Chicago has a rich architectural history and has been a major influence on the architectural history of the entire United States. In 1871, the Great Chicago Fire destroyed most of downtown (with the exception of the famous Water Tower), but the city quickly rebuilt and now features a variety of prominent buildings of various styles from great architects. With the experts of the Chicago Architecture Foundation as your guide, you'll learn firsthand about the span of Chicago architecture from the 1870s to the present, while examining the intersections of streets, styles, and cultures that reflect the diverse cultural history of the Windy City. At five major intersections in the Loop, the tour will examine the prominent buildings of the area as elements of Chicago's unique urban fabric. The tour compares the histories, styles, and functions of the notable buildings located within sight of each other, as well as explaining the symbiosis between buildings and public art.
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