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Aqua (skyscraper) , Chicago. Aqua is an 86-story mixed-use residential skyscraper in the Lakeshore East development in downtown Chicago.

Aqua (skyscraper) , Chicago. Aqua is an 86-story mixed-use residential skyscraper in the Lakeshore East development in downtown Chicago.

This is definitely one of the most stylish buildings in Chicago and one of the most elegant skyscrapers ever erected in United States. It was completed in 1930 and was the first building in Chicago to be designated as a city landmark.  The Chicago Board of Trade Building is famous for the art deco architecture with large stone carvings, sculpture and large trading floors. And to literally top it all, a three stories statue of Ceres caps the building.

This is definitely one of the most stylish buildings in Chicago and one of the most elegant skyscrapers ever erected in United States. It was completed in 1930 and was the first building in Chicago to be designated as a city landmark. The Chicago Board of Trade Building is famous for the art deco architecture with large stone carvings, sculpture and large trading floors. And to literally top it all, a three stories statue of Ceres caps the building.

Alexander Calder's "Flamingo," Federal Center Plaza. Surrounded by three glass-box office towers designed by Mies van der Rohe, the sculpture's bold vermilion color and 53-foot-tall arches complement the black, rectilinear-shaped skyscrapers.

Alexander Calder's "Flamingo," Federal Center Plaza. Surrounded by three glass-box office towers designed by Mies van der Rohe, the sculpture's bold vermilion color and 53-foot-tall arches complement the black, rectilinear-shaped skyscrapers.

The interior of the Auditorium Building in Chicago built in 1887. The rectangular frame around the stage is the proscenium "arch".

The interior of the Auditorium Building in Chicago built in 1887. The rectangular frame around the stage is the proscenium "arch".

Chicago Board of Trade Building (1930 by Holabird & Root) Holding court at the south end of LaSalle St., the Chicago Board of Trade Building presides over Chicago’s financial district. The regal 45-story skyscraper is the epitome of Art Deco styling.

Chicago Board of Trade Building (1930 by Holabird & Root) Holding court at the south end of LaSalle St., the Chicago Board of Trade Building presides over Chicago’s financial district. The regal 45-story skyscraper is the epitome of Art Deco styling.

Windows Study: The Hotel Burnham (née the Reliance Building) is reflected in the glass facade of the Block 37 building. The basement and first floor of the Reliance Building was designed by John Root of Burnham and Root and the remainder by Charles Atwood (its a long story, Google it sometime). The Reliance Building is notable as the first skyscraper with glass as the predominant exterior material. By Bob Segal

Windows Study: The Hotel Burnham (née the Reliance Building) is reflected in the glass facade of the Block 37 building. The basement and first floor of the Reliance Building was designed by John Root of Burnham and Root and the remainder by Charles Atwood (its a long story, Google it sometime). The Reliance Building is notable as the first skyscraper with glass as the predominant exterior material. By Bob Segal

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