12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2010
The book follows the actual Chicago River tour and gives a brief history of each of the buildings on the route. It's like bringing the docent home with you. There is just enough information to make it interesting. I took the tour recently and this is serving as a memory book for me. I could not capture each and every building with my camera the way the book does. I heartily recommend it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2012
If you are looking for a book that will name the Chicago buildings for you with a little history and detail then this is the book for you! Given its source is from the Chicago Architecture Foundation- you know that you can't go wrong. Not only do they give good tours, they can put together an attractive book with good information (easy to follow and read).
Oh, my! I just attended a professional conference in Chicago, and stayed at a Sheraton right on the Chicago River. One day, I took one of the scenic boat rides, to get an introduction to Chicago architecture from the river level. And what a trip it was!
I enjoyed seeing the juxtaposition of classic versus contemporary architecture (the Trump Tower right next to the Wrigley Building), the Montgomery Ward building, Willis (formerly Sears) Tower, and so on. Skyscrapers that were engineered so as to reflect other buildings on their shiny sides. This book brought those views back to me.
The book is divided into three parts--the main branch of the river, the north branch, and, finally, the south branch. There is a (too) brief introduction to the river and its history. But it is the view that is at the heard of this book. The photographs are attractive and we get a brief description of a series of buildings.
Examples from the main branch: Lakeshore East, Aon Center, Melas Centennial Fountain, University of Chicago Gleacher Center, the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, Trump Tower, and Marina City,among others. The North Branch: Residences at Riverbend, Kinzie Park, River Bank Lofts, Montgomery Ward Complex, etc. The South Branch? 225 West Wacker, Civic Opera Building, the Mercantile Exchange, Willis (once upon a time, Sears) Tower, and so on.
For those who enjoy Chicago's architecture, a nice view from the river!