Among the many things I enjoy doing while I’m traveling is gazing in wonder at local architectural marvels. No matter how many times I visit my hometown of San Francisco, I am always awestruck by the Golden Gate Bridge.
Chicago is another great American city that enjoys incredible buildings and structures. Among them is the legendary Willis Tower that is one of the tallest buildings in the world.
The Huffington Post has put together a great list of 5 architectural wonders to check out the next time you’re in Chicago:
Board of Trade
The walk from the Metra commuter rail station takes us past this National Historic Landmark, soaring relic of Art Deco greatness.
Chicago Water Tower
Who can resist the charm of this Gothic revival sandcastle tower in the middle of the Mag Mile? Add to that its history and use, and this structure always gets a vote in our best-of lists.
We love this sophisticated home of Poetry magazine for its underplayed elegance and hushed presence among bustling River North. It’s not shouting, “Look at me!” in any way or trying to be the biggest or tallest; it’s just quietly doing its job.
One such building is the iconic Marina City. Completed in 1964 and lovingly referred to as the Corn Cobs, these 65-story twin structures along the river were the brainchild of Bertrand Goldberg, who hoped to keep post-World War II city dwellers from retreating to the suburbs by creating a city-within-a-city, complete with parking lot, restaurant, grocery store, dry cleaner, bowling alley, theater, bank and more. Each condo unit is wedge-shaped with rounded balconies. 300 N. State St.
Lake Point Tower
A curvaceous condo building, Lake Point Tower lies just north of the river, the only skyscraper in downtown Chicago east of Lake Shore Drive. Created in 1968 by two students of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, it was the world’s tallest apartment building at the time. Famous residents have included Scottie Pippen, Goldie Hawn and Alice Cooper. 505 N. Lake Shore Drive