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Name Category Location
 
311 South Wacker Drive
The first of three towers intended for the site, this pale pink...
Architectural Sites The Loop
 
333 West Wacker Drive
This green-glazed beauty doesn't follow the rules. Its riverside...
Architectural Sites The Loop
 
860–880 N. Lake Shore Drive
These twin apartment towers overlooking Lake Michigan were an...
Architectural Sites Near North
 
Adler Planetarium
Taking you on a journey through the stars to unlock the mysteries...
Museums / Galleries South Loop
 
Andersonville
Just north of Uptown there's a neighborhood that feels like a...
Neighborhoods / Streets Far North and Far Northwest Sides
 
Argyle Strip
Also known as Little Saigon (and Little Chinatown and North Chinatown)...
Neighborhoods / Streets Far North and Far Northwest Sides
 
Art Institute of Chicago
Come for the sterling collection of Impressionists (an entire...
Museums / Galleries The Loop
 
Bank of America Theatre
On Monroe, near State Street, the ornate Bank of America Theatre...
Architectural Sites The Loop
 
Belmont Avenue
The strip from Lake Shore Drive to Sheffield has an entirely...
Neighborhoods / Streets Lakeview
 
Bloomingdale's (Medinah Temple)
Built in 1912 for the Shriners, the former Medinah Temple is...
Architectural Sites River North
 
Boystown
Just beyond Wrigleyville lies this section of Lakeview; it's...
Neighborhoods / Streets Lakeview
 
Cadillac Palace Theatre
Opened in 1926 as a vaudeville venue, the theater was designed...
Arts / Performance Venues The Loop
 
Carbide and Carbon Building (Hard Rock Hotel)
Designed in 1929 by Daniel and Hubert Burnham, sons of the renowned...
Architectural Sites The Loop
 
Charnley-Persky House Museum
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright with his mentor Louis Sullivan...
Architectural Sites Near North
 
Chase Tower
This building's graceful swoop—a novelty when it went up—continues...
Architectural Sites The Loop
 
Chicago Antique Market
This famed indoor-outdoor flea market, held on the third Saturday...
Markets / Bazaars West Loop
 
Chicago Children's Museum
Hands-on is the operative concept for this brightly colored Navy...
Museums / Galleries Near North
 
Chicago History Museum
Seeking to bring Chicago's often complicated history to life...
Museums / Galleries Lincoln Park
 
Chicago Temple
The Gothic-inspired headquarters of the First United Methodist...
Religious Sites The Loop
 
Clarke House Museum
This Greek Revival structure dates from 1836, making it Chicago's...
Museums / Galleries Prairie Avenue
 
Cubby Bear Lounge
Diagonally across the street from Wrigley Field stands the Cubby...
Restaurants Near North and River North
 
Damen Avenue
For some shopping—window or otherwise—with wares you won't likely...
Neighborhoods / Streets, Stores / Malls Bucktown
 
Devon Avenue
Chicagoans flock here to satisfy cravings for Indian, Middle...
Neighborhoods / Streets Far North and Far Northwest Sides
 
Division Street
At the southern border of Wicker Park, Division Street has become...
Neighborhoods / Streets Wicker Park
 
DuSable Museum of African American History
Sitting alongside the lagoons of Washington Park, the DuSable...
Museums / Galleries Hyde Park
 
Facets Multimedia
Film buffs shouldn't leave Lincoln Park without visiting this...
Arts / Performance Venues Lincoln Park
 
Federal Center and Plaza
The center is spread over three separate buildings: the Everett...
Government Buildings The Loop
 
Field Museum
More than 400,000 square feet of exhibit space fill this gigantic...
Museums / Galleries South Loop
 
Flatiron Arts Building
Opposite the Northwest Tower across the busy North Milwaukee–Damen...
Architectural Sites Wicker Park
 
Ford Center for the Performing Arts–Oriental Theatre
An opulent "hasheesh-dream decor" of Buddhas and elephant-type...
Arts / Performance Venues The Loop
 
Fourth Presbyterian Church
A welcome visual and physical oasis amid the high-rise hubbub...
Religious Sites Near North
 
