Design in the Loop
Infused with an unflinching blue-collar spirit, Chicago is also a hip design destination. The city's architectural offerings range from Louis Sullivan skyscrapers to the Prairie School works of his apprentice, Frank Lloyd Wright to the ultra linear Modernist towers of Bauhaus refugee Mies van der Rohe. Iconic and lesser-known buildings alike are covered in the AIA Guide to Chicago. With black-and-white photographs (some of which are rather small), this is not a flashy book, but it is exhaustive. Alice Sinkevitch wrote the witty and informative text, and other writers contributed mini features.