Chicago Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Chicago - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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The Loop, Including West Loop and South Loop 55

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South Loop 13

The Loop 35

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Near North 17

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Pilsen, Little Italy, and Chinatown 23

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Chinatown 3

Little Italy 4

Pilsen 7

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University Village 3

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Far North and Far Northwest Sides 8

Lakeview 13

Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, and Bucktown 22

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Lincoln Park 12

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Chicago Outskirts 17

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Cantigny Park

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The 500-acre estate of former Chicago Tribune editor and publisher Robert McCormick (1880–1955) has multiple attractions. For starters,...

Farnsworth House

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This 1951 minimalist dwelling by Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe sits just down the Fox River from Aurora. Constructed of steel, wood, and travertine...

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

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Wright designed and built his first home in 1889, on the strength of a $5,000 loan from his then employer and mentor, seminal Chicago...

Glessner House Museum

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This fortresslike residence is the only surviving building in Chicago by architect H.H. Richardson, who also designed Boston's Trinity...

Heller House

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When he designed this house in 1897, Frank Lloyd Wright was still moving toward the mature Prairie style achieved in the Robie House...

Louis Sullivan row houses

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The love of geometric ornamentation that Sullivan eventually brought to such projects as the Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co. building...

Loyola at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens

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Samuel Insull, partner of Thomas Edison and founder of Commonwealth Edison, built this mansion as a country home in 1916. After Insull...

Patterson-McCormick Mansion

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On the northwest corner of Astor and Burton places in the swanky Gold Coast, you'll find this Georgian building. It was commissioned...

Robie House

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Named one of the 10 most significant buildings of the 20th century by the American Institute of Architects, the 9,000-square-foot Robie...

Wheeler Mansion

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At the intersection of Calumet Avenue and Cullerton Street is another of the area's great mansions, which was nearly replaced by a parking...

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