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Product Details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest Books; 2nd edition (April 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156029081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156029087
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #995,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR AIA GUIDE TO CHICAGO
“Excellent.An exhaustive source of information about local architecture.”
—THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Editor Alice Sinkevitch and a leggy team of scholars and strollers
take us far beyond the usual trite salutes to Sears Tower, theWrigley
Building and the like. . . . A many-voiced celebration of the rich
flavors of Chicago architecture.”—CHICAGO TRIBUNE

About the Author

ALICE SINKEVITCH, Hon.AIA, previously affiliated with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, is the executive director of the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects. She lives in the Chicago area.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jon L. Albee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
Limited to the Chicago city limits and Oak Park, the selection of buildings is good, but certainly not exhaustive (Evanston would have been a nice addition). Since commercial architecture is so important to Chicago history, there is a palpable emphasis on these structures, particularly Chicago's early modern skyscapers. Readers with an interest in churches, universities, and other grand public buildings may find the coverage spotty, and the author's tone a bit flippant.

The book is in standard AIA format, with short essays for each entry, some including a small photograph. In fact, the major flaw with this book, in my opinion, is the lack of effective photography. There's a photograph for, perhaps, one out of every ten building entries, and the entries that do include photos are often not that interesting. One tries to come away from this book with a mental image of Chicago, derived from the text, but with little assistance from photography. There are also more than a few entries that include no text, simply the building name, address, date and architect. Keep your favorite internet map program handy.

There are so many magnificent things to see in Chicago, it's a shame this guide doesn't much help us to see them. That (critical) matter aside, it's a solid and important addition to the AIA-sponsored series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ned Flanders on October 12, 2012
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If you work in the Loop, you have got to get this book. You can go out at lunch and learn all kinds of facts about he skyscrapers, and impress your colleagues. If you love Chicago's buildings, you will absolutely use and enjoy this book.
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Comprehensive and readable; all the details I want.City bus and train portable. A bit expensive but worth the price. Not pedantic !
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