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Chicago Architecture: one story at a time

Chicago has long been a laboratory for architectural innovation and experimentation. Discover the stories behind some of the city’s most significant skyscrapers, museums, theaters, bridges, homes, schools, houses of worship and parks.

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Featured Building of Chicago

Transitions in architecture

Built in two phases, the Monadnock Building demonstrates a visible shift from load-bearing construction to skeleton frame construction—a change that happened throughout the city in the late 19th Century.

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