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  • Pure_Diamond
    Helsinki, Finland180 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I'm afraid of heights and thought that I can't do this: stand on 103rd class floor and look down. We had 90 secs time to stand on that floor and I sneaked there and looked down. Wow... I did it👍👍👍. Very proud of myself..

    What a view.... I recommend this experience👍
    Written 18 May 2024
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  • LaurenSCO
    Scotland, UK97 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most amazing views! The tilt experience was great and I thought, reasonably priced! Staff were nice and queues moved fast. Only thing that stopped it being a 5 was the cost of the photos. You expect to pay a bit more at these things but I felt $30 for one print was excessive.
    Would definitely recommend when in Chicago!
    Written 21 November 2023
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  • MojoLad
    Graton, CA305 contributions
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    We went here just to check out the famed Tiffany Dome, but as there was a free docent-led tour starting, decided to take in the whole experience. It was wonderful! And free! The building itself is something else, with jaw-droppingly beautiful mosaics throughout, recently cleaned and now in their full original glory, and of course the Dome, which just in itself is worthy of a visit. There's also a cool little (unafiiated) gift shop with very interesting art & souvenirs for sale entirely created by local Chicago artists. Strongly recommended.
    Written 22 April 2024
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  • Eva T
    United Kingdom2,342 contributions
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    When I prepared a list of places to visit while in Chicago this Cathedral was recommended mainly because of its intriguing ceiling. We took red line subway which stopped near it. All comments about the amazing ceiling were correct, it was breathtaking. During our visit the school connected to the Cathedral prepared the space for pupils graduation. The toilets were in the basement and there was an elevator people like me using walking stick, can use. After we came out we saw row of pupils in the graduation dress going in.
    Written 5 June 2024
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  • Disneybus
    Pittsgrove, NJ907 contributions
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    This was an excellent tour of one of Wright's best prairie homes. Our docent was outstanding, guiding us through the rooms and embellishing the classic Wright designs with the flow of the home. This is our ninetieth Wright structure, and have become familiar with his work. Just as fascinating as the design is the history of these homes, normally ending with a Historic preservation trust. Wright designed the house for the entrepreneur and inventor Fredrick Robbie in 1910. This house might better be called and The Wilbur home, as in 1911 Robbie fell into financial trouble and sold it to David Lee Taylor, who died a year later then passing it to the Wilbur family. The Wilbur family sold the property in 1926 to the Chicago Theological Seminary for use as married-student housing. They twice proposed tearing down the house leading to grassroots protests that included Wright himself. The building was saved and transferred to the University of Chicago until 1997, when it executed a lease with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Photos are permitted and you're not required to cover up footwear. Most of the furnishings were lost during the transitions and the house is now mostly empty. Tours are busy so reservations are a must. In 2019, Robbie House was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Written 12 June 2024
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  • Deanna V
    2 contributions
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    Came for the architecture and left with a rich understanding of the intersection between historical religious figures and Chicago industrialists. Couldn’t stop Googling to learn more when I got home. Grace is a passionately authentic tour guide.
    Written 13 June 2024
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  • joaniemaria
    Eldridge, IA4,744 contributions
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    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 25 April 2024
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  • Disneybus
    Pittsgrove, NJ907 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    After arriving on the Zephyr, my wife and I had a rough time traversing thought the subterranean maze, collecting our suitcases, and exiting to find Ubers. There's lots of construction in the abyss, and as such there's little helpful signage and direction. It was difficult for us as seasoned travelers; we did ask questions multiple times and finally found our way to street level. I was excited seeing the famous staircase filmed in the Untouchables where Kevin Costner and Andy Garcia captured the bookkeeper! Of course I couldn't resist reenacting the scene - "Got him"
    Written 7 June 2024
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN5,221 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Tribune Tower is an impressive neo-gothic skyscraper in downtown Chicago, and it is one of the many iconic buildings that gives the city its reputation as having some of the most impressive architecture of any city in the world. Completed in 1925, it sits at a prominent location near the corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive where Michigan Ave crosses the Chicago River. The whole area makes for some great photos and can also be experienced by strolling on the Chicago Riverwalk. This was once home to the Chicago Tribune newspaper but has been converted into residences in the past 10 years. It is interestingly decorated on the exterior with rocks embedded into the walls from many famous landmarks of the world.
    Written 10 March 2024
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  • sanju_222323
    New Jersey15,989 contributions
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    At 398 feet tall, it is located on the Magnificent Mile directly across Michigan Avenue from the Tribune Tower. Its two towers in an elaborate style were built between 1920 and 1924

    It is so recognizable; that it hardly needs an introduction. A luminous white beacon known the world over as a beloved symbol of Chicago’s preeminence in architecture and commerce.

