The “Chicago Way” of Architecture?

The vaunted “Chicago Way” resonates through the Windy City’s architecture community: from its unlikely beginnings as a Sean Connery line in the 1987 film The Untouchables, you can read it on architecture blogs and I certainly heard it when I enrolled in a summer program at University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Architecture. It connotes a hard-hitting, ambitious, and direct method and practice. But has it lost its way?

The Art Institute attempts to update Chicago’s architectural and urban history at its Chicagoisms exhibition, on display through January 4 in the Modern Wing. The exhibition distills the spirit of Chicago’s ambitious 20th century growth well but largely fails to help it find purpose in 21st century America. Instead of imaging Chicago-style solutions for the U.S., perhaps it should have looked farther afield…

See my full review below at Architectural Record:

Link to Article

Top Image: Courtesy the Art Institute

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