Ar­chi­tec­tural di­gest

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From the im­pos­ing Willis Tower, one of the tallest build­ings in North Amer­ica – and for 25 years, when it was known as Sears Tower, it was the high­est in the world – to the ma­jes­tic neo-gothic Tri­bune Tower, Chicago’s build­ings look like they’ve come straight out of a movie set and give New York’s con­crete jun­gle a run for its money. The best way to take them in is with a boat cruise along the lake­front. It’s a bit touristy and very pop­u­lar, so book in ad­vance. You can also do it at night for more spec­tac­u­lar views.

Hard-core de­sign buffs, how­ever, must ven­ture much fur­ther than the city’s cen­tre to see some truly in­cred­i­ble ar­chi­tec­ture. The res­i­den­tial suburb of Oak Park, a 20-minute drive from down­town, is where ar­chi­tect Frank Lloyd Wright had his stu­dio and built many of his houses nearby. The first house he ever de­signed – and where he lived with his wife and chil­dren – is now part of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, which of­fers daily tours of his home, stu­dio and sur­round­ing res­i­dences. The tours give in­sight into to this ge­nius of mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture, a no­to­ri­ously dif­fi­cult man whose in­cred­i­ble taste and re­fine­ment are apt re­flec­tions of the city he called home for most of his life. Stay cool From big chains un­veil­ing new hip­ster-friendly con­cepts to bou­tique prop­er­ties open­ing in artsy neigh­bour­hoods, hospi­tal­ity brands are in love with mil­len­ni­als. Free­hand Chicago is yet an­other ho­tel cater­ing to twenty- and thirty-some­things, who see their ac­com­mo­da­tion as a spot in which to hang out rather than just a place to rest their heads af­ter a long day of sight­see­ing. A lively and laid-back vibe, su­per-fast in­ter­net, lounges where guests can meet fel­low trav­ellers, and vin­tage decor are the trade­marks of this new breed of 21st-cen­tury ho­tels.

Housed in a re­fur­bished 1920s art deco build­ing just two blocks from the Mag­nif­i­cent Mile and sur­rounded by gal­leries and restau­rants, Free­hand Chicago is also a big draw among the lo­cals, who flock to Café In­te­gral to en­joy

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