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  • 1 Old Town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Chicago, IL 60614

    Working-class German families settled this area in the 1840s and 50s, and by 1900, North Avenue—the German Broadway—was alive with shops, bakeries, taverns and delicatessens. In the early 20C, as the Germans moved north, the neighborhood fell into di..

  • 2 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.

  • 3 Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Columbus Dr. à la hauteur de Congress Pkwy USA - Chicago, IL

    Centerpiece of Grant Park, the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain is truly a lakefront jewel. Donated to the city by philanthropist Kate Sturges Buckingham to honor her brother, the fountain was completed in 1927 at a cost of $750,000. A $2.8-mill..

  • 4 Federal Center Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Dearborn St. between Adams St. & Jackson Bd 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..

  • 5 Gold Coast Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1 E Wacker Dr USA - Chicago, IL 60610

    This slice of Chicago's lakefront has been home to the city's well-to-do for over a century. While all but a few of the mansions that once lined Lake Shore Drive have been demolished, you can still step back a century with a walk along State Parkway ..

  • 6 Crown Fountain at Millennium Park Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Chicago, IL 60602

    For the young and young at heart, the fountain provides not only a cool wadking pool but a wonderful shifting array of 50ft projected faces. Spahish artist Jaume Plensa created the whimsical work of steel, glass and light.

  • 7 Monadnock Building Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    53 W. Jackson Blvd USA - Chicago, IL 60604

    This long, narrow building exemplifies the architectural revolutin that saw bricks replaced by steel. The northern half of the building (1891) is the tallest masonry structure in Chicago, and was designed by Burnham & Root. The southern half of the b..

  • 8 Lincoln Park Zoo Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    2200 N. Cannon Dr. USA - Chicago, IL 60614

    In addition to its wonderful penguin and bird houses, bear and cat habitats and sea lion pool, this accessible zoo replicates animal environments and presents activities designed to encourage the animals' natural behaviors. Worth a special stop is th..

  • 9 Isle a la Cache Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    501 E Romeo Road USA - Romeoville, IL 60446

    The museum presents historical exhibits highlighting daily life during the French-Indian fur-trade era, including a reconstructed wigwam. Occasionally, interpreters in Native American and 18C French costume demonstrate how to build a fire, portage a ..

  • 10 Morton Arboretum Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    4100 Rte 53 USA - Lisle, IL 60532

    Joy Morton used the fortune he made at the helm of Morton Salt Company to establish this arboretum on 400 acres in 1922. Today sprawling over 1,700 acres, the outdoor museum is both a serious scientific laboratory of woody plants from around the worl..

  • 11 Gaylord Building Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    200 W. 8th St USA - Lockport, IL 60441

    Restored to its 1860s appearance, the Gaylord Building features an information desk and exhibits that explore the history of the canal and its impact on Illinois.

  • 12 Arthur Heurtley House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    318 N. Forest Ave. USA - Oak Park, IL 60302

    Wright's admired 1902 design here prefigures many of the elements of his 1909 Robie House, including a raised living space curtained by ornate stained glass, a wide roof that hovers above a band of windows, and horizontally textured brick walls. The ..

  • 13 Episcopal Cathedral of St. James Interesting

    Religious buildings

    65 E. Huron St. Narthex USA - Chicago, IL 60611

    From the outside, this Victorian-style cathedral appears typical of the Chicago churches built of local limestone around the time of the Great Fire. The original structure of 1857 was destroyed in the blaze; only the 1867 bell tower remains standing,..

  • 14 Farm-in-the-Zoo at the Lincoln Park Zoo Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    1901 N. Stockton Dr. USA - Chicago, IL 60614

    This five-acred working farm constructed as part of Lincoln Park Zoo offers city children a chance to commune with rural life. Horses, cows and other livestock are on hand for up-close meetings with kids, who can feed the cows, pet the goats and see ..

  • 15 Merchandise Mart Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

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

    Chicago's wholesale furniture and design behemoth, the Merchandise Mart is second in size only to the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Most of the Mart is open only to card-carrying professionals, but the new LuxeHome boutiques welcome the public as well...

  • 16 Alta Vista Terrace District Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    3800 block. between Grace and Byron Sts. USA - Chicago, IL 60613

    The city's first protected landmark district was designed in 1904 by Joseph C. Brompton as a single work of architecture. Each side of the street contains 20 homes mirrored diagonally on the facing side. The Roman brick homes are 20ft wide and two st..

  • 17 Henry B. Clarke House Interesting

    Museums and art

    1827 S. Indiana Ave USA - Chicago, IL 60616

    Built in 1836 for New York merchant Henry Clarke in the Greek Revival style (notice the heavy columns on the front porch), this white clapboard home is considered Chicago's oldest structure. It was moved here in 1977 from South Wabash Avenue.

  • 18 St. Ignatius College Prep Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1076-1080 W. Roosevelt Rd. USA - Chicago, IL 60608

    This interesting pair of buildings creates an enduring West Side silhouette that transcends the gritty city blocks around it. The church was the cornerstone of the Irish community when it was built by the Jesuits in 1857. Rescued from demolition by f..

  • 19 Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    1121 N. Leavitt St. USA - Chicago, IL 60622

    This tiny jewel, designed by Louis Sullivan in 1899, combines his decorative aesthetic with the form of a rural Russian church. The tower topped by an onion dome is trimmed in yellow, while the building's walls are covered in white stucco. The edific..

  • 20 Chicago Temple Interesting

    Religious buildings

    77 W. Washington St. USA - Chicago, IL 60602

    When completed in 1923 by Holabird & Roche, this edifice was the city's tallest building and remains the tallest church spire in the world at 568ft. The First United Methodist Church occupies the large, English Gothic-style sanctuary on the first flo..

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