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  • 1. Farnsworth House


    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. Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio


    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 architect...Read More

  • 3. Glessner House Museum

    Prairie Avenue | House/Mansion/Villa

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

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    4. Robie House

    Hyde Park | House/Mansion/Villa

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

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  • 5. Cantigny Park


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

  • 6. Heller House

    Hyde Park | House/Mansion/Villa

    When he designed this house in 1897, Frank Lloyd Wright was still moving toward the mature Prairie style achieved in the Robie House 13 years...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Loyola at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens


    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

  • 9. Patterson-McCormick Mansion

    Gold Coast | House/Mansion/Villa

    On the northwest corner of Astor and Burton places in the swanky Gold Coast, you'll find this Georgian building. It was commissioned in 1891...Read More

  • 10. Wheeler Mansion

    Prairie Avenue | House/Mansion/Villa

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

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