The AIA Guide to Chicago

The AIA Guide to Chicago

Sarah Coffey
Mar 7, 2008

In our post on the Chicago Architecture Foundation Store, we mentioned the AIA Guide to Chicago. It's our favorite catalog of the city's buildings, organized geographically with addresses and brief write-ups on each structure. We have the first edition, which we got in college for an art history class. We still use it for reference all the time. The 2nd edition came out in 2004 and includes over 1,700 entries and 40 maps...

Although there are lots of guides to Chicago architecture, we love this one because it collects the most information in one place. The entries aren't long - major buildings have longer articles, but many small homes have just a few sentences. Still, it's a great resource when you need to access information quickly and easily. It's also a good walking guide, since chapters are organized by neighborhood.

The American Institute of Architects produces guides for many major American cities, organized in the same format. The AIA Guide to Chicago is available through AIA Chicago, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, and other sources for $30.

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