In 2009, architect Jeanne Gang and her firm, Studio Gang, created an aesthetic for a functional skyscraper that put her on Chicagoans' architectural radar. The tallest building in the US designed by a woman-owned firm is a modern box surrounded with slow-rippling, white concrete (inspired by Midwestern limestone) balconies that give it a sculptural quality. The planet-friendly skyscraper's wave-shaped balconies are even arranged for each unit to view at least one of six sites: Oak Street Beach, Navy Pier, Cloud Gate in Millennium Park, the Lake Street "L" tracks, the park in Lakeshore East, or Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park.
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Nicole Bruce is a contributing writer for Thrillist. She wouldn't mind balcony views of the beach or The Bean, but window views of the brick building next door will have to do for now. Find her on Twitter at @nicoleabruce.