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  • 1 Brookfield Zoo Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    8400 W. 31st St USA - Brookfield, IL 60513

    If you have a day to spend, it's worth the jaunt to this suburban zoo. Its 216 acres fan out around a central fountain, and 15 miles of footpaths wind through the lovely grounds. The zoo's exhibit highlights include Seven Seas with its dolphin presen..

  • 2 Adler Planetarium Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1300 S. Lake Shore Dr USA - Chicago, IL 60605

    It's worth the views up and down the lakefront to walk out to the Adler, which occupies a beautiful setting. The oldest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere, it is also renowned for its fine collection of historic astronomical instruments and its sp..

  • 3 Reliance Building Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    32 N. State St USA - Chicago, IL 60602

    Years ahead of its time, this building (1895, Charles B. Atwood) anticipated the glass and steel skyscrapers of Mies van der Rohe and the Second Chicago school. The building exemplifies the possibilites inherent in skeletal frame construction. Its fa..

  • 4 River North Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Chicago, IL 60654

    Bounded on the west and south by the Chicago River, this neighborhood includes Wolf Point at the river's bend, one of Chicago oldest areas of settlement. Early industries and shantytowns established themselves along the river, while the northeast cor..

  • 5 Robie House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    5757 S. Woodlawn Ave USA - Chicago, IL 60637

    This home made its designer, Frank Lloyd Wright, world famous and helped "break the box" of traditional architecture. The Robie family lived here only for a year or so, after which time the house passed through a number of different owners...

  • 6 Richard J. Daley Center Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Between Washington, Randolph, Clark & Dearborn St. 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..

  • 7 Oriental Institute of Chicago Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    1155 E. 58th St. 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..

  • 8 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..

  • 9 Chicago Cultural Center Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    78e . 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..

  • 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 The 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 Lincoln Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    2045 N. Lincoln Park West USA - Chicago, IL 60610

    Except for the occasional stray bone, it's hard to tell that this was once a soggy cemetery. Today the sweeping expanse is one of Chicago's most compelling landscapes. Unlike so many urban areas with waterfronts blighted by industry, Chicago provides..

  • 13 Marina City Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    300 N. State St. USA - Chicago, IL 60654

    From the river's edge rise the twin "corncob" towers of Bertrand Goldberg's experimental urban community. Revolutionary when conceived in 1959, the complex, which includes apartments as well as entertainment and services, was an attempt to ..

  • 14 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

  • 15 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..

  • 16 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 ..

  • 17 Graceland Cemetery Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    4001 N. Clark St. 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..

  • 18 Grant Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Between Roosevelt Rd & Randolph St., Michigan Ave & Lake Shore Dr. USA - Chicago, IL 60601

    Overshadowed now by its glitzy neighbor Millennium Park, Grant Park remains nonetheless dignified and beautiful in an old-fashioned sort of way. The city's 319-acre "front yard" marks roughly the midpoint in the swath of parks that trims Ch..

  • 19 Hotel InterContinental Chicago Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

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

    The gold-leaf dome atop this 41-story building was a popular design among the Shriners, a Masonic fraternity, for whom the building was constructed as an athletic club in 1929. Step through its heavy bronze doors into a quasi-Eastern fantasia of desi..

  • 20 Chicago Board of Trade Building Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    141 W. Jackson Bd USA - Chicago, IL 60604

    The Board of Trade was founded in 1848 to regulate trade of the Midwest's bountiful agricultural commodities. This outstanding Art Deco skyscraper (1930, Holabird & Root) testifies to that abundance, anchoring the south end of the LaSalle Street fina..

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