    The land was selected by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. for the headquarters of his company. It was Chicago's first air-conditioned office building. If one walks through the center doors, one will enter a secluded park area overlooking the Chicago River.

    The Wrigley Building was sold in 2011 to a group of investors (Zeller Realty Group and Groupon co-founders). The new owners made the building more attractive to businesses by adding Walgreens, a coffee shop, and more.

    I like this quote about the Wrigley Building- “It looks like the city was built just to provide the Wrigley Building with a backdrop.
    Written 5 June 2024
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  • pyegirl
    Rome, Italy1,432 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is the place to go if you are in the market for new, high end kitchen appliances or remodel fixtures and you want to see them and talk to peopel who know the differences between all the diff models/products. For those of us who live in small markets and can't actually see the actual appliances and are left to guess with either sales people who don't know squat (eg. Best Buy or small appliance stores that hire your college student on vacation), this is the place to go to really shop.

    Make an appointment with all the show rooms and have them tell you about their products. They don't actually sell you the product, but they are very knowledgeable. Thermador, Bosch, Miele, Wolf, Monogram, Dakor, Waterworks, you name it, it's there.

    One stop shopping with people who know their stuff.
    Written 27 September 2023
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN5,221 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique architecture and buildings with historic importance. Built in the 1960s and located right on the Chicago River in downtown, this building complex is not only famous for its unusual design but was the first urban high-rise development that was meant to encourage people to move back into the city. It was a futuristic self-contained "city withing a city" providing all the amenities that you need in one place including a theater, gym, swimming pool, ice rink, bowling alley, stores, restaurants, and even a boat marina. It became the model for other developments in cities throughout the US. Great views by strolling along the Chicago Riverwalk or even better you can go on an architecture boat tour on the river.
    Written 11 March 2024
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  • Grover R
    Pensacola, FL21,804 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The University of Chicago was created and gifted by John D Rockefeller, one of the wealthiest people to ever live. For decades it has been a worldwide research leader in so many fields. As an economics major, so much of my studies in the 1980s were derived from Milton Friedman and the Economics School here.

    Most people are totally unaware that the roots of the university are from the American Baptist Education Society as Rockefeller was a devoted Baptist. This Gothic Revival Church commands a prominent position on the SE corner of the campus. At 200 feet it is by covenant to be the tallest structure on campus. Additionally is a self supported structure with no steel, like the medieval cathedrals of Europe.

    Unfortunately, we walked the campus before 10 so the Chapel was not opened. Still it was an impressive site on its exterior.
    Written 2 August 2022
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN5,221 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Although now known uninspiring as "875 North Michigan Avenue", this impressive modern skyscraper located along the Magnificent Mile will always be remembered as The John Hancock Center. Built in 1968, it was the second tallest building in the world. Only the Empire State Building was taller. Now it is only the 5th tallest building in just Chicago. However, it remains an iconic landmark and is a key contributor to making Chicago one of the best cities for architecture in the world. For a steep price, you can visit the 360 Chicago Observation Deck on the 95th floor for incredible views both day and night. There is also a separate restaurant on the 94th floor. I think the views from the John Hancock are better than the Sears Tower (Willis Tower) but the later can claim to be the tallest in the city.
    Written 11 March 2024
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN5,221 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Art Deco Skyscraper built in 1930 is a National Historic Landmark. It stands at the end of the Lasalle Canyon which is made up of other historic building of note. Recognizable from its frequent use in the Batman movies. Just one of the many skyscrapers in Chicago that adds to the city's justified claims as having some of the most interesting architecture of any city in the world.
    Written 10 March 2024
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