G’Day Mate: Aussie Pub Calls Chicago Architecture One Of World’s Best

Chicago, Home Of Great Architecture--Just ask any Australian.

Chicago, Home of Great Architecture–just ask any Australian

If more visitors seem to have an Australian accent, we may be able to thank the travel website traveller.com.au, which just named Chicago one of the six best cities in the world for great architecture.

Traveller.com called Chicago “the home of the skyscraper,” and “a rite of passage for every architecture student.” It went on to describe how Daniel Burham and Louis Sullivan made the city their laboratory for architectural experimentation and use of groundbreaking techniques and materials.

“Any walk through town will take you past one classic building after another, from the gorgeous Montauk Building to the soaring Willis Tower, still better known as the Sears Tower,” Traveller.com said.

Miami, Florida, made the Traveller.com list for its strong art deco influence.

Miami, Florida, made the Traveller.com list for its strong art deco influence.

In case you’re wondering about the other five cities mentioned in the story, Traveller.com called out:

  • Brussels, Belgium (home of the art nouveau movement);
  • Quito, Ecaudor (whose architecture blends Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish influences);
  • Torun, Poland (where many medieval walls have been preserved);
  • Barcelona, Spain (which has many buildings displaying organic shapes and mosaics); and,
  • Miami, Florida (a tropical paradise of art deco structures).

Author: Bill Motchan

Bill Motchan is a writer and photographer, and a former resident of the West Loop. He can be reached at bill@ChicagoArchitecture.org.

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