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  • 1. Bahá'i Temple House of Worship

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Your mouth is sure to drop to the floor the first time you lay eyes on this stunning structure, a nine-sided building that incorporates architectural...Read More

  • 2. Chicago Cultural Center

    Loop | Building/Architectural Site

    Built in 1897 as the city's original public library, this huge building houses the Chicago Office of Tourism Visitor Information Center, as...Read More

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  • 3. Graceland Cemetery

    Lakeview | Cemetery

    Near Irving Park Road, this graveyard has crypts that are almost as strikingly designed as the city skyline. A number of Chicago's most prominent...Read More

  • 4. Magnificent Mile

    Near North | Neighborhood/Street

    Michigan Avenue, or Mag Mile as some call it, is a potpourri of historic buildings, upscale boutiques, department stores, and posh hotels. ...Read More

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  • 5. Millennium Park

    Loop | Body Of Water/Waterfall

    The Bean," the fun fountains, the Disney-esque music pavilion—all the pieces of this park quickly stole the hearts of Chicagoans and visitors...Read More

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  • 6. National Museum of Mexican Art

    Pilsen | Museum/Gallery

    The largest Latino museum in the country (and the only Latino one accredited by the American Alliance of Museums) is definitely worth a look...Read More

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  • 7. 150 North Michigan Avenue

    Loop | Building/Architectural Site

    Some wags have pointed out that this building, with its diamond-shape top, looks like a giant pencil sharpener. Built in 1984 as the Smurfit...Read More

  • 8. 190 South LaSalle Street

    Loop | Building/Architectural Site

    This 40-story postmodern office building, resembling a supersized château, was designed by John Burgee and Philip Johnson in the mid-1980s....Read More

  • 9. 224 South Michigan Avenue

    Loop | Information Center

    This structure, designed in 1904 by Daniel Burnham, who later moved his office here, was once known as the Railway Exchange Building and the...Read More

  • 10. 860–880 N. Lake Shore Drive

    Near North | Building/Architectural Site

    These twin apartment towers overlooking Lake Michigan were an early and eloquent realization of Mies van der Rohe's "less is more" credo, expressed...Read More

  • 11. Aon Center

    Loop | Building/Architectural Site

    With the open space of Millennium Park at its doorstep, the Aon Center really stands out. Originally built as the Standard Oil Building, the...Read More

  • 12. Carbide and Carbon Building (Hard Rock Hotel)

    Loop | Building/Architectural Site

    Designed in 1929 by Daniel and Hubert Burnham, sons of the renowned architect Daniel Burnham, this is arguably the jazziest skyscraper in town...Read More

  • 13. Chase Tower

    Loop | Building/Architectural Site

    This building's graceful swoop—a novelty when it went up—continues to offer an eye-pleasing respite from all the surrounding right angles; and...Read More

  • 14. Chicago Board of Trade

    Loop | Financial Institution

    Home of the thriving financial district, relatively narrow LaSalle Street earned the moniker "The Canyon" (and it feels like one) because of...Read More

  • 15. Chicago Temple

    Loop | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Gothic-inspired headquarters of the First United Methodist Church of Chicago, built in 1923 by Holabird &Roche, comes complete with...Read More

  • 16. Dearborn Station

    South Loop | Building/Architectural Site

    Part of Printers Row, this is Chicago's oldest-standing passenger train station, designed in the Romanesque Revival style in 1885 by New York...Read More

  • 17. Federal Center and Plaza

    Loop | Government Building

    This center is spread over three separate buildings: the Everett McKinley Dirksen Building; the John C. Kluczynski Building ( 230 S. Dearborn...Read More

  • 18. Historic Water Tower

    Near North | Building/Architectural Site

    This famous Michigan Avenue structure, completed in 1867, was originally built to house a 137-foot standpipe that equalized the pressure of...Read More

  • 19. Hyde Park Historical Society

    Hyde Park | Information Center

    To get a good overview of the neighborhood, stop by the Hyde Park Historical Society, which sponsors lectures and tours. The society is housed...Read More

  • 20. Inland Steel Building

    Loop | Building/Architectural Site

    A runt compared to today's tall buildings, this sparkling 19-story high-rise from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill was a trailblazer when it was...Read More

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