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  • 1. Farnsworth House

    House/Mansion/Villa

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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Bank of America Theatre

    Loop | Building/Architectural Site

    On Monroe, near State Street, the ornate Bank of America Theatre (formerly the LaSalle Bank Theatre and before that the Shubert Theatre) stages...Read More

  • 4. Bloomingdale's (Medinah Temple)

    River North | Building/Architectural Site

    Built in 1912 for the Shriners, the former Medinah Temple is a Middle Eastern fantasy, with horseshoe-shape arches, stained-glass windows, and...Read More

  • 5. Cantigny Park

    House/Mansion/Villa

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

  • 6. Chicago Theatre

    Loop | Arts/Performance Venue

    When it opened in 1921, the grand and glitzy Chicago Theatre was tagged "the Wonder Theatre of the World." Its exterior features a shrunken...Read More

  • 7. Civic Opera House

    Loop | Arts/Performance Venue

    The handsome home of the Lyric Opera of Chicago is grand indeed, with pink-and-gray Tennessee-marble floors, pillars with carved capitals, crystal...Read More

  • 8. Driehaus Museum

    River North | Museum/Gallery

    Curious about how the wealthy built their urban palaces during America's Gilded Age? Steps away from the Magnificent Mile, the former Samuel...Read More

  • 9. Ernest Hemingway Birthplace

    Museum/Gallery

    Part of the literary legacy of Oak Park, this three-story, turreted Queen Anne Victorian, which stands in frilly contrast to the many streamlined...Read More

  • 10. Ernest Hemingway Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    How did the author's first 20 years in Oak Park affect his later work? Check out the exhibits and videos here to find out. Don't miss his first...Read More

  • 11. Fine Arts Building

    Loop | Building/Architectural Site

    This creaky building was constructed in 1895 to house the showrooms of the Studebaker Company, then makers of carriages. Publishers, artists...Read More

  • 12. Ford Center for the Performing Arts–Oriental Theatre

    Loop | Arts/Performance Venue

    An opulent "hasheesh-dream decor" of Buddhas and elephant-type chairs made this a popular spot for viewing first-run movies starting in 1926...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

    Educational Institution

    In the 1970s a group of neo-Nazis planned a march in the predominantly Jewish suburb of Skokie, and local Holocaust survivors reacted by creating...Read More

  • 15. Louis Sullivan row houses

    Lincoln Park | House/Mansion/Villa

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

  • 16. Loyola at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens

    House/Mansion/Villa

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

  • 17. Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art

    Museum/Gallery

    Comprised of three galleries, this multipurpose space is among the most notable sights on the Northwestern University campus. The impressive...Read More

  • 18. Michigan Avenue Bridge

    River North | Bridge/Tunnel

    Chicago is a city of bridges—and this one, completed in 1920, is among the most graceful. The structure's four pylons are decorated with impressive...Read More

  • 19. Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

    Museum/Gallery

    Founded in 1977, the Mitchell Museum houses more than 10,000 Native American artifacts from the Paleo-Indian period through modern times. Permanent...Read More

  • 20. Pontiac Building

    South Loop | Building/Architectural Site

    Built in 1891, the simple, redbrick Pontiac is an early Chicago School skyscraper—note the classic rectangular shape and flat roof. It is the...Read More

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