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It's New to Us: Landmarks Chicago App

By Chuck Sudo in News on Jul 21, 2011 3:40PM

Developer Steven Romalewski has created an iPhone app that allows users to discover the historical architectural landmarks of the city with just a couple of taps of a touchscreen.

Romalewski told us that he used a open source platform called PhoneGap that, in theory, allows the developer to write once and apply the code across multiple platforms. "But it isn't as simple as that." Landmarks: Chicago is the third in a series of architectural apps Romalewski has developed, following New York and San Francisco. One for Boston is in the works and apps for all four cities for Android phones could be available by the end of summer.

Romalewski said that what he found so interesting in developing the Chicago app was the number of sites that are landmarked. " Certainly the office buildings and other architectural treasures in and around The Loop are included in the list" he said. "But I'm hoping my app will help people locate and appreciate lesser known landmarks, as well, such as the former homes of Carl Sandburg and Stephen Foster, Chicago's historic bridges, historic locations such as the Haymarket Tragedy site, and the recently landmarked Schlitz Brewery tied houses."

At 99 cents, it's also not going to break your budget.