Landmarks: Chicago for the iPhone

Visiting Chicago this summer?  Want to learn more about the windy city’s impressive architectural history?  Make sure to bring your iPhone and the Landmarks: Chicago app to check out the city’s historic icons — from skyscrapers in the Loop to Wrigley Field to residential homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Landmarks: Chicago lists the official landmarked buildings and sites near you (you select how far you want to search), or by address, or just by clicking on the map.  There are 300 local landmarks designated by the city, so plan your walking tours now! The app tells you when each landmark was designated (some as far back as 41 years!), provides detailed info plus links to the Chicago Landmarks website & Wikipedia.  It also displays thumbnail photos from Wikipedia for most of the sites, plus links to hi-res images. You can view the locations on a map, and share details about the landmark directly from the app with your friends and others.

Search options Search results displayed on a map …

… or in a list (with street address, and how far each one is from you, and in what direction)

Click a landmark on the map (or from the list) to get detailed info about each one:

Some interesting sites include residential houses (like the King-Nash House):

… prominent theaters:

… and monuments such as the Statue of the Republic:

Detailed info for each landmark includes:

  • photo
  • location map
  • architect
  • year built
  • any modifications made to the original design
  • year it was officially designated
  • Google Map to quickly locate the landmark

(Data from the City of Chicago, supplemented and improved by Spatiality Apps, current 2011.)

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About Steven Romalewski

Thinking about the future of geography while managing geoweb projects and GIS/spatial analysis research, with a focus on urban dynamics.
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  1. Pingback: Update: Enhancements to Landmarks Chicago app | Mobile Apps for the Urban Environment

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