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  • 1 Richard J. Daley Center Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Chicago, IL 60601

    The Daley Center is probably best known for its plaza, where Picasso's fantastic steel creature holds court. Chicagoans shuddered at first, but the beast may now be as famous (and beloved) as "Hizzoner da Mare" himself, who governed the cit..

  • 2 Oriental Institute Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    USA - Chicago, IL 60637

    While the institute is dedicated to the study of languages, history and cultures of the ancient Near East, its museum contains one of the world's choicest collections of Near Eastern art and antiquities. Most of its 75,000 artifacts were collected by..

  • 3 Unity Temple Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    875 Lake St. USA - Oak Park, IL

    Frank Lloyd Wright called this Unitarian temple "my jewel," and it's easy to see why. Built for the sake of expense of unadorned concrete, the rectangular interlocking forms contain a worship space and social hall. Framed by rectilinear bal..

  • 4 Thorne Miniature Rooms Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    111 111 S. Michigan Ave USA - Chicago, IL 60603

    The 68 charming rooms in this unique, internationally-renowned collection display a gamut of interior decorative styles ranging from 13C Europe to 20C America. Mrs. James Ward Thorne's childhood interest in miniature decorative objects grew into an o..

  • 5 Glessner House Museum Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1800 1800 S. Prairie Ave. USA - Chicago, IL 60616

    Cornerstone of the Prairie Avenue Historic District, Glessner House was designed for a wealthy farm-implement manufacturer by Henry Hobson Richardson in 1886. The house revolutionized domestic American architecture with its open floor plan and unador..

  • 6 Astor Street Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Astor St. USA - Chicago, IL 60610

    Quaint graystones with delicate wrought-iron railings and miniature front gardens characterize Chicago's historic Astor Street, in the Gold Coast. The street was named for John Jacob Astor, whos American Fur Co. traded in the area before the settleme..

  • 7 Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    951 Chicago Ave USA - Oak Park, IL 60302

    Wright first built this house in 1889 and continued to remodel and add to it over time; his alterations reveal his architectural growth. Restored to its 1909 appearance, when Wright last lived there, the original structure features the horizontal ban..

  • 8 Chicago Cultural Center Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    78 E. Washington St. USA - Chicago, IL 60602

    This marvelous Neoclassical palazzo served as the city's first library when completed in 1897. Noteworthy elements include a smooth limestone facade, recessed windows and elaborate Renaissance moldings at the entrance, cornice and balconies. Step ins..

  • 9 John Jacob Glessner House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1800 S. Prairie Ave USA - Chicago, IL 60616

    Designed by H.H. Richardson in 1886, the Glessner House revolutionized domestic American architecture with its open floor plan and plain facade. John Glessner, a manufacturer of farm implements, commissioned the house at a time when labor unrest alar..

  • 10 Baha'i House of Worship Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    100 Linden Ave USA - Wilmette, IL 60091

    The lacy, opalescent dome of the Baha'i temple will startle you as you cross from Evanston to Wilmette on Sheridan Road. The mammoth, nine-sided structure, rising 191 feet, cuts an exotic profile against the low suburban skyline. This is the North Am..

  • 11 Rookery Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Southeast Corner of LaSalle & Adams Sts USA - Chicago, IL 60604

    The Rookery is one of the earliest designs by Chicago architectural firm Burnham & Root, and is the most impressive landmark rehabilitation in the Loop. Noted for the richness of its design and detailing, the 12-story facade of red granite, terra-cot..

  • 12 Marquette Building Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    140 S. Dearborn St USA - Chicago, IL 60603

    The lobby in this building features a stunning Tiffany glass mosaic illustrating the journeys of French explorer Jacques Marquette

  • 13 Tribune Tower Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    435 N. Michigan Ave. USA - Chicago, IL 60611

    Corporate headquarters of the Tribune Company's vast empire, this soaring tower (Hood & Howells), built in 1925, is a true "cathedral of commerce." Besides its dramatic Gothic style, the "Trib Tower" is known for the fragments and..

  • 14 University of Chicago Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    5801 South Ellis Ave. USA - Chicago, IL 60637

    A bastion of scholarship, the University of Chicago (U of C) has spent its first century as a world leader in research and education. Called "the teacher of teachers," one in seven alumni works in education and a great number of them serve ..

  • 15 Graceland Cemetery Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    USA - Chicago, IL 60613

    For a slice of Chicago history, check out this cemetery, just north of Wrigley Field, where notable architecture and sculpture mark the resting places of many of the city's movers and shakers. Developed in 1860, Graceland received many of the corpses..

  • 16 Wrigley Building Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    400-410 N. Michigan Ave. USA - Chicago, IL 60611

    Set majestically on the north side of the river, this sparkling structure was built in two stages (30 stories to the south in 1920 and 21 to the north in 1924, both designed by Graham, Anderson, Probst & White). The white terra-cotta exterior, its si..

  • 17 Navy Pier Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    600 E. Grand Ave. at Lake Michigan. USA - Chicago, IL 60611

    Navy Pier has enjoyed many lives since it was first built in 1916 as a passenger and freight terminal. Then it served as a naval training station during World War II and as a campus for the University of Illinois. It has hosted festivals, conventions..

  • 18 Newberry Library Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    60 W. Walton St USA - Chicago, IL 60610

    Want to look up your family tree? This respected institution, completed in 1893, ranks among the top independent research libraries in the country for genealogists and scholars in the humanities. Rotating exhibits-on such diverse topics as Alice in W..

  • 19 BP Bridge at Millennium Park Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Chicago, IL 60602

    Frank Gehry designed the BP Bridge, which meanders across Columbus Drive in 925ft of sultry serpentine curves.

  • 20 Federal Center Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Chicago, IL 60604

    Completed in 1974, this three-building complex is a wonderful example of the steel-and-glass International style for which architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe became so famous. Though unadorned, its beauty depends on its perfect proportions. The restr..

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