Trump Tower, viewed from Wabash Avenue; the Chicago El (elevated train) is on the left
Chicago is an architecture-lover’s dream. After the 1871 Chicago Fire, and later the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, the city attracted many of thecountry’s greatest architects. Chicago was the birthplace of the skyscraper, and home to architects such as Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright.
I spent part of my 3 weeks in the city exploring buildings I had never seen before. The mild weather made for perfect opportunities to walk and take photographs.
The Driehaus Museum (originally the Nickerson Mansion), features perhaps the finest 19th-century interiors created in Chicago, reflecting the sensibilities of the Aesthetic Movement. I took a guided tour of the mansion on my 2nd day in Chicago.
Driehaus Museum: main hall and staircase
Driehaus Museum: smoking room
Driehaus Museum: dining room
View more photos of the interior in my Flickr Album here.
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Oak Park
Frank Lloyd Wright studio, exterior detail
Frank Lloyd Wright, Heurtley House, Oak Park. The suburb of Oak Park, where Wright lived from about 1889 to 1909, has a large concentration of the architect’s early work.
Frank Lloyd Wright, Robie House, Hyde Park, 1910. This is Wright’s Prairie Style masterpiece.
Robie House, interior and leaded-glass windows
More Frank Lloyd Wight photos are in my Flickr Album here.
One of my favorite Chicago buildings, Adler & Sullivan’s Carson Pirie Scott store; detail of side entrance canopy. A Target store now occupies the first 2 floors.