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Baha'i House of Worship

100 Linden Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091 847-853-2300

Description: WILMETTE. Beautifully manicured gardens frame this magnificent, white-stone structure, which was completed in 1953. Its soaring, 191-foot dome has an airy atmosphere, courtesy of a lacy piercework exterior. The Middle Eastern-inspired structure is one of only seven Baha'i temples in existence and the only one present in the western hemisphere. The interior is as breathtaking as the exterior, and guided tours are available on request. The temple is an active place of worship, so be mindful of others when you visit.
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Chicago Tribute Markers of Distinction

various locations, Chicago, IL 312-744-6630

Description: Want to embark on a truly unique sightseeing excursion? Try locating markers placed by the Department of Cultural Affairs that commemorate the notable men and women who have lived and worked in the Windy City. From artists and architects to politicians and scientists, famous folks from all walks of life find themselves recognized and their contributions remembered. Among the honored Chicagoans are Nat "King" Cole (4023 South Vincennes Avenue), Lorraine Hansberry (5936 South King Drive), Carl Sandberg (4646 North Hermitage Avenue), and Frank Lloyd Wright (25 East Cedar Street). Contact the Department of Cultural Affairs for a Markers of Distinction map.
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Chicago Trolley Company

4400 S Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60609 773-648-5000

Description: SOUTH LOOP. What better way to learn about a city than on a tour? Chicago Trolley Company offers an informative, entertaining method of experiencing Windy City history. Twelve stops are included, and sites feature everything from the origins of the Great Chicago Fire to current architectural wonders. Since trolleys pick up and drop off every 30 minutes or so, you can purchase an all-day pass and come and go as you please. The entire 13-mile loop takes two hours if you go straight through.
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Cermak Rd at S Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60616 312-326-5320

Description: CHINATOWN. One of Chicago's most unique neighborhoods, Chinatown offers Far Eastern charm in the Midwest. Featuring scores of terrific Chinese and Cantonese restaurants and bakeries, the neighborhood has a special place in the hearts (and stomachs) of folks who visit. Shoppers also enjoy cozy, family-owned bookstores and gift shops. If you're lucky, you'll visit Chinatown during one of its lively festivals ­ perhaps even the colorful Chinese New Year celebration.
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Graceland Cemetery

4001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613 773-525-1105

Description: WRIGLEYVILLE. Cemetery hours don't allow guests to verify whether a green-eyed ghoul really howls at the moon. The story of the statue of six-year old Inez Clark disappearing during storms also remains a legend, but a walk through the historical 1860 graveyard during the day is still a worthwhile experience. Inexpensive maps and guides are offered to help visitors identify famous gravesites, including that of the city's first white settler.
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John Hancock Center

875 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60661 312-751-3681

Description: MAGNIFICENT MILE. After 40 seconds in John Hancock's elevator, visitors are transported many stories above Chicago. From there, the city's third-largest building offers views that stretch out to 80 miles on a clear day. Food and drink are available in the restaurant and lounge, and informational exhibits are on display in four different languages. Should you be around in February, you may want to skip the elevator ride and run to the top with other participants who "Hustle up the Hancock" to benefit the American Lung Association.
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Lincoln Park

2045 N Lincoln Park W, Chicago, IL 60614 312-742-7726

Description: LINCOLN PARK. Don't let this park's origins as a municipal burial ground keep you away. Since its inception, the parcel named for the 16th US president has offered enormous greenways highlighted by boulevards and promenades designed for leisurely rides and strolls. Lincoln Park also offers scenic ponds and walking paths, graced by lake breezes and constant views of Chicago's stunning skyline.
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Little Italy

Taylor St at Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60607

Description: LITTLE ITALY. Folks undertaking strict diets should probably skirt this busy Chicago neighborhood, where tempting aromas of deep dish pizza fill the air. Little Italy, in fact, is perennially popular for its cozy, family-operated restaurants and unique neighborhood groceries. You'll also find two prominent Catholic churches in the neighborhood.
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Navy Pier

600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 312-595-7437

Description: STREETERVILLE. Since 1916, Navy Pier has been home not only to the military but to scores of special attractions. Now purely commercial, the pier offers everything from an IMAX theater to performances by a Shakespeare troupe. You can view dancing in a grand ballroom, ride the splendor of a fifteen-story ferris wheel (a replica of the one at Chicago's 1893 World's Fair), or relax to the sounds of waves quietly lapping on the lakeshore.
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Odyssey Cruises

600 E Grand Ave, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL 60611 866-305-2469

Description: STREETERVILLE. Up the ante on sightseeing with Odyssey's dinner cruise packages. The company offers yacht tours along the shores of Lake Michigan, and incredible views of the city are standard, especially at night. Lunch and brunch packages are also available on the vessel, which features three enclosed decks and an upper, open-air one. Live music adds to the appeal, especially during special-event cruises. Outings typically last two to three hours and should be booked well in advance.
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Seadog Cruises ­ Lake Tours

600 E Grand Ave, Navy Pier's East Dock, Chicago, IL 60611 888-636-7737

Description: STREETERVILLE. Appropriate for both adults and young ones, the "Seadog" speedboat offers a more thrilling ride than the average boat tour ­ think more than 2000 horsepower, and you've got the idea. Cruise at higher speeds for a 30-minute lake tour, or opt for a slower, 75-minute architecture tour. All options include fast-paced music as you jet around Lake Michigan, along with a hosted summary of Chicago fun-facts.
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Union Station

210 S Canal St, Chicago, IL 60606 312-655-2481

Description: WEST LOOP. Union Station's Great Hall has been photographed time and again by people seeking to capture the essence of America's past and the architectural beauty of a bygone era. In its heyday, the station hosted approximately 300 trains and 10,000 passengers each day. Today, long wooden benches still stand against a muted backdrop of pink Tennessee marble, Corinthian columns, and bronze accents. Few places say "Chicago" more than Union Station. A historic American landmark.
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University of Chicago

1101 E 58th St, Rosenwald Hall, Chicago, IL 60637 773-702-1234

Description: SOUTH SIDE. Founded by oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller, the University of Chicago features 211 acres and 243 buildings on campus. The land for the school was donated by Marshall Field, founder of the department stores of the same name. Currently the school serves 4100 undergraduates and 8900 post-graduate students. The grounds of the school are well-manicured, and the campus boasts a number of historic buildings, such as the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, and museums, including the David and Alfred Smart Museum and the Oriental Institute Museum.
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Wrigley Building

400-410 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 312-923-8080

Description: MAGNIFICENT MILE. The Wrigley Building is one of the city's (and the nation's) most notable corporate landmarks. Comprised of two towers connected by an open walkway, the building takes inspiration for its shape from the Seville Cathedral's Giralda Tower in Spain, and its design is an Americanized version of French Renaissance style. Prominent features include 250,000 individual glazed terra cotta tiles, a large exterior clock, and lovely interior brass accents.
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