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The View from the Wabash Avenue Bridge

There is almost too much to look at from this bridge. Spin around on a single spot and you can give yourself a master class on 20th-century American architecture: the neoclassical wedding cake of the Jewelers Building, the art deco jazz of the Carbide & Carbon Building, the organic Brutalism of Harry Weese’s church, the sleek monolith of AMA Plaza, and Bertrand Goldberg’s joyful, whimsical “corncobs” (below, right). The view showcases Chicago as a place that has always led the charge in the ever-changing architectural vernacular.

Looking west from the Wabash Avenue Bridge
Looking west at dusk  Photos: Ratko Radojcic
Looking west from the Wabash Avenue Bridge
Looking east at dusk

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