Chicago’s Architectural Eyesores

Beautiful art or simply atrocious?

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Travel and Leisure Magazine named the Harold Washington Library one of the Ugliest Buildings in the Country. We took a look around the city and found a few other gems we think should have made the list.
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Wikipedia
Skybridge is a high-rise luxury condominium located in the West Loop. It won the bronze Emporis Skyscraper Award in 2003 despite the fact that it looks like a reject from a Transformer's cartoon.
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Many hailed the Frank Gehry designed Jay Pritzker Music Pavilion in Millennium Park as an architectural milestone. Our readers think it looks like aluminum vomit.
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The Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies on S. Michigan Avenue cost more than $50 million to construct but takes just one minute to label as ugly.
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CNA Center is a 600-foot, 44-story high rise building located at 333 S. Wabash. The entire building is painted bright red to depict the sunset -- but it only makes us feel a certain shade of green.
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AP
UBS Tower is a 651 foot tall skyscraper located on 1 N. Wacker Drive. The 50-story structure, completed in Spring 2002, was built to withstand wind speeds of nearly 250 mph. It goes zero to ugly in 10 seconds.
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IIT's newest dorm, State Street Village, is a home away from home. No wonder students don't want to leave.
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The Museum of Contemporary Art at 220 E. Chicago Ave. is four stories tall, 220,000 square-feet, and cost more than $86 million to construct. Apparently beauty is in the eye of the money-holder.
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Kris Lopez
The Hyatt Center is a 48-story skyscraper at 71 S. Wacker Drive. The building took 1,300,000 man hours to complete. We're thinking they might want that part of their life back.
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Wikipedia
UIC's University Hall at 601 S. Morgan Street is the tallest building on Chicago's West Side. One unusual aspect is its top floor, which is 20 feet wider than its base. Some students are secretly hoping it topples over.
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Lisa Fernandez
McDonald's Cycle Center is an indoor bicycle parking facility at the intersection of East Randolph Street and Columbus Drive in Millenium Park. This design must make it a lot easier for riders to bike and ditch.
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AP
Soldier Field, home to the Chicago Bears, reopened in Sept. 2003 after a complete rebuild. The new "spaceship" design is out of this world -- and not in a good way.
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The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park kinda makes us want to wear camouflage -- just so we won't be seen there.
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Flickr
The Charles M. Harper Center at UIC's Hyde Park campus could make any business student change their major.
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The same architect that gave us the Skybridge graced us with this Contemporaine monstrosity. The all-glass base gives passersby a look at people who actually want to live there.
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Courtesy: National Geographic Museum | Illumination Studios
Erie on the Park received a Distinguished Building Award from Chicago architects in 2005. We think he most distinguishing part is how ugly it is.
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Many IIT students believe their Campus Center takes is a one-way ticket to Ugly Town.
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Those sure are expensive legos on the $30 million Gary Comer Youth Center.
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The Sofitel Water Tower is a luxury hotel in downtown Chicago. It certainly makes us wanna get away.
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