Historic Sites in Chicago

Historic Sites in Chicago, IL

Chicago Historic Sites

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  • Morella
    Farmington Hills, MI1,010 contributions
    Absolutely loved this place!

    There are different environments connected by doors. Each one has a different theme. Plants and flowers are in great shape, evidently cared well.

    The diversity of environments and colors is enjoyable.

    There is also an area where you can drink coffee and teas, and have good quality croissants and muffins. This was a great find.

    Some of the areas have pathways through the plants. Nicely done.

    Reservations highly recommended at this time.
    Written 7 May 2022
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  • Paradise597180
    Chicago, IL3 contributions
    My wife and I went on the Robie house tour for the first time and found it super interesting. Wright's design are quite beautiful and unique and this tour is a great way to experience his talents and family life. Great tour for out of towners and life long Chicagoans.
    Written 8 May 2022
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  • apdemas
    Sterling, VA694 contributions
    Really enjoyed the tour of the building, all the little details and stories were fantastic. The tour guide was knowledgeable and did a great job of providing just enough information to be interesting and engaging, but not so much that it was overwhelming. The gift shop was decent too.

    We did a walk-up tour and there was plenty of space.
    Written 5 December 2021
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  • joe-chicago-23
    Chesterfield, MO912 contributions
    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 26 July 2021
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  • Peter A
    1 contribution
    The guided tours restarted on our last day in Chicago before flying back to the UK so we were lucky as I really wanted to see this place.The building is an ordinary looking one but in my opinion is hallowed ground.The tour was illuminating and our guide knowledgeable and enthusiastic.Standing in the studio where Chuck Berry was made to play Johnny B Goode 14 times before being deemed good enough to go to the actual recording studio was,for me,worth the trip alone.We ended in the main recording studio listening to various Chess artists being played back from the control room-Muddy Waters has never sounded so elemental or powerful.
    They ask for a $20 donation which I would have gladly given for free .
    If you are a blues fan you'll love it-if you're not-you will love the history.
    Magic way to end our USA trip.
    Written 1 April 2022
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  • Jocelyn G
    Cedar Falls, IA8 contributions
    I recently participated in a walking tour of the South Prairie Avenue Historic District which included the Glessner House, and our tour guide, William Tyre, was incredible. Our group of 21 people remained captivated throughout our time. The stories he shared made the area come to life, and the facts and figures were mind-boggling. William was wonderful to work with as my group had a time limit. He was accomodating and gracious, a perfect host.
    Written 28 April 2022
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  • Copia W
    14 contributions
    This lobby is amazing, and the food is too. It feels like sitting in a palace.
    The only dowsides were:
    1. A guy who gives tours soent a full half hour walking a crowd around the lobby, loudly announcing what tgey were viewing. No one sat down, had a drink, soaked it in. It downgraded our experience to the point that we returned to our room, rather than feel like we were part of the scenery on display.
    2. Saturday night was crazy crowded! As we ate an (excellent) dinner with fun cocktails, there was a line of people waiting for and seating that opened up. The Palmer House should consider having the Lockwood sit down resturant (not just the lobby area) open for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights.
    When visiting the lobby, don’t overlook checking out the ground floor shops too. The gorgous marble hallways are amazing, and there is still a shoe shine service available there.
    Written 3 April 2022
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  • David H
    Montpelier, VT121 contributions
    While visiting with my sister, we took a stroll onto Dearborn Street. She suggested we take a look at the mosaics at the Marquette Building. Its design was overseen by Owen Aldis in 1895 after reading the diaries of a Jesuit priest, known as Father Jacques Marquette. The work depicted portrays the Jesuit p.o.v. but attempts to make the indigenous tribes in part noble. Worth the time.
    Written 30 December 2019
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  • Darrenmc7
    11 contributions
    Visited here in November 2019. If your a blues fan this is an absolute must. The tour is set in the original chess records building and the staff were great when we there.
    Our tour guide an ex pat from Manchester made it a very enjoyable experience and his passion for blues was evident.
    This place should be top of the list for all blues fans visiting Chicago.
    Written 12 November 2021
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  • Bob C
    Batesburg, SC48 contributions
    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 27 February 2020
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL7,535 contributions
    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 9 November 2020
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  • GuatemalaCiclista
    Chicago, IL357 contributions
    I had just read about the Eastland Disaster in the Chicago River in 1915 and was motivated to visit the tombs of some of the dead. There is a memorial in section 16 that merits a visit. In that very same section are buried some of those that perished that fateful July day. Many of the tombs have porcelain disk shaped photos of the deceased in their youthful glory. If you visit, please read about the Eastland before going in order to have the proper frame of mind. Jay Bonansinga wrote a great book on the subject.
    Written 23 December 2020
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  • ELKW
    United States11,495 contributions
    it's a beautiful mansion, but now become the salvation army college for officer's training, it has a big lawn, and inside the house, there is a grand living room, the floor of the corridor has very classic patterns, the ceiling also has decoration, at the end of the corridor, you can look through the glass and see the lawn. The elevator used was one of the oldest. There is a library room as well.
    Written 16 December 2017
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  • Maria G
    1 contribution
    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 27 December 2020
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  • Allen21096
    Chicago, IL29,714 contributions
    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 29 January 2018
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