Chicago architecture

The history of the skyscraper starts in Chicago where, in the late 19th century, the soaring high-rise structures began to change our experience of city life on an ever-increasing trajectory. The famous Chicago skyscrapers include the neo-gothic Tribune Tower, 330 North Wabash designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and SOM’s Willis Tower amongst others. Chicago was thus at the heart of the modernist style where glass and steel became the materials of choice and function reigned over form – and across the city today, contemporary architecture retains much of this spirit.

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