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Architecture of Illinois

21 September 2009

1973 – Aon Center, Chicago, Illinois

Architect: Edward Durell Stone & Associates The Aon Center (formerly the Amoco Building, Standard Oil Building or “Big Stan” as the building was often called) is one of the tallest in the world...

21 September 2009

1973 – Elysées Condominiums, Chicago, Illinois

Architect: Solomon, Cordwell, Buenz and Associates The tower is a large slab resting on inverted triangular piers, which separate it from the wide base. The Chestnut Street lobby has a flamboyant art deco...

21 September 2009

1974 – Willis Tower, Chicago, Illinois

Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Willis Tower, formerly named Sears Tower, is at 1450 feet and 110 stories, the tallest building in the United States. Once the world’s tallest building, and still...

21 September 2009

1983 – 333 Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois

Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates On the side facing the Chicago River, the building features a sweeping green glass façade, while on the other side the building adheres to the usual rectangular street...

21 September 2009

1983 – One Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Illinois

Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Located at the inside corner of the Gold Coast streetwall where Lake Shore Drive turns east and the “Magnificent Mile” (Michigan Avenue’s glamorous shopping and hotel district)...

21 September 2009

1984 – Smurfit-Stone Building, Chicago, Illinois

Architect: A. Epstein and Sons International, Inc. Located at the northwest corner of Grant Park, on the former site of the John Crerar Library. The library was erected in 1920 and designed by...

21 September 2009

1985 – James R. Thompson Center, Chicago, Illinois

Architect: Murphy/Jahn The James R. Thompson Center houses offices of the State of Illinois. The building opened in May 1985 as the State of Illinois Center. It was re-dedicated in 1993 to honor...

21 September 2009

1985 – Michigan Plaza South, Chicago, Illinois

Architect: Fujikawa Johnson & Associates The main entrance to Illinois Center’s shopping concourse is through this building set back from Michigan Avenue by a small plaza. Before the plaza’s renovation in 2000 the...

21 September 2009

1986 – Olympia Centre, Chicago, Illinois

Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP The tower consists of 640,000 square feet of residential units over 370,000 square feet of office space, and is the tallest mid-block building in Chicago. The tower...

21 September 2009

1989 – 900 North Michigan, Chicago, Illinois

Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates This 66-storey building gathers its meaning by incorporating distinctive elements of Chicago architecture. The structure, which is clad in a cream-coloured limestone and light reflective green glass, has...