The best buildings in downtown Chicago tournament: Elite 8
- Now it's time for the Elite Eight.
Tribune Tower vs. Wrigley Building
In a surprising upset, it turns out voters are afraid of heights! The Wrigley Building easily defeated Willis Tower.
- This round features the battle of two iconic North Michigan Avenue neighbors, both built in the 1920s.
The Rookery vs. Marina Towers
The Rookery is the lone 19th-century representative left in the tournament. The building's lobby, redesigned by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1905, is an architectural stunner.
- But Bertrand Goldberg's Marina Towers are no slouch. Plus, iconic album art!
Smurfit Stone vs. Merchandise Mart
Even though the building is no longer called Smurfit Stone (hat tip to Dennis Rodkin), the iconic diamond-shaped skyscraper is a crowd favorite, narrowly defeating the Thompson Center in the first round.
- You know what's not a crowd favorite? Trump Tower. The beautiful skyscraper may be in need of a marketing overhaul, because it got the least votes in the entire first round.
- The Merchandise Mart moves on. Maybe we don't like heights, but we love widths.
Aqua vs. Carbide and Carbon
Jeanne Gang's masterpiece had little trouble winning its first round matchup against The Reliance Building.
- Aqua may have a harder time with this round's opponent, the Carbide and Carbon building, which surprisingly dispatched the skyscraper formerly known as Hancock Tower with ease.
🗳 Elite Eight voting is now underway! Polls close at 4:30pm.
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