As its first architectural biennial opens to visitors, David Whitley is blown away by the Windy City's landmark buildings and more modern innovations.

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Why go now?

The inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial (chicago architecturebiennial), a celebration of all things architectural and a showcase for new ideas in building design, kicks off on Saturday in this city of staggering buildings, and runs until 3 January 2016.

It follows a blizzard of new hotel openings and unveilings of ambitious public spaces, the latest of which was the Bloomingdale Trail ( in June. Running through the northwestern 'hoods of Bucktown, Logan Square and Humboldt Park, the converted freight train route is Chicago's 2.7 mile-long answer to New York's High Line elevated public park.

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