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Map: Chicago's 10 Ugliest Buildings

By Michael Caravette |  @RedLineProject | Posted: Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021 | Reporting principles

Chicago is home to some of the best architecture in the world with vast amounts of styles and locations that make the city unique and special for many people. There are iconic buildings here such as the CNA Center, John Hancock, Sears Tower, Wrigley Field, along with many monuments and statues that make Chicago what it is. The beauty of the city can’t be ignored, and it’s known internationally for a reason but for everything good about it there is an equal amount of bad.

Chicago is known for its brutalist style of architecture which can be polarizing for anyone who sees it. Brutalism is known for its unpainted blocky concrete and monochrome color palette which can range anywhere from looking like a dystopian to just plain boring. And while Chicago has more to offer than just brutalism it’s something that can’t be ignored since it stands out so much.

There is so much to see and do in this city that it’s impossible to get every building and house on this list. But for anyone wanting to visit Chicago and wants to do some unusual sightseeing or Chicagoans just wanting to see something bizarre their next time outside here are the 10 ugliest buildings in Chicago.



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