View places to visit in Chicago for architecture & history buffs. Chicago architecture has a very rich history, discover some spots to see in this itinerary.

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History and architecture go hand in hand in Chicago. After the Great Chicago Fire, the city reinvented itself, and the plan that Daniel Burnham and Frederick Law Olmsted developed for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition became a model for the rest of the city. Around the turn of the 20th century, innovations like the First Chicago School of architecture (the first skyscrapers) and the Prairie School architectural movement (Frank Lloyd Wright) came into being.



The Berghoff



❏ Start off the morning with fresh New American dishes at Atwood Café inside Hotel Burnham, a Kimpton Hotel, housed in the historic Reliance Building.

❏ Then head over to the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) and take a Pedway Tour to learn about history and architecture from underneath the city. On Saturday mornings, take their South Side "L" Train Tour and discover Bronzeville, Chinatown, the South Loop and more from elevated trains.



❏ Refuel in a historic landmark building with a pizza at Acanto.

❏ Then explore the Harold Washington Library Center. This building is purported to mirror different stages of the city's architectural past. To the east is the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, which opened in 1889.

❏ Enjoy high tea at the Palm Court in The Drake Hotel, a grand old hotel that hosted notable celebrities.

❏ Shop the many specialty shops on State Street as well as retail centers like Macy's on State Street and Block 37, or head to nearby Wabash Avenue for historic Jewelers Row.



❏ For dinner, enjoy classic German fare and pints at The Berghoff. It's been around since 1898 and retains the city's first liquor license.

❏ Spend the night at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, the recently opened lodging housed within a historic Venetian Gothic landmark building.



Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio



❏ Fill up on inventive farm-to-table fare at Perennial Virant.

❏ Then take off for the Chicago History Museum to learn of the city's colorful past.



❏ For a weekend lunch, don't miss the tender baby back ribs at the historic Twin Anchors Restaurant & Tavern.

❏ Venture a bit outside the city to Oak Park, where you'll find the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and learn about the life of this architectural genius.



❏ For dinner, enjoy the rustic, seasonal dishes at Sepia. In 1890, its building was a print shop. Today, artifacts of a bygone era adorn its interior.


Plus... Pullman National Monument

A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum

Glimpse into the life of a Pullman porter at the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum. The Pullman neighborhood was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1970 - and more recently, a National Monument.

Macy's on State Street
111 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 781-1000
Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 642-4600
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
951 Chicago Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302
(312) 994-4000
Block 37
108 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 261-4738
Twin Anchors Restaurant
1655 N. Sedgwick St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 266-1616
One W. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 368-1900
Perennial Virant
1800 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 981-7070
Berghoff Restaurant
17 W. Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 427-3170
123 N. Jefferson St.
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 441-1920
18 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 578-0763
The Drake Hotel
140 E. Walton Pl.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 787-2200
Burnham, a Kimpton Hotel
One W. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 782-1111
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
50 E. Congress Pkwy.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 341-2361
Chicago Architecture Foundation
224 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 922-3432
National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum
10406 S. Maryland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60628
(773) 850-8580
The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
12 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 940-3552
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