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Chicago Tours with Geoffrey BaerChicago's Loop: A New Walking Tour with Geoffrey Baer
Chicago Tours with Geoffrey Baer
Geoffrey traces the entire history of the skyscraper in the city where it was born.
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Test Your Loop Knowledge
The Chicago Loop got its name from?
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The "Chicago Window" is known for?
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The Lost Loop: Sherman House Hotel
The Sherman House Hotel has been rebuilt four times.
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The Lost Loop: Chicago Stock Exchange
Architect: Adler & Sullivan Completed: 1894 Demolished: 1972
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Chicago's Loop | The Lost Loop: Home Insurance Building
Architect: William LeBaron Jenney Constructed: 1884 Demolished: 1931
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Heroes and Villains: Marshall Field
Marshall Field was considered the leading merchant in America of his time.
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Heroes and Villains: Richard Nickel
Preservationist who salvaged art from buildings before they were demolished.
Heroes and Villains: Charles Tyson Yerkes
Charles Tyson Yerkes gets the credit for the Loop "L" (elevated tracks).
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Art: Let There be Light by Abraham Rattner
Chicago Loop Synagogue's stained-glass facade.
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Art: The Chicago Picasso
Fifty feet tall and weighing more than 160 tons, the Picasso reigns over Daley Plaza.
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Architects: Rapp & Rapp
Rapp & Rapp built The Chicago Theatre.
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Architects: Studio Gang
in September 2011, Gang was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.
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Architects: Koo and Associates Ltd.
Part of the new guard of Chicago architects shaping the Loop in the 21st century.
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Murphy/Jahn has created mold-breaking buildings such as the James R. Thompson Center.
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Architects: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe...
Mies believed that every element of a structure should work as part of a unified whole.
Architects: Holabird & Root
Holabird & Root made a name for itself early with its art deco-style structures.
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Architects: Holabird & Roche
Holabird & Roche became one of the leading Chicago School designers.
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Architects: William LeBaron Jenney (1832...
Considered "the father of the American skyscraper."
Buildings: Oriental Theatre
24 West Randolph Street Architect: Rapp & Rapp Completed 1926
Buildings: Harold Washington Library
400 South State Street Architect: Hammond, Beeby & Babka Completed 1991
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Buildings: Willis Tower (Sears Tower)
233 South Wacker Drive Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Completed 1974
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Buildings: Chicago Theatre
175 North State Street Architect: Rapp & Rapp Completed 1921
Buildings: Manhattan Building
431 South Dearborn Street Architect: William LeBaron Jenney Completed 1891
Buildings: Monadnock Building
53 West Jackson Boulevard Architect: Burnham & Root Completed 1891
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Buildings: The Rookery
209 South LaSalle Street Architect: Burnham & Root Completed 1888
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Architects: Hammond Beeby & Babka (now...
HBRA's post-modern design ironically conjures a grand classical pavilion.
Buildings: Cadillac Palace Theater
151 West Randolph Street Architect: Rapp & Rapp Completed 1926
Buildings: St. Peter's in the Loop
110 West Madison Street Architect: Vitzthum and Burns Completed 1953
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Buildings: Chicago Loop Synagogue
16 South Clark Street Architect: Loebl, Schlossman & Bennett Completed 1957
Buildings: Chicago Temple
77 West Washington Street Architect: Holabird & Roche Completed 1924
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Buildings: Chicago Metropolitan...
71 West Van Buren Street Architect: Harry Weese & Associates Completed 1975
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Buildings: Old Colony Building
407 South Dearborn Street Architect: Holabird & Roche Completed 1894
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Buildings: Trump International Hotel and...
401 North Wabash Avenue Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Completed 2009
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Buildings: Aqua Tower
225 North Columbus Drive Architect: Studio Gang Completed 2010
Buildings: James R. Thompson Center...