Fulton Market
This stylish neighborhood is filled with chic restaurants, trendsetting...
Neighborhoods / Streets West Loop
 
Garfield Park Conservatory
Escape winter's cold or revel in summer sunshine inside this...
Parks West Loop
 
Glessner House Museum
This fortresslike, Romanesque Revival 1886 residence is the only...
Houses / Mansions Prairie Avenue
 
Graceland Cemetery
Near Irving Park Road, this graveyard has crypts that are almost...
Cemeteries Lakeview
 
Grant Park & Buckingham Fountain
Two of Chicago's greatest treasures reside in Grant Park—the...
Parks South Loop
 
Greektown
This small strip may as well be half a world away from the rest...
Neighborhoods / Streets West Loop
 
Green City Market
On Wednesday and Saturday mornings from May to October, the market...
Markets / Bazaars Lincoln Park
 
Heller House
When he designed this house in 1897, Frank Lloyd Wright was still...
Houses / Mansions Hyde Park
 
Historic Water Tower
This famous Michigan Avenue structure, completed in 1867, was...
Architectural Sites Near North
 
Hyatt Center
At 48 stories, the headquarters of this hotel and resort company...
Architectural Sites The Loop
 
Hyde Park Historical Society
To get a good overview of the neighborhood, stop by the Hyde...
Information Centers Hyde Park
 
Inland Steel Building
A runt compared to today's tall buildings, this crisp, sparkling...
Architectural Sites The Loop
 
Jackson Park
This Hyde Park gem was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (co-designer...
Parks Hyde Park
 
John G. Shedd Aquarium
One of the most popular aquariums in the country, the Shedd houses...
Zoos / Aquariums South Loop
 
John Hancock Observatory
Designed by the same team (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill) that...
Architectural Sites Near North
 
Lakeview Homes
On the side streets heading east and west of Boystown, two- and...
Neighborhoods / Streets Lakeview
 
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers
Antiques hunters with fat wallets may want to check the schedule...
Stores / Malls West Loop
 
Lincoln Park Conservatory
Green grows on green in the lush tropical main room of this refreshing...
Gardens / Arboretums Lincoln Park
 
Lincoln Park Zoo
At this urban enclave near Lake Michigan, you can face off with...
Zoos / Aquariums Lincoln Park
 
Lincoln Square
Lincoln Square has long been known for its Teutonic heritage...
Neighborhoods / Streets Far North and Far Northwest Sides
 
Louis Sullivan row houses
The love of geometric ornamentation that Sullivan eventually...
Houses / Mansions Lincoln Park
 
Macy's
This neoclassical building, designed by Daniel Burnham, opened...
Stores / Malls The Loop
 
Magnificent Mile
Originally designed by 19th-century architect Daniel Burnham...
Neighborhoods / Streets Near North
 
Marina City
Likened to everything from corncobs to the towers of Antonio...
Architectural Sites River North
 
The Merchandise Mart
The huge Merchandise Mart, on the river between Orleans and Wells...
Stores / Malls River North
 
Michigan Avenue Bridge
Chicago is a city of bridges, and this is one of its most graceful...
Bridges / Tunnels Near North
 
Millennium Park
"The Bean," the fountains, the Disney-esque music pavilion—all...
Parks The Loop
 
Museum of Contemporary Art
A group of art patrons who felt the great Art Institute was unresponsive...
Museums / Galleries Near North
 
Museum of Contemporary Photography
"Contemporary" is generally defined here as work made in the...
Museums / Galleries South Loop
 
Museum of Science and Industry
The beloved MSI is one of the most-visited sites in Chicago...
Museums / Galleries Hyde Park
 
National Veterans Art Museum
This museum is now in Irving Park, sorthwest of Lincoln Square...
Architectural Sites Far North and Far Northwest Sides
 
Navy Pier
No matter the season, Navy Pier is a fun place to spend a few...
Pedestrian Malls Near North
 
NBC Tower
This 1989 limestone-and-granite edifice by Skidmore, Owings &...
Architectural Sites Near North
 
