Chicago Architecture: 1885 to Today

Universally recognized as an architectural center, Chicago contains some of the world’s finest buildings by the most renowned architects of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe, and many more left their stamp on the city’s skyline and, as a result, influenced the practice of architecture across the globe. This book, published in association with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, features an in-depth analysis of forty-two seminal works of Chicago architecture. This accessible and engaging volume is the latest addition to the successful Universe Architecture Series. Both a guide for those visiting the city and a valuable reference for architecture enthusiasts, Chicago Architecture includes residential icons such as Mies van der Rohe’s 860–880 Lake Shore Drive, skyscraper prototypes such as Sullivan’s Schlesinger and Mayer Store (Carson Pirie Scott & Co.), and engineering masterpieces such as Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s Sears Tower.

About The Author

The Chicago Architecture Foundation (C.A.F.) was founded by architects and preservationists in 1966 to save H. H. Richardson’s Glessner House, one of Chicago’s oldest residences. To this day, C.A.F. is dedicated to its mission of advancing public interest and education in architecture and related design, which it supports and enables through tours, exhibitions, lectures, and special events atted by over 600,000 people each year. Edward Keegan is an architect and architectural critic. His writing has appeared in Architecture, Architectural Record, Metropolis, Chicago, The Chicago Tribune, and The Chicago Sun Times.

  • Publish Date: May 27, 2008
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Category: Architecture - Buildings - General
  • Publisher: Universe
  • Trim Size: 6-1/2 x 8-1/4
  • Pages: 224
  • US Price: $29.95
  • CDN Price: $36.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-7893-1533-5


“Local architect Edward Keegan takes readers on a snappy sidewalk tour of 42 area buildings put up over the past 123 years. Its chronology shows the progression of buildings stout, squat, tall, slender, stony, steely and sleek.” ~Engineering News