The team behind the Prairie Mod blog and Teco Pottery have developed a series of new iPhone apps for self-guided architectural tours of Chicago and beyond. They just launched this week and cover both Loop and Prairie School architecture.
Info on the apps from the press release:
Prairie Design Group teamed with software developer NaNil to produce a series of interactive, multimedia FanGuide iPhone apps. Once downloaded, each app features text, maps, photos, audio and bonus video for a self-contained "offline" experience on any iPhone or iPod Touch. For users with an Internet connection on their device, there is an "online" option with integrated Google Maps to help them find any tour stop they choose. Additionally, the app offers web access directly to specific building or house museum websites that are open to the public—so the user can learn more information. Current titles include Chicago Loop Architecture, Oak Park Prairie Architecture, River Forest Prairie Architecture, and Los Angeles Modern Architecture. Upcoming titles will also focus on significant architectural cities like Palm Springs and San Francisco, plus many more.
They feature the architectural works of Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, Louis Sullivan, Daniel Burnham, Murphy/Jahn, SOM and more. They consist of 38-44 stops arranged in 6 tours, with both online and offline maps, so you won't get lost even if your connection does.
The Chicago app is priced at $2.99 and the Oak Park and River Forest apps are $4.99.
More info: Fan Guide Tours