A Guide to Chicago Architecture by Boat

November 04, 2013

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Of course whenever someone comes to Chicago, one of the top attractions suggested is an architectural boat tour on the river. From the easy vantage point of a seat on a large vessel, one can indulge in a grand view of a variety of Chicago architecture. For this blog post, I’d like to expand upon a few ideas that your docent or tour guide may likely cover.

First of all, the tour will likely focus on architectural styles of the buildings you pass, and perhaps give tips on how to identify these different styles. From the postmodern design of the Leo Burnet Building of 1989, or the art deco of the massive Merchandise Mart, you will see a range of styles from across Chicago’s history. Remember that these styles reflect not just a visual variance, but also entirely different approaches to building technologies within starkly different economic climates, as well as varying psychological effects on the users within them.

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