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Ranked #31 of 304 attractions in Chicago
Category: Architectural Buildings; Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: The Robie House on the University of Chicago campus is considered one of the most important buildings in the history of... more » Owner description: The Robie House on the University of Chicago campus is considered one of the most important buildings in the history of American architecture. It was created by Frank Lloyd Wright for his client Frederick C. Robie, a forward-thinking businessman. Designed in Wright's Oak Park studio in 1908 and completed in 1910, the building is both a masterpiece of the Prairie style and renowned as a forerunner of modernism in architecture. Tours of the site offer both a first-hand experience of its amazingly contemporary spaces and the current restoration work that is returning the house to its original appearance.Public tours are available Thursday – Monday. The museum is closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Social events and family programs are hosted on weekends throughout the year. Robie House is also available for facility rentals and special events. Visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust website to learn more. « less
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Ranked #32 of 304 attractions in Chicago
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Ranked #33 of 304 attractions in Chicago
Category: History Museums; Museums
Owner description: This museum brings the Second City's long and colorful history to life, with exhibits on everything from the Great Fire of... more » Owner description: This museum brings the Second City's long and colorful history to life, with exhibits on everything from the Great Fire of 1871 to the city's rich background in sports. « less
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Ranked #34 of 304 attractions in Chicago
Category: Libraries; Cultural
Owner description: The Newberry is an independent research library concentrating in the humanities with an active educational and cultural... more » Owner description: The Newberry is an independent research library concentrating in the humanities with an active educational and cultural presence in Chicago. Free and open to the public, it houses an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, maps, music, manuscripts, and other printed material. The Newberry offers exhibits based on its outstanding collections, theatrical performances, lectures and discussions with today's leading humanists, seminars, and teacher programs. Anyone who is at least 16 years old and who is conducting research on a topic covered by the collections may become a reader. « less
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Ranked #35 of 304 attractions in Chicago
Category: Comedy Clubs; Theaters & Stadiums
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Ranked #36 of 304 attractions in Chicago
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Theaters & Stadiums
This modern arena replaced the old Chicago Stadium as home court for the NBA's Bulls and the NHL's Blackhawks.
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Ranked #37 of 304 attractions in Chicago
Category: Architectural Buildings; Landmarks
Owner description: The neo-gothic tower's signature is the exterior collection of stones from other famous edifices, like the Parthenon, St.... more » Owner description: The neo-gothic tower's signature is the exterior collection of stones from other famous edifices, like the Parthenon, St. Peter's Basilica, Notre Dame, the White House and most recently, the Berlin Wall. « less
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Ranked #38 of 304 attractions in Chicago
Category: Educational Sites; Cultural

One of the top academic sites in the United States, and probably the university with the most Nobel prize winners (especially in physics and economics) anywhere.  The campus is... more »

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Ranked #39 of 304 attractions in Chicago
Category: Children's Museums; Museums
Owner description: The "Dinosaur Expedition," where kids dig for bones and conduct archaeological research is just one of the many hands-on... more » Owner description: The "Dinosaur Expedition," where kids dig for bones and conduct archaeological research is just one of the many hands-on exhibits at the Chicago Children's Museum. « less
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Ranked #40 of 304 attractions in Chicago
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
A Chicago institution for more than a century, the Conservatory's Main Garden blooms with more than 40,000 annuals.
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Ranked #41 of 304 attractions in Chicago
Category: Architectural Buildings; Libraries; Cultural
The library houses approximately two million books and is a wonderful example of Chicago's architecture.
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Ranked #42 of 304 attractions in Chicago
Category: Parks; Outdoors
Owner description: Dedicated in 1844, this park covers 319 acres along Lake Michigan and is home to the Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Planetarium,... more » Owner description: Dedicated in 1844, this park covers 319 acres along Lake Michigan and is home to the Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum and the Art Institute. « less
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Ranked #43 of 304 attractions in Chicago
Category: Malls; Landmarks
Owner description: Where downtown Chicago comes to life.At the pinnacle of Chicago's famed Magnificent Mile, Water Tower Place is Chicago's... more » Owner description: Where downtown Chicago comes to life.At the pinnacle of Chicago's famed Magnificent Mile, Water Tower Place is Chicago's premier shopping destination. Its stunning eight-level atrium features more than 100 of your favorite stores and restaurants plus a mix of distinctive specialty shops and boutiques. It offers a unique, high-energy urban shopping experience you simply won't find anywhere else in the city. In short, Water Tower Place is the place to shop. « less
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Ranked #44 of 304 attractions in Chicago
Category: Neighborhoods; Cultural
Downtown section of Chicago defined by the loop of elevated train that encircles it.
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Ranked #45 of 304 attractions in Chicago
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
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Ranked #46 of 304 attractions in Chicago
Category: Bridges; Landmarks

