Chicago is certainly a city of beautiful buildings. Steely skyscrapers dominate the skyline of the Loop. Elegant apartment buildings are scattered throughout neighborhoods like Lincoln Park and the Gold Coast. Edgy, arty lofts can be found in neighborhoods like Bucktown and Wicker Park. And many of Chicago’s museums and administrative buildings double as awe inspiring works of architecture.
There is so much great architecture in Chicago, in fact, that it can sometimes be hard to appreciate all of the architectural beauty of the buildings in Chicago.
For that reason, we’ve decided to feature a few of our favorite architectural triumphs on the CondoDomain blog this month. This week, we’ll be taking a closer look at our second architectural triumph: The Pritzker Pavilion.
The Pritzker Pavilion was built by acclaimed architect Frank Gehry in 1999, although plans for the Pavilion were underway as early as 1935. In the 1930s, Jay Pritzker expressed an interest in building a large, outdoor concert hall suitable for the Grant Park Music Festival. His descendents were able to make his dream a reality near the turn of the century, when Gehry agreed to design and build the Pavilion in the center of Chicago’s Millennium Park.
Today, thousands of Chicagoans and tourists visit the site of the Pavilion each year, and Millennium Park attracts more visitors than any other construction in Chicago—with the exception of Navy Pier.
The Pritzker Pavilion has become emblematic of Chicago’s sleek, steely architecture, and people the world over are filled with joy when they see the clean lines and curvilinear forms of Frank Gehry’s modern masterpiece.
As such, the Pritzker Pavilion is truly one of Chicago’s architectural triumphs, and every Chicagoan ought to take a trip to it at least once.