100 West Randolph Street Architect: Murphy/Jahn Completed 1985
Buildings: Inland Steel Building
30 West Monroe Street Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Completed 1958
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Buildings: Sullivan Center (Carson Pirie...
1 South State Street Architect: Louis H. Sullivan Completed 1903
Buildings: Marquette Building
140 South Dearborn Street Architect: Holabird & Roche Completed 1895
Buildings: Reliance Building
32 North State Street Architect: Burnham & Root/D.H. Burnham & Co. Completed 1891
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Buildings: Fisher Building
343 South Dearborn Street Architect: D. H. Burnham & Co. Completed 1896
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Buildings: Auditorium Building and Theatre
430 South Michigan Avenue Architect: Adler & Sullivan Completed 1889
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Architects: Harboe Architects
Architect Gunny Harboe has helped to restore and preserve Chicago Loop treasures.
Art: Hands of Peace by Henri Azaz
Adorning the front of the Chicago Loop Synagogue is a sculpture by artist Henri Azaz.
Art: The Four Seasons by Marc Chagall
A series of mosaics located in Chase Tower Plaza that celebrate the seasons.
Architects: John Mills Van Osdel
Architect of the first two of three Palmer House Hotel buildings.
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Architects: Harry Weese (1915 - 1998)
Weese designed the Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center.
Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill: Inland Steel Building, John Hancock Center, and Sears Tower.
Architects: Daniel Burnham (1846 - 1912)
At the turn of the 20th century, Burnham was the most influential architect in America.
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Buildings: Legacy Tower
60 East Monroe Street Architect: Solomon Cordwell Buenz Completed 2010
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Heroes and Villains: Madelyn La Salle
Sculptor John Storrs used Madelyn La Salle as the model for his statue of Ceres.
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Heroes and Villains: Richard J. Daley
Richard J. Daley, mayor 1955-1976, reigned during a period of "urban renewal."
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A look at the Loop's architecture restoration, urban renewal projects, and new landmarks.
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Southern end of Loop: the canyon.
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The birth of the modern skyscraper.
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Tour takes us to State and Randolph in the north loop.
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Buildings: 190 South LaSalle
Architect: John Burgee Architects with Philip Johnson Completed 1987
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Buildings: Marshall Field & Co.
111 North State Street Architect: D. H. Burnham/D. H. Burnham & Co. Completed 1892
Buildings: Chicago Federal Center
Dearborn Street Architect: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Completed 1974
Buildings: Chicago Board of Trade
141 West Jackson Boulevard Architect: Holabird & Root Completed 1930
The Lost Loop: Block 37
The block bounded by State, Washington, Dearborn, and Randolph that was demolished in 1989
Heroes and Villains: Edward J. Sparling
Edward J. Sparling was Roosevelt University's founding father.
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Heroes and Villains: Ferdinand Peck
Developer Ferdinand Peck built the Auditorium Building and Theatre on Michigan Avenue.
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Heroes and Villains: Potter and Bertha...
Potter and Bertha Palmer would have qualified as Chicago's merchant king and queen.
Heroes and Villains: William Bross
William Bross called on the world to help Chicago rebuild after the Great Fire.
Art: Ceres by John H. Storrs
Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture, sits atop the Chicago Board of Trade.
Architects: Bruce Graham
Architect of both the Sears Tower (now Willis Tower) and John Hancock Center.
Architects: Philip Johnson (1906 - 2005)
Johnson's 40-story building at 190 South LaSalle Street is an example of postmodernism.
Architects: John Wellborn Root (1850 -...
A partner with Daniel Burnham in the firm of Burnham & Root.
Architects: Louis H. Sullivan (1856 - 1924)
Sullivan was famous for his idea that form follows function.
Buildings: The Wit Hotel
201 North State Street Architect: Koo and Associates Ltd. Completed 2009
Join host Geoffrey Baer on the all new walking tour of Chicago's downtown Loop.
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History of Bikes and Clubs
Geoffrey Baer looks at the History of Bikes and Clubs in Chicago.
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