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The McGraw-Hill Building is one of the most amazing specimen, that is a mix of superb sculpture and architecture. It is a 16-storey, 190 foot (57 meters) long landmark building. This is one of the very few existing examples of the high-quality of buildings that were constructed along North Michigan Avenue during 1918-1930. It is an example of the Art Deco architecture, the building design incorporates classical style with modern linear qualities. Particularly distinctive are its rich and innovative sculptures.
The privilege of designing this building was awarded to the winners of a design competition held by the Chicago Tribune itself. The firm of Hood and Howell won, and in 1922 they erected this looming tower to house the publication. It looks out over the river and into the growing boom of Michigan Avenue. Most people overlook the stones embedded around the lower walls on all sides of the tower. The stones were collected from around the world, from the Alamo to Chartes Cathedral.
As "The Gateway to the Magnificent Mile," the Wrigley Building sits directly across from its famous counterpart, the Tribune Tower, just north of the Chicago River on Michigan Avenue. Built in the early 1920s by the founder of the famous chewing gum company, the gleaming structure has been prominently featured in Chicago skyline shots in dozens of movies and television shows. At night, the luminous white building glows in the attention of bright floodlights, standing as a familiar touchstone of the city.
The Jewelers Row District is significant as an important and unique part of Chicago's famous downtown shopping district centered on State Street and Wabash Avenue. It is especially noteworthy as an important center, since the first decade of the twentieth century, of jewelry manufacturing and trade, silver manufacturing, and watch manufacturing and repair. The district is a distinguished group of buildings, these display architectural styles significant to Chicago architectural history.
This iconic sculpture was commissioned by the city in 1954, to be part of a parking structure on West Wacker Drive. The work depicts a woman rising over the city, holding grain sheaves under her left arm while embracing a bull. When the garage was demolished in 1983, Milton Horn's sculpture was left to deteriorate in a forgotten field. Rediscovered in 1997, it now stands proudly above the Chicago Riverwalk.
The 333 North Michigan Building is an excellently executed Art Deco-style skyscrapers in the city. The building's base is made in polished granite with shades of black and purple. This magnificent structure is 396 feet (120 meters) in height and has 34 storeys. The upper floors are flanked by buff-colored limestone and dark terracotta. The building's prominence is further embellished by its unique site.
Affectionately known as the "Corn Cobs", this city is a "city within a city" and it offers almost as many services just short of being a municipality on its own. The building is divided into condominiums and there is a marina underneath the buildings which gives them their name. When the "city" was completed in 1964, the complex had its own theater, ice rink, bowling alley and used to house many television stations. Today, those structures have been modified or destroyed to make room for the House of Blues, Smith & Wollensky, and other additions/detractions. However, the towers remain an impeccably designed, mixed-use development and a prototype for how urban planning should be done.
This large black granite oval pool and the murky water it contains create a striking and dark, ominous effect. Constructed in 1982, this moving sculpture was recently re-dedicated to honor Chicago's Vietnam Veterans. While there, be sure to check out the Heald monument across the street named after Captain Nathan Heald, the commander of Fort Deehborn. The monument includes figures of George Washington, Robert Morris and Haym Salomon.