation is an elegant and beautifully delineated building that, as architect John Ronan asserts, really does unfold space by space like the lines of a poem."

Photo via John Ronan Architects.
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The Former Carson Pirie Scott Building on State Street
"This is a superb illustration of Louis Sullivan's determination to grapple with the organic and the industrial in the two halves of the building. It is a history lesson in modern architecture in one building."

Photo via Jonesslinger.
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The El
"The El train is one of Chicago's architectural gems. I love the perspective it gives you of the city as you ride between the buildings."