Chicago Historic Sites

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Chicago Historic Sites

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  • María Angeles G
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and very well kept. Lots of different plants and trees. A very nice surprise and worth the visit. Easy to get to. Subway stops near by.
    Written April 9, 2024
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  • joaniemaria
    Eldridge, IA4,669 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Frank Lloyd Wright designed this quintessential prairie style home built in 1906. The hour long tour gives information about the home, several owners. and Wright. Our docent was Maria and she was very knowledgeable and pleasant. The gift shop located in the garage area is worth a look. If you are interested in architecture, don’t miss this one!
    Written October 10, 2023
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  • joaniemaria
    Eldridge, IA4,669 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We booked a tour on a weekday to see this hidden gem. We enjoyed the stories and information about the Rookery. The staircase is the star here. The lobby is beautiful architecture highlighting Frank Lloyd Wright’s design. There is a small FLW store here, too. It is worth a look.
    Written April 25, 2024
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  • plevin2024
    Chicago, IL1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    As the only remaining church designed by Louis Sullivan, this is a ‘must see’ structure in Chicago. The tour was informative: the guide was very knowledgeable. The cathedral is located in one of Chicago’s fun and vibrant neighborhoods, Ukrainian Village, where there’s lots to do and enjoy.
    Written January 31, 2024
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  • joe-chicago-23
    Chesterfield, MO1,205 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's huge, it covers a full city block. Plenty of selections, not a lot of help. I'm glad it's still open following the closing of the Water Tower Place store.
    Written July 26, 2021
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  • paul c
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Four of us (two couples) went on a tour here a couple of weeks and all found it to be interesting, engaging, and highly information. Highly recommended for anyone who appreciates the Blues
    Written October 26, 2023
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  • Wanda H
    Mascoutah, IL364 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This house was AWESOME along with the furniture and decorations! Different than a normal house from the same period. Such a jewel to still have and be able to view! The docent we had wasn't the greatest for our interest (more about the house and family and less about other people). The difficult part of this tour is that some carpets are not supposed to be walked on, and some rooms are not to be entered. But there is no roping off of these places. Just the docent correcting you very sternly as you happen to venture onto or into one of these places. It would be SO easy for them to mark these areas, leaving less room for misunderstanding.
    Written February 4, 2024
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China172,946 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Marquette is a historic building located on S. Dearborn St. It was constructed in 1895 and named after Jesuit missionary Jacques Marquette who explored the area that later became Chicago in 1674. The building is 16 stories and considered a masterpiece of Chicago-style architecture. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places (1973) and designated as a National Historic Landmark (1976).

    For architecture buffs, there is a free permanent exhibition on the ground floor where you can learn about the design and history of the Marquette. Exhibition opening hours are 7am to 10pm daily. There are lobby mosaics worth seeing in the lobby and the exterior of the building is nice to view as well. The column embedded facade and reliefs above the building entrance doors are particularly interesting.
    Written May 21, 2023
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,228 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Since 1978, when merchants around the intersection of Lawrence, Lincoln and Western on Chicago's North Side persuaded the local chamber of commerce to develop Lincoln Square, a pedestrian plaza that required a controversial rerouting of local traffic, it has become a popular destination for dining and shopping with a wide variety of restaurants and European-style shops. Bounded by Lawrence to the north, Montrose to the south, Clark to the east and Damen to the west, it is one of 77 well-defined communities in Chicago, which includes the Ravenswood residential subdivision and historic Rosehill Cemetery. In the 1830s and 1840s, the area was settled by Swiss, German and English immigrants who established produce farms. Later, the farmland gradually began to fill up with bungalows, two-flats and small apartment buildings. Two new developments, Ravenswood Manor and Ravenswood Gardens, attracted new residents. After World War II, empty storefronts spurred local merchants to find new ways to attract customers. In 1956, they erected a statue of Abraham Lincoln for whom the area and the major street were named. And in 1978, they developed Lincoln Square. Today, it is home to such restaurants as Cafe Selmarie, Luella's Southern Kitchen, Bourbon Cafe, Garcia's Restaurant and Artango Bar & Steakhouse and such attractions as Gene's Sausage Shop, Quake Collectibles, Ravenswood Used Books, Merz Apothecary, Conrad Sulzer Library, Book Cellar, Davis Theater and Old Town School of Folk Music.
    Written November 9, 2020
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  • susan2909
    Aberdeen, UK1,204 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Of course, we came for the brownie! We were not disappointed. The lobby is lovely, service is excellent and we made a great choice of wine. Our waiter was attentive, he was very busy so top marks. Grab a chair, some wine & people watch in this very grand lobby.
    Written October 11, 2023
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  • Gidons51
    Herzliya, Israel4,748 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a recording studio from the fifties, where all the Iconic names of black music were recorded . Was established by the 2 Jewish brothers Phil and Leonard chess .The singers Muddy Waters, chuck Berry, Buddy guy, and the famous producer Willy Dixon are only few in the names .
    Very interesting presentation and a very special experience we had , a live music show which was phantasmic !
    Written May 7, 2023
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  • Bob C
    Batesburg, SC68 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Use your imagination to retrace John Dillinger's footsteps on his fateful night. From the exit door to his death location in the alley nextdoor. Public Enemy #1 no more!!
    Written February 27, 2020
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  • howard p M
    Chicago, IL80 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    There are some very well executed grave markers and memorials in this cemetery. One of a must-see in Chicago.
    Written July 30, 2022
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  • Allen21096
    Chicago, IL27,191 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    They just do not design and build park field houses like they used to. In 1928, the West Park Commission constructed the "Gold Dome Building" in Garfield Park to provide a new administrative headquarters for the West Park Commission. In 1934, the West Park Commission and the 21 other independent park commissions were merged in to the Chicago Park District and the field house, became just that - a field house for Garfield Park. The building itself houses a gymnasium, auditorium, dance studio, fitness center, boxing center, grand ballroom and meeting rooms. Garfield Park, itself, totals 184.72 acres and features the historic Golden Dome field house. There are two lagoons and the park is just south of the Garfield Park Conservatory. As beautiful as the exterior is, take a walk inside of the building and check out the interior. This building is a great example of a golden age of architecture of public buildings in Chicago.
    Written January 29, 2018
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  • Maria G
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely! Absolutely great. The owner helped us before, during and after, she accommodated everyone being for us unpaid wedding coordinator:) we didn't hire.
    Love it. Would recommend for everyone who need wedding for 75.
    Area is beautiful, parking was provided - we decided to use this place before seeing few other venues we previously scheduled to visit.

    Thank you for unforgettable event.
    Written December 27, 2020
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