Nov 28, 2022 - Things to Do

Help us decide the best buildings in downtown Chicago

Photo of a skyline of skyscrapers

Chicago Skyline in 2019. Photo: Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

Each month, we use a tournament bracket to help decide the best of Chicago. You helped us crown Chicago as the best band and before that, "ER" as the best local TV show.

  • This month, we're focusing on a much harder task: architecture.

Even in winter, our city-defining skyline and downtown architecture draw visitors from around the world.

  • But which of these beauties deserves the title of best local building? Let's decide together with a Sweet 16 tournament.
Bracket: Axios Visuals

Methodology: This contest is meant to be fun and informal, so make up your own judging rules using beauty, form, function or personal attachment — whatever you think it means for our town.

  • And, yes, we know downtown Chicago has way more than 16 great buildings, but we had to pare it down for the tourney.

📬 Vote for round 1 here. We'll play all week.

  • Email [email protected] to advocate for your favorite or to complain about which buildings were left out. Let the games begin!

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