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Chicago architecture: 10 iconic buildings not to miss
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Chicago architecture: 10 iconic buildings not to miss

Chicago is a city of firsts — and nowhere is this better seen than in its architecture. The site of the now demolished Home Insurance Building (1884-1885), credited as the world's first skyscraper (at a diminutive 10 stories by today's standards), you could write a book on the significance of the Chicago cityscape — which is why so many have. 

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