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Architectural experts weigh in on their favorite buildings

We asked professors, architecture enthusiasts and traffic reporters to name their top Chicago buildings


We have opinions about the most beautiful buildings in Chicago, but we wanted to see what other members of the community had to say. So we reached out to some of the city's foremost architectural experts, including the president of the Chicago Architectural Society, the president of the firm organizing the construction of the Lucas Museum, and two traffic reporters who see the skyline from a unique perspective every day. Take a look at their lists of favorite structures in the city.

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Lynn Osmond's top six

President and CEO, Chicago Architecture Foundation

1. John Hancock Center
2. Reliance Building
3. Robie House
4. S. R. Crown Hall
5. Marina City
6. Santa Fe Building

Anders Nereim's top seven

Professor of Architecture, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

1. Monadnock Building
2. Manhattan Building
3. Continental Bank Building
4. Rookery Building
5. Field Building
6. Marquette Building
7. Inland Steel Building


Sarah Herda's top six

Director, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts; co-artistic director, Chicago Architecture Biennial

1. Chicago Cultural Center
2. Stony Island Arts Bank
3. John Hancock Center
4. Carl Street Studios
5. Chess Pavilion
6. The Madlener House

Rebel Roberts's top five

President and COO, VOA Associates Incorporated

1. Roosevelt University-Student Life, Academic and Residence Center
2. Northwestern Memorial’s Prentice Hospital
3. Ravenswood Kinowerks
4. Old Town School of Folk Music
5. Navy Pier


Erin McElroy's top five

Traffic reporter, WGN Morning News; anchor, WGN Early Morning News

1. One Museum Park
2. Carbide & Carbon Building
3. Tribune Tower
4. Wrigley Building
5. 35 East Wacker

Sarah Jindra's top five

Traffic reporter, CLTV and WGN Morning News

1. Trump Tower
2. Crain Communications Building
3. Aqua Tower
4. Joe and Rika Mansueto Library
5. 311 South Wacker

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