State Street, Chicago
State Street was once the main street of Chicago with such stores as Marshall Field and Carson, Pirie, Scott still in place, even though the prime shopping area now lines the Magnificent Mile. State Street is also the location of the underground subway, in contrast to the other elevated loops. Thus State is the location of many interesting art deco subway entrances.
State Street Map
Harold Washington Library Center
Named in honor of the city's first African-American mayor, Harold Washington Library Center is a modern building and the home of the Chicago public library. It was designed by Hammond, Beeby and Babka in 1991 combining post-modern and classical styles. The library's collection consists of more than two million books including a large Civil War and American History section. There is also a comprehensive collection of books related to Chicago and Midwest history and culture. The building itself features an auditorium/theater, five floors of reading rooms and a sky-lit winter garden on the top floor.The roofline is distinguished by fanciful foliage and owls reading books.
Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company Building
Noted architect Louis Sullivan designed this significant building in two stages, between 1898-99 and 1902-04. It is viewed as an important landmark in early modern architecture for its combination of beauty and function. The first and second floor facades of this iron and steel-framed building are decorated with the elaborate ironwork that came to be one of Sullivan's signatures. Originally built for the Schlesinger and Mayer department store, it underwent a number of additions in 1905-06 and 1960-61. Today, it is a national historic landmark.
Macy's (formerly Marshall Field & Company)
This department store combines elements of the Chicago style and neoclassical architecture. Designed by D.H. Burnham & Company, it was built in stages over 1892 to 1914 until it covered the entire city block. The clocks on its corners have been symbols for Chicago. Near the entry at State and Washington is a Tiffany favrile dome.
The Chicago Building is an example of the internationally recognized architectural style known as the Chicago School. Designed by Holabird and Roche in 1904, the building features large "Chicago windows", metal-frame construction, distinctive bays, and terra cotta exterior.
Built 1890-1895, the Reliance Building is a cream colored terra cotta building that is internationally recognized as the direct ancestor of today's glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
ATTRACTION IS CLOSED.Established in 1898, this Chicago landmark features traditional American-German fare.
Leiter Building II
Built in 1891, Leiter Building II is one of the earliest examples of skeletal-frame commercial architecture by William Le Baron Jenney, 1891.