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  • 26. Fourth Presbyterian Church

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This is an historic church in Chicago, built in Gothic Revival style in 1912. It serves a congregraiton founded in 1871. It is an interesting as well as peaceful place to relax in the church itself...

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  • 27. Financial District

    4 out of 5 stars

    This center is all about money, but you can visit it for free :) The Chicago Fed is one of 12 regional branches of the Federal Reserve System. You will find the visitor's centre on the first...

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  • 28. Wrigley Building

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    "Chicago is the Wrigley Building." - Frank Sinatra, My Kind of Town. This is one of the most famous buildings in America. Built as the headquarters for the mega-corporation of the Wrigley Company,...

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  • 29. Museums

    A few weeks ago,I visited this lilliputian art museum,worthy of respect for its fine collection of Devotional Art.I especially appreciated their reliquary chaisse from 12th Century Limoges,France.I...

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  • 30. Museum of Contemporary Art

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Recently,I returned to this art museum that emphasizes temporary art exhibits.I saw an excellent array of Alexander Calder mobiles,a fine group of Marisol creations,several fine Andy Warhol...

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  • 31. Millennium Park - Crown Fountain

    Walking along Michigan Ave. you will eventually pass by this golden nugget. It's nice to see the sculpture spit water, but you must have your camera ready bc it doesn't last long. There is some nice...

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  • 32. Theater & Music

    one of the architectural wonders in Wacker Area near the Chicago River due to the Art Deco Motif of the Building and on the Inside and a fine destination for Opera Lovers (unfortunately, I'm not fond...

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  • 33. Millennium Park - Jay Pritzker Pavilion

    One of the fun things to do in Millennium Park is to take in a free concert. All throughout the summer months and periodically during the spring and autumn you will be able to enjoy a free concert....

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  • 34. Harold Washington Library

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Reputedly the largest library building in the world, Chicago's central library, the Harold Washington Library in the downtown Loop area (although my understanding is that it is technically in the...

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  • 35. Merchandise Mart

    4 out of 5 stars

    I've included this on my must see list for the exterior only. I used to work across the street from the Mart and with the exception of an occasional chocolate fix at Fannie May never seem to find any...

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  • 36. Chicago Architecture Foundation - CAF

    5 out of 5 stars

    If you are interested in architecture or the history of Chicago, I strongly encourage you to check out which tours are being offered by the CAF when you visit Chicago. There's a free Loop Tour Train...

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  • 37. History Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Al CAPONE´S MUSEUM Al Capone stated: “Ninety per cent of the people of Cook County drink and gamble, and my offense has been to furnish them with those amusements. Whatever else they may say, my booze...

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  • 38. Picasso

    Placed on this square the year I was brought to this earth (1967), Picasso's untitled piece (popularly called, well, "The Picasso") graces Daley Plaza like some bull-skulled vulture hovering over this...

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  • 39. Eating & Drinking

    A tradition since 1949. A trip to downtwon Chicago is not complete without a stop at GARRETT POPCORN SHOP. The heavenly scent of freshly popped popcorn literally lures you into their shop. On this...

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  • 40. The Dolls House Store

    This is a store for everybody, not jsut for kids (yes, I saw lots of men there too). For whom ever that love dolls or want to see something different and unique - this is the right place (and very...

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  • 41. South Side Highlights

    The University of Chicago campus is located in Hyde Park on the city's South Side. It is where I got my bachelor's degree. The school, whose campus is not too big, was founded in 1890 by John D....

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  • 42. Soldier Field

    4 out of 5 stars

    Attention sports fans! This is a must-see for all of you. It's one of the most famous stadiums in the world. Like most things in Chicago, Soldier Field has a grand style of architecture that reflects...

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  • 43. Chicago Auto Show

    The Chicago Auto Show was first staged in 1901 when the horse and buggy was still the preferred method of individual transportation. But Chicago has always been a bit ahead of its time so it is only...

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  • 44. Downtown

    Downtown in the Loop is Chicago's City Hall and the Cook County administration building, each entity occupying a portion of this single large, grand building. It has a rooftop garden, as well, which...

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  • 45. Baha'i Temple

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Maybe it's my own issues, but going to religious sites, particularly in the US, is often pretty uncomfortable for me. The Mormon Temple in Salt Lake is always bad, and even with historic churches, I...

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  • 46. Rush Street

    Okay, so that was an awful pun, but to get a taste of La Dolce Vita in Chicago take a stroll down Rush Street. This is where the upper classes go to have dinner and hang out. It is the trendy area to...

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  • 47. Public Library

    Please click for panoramic view For a real architectual treat, check out the Chicago Cultural Center [originally Chicago's Main Library]. It was completed in 1897 and was affectionately called the...

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  • 48. Glessner House Museum

    Built in 1887 by architecture Henry Hobson Richardson, Glessner`s house is in the top 10 most loved American private homes according to the American Institute of Architecture. Glessner`s house is the...

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  • 49. Clarke House Museum

    Built in 1836, Clarke House is Chicago oldest surviving building. Today it serves as a museum showing how middle-class families lived in early Chicago. Tours start at noon, 1 and 2 p.m and begin at...

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    Mar 19, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    As I was writing some tips for a city just west of where I live this morning I found out about this interesting event happening in June this year.

    I wanted to let anyone who lives in the United States and any visitors to the U.S. this summer that there is a very unique event going on. Lincoln Highway is not as well known as its other old U.S. Highway (Route 66), but is actually older (1913 vs 1926) then its road cousin and actually does travel through the middle of the country from coast to coast (New York to San Francisco). Route 66 actually starts in my hometown of Chicago and heads to California.

    Anyway here is a link and a bit of a description for anybody who is interested. www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org/tour/2013.com

    "Join fellow historians and tourists for the Official Lincoln Highway Centennial Tours, headed for Kearney, Nebraska from each coast, for the centennial of America’s first paved transcontinental road: the Lincoln Highway. Antique cars, Classics, muscle cars, ’50s cars, trucks, motorcycles, street rods, and modern cars are welcome to participate.

    You will travel the original alignments of the Lincoln Highway covering many miles of two-lane history, four-lane progress, and even gravel scenic beauty. Travel from America’s urban centers, through pastoral farm lands, over breathtaking mountains and rolling prairies.

    Travelers from the East will start at Times Square, the heart of America’s most vibrant city. You will travel through ivy-covered college towns such as Princeton, New Jersey, and the Amish country of Pennsylvania. From Pittsburgh’s steel and beer brewing industrial history, you will travel through Ohio’s diverse agricultural and commercial mix. Indiana takes you through more Amish farm land, South Bend’s Notre Dame and automotive history and on to Illinois. From Illinois you will travel to Iowa’s farmland across the Mississippi River into the prairies of Nebraska and on to the Centennial celebration in Kearney at the Great Platte River Arch Museum.

    Western travelers enjoy beginning their journey in the urban centers of San Francisco and Oakland, California. After traveling through the state’s agricultural Central Valley you are exposed to the magnificent Sierra Nevada Mountains and Donner Pass before dropping into the deserts of Nevada and the Great Salt Lake of Utah. Climbing the mountains out of Salt Lake City, you will enter the wide open spaces of Wyoming and on to historic Cheyenne for an overnight stop. This is followed by your easterly trek into Nebraska and eventually joining the rest of the travelers from the east for the grand parade of cars into Kearney on opening day."

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