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  • 1. Farnsworth House

    Historic Home

    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 | Notable Building

    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 | Notable Building

    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

    Historic Home

    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


    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


    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 | Notable Building

    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 | Notable Building

    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 | Historic Home

    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

    Historic Home

    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


    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


    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 | Notable Building

    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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