Round 1: Vote for the most beautiful places in Chicago

Round 1: Vote for the most beautiful places in Chicago
Round 1: Vote for the most beautiful places in Chicago

What do you think is the most beautiful place in Chicago? Here is your chance to vote for the places featured in Geoffrey Baer’s The most beautiful places in Chicago, premiere March 7.

Welcome to round one of our bracket challenges! Vote for each of the four matches below. How did we choose these places? Simple! Geoffrey visits all eight amazing locations you see below in the show and talks to the creators, enthusiasts and other experts who share how these places came to be and why they are meaningful.

Round 1: The vote is now live and ends on Wednesday 8 March at 2 p.m.

Round 2: Voting starts on Thursday 9 March and ends on Saturday 11 March at 14:00.

Last round: Voting starts on Monday 13 March and ends on Wednesday 15 March at 14:00. We will choose a winner on Wednesday afternoon!

Ding Ding Ding! Our first match-up is between Ping Tom Park and Steelworker’s Park. Ping Tom Park is located in the Chinatown area of ​​Chicago and was designed by Ernie Wong of the Website Design Group. Located in a former railroad yard on the Chicago River, the centerpiece is a pagoda-like pavilion. Steelworkers Park is located in the South Chicago neighborhood on the site of the former steel mills. A few of the massive ore walls remain, some of them have been converted into climbing walls.

Our second match-up is between the Rookery and the Tribune Tower. The Rookery is a Burnham and Root-designed building dating back to 1888. Its interior lobby, or “light court”, was later redesigned by Frank Lloyd Wright. The Tribune Tower was completed in 1925 as part of a competition created by Chicago Tribune. The aim of the competition was to create the most beautiful building in the world. Do you think they achieved that goal?

Our third match-up is between the new St. Regis Chicago and Unity Temple, each designed by a major name in architecture. The St. Regis Chicago was designed by Jeanne Gang and is now the third tallest building in Chicago. Unity Temple in Oak Park was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and is one of eight Wright structures that have been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The final matchup in round one is between El Centro and BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. El Centro is part of Northeastern Illinois University and is located in the Avondale neighborhood near the Kennedy Expressway. Located in El Centro, the program works to provide support to Latino and immigrant students. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a Hindu house of worship located in Bartlett, Illinois. The incredibly ornate structure was hand-carved by thousands of artisans in India and shipped in 40,000 different pieces.

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