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.
❏ Start off the morning with fresh New American dishes at
Atwood Café inside Hotel Burnham, a Kimpton Hotel, housed in the historic
❏ 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
❏ 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
❏ Spend the night at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, the
recently opened lodging housed within a historic Venetian Gothic landmark
❏ 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
❏ 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
❏ For dinner, enjoy the rustic, seasonal dishes at Sepia.
In 1890, its building was a print shop. Today, artifacts of a bygone era adorn
Plus... Pullman National
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.