Osaka and Japan offer a dramatically different approach to architecture than in Chicago, however both cities enjoy a downtown rich with unique skyscrapers and architectural wonders.
Osaka's architectural highlights from Osaka City.
Buildings of Osaka
Features information on buildings and construction projects, including a list of the 10 tallest buildings in the city.
Information on the tallest buildings in the city.
Chicago's magnificent skyline set on Lake Michigan is always expanding, with many world-renown structures such as the Sears Tower and Hancock Building, and new developments including Trump Tower Chicago.
Chicago Architecture Foundation
Address: 224 South Michigan Avenue
Free admission to enter
More than 40 different architectural tours, varying in price.
Clarke House Museum
Address: 1827 South Indiana Avenue
Chicago's oldest surviving building and the only place to see how an early Chicago family lived.
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation
Address: 951 Chicago Avenue, Oak Park
This building served as both the Wright family residence and Wright's studio around the turn of the century.
Millennium Park website
Visit the Millennium Park website for information on Chicago's newest attraction.
Chicago Cultural Center
Visit the Chicago Cultural Center website for complete information on the myriad of free public programs and exhibitions presented here.
Map of Chicago area landmarks and attractions. Discover Chicago's landmarks and the architects who contributed to Chicago leading the way in design and innovation.
CHICAGO ARCHITECTURAL TIMELINE
* 1818 - Illinois becomes a state.
* 1832 - Architect William LeBaron Jenney is born.
* 1837 - Chicago officially becomes a city.
* 1846 - Architect Daniel Burnham is born.
* 1856 - Architect Louis Sullivan is born.
* 1867 - Architect Frank Lloyd Wright is born.
* 1869 - Chicago's Water Tower is finished by W. W. Boyington.
* 1871 - The Great Chicago Fire destroys much of the city.
* 1872 - Architect John Root moves to Chicago.
* 1881 - Holabird and Roche architectural firm is founded.
* 1886 - Architect Mies van der Rohe is born.
* 1882 - Marshall Field & Co. begins building new store on State St.
* 1888 - The Rookery is built.
* 1889 - The Auditorium Building is built.
* 1891 - The Monadnock Building is built.
* 1892 - The Museum of Science and Industry building is built by Daniel Burnham for the Columbian Exposition.
* 1893 - The World's Columbian Exposition is held in Chicago.
* 1893 - The Art Institute is finished in conjunction with the Columbian Exposition.
* 1894 - Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill architectural firm is founded.
* 1902 - The Willits House is built in Highland Park, Illinois, by Frank Lloyd Wright.
* 1904 - Wright builds W. E. Martin House.
* 1907 - Wright designs new lobby for The Rookery.
* 1909 - Wright completes the Robie House in Chicago.
* 1914 - Wrigley Field is built.
* 1916 - Navy Pier is built.
* 1919 - Wrigley Building is built.
* 1925 - Soldier Field is built.
* 1925 - Hood and Howells' award-winning design of Tribune Tower is built.
* 1927 - Buckingham Fountain is built in Grant Park.
* 1930 - Adler Planetarium is built.
* 1930 - Chicago Board of Trade building is finished by Holabird and Root.
* 1931 - Merchandise Mart is built.
* 1933 - Shedd Aquarium is built.
* 1933 - Century of Progress world's fair in Chicago.
* 1959 - Marina City is built by Bertrand Goldberg.
* 1965 - The Civic Center now called the Daley Center is Built.
* 1970 - John Hancock Center is built by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill.
* 1974 - Sears Towers is completed and becomes the world's tallest building.
* 1985 - State of Illinois Building (now called Thompson Center) is finished.