Things to do in Chicago, Illinois (IL): The Best Sights & Landmarks

December 2, 2021 Lashaunda Abraham

The windy city is a cornucopia of modern art, fine dining, cutting edge comedy, and die-hard sports fans. Snap a photo of your reflection in the silver Cloud Gate sculpture at Millennium Park before heading to Grant Park to get hit with the refreshing spray of Buckingham Fountain. There are dozens of museums and theater companies in Chicago, so a cultural experience is never hard to find. You’re sure to laugh your head off at the Second City Theater, the professional launch pad of many famous comedians.
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1. Saieh Hall for Economics

5235 S Harper Ct, Chicago, IL 60615-4241 http://facilities.uchicago.edu/construction/5757south-university/
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2. Bust Of Sir George Solti

337 E Randolph Dr Grant Park, Chicago, IL 60601-7403 https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks-facilities/sir-georg-solti-bust
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3. S.R. Crown Hall

3360 S State St, Chicago, IL 60616-4193 +1 312-567-3230 http://www.iit.edu/arch/crown_hall/
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S.R. Crown Hall

Reviewed By 866TaylorB - Chicago, United States

I first saw S.R. Crown Hall when covering a high school football game near the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago in 1975. And I first saw Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois, when my mother was serving as a docent in 1995. So which steel and glass-constructed landmark of famed architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe came first? Farnsworth House, a one-room country retreat on the Fox River, was completed in 1951. Crown Hall, home of the Illinois Tech's College of Architecture and widely considered one of van der Rohe's masterpieces, was completed in 1956. Located at 3360 South State Street, it is regarded as one of the most architecturally significant buildings of the 20th century Modernist movement. Steel frame, no interior columns, floor to ceiling glass, suspended roof, a single classroom on the upper level. lots of light and open space. "Almost nothing" is how van der Rohe described it. The two-level building is a pure rectangle, 220 feet by 120 feet by 18 feet tall. Crown Hall was named a Chicago Landmark in 1997 and added to the National Register of Historic Places and listed as a National Historic Landmark in 2001.

4. Promontory Point

5491 S Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60615-5983 http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/Burnham-Park
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Reviewed By 866TaylorB - Chicago, United States

Promontory Point on Chicago's South Side has been known in recent years as the site of Barack and Michelle Obama's first kiss. But it's much more than that. Its view of Lake Michigan and Chicago's skyline may not be as scenic as the view from North Avenue Beach but it is an attractive piece of landscape. Located at 55th Street in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, Promontory Point or The Point is a man-made peninsula jutting into Lake Michigan that was opened to the public in 1937. It was constructed from landfill and by the late 1930s was protected by a seawall or revetment that consists of limestone blocks arranged in a series of four steps leading to a promenade. The 12-acre peninsula, which contains a fieldhouse and was a popular destination for swimmers, sunbathers and windsurfers in the pre-pandemic period, can be accessed by the Lakefront Trail and a tunnel which passes under South Lake Shore Drive at the east end of 55th street, in the shadow of the Museum of Science and Industry. With its view of Navy Pier and Chicago's skyline and Lake Michigan, and the presence of stone sitting rings or fire pits that date to 1938, Promontory Point is a popular wedding and corporate event location and an area for family picnics. And first kisses.

5. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

915 E 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637-2640 +1 773-702-2787 [email protected] http://arts.uchicago.edu/explore/reva-and-david-logan-center-arts
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Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary arts center at the University of Chicago and a proud member of Museum Campus South. Designed by renowned architects Todd Williams and Billie Tsien, the building integrates performance, exhibition, studio, classroom, and rehearsal. More than just a building, it is an innovative hub for arts education, a platform to showcase today’s most innovative creators across all media, and a locus for impactful and collaborative artistic Innovations with partners in nearby South Side communities and across Chicago. For a full schedule of events, visit logan.uchicago.edu.

6. St, Mary of Perpetual Help Roman catholic church

1039 W 32nd St, Chicago, IL 60608-6505 +1 773-927-6646 http://www.stmaryofperpetualhelp.com/
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St, Mary of Perpetual Help Roman catholic church

7. Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House

5757 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637-1698 +1 312-994-4000 [email protected] http://flwright.org/tours/robie
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Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House

To ensure the health and safety of our guests, tours at Robie House return on June 11 and are limited to nine guests per time slot. (Updated 6/2/20) The Frederick C. Robie House on the University of Chicago campus is considered one of the most important buildings in the history of American architecture. This Prairie style masterpiece is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the 20th Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright List. Discover the residence Wright described as “a cornerstone of modern architecture” on guided tours that take in both the exterior and interior of the building. Inspired by the expansive landscape of the Midwest prairie, Wright’s Robie House is the most famous of the architect’s groundbreaking Prairie houses. Public tours are available Thursday - Monday. The museum is closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Visit flwright.org to learn more.

Reviewed By reneeu435

We enjoyed the tour and wished we had been able to take the in-depth tour. I have toured a couple FLW houses and this one is beautifully restored.

8. Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

5850 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637-1628 +1 773-702-2100 [email protected] http://rockefeller.uchicago.edu
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Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

Rockefeller Chapel is the spiritual and ceremonial center of the University of Chicago, and a major performing arts producer, offering music, theatre, and visual arts events to citywide audiences. A leading venue for the choral arts, it is a prized event location for major speakers and international artists. It is the home of two world class instruments, the carillon and organ. Resembling a medieval cathedral in appearance and size, it hosts festivals and ceremonies of many world religious traditions, as well as Sunday services where the soaring architecture is matched with the poetry and theatre of grand liturgy of diverse origins, and with the beautiful voices of its choristers.

9. Kam Isaiah Israel Congregation

1100 E Hyde Park Blvd, Chicago, IL 60615-2810 +1 773-924-1234 http://kamii.org
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10. Victory Monument

35th Street and King Drive, Chicago, IL 60653 http://webapps1.cityofchicago.org/landmarksweb/web/landmarkdetails.htm?lanId=1444
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