AIA Guide to Chicago

The AIA Guide to Chicago is the premier guide to Chicago's endless architectural treasures.

With the guidebook in hand, residents and visitors alike are led through the works of Sullivan, Burnham, Wright, van der Rohe, Weese, Netsch and countless others who have shaped Chicago into a world capital of architecture. From the invention of the skyscraper to the Bungalow Belt, Chicago's cityscape is a living history of architectural innovation and influence.

The third edition of the AIA Guide to Chicago brings readers up to date on ten years (2nd edition, published 2004) of dynamic changes, including projects such as Studio Gang's Aqua, SOM's Trump Tower, and numerous others.

Four hundred photos and thirty-four specially commissioned maps make it easy to find each of the one-thousand-plus featured buildings, while a comprehensive index organizes buildings by name and architect.

This edition also features an introduction providing an indispensable overview of Chicago's architectural history.

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Praise for the AIA Guide to Chicago:

"One could easily spend the better part of nearly every weekend for six months exploring the buildings and other sites detailed in these pages...AIA Guide to Chicago makes it difficult to come up with an excuse not to explore the city." - Chicago Book Review

"But in describing the many kinds of buildings-office buildings, apartment buildings, private homes, schools, churches, parks, and random curiosities-and pointing out details not only about architectural features but also who built them and why and how they've been used over the years, the authors also obliquely tell the stories of different neighborhoods.

The best way to use the book is, as the title implies, to take it along on a walk or a drive through some part of the city you've never been before and see what you can find."
- Chicago Reader


Published by University of Illinois Press

Edited by Alice Sinkevitch and Laurie McGovern Petersen

Preface by Geoffrey Baer; Introduction by Perry Duis

Alice Sinkevitch is former executive director of the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Laurie McGovern Petersen is a writer for Chicago Architect magazine. Geoffrey Baer is the host of WTTW-TV's popular television specials about Chicago architecture and history. Perry Duis is professor emeritus of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the author of Challenging Chicago.

568 pages
458 black & white photographs, 34 maps, 1 chart, 1 table