Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Chicago and why?

by Chicago Agent

Andreas Therapos
Skydan Real Estate

This past summer I was lucky enough to view our city’s skyline from a few cruises off of Navy Pier. Each time I found myself focused on the Smurfit-Stone Building (aka The Diamond Building). I love the way this building seems to take on different shapes as you move along the shore. The white and black stripes and diamond-shaped top light up the skyline. Despite the large buildings surrounding it, the Smurfit-Stone Building takes center stage with its simple elegance.

Cindy Wilson
Realtor Associate
Koenig & Strey GMAC
West Lincoln Park

I have two favorite buildings, one old and the other newer. I love the Wrigley Building for its gleaming color, especially at night, its historic appearance, its location on the Chicago River and its symbolism of an internationally known Chicago company and brand. My other favorite building is the Hancock, which I feel is probably the most iconic and recognizable building in our skyline. It seems to be the building that is featured the most in photos and artwork of Chicago. Its strong silhouette and bold grid exterior beautifully represents the City of Big Shoulders.

Jim Kontos
RE/MAX 1st Class

My favorite building in Chicago, architecturally speaking, would have to be the Sears Tower. The simple, yet strong, elegant and intimidating design not only is an architecture masterpiece, it is the ideal symbol for the city of Chicago and its residents. The world marveled at Chicago upon completion of this historic building. Not New York, Boston or Los Angeles, but the blue collar hard working town of Chicago was the talk of the world. Chicago is a city of substance and strength, not one of flash and smoke and mirrors, and that’s why the Sears Tower is my favorite building in Chicago.

Tasha Allen
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

I would have to say Marina City because of the cylindrical shape of the towers. The apartments are somewhat pie-shaped, providing an optimal view of the city. Marina City adds a bit of imagination to the Chicago skyline, resembling two gigantic ears of corn on the cob.

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