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Chicago architecture is known world wide for its variety and novelty in style and architectural forms. Chicago is home to some of the most progressive architects like William Lew baron Jenney whose Home Insurance Building is regarded as the world’s first modern steel–framed skyscraper, Fazlur Khan who introduced a new structural system of framed tubes in skyscraper design and construction, Daniel Burnham, the man who bought the revival of Neo classical architecture throughout the United States revival, and many others.

Chicago architecture is characteristic of several design styles and a variety of architectural schools. The most popular of them include the Commercial style or Chicago school by Jenney, Burnham, and Sullivan, the Second Chicago School or International architecture style by Van der Rohe’s, the Neo-classical architecture by Daniel Burnham, and the Sullivanesque style by Louis Sullivan.

Art Deco style, chateauesque, Italianate, Prairie school, Second Empire, Tudor Revival, Worker’s cottage, Gothic revival, Greek revival, Middle eastern, and Dutch colonial are some other styles and schools found in Chicago architecture.

For the sake of convenience, Chicago architecture can be divided into historical buildings and contemporary buildings. Here is a list of some of the prominent historical buildings in Chicago that are renowned for their unique architectural designs and top workmanship:

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, and others
Willis Tower : Bruce Graham, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Seventeenth Church of Christ Scientist : Harry Weese
Trump International Hotel and Tower : Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

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