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Chicago - That Famous Skyline
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© Christine Till
The skyline of a city is like a fingerprint, unique and as easily identifiable as a country's flag or a national symbol.
Chicago is known world-wide for its progressive architecture. It holds one of the world's tallest buildings, some of the first in the art-deco movement, and many other unique and dramatic design choices in its buildings. The city went through a very early high-rise construction boom that lasted from the early 1920s to the mid-1930s, during which time 11 of the city's 91 tallest buildings were constructed. The city then went through an even larger building boom that has lasted from the early 1960s until the present. As of July 2011, there were 1,125 completed high-rises in the city, second in the country behind New York. Based on the average height of the ten tallest completed buildings, Chicago has the tallest skyline in the world.
Standing on one of the cities observation decks practically makes you part of history. It gives you a taste of grown up American and what America is all about - and the view makes it all worthwhile.
December 3rd, 2012
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