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  • 1 Crown Fountain at Millennium Park Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    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.

  • 2 Monadnock Building Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    53 W. Jackson Blvd

    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..

  • 3 Isle a la Cache Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    501 E Romeo Road

    This small island in the Des Plaines River was named by the French coureurs de bois who used the 80-acre haven to hide their trade goods. The museum presents historical exhibits highlighting daily life during the French-Indian fur-trade era, includin..

  • 4 Morton Arboretum Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    4100 Rte. 53

    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..

  • 5 Gaylord Building Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    200 W. 8th St

    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.

  • 6 Pleasant Home Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    217 S. Home Ave.

    Here's a Prairie-style home designed by another architect, George Washington Maher (1864-1926), whose work can be seen throughout the suburbs of Chicago. He designed the 30-room "Pleasant Home" (aka Farson-Mills House) in 1897 for banker Jo..

  • 7 Arthur Heurtley House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    318 N. Forest Ave.

    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 ..

  • 8 Episcopal Cathedral of St. James Interesting

    Religious buildings

    65 E. Huron St.

    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,..

  • 9 Farm in the Zoo at the Lincoln Park Zoo Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    2200 N. Cannon Dr.

    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 ..

  • 10 Alta Vista Terrace District Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    3800 block. between Grace and Byron Sts.

    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..

  • 11 Henry B. Clarke House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1855 S. Indiana Ave

    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.

  • 12 Holy Family Church and St. Ignatius College Prep Interesting

    Religious buildings

    1076-1080 W. Roosevelt Rd.

    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..

  • 13 Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    1121 N. Leavitt St.

    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..

  • 14 Cobb Hall at the University of Chicago Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    5811 S. Ellis Avenue

    Classes began October 1, 1892, in this building named after Silas Cobb . Freshmen still take their "common core" courses here. The top floor of the oldest campus building houses the Renaissance Society contemporary art gallery (room 418), w..

  • Opened in 1974 and named for the founders of Esquire magazine, this small jewel of a university museum holds 7,500 pieces spanning 5,000 years. The Smart Museum rotates its permanent collection, which excels in arts of the late 19C and early 20C, amo..

  • 16 Dearborn Station Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    47 W. Polk St.

    Loop skyscrapers rise to the north beyond the square tower of downtown's oldest surviving train station. Designed by Cyrus L.W. Eidlitz in the Romanesque Revival style, the 1885 building features red brick and stone with nicely detailed cornices and ..

  • 17 Pullman Historic District Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Located in an industrial district on the Far South Side, this fascinating community was created by railroad-car magnate George Pullman in 1881 as an experimental company town. Wishing to isolate his employees from the strike- and strife-prone city, P..

  • 18 Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    2401 S. Wabash Ave.

    This lovely limestone chapel was built by blacks before they constituted a significant portion of the population. The site, at the time located in a middle-class white neighborhood, was purchased by a fair-skinned member of the congregation who could..

  • 19 Residence of the Roman Catholic Cardinal of Chicago Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1555 N. State Pkwy.

    The oldest Gold Coast home, this Queen Anne fantasy in red brick with limestone trim is distinguished by 19 chimneys punctuating the roofline and an uncharacteristic expanse of surrounding land. The mansion was built prior to the rapid rise in real e..

  • 20 River East Plaza Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    435 E. Illinois St.

    Built originally as the Pugh Terminal Warehouse in 1905, North Pier Chicago was artfully rehabilitated in 1990 by Booth/Hansen & Assocs. to house office space on the upper floors and a 170,000sq ft retail and entertainment center on the lower. Under ..

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