The view from the bridge is one of the best vistas the city has to offer.  The friezes on the bridgetender towers are well executed but the subject matter would nowadays be... more »

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Ranked #47 of 304 attractions in Chicago
Category: Art Museums; Museums
Owner description: Enjoy one of the country's largest collections of Mexican art and culture, including a vibrant textile collection including... more » Owner description: Enjoy one of the country's largest collections of Mexican art and culture, including a vibrant textile collection including indigenous outfits and weavings, folk art including masks and Día de los Muertos artifacts and ephemera documenting the Chicano Movement. Open daily 10am-5pm, closed Mondays. « less
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Ranked #48 of 304 attractions in Chicago
Category: Neighborhoods; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Cultural
Owner description: This upscale shopping district on North Michigan Avenue sparkles during the holiday season with the Magnificent Mile Lights... more » Owner description: This upscale shopping district on North Michigan Avenue sparkles during the holiday season with the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, featuring street sales, holiday music and entertainment. « less
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Ranked #49 of 304 attractions in Chicago
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Category: Zoos/Aquariums
Owner description: Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Shedd Aquarium brings you eye-to-eye with more than 32,000 aquatic animals when you... more » Owner description: Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Shedd Aquarium brings you eye-to-eye with more than 32,000 aquatic animals when you explore the wonderful world of "Jellies" or the recreated environments of the Amazon River and Philippine coral reefs. « less
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Ranked #50 of 304 attractions in Chicago
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural

Located on Chicago's Magnificent Mile, this gothic style church includes a cloister and hosts many concert events.  It makes a peaceful refuge from the shopping hustle and bustle. more »

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Ranked #51 of 304 attractions in Chicago
Category: Architectural Buildings; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
This white, terra-cotta landmark was built in 1922 as headquarters for the Wrigley chewing gum company.
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Ranked #52 of 304 attractions in Chicago
Category: Architectural Buildings; Landmarks
Owner description: Set in the heart of Chicago’s financial district, at 209 South LaSalle Street, Daniel Burnham and John Root’s Rookery... more » Owner description: Set in the heart of Chicago’s financial district, at 209 South LaSalle Street, Daniel Burnham and John Root’s Rookery Building is a Chicago landmark, containing a luminous and brilliantly articulated central light court remodeling by Frank Lloyd Wright.When completed in 1888, The Rookery was one of the most expensive and largest commercial buildings in Chicago, housing more than 600 offices. The building’s name was carried over from a nickname given to the structures that occupied The Rookery site prior to its design. These buildings, Chicago’s temporary city hall and a water tank, were known popularly as “the rookery” because of the many birds that nested there and the likelihood of being “rooked” by the politicians in residence.In 1898, when Frank Lloyd Wright opened his studio in Oak Park, he rented space in The Rookery Building to serve as his downtown Chicago office. In 1905, Wright was commissioned to update the interior design and plan of the light court and lobbies. He realized a stunning balance between Burnham & Root’s ornamental ironwork and his own vision to create a spectacular environment – one of his most dramatic interior compositions.Learn about the building’s fascinating history and the unique contribution of one of America’s greatest architects on the Preservation Trust’s guided tours Monday through Friday at noon. « less
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Ranked #53 of 304 attractions in Chicago
Category: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Cultural
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Ranked #54 of 304 attractions in Chicago
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Ranked #55 of 304 attractions in Chicago
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #56 of 304 attractions in Chicago
Category: Architectural Buildings; Theaters & Stadiums
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Ranked #57 of 304 attractions in Chicago
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Ranked #58 of 304 attractions in Chicago
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
A nature museum that combines learning with high-quality interactive displays and activities.
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Ranked #59 of 304 attractions in Chicago
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
Great place for water sports and biking.
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Ranked #60 of 304 attractions in Chicago
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