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.
Numerous architects have constructed landmark buildings of varying styles in Chicago. Among them are the so-called "Chicago seven": James Ingo Freed, Tom Beeby, Larry Booth, Stuart Cohen, James Nagle, Stanley Tigerman, and Ben Weese. Daniel Burnham led the design of the "White City" of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition which some historians claim led to a revival of Neo-Classical architecture throughout Chicago and the entire United States.
America's industrial design profession emerged during the Great Depression of the 1930s when manufacturers turned to appearance design to differentiate their products and boost sales. Architects, advertising artists, and theater designers sought employment as product “stylists” in the streamlined era. As the work of such designers became more valued, academic industrial design programs were established. Since design firms employed illustrators to draw product presentations and sculptors to model product forms, art schools often included product design in their curricula.