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A love letter to Chicago’s architectural treasures
Source: Chicago Agent Magazine
7-6-2020 | News
By Karen Ranquist
One of the many things I love about our city is its unique and diverse architecture. It is hard for me to walk down any block and not find something architecturally unique and interesting. There are countless small buildings and single family homes spread across the city that help make Chicago shine in its mix of modern, progressive and vintage architecture.
It’s important to me to be tuned into the architectural firms that continue to enhance our city’s built environment. On the residential side, anything designed by Perkins and Will or John Ronan always grab my attention. In my work with Ranquist Development, I have collaborated with the Miller Hull Partnership on a number of buildings in Chicago and feel every one of them stands out due to its level of design. In particular, 156 W. Superior resonates so much with me that I use the building’s silhouette as my professional logo, which is incorporated throughout my marketing materials. Its design mirrors the cross bracing of another classic Chicago favorite: the John Hancock Building.
That being said, there is a handful of cultural icons that make Chicago an international architectural spot. There are so many it’s hard to narrow them down, but here — in no particular order — are some of my top picks.