Rakks Takes You on a Chicago Architecture Tour

by Rakks | April 22nd, 2011

University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business Charles M. Harper CenterBooth School of Business Charles M. Harper Center
Photo: Brad Feinknopf, Feinknopf Photography via AIA Chicago

Heralded as one of the top U.S. cities for stunning, diverse architecture, Chicago is also home to numerous Rakks installations!  In addition to a variety of retail stores, health clubs, restaurants, and residences throughout the Windy City, Rakks can also be found supporting the scientific efforts at the University of Chicago’s Searle Chemistry Lab and at the university’s Booth School of Business Charles M. Harper Center (designed by architect Rafael Vinoly). Opening this September, you will be able to find Rakks shelving at the DePaul University Museum, showcasing the Chicago area-based art the museum is best known for.

Rakks counter supports have already been installed throughout the new Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. Scheduled to open in  2012, this 23 story, state-of-the-art hospital, located in the heart of the city, will offer the latest technological advancements and family-friendly design. It is sure to be yet another vibrant architectural asset to the city that Rakks is proud to be part of!

If you have yet to visit Chicago, Chicago Magazine offers a guide to the top buildings in the city.

John Hancock Center | Chicago Architecture
John Hancock Center
875 N. Michigan Ave.
(Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1969)
Bruce Graham, the architect, and Fazlur R. Khan, the structural engineer, teamed up to create this defining skyscraper.
Photo: Todd Urban (Left), TravelCreek.com (Right)

The Rookery | Chicago Architecture
The Rookery
209 S. LaSalle St.
(Burnham & Root, 1885–1888; lobbies and light court: Frank Lloyd Wright, 1907)
From visionary Frank Lloyd Wright, the skylit atrium and spiral staircases are often the most talked about features of the Rookery.
Photography: Bontrac (Left), Library of Congress (Center, Right)

North Lake Shore Drive | Chicago Architecture
860–880 North Lake Shore Drive
(Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, with Pace Associates and Holsman, Holsman, Klekamp & Taylor, 1952)
Revolutionary in their day, the 26-story glass towers established the Mies aesthetic of modern simplicity in design.
Photography: Todd Urban

Monadnock Building | Chicago Architecture
Monadnock Building
53 W. Jackson Blvd.
(northern half: Burnham & Root, 1891; southern half: Holabird & Roche, 1893)
Monadnock’s mix of a heavy steel frame and load-bearing walls signaled the onset of a new age in architecture.
Photography: David K. Straub(Left), Chicago Tribune photo by Alex Garcia (Right)

Carson, Pirie, Scott & Company | Chicago Architecture
Carson, Pirie, Scott & Company
1 S. State St.
(Louis H. Sullivan, 1899, 1903; D. H. Burnham & Co., 1906; Holabird & Root, 1961; major restorations in 1980 and 2010)
With richly ornamented ground floors, the former department store’s spare upper stories showcase expansive windows overlooking the city.
Photography: Tribune file photo (Left), Chicago Tribune photo by Michael Tercha (Right)

In another list, Chicago Magazine also sited these modern marvels as wonderful 21st century additions to the Chicago architecture landscape.

Gary Comer Youth Center | Chicago Architecture
Gary Comer Youth Center
7200 South Ingleside Avenue
(John Ronan Architects, 2006)
Photo: Chicago Magazine

State Street Village | Chicago Architecture
State Street Village
3301 South State Street
(Murphy/Jahn Architects, 2003)
Photo: Chicago Magazine

Sofitel Chicago Water Tower | Chicago Architecture
Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
20 East Chestnut Street
(Architect: Jean-Paul Viguier, 2002)
Photo: Chicago Magazine (Left), ChicagoArchitecture.info (Center), Green Space Today (Right)

The Contemporaine | Chicago Architecture
The Contemporaine
516 North Wells Street
(Perkins + Will Chicago; Design Principal: Ralph Johnson, 2004)
Photo: Perkins + Will

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