North Avenue Baths Building
The beautiful facade is a clue to the building's past life, when...
Architectural Sites Wicker Park
 
North Avenue Beach
The beautiful people strut their stuff along the lake at this...
Beaches Lincoln Park
 
Northwest Tower Building
This striking triangular 12-story Art Deco office building, built...
Architectural Sites Wicker Park
 
Old Town
A vibrant dining scene and lots of good bars and clubs make Old...
Neighborhoods / Streets Lincoln Park
 
Oriental Institute
This gem began with artifacts collected by University of Chicago...
Museums / Galleries Hyde Park
 
Oz Park
Film fans—and younger visitors—love getting up close with Dorothy...
Public Art (Mural / Sculpture / Statue) Lincoln Park
 
Patterson-McCormick Mansion
On the northwest corner of Astor and Burton places in the swanky...
Houses / Mansions Near North
 
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Walk among hundreds of Midwest species of butterflies and learn...
Museums / Galleries Lincoln Park
 
Polish Museum of America
The Chicago Metro area has the largest Polish population of any...
Museums / Galleries Wicker Park
 
Printers Row
Bounded by Congress Parkway on the north, Polk Street on the...
Neighborhoods / Streets South Loop
 
Promontory Point
This scenic, man-made peninsula, which projects into Lake Michigan...
Parks Hyde Park
 
The Promontory
The tan brick building, designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1949...
Architectural Sites Hyde Park
 
Quinn Chapel
One of Chicago's African-American cornerstones, this church was...
Religious Sites Prairie Avenue
 
River North Gallery District
North of the Merchandise Mart and south of Chicago Avenue, between...
Neighborhoods / Streets River North
 
Robie House
Named one of the 10 most significant buildings of the 20th century...
Houses / Mansions Hyde Park
 
Saint Gabriel Catholic Church
A tower, arched doorways, and a large round window form bold...
Religious Sites Hyde Park
 
Second Presbyterian Church
This handsome Gothic Revival church was built in 1874 and designed...
Religious Sites Prairie Avenue
 
Smart Museum of Art
If you want to see art masterpieces but don't want to spend a...
Museums / Galleries Hyde Park
 
Soldier Field
Opened in 1924 as the Municipal Grant Park Stadium, the facility...
Sports Venues South Loop
 
South Shore Cultural Center
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this opulent...
Architectural Sites Hyde Park
 
Southport Avenue
Southport and other streets that travel north to Irving Park...
Neighborhoods / Streets Lakeview
 
St. Valentine's Day Massacre site
On Clark Street near Dickens, there's a rather inconspicuous...
Historic Districts / Sites Lincoln Park
 
Swedish American Museum Center
You don't have to be Swedish to find this tiny and welcoming...
Museums / Galleries Far North and Far Northwest Sides
 
Tree Studios
Built in 1894 with a courtyard and annexes constructed in 1911...
Stores / Malls River North
 
Tribune Tower
To create a home for his newspaper, Chicago Tribune publisher...
Architectural Sites Near North
 
Trump International Hotel & Tower
The Chicago Sun-Times Building was torn down to make way for...
Architectural Sites River North
 
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
Modern and contemporary art fans head to this small museum at...
Museums / Galleries Wicker Park
 
Ukrainian Village Landmark District
For a glimpse of how the working class lived at the turn of the...
Historic Districts / Sites Wicker Park
 
University of Chicago
Higher education dominates the physical and cultural landscape...
Educational Institutions Hyde Park
 
Wheeler Mansion
At the intersection of Calumet Avenue and Cullerton Street is...
Houses / Mansions Prairie Avenue
 
Wicker Park
South of the North Damen–Milwaukee intersection, this triangular...
Neighborhoods / Streets, Parks Wicker Park
 
Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation
A cadre of music legends, including Etta James, Bo Diddley, Aretha...
Tours Prairie Avenue
 
Wrigley Building
The gleaming white landmark headquarters of the chewing-gum company—designed...
Architectural Sites Near North
 
Wrigley Field
With its first major league game played here on April 23, 1914...
Sports Venues Lakeview
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