Chicago Living - Places - Sites - Chicago, Illinois, USA

Places such as parks, buildings, public gardens and zoos, notable buildings, libraries, interesting places; see also the listings for Venues, Museums, Dining, and Housing; see Activities for cultural centers
  • 606, The: elevated park; 4.3 km route for biking and walking
  • Album: CHI Album; a collection of images of Chicago's sites, skyline, and street scenes
  • Antique Market: Chicago Antique Market; Randolph Street Market, Indie Designer Market, Modern Vintage Chicago, Holiday Market
  • Aquarium Shedd: John G. Shedd Aquarium; world's largest indoor aquarium; on Lake Michigan shore; see photo
  • Architecture Buildings: Emporis.com entry for Chicago; shows information about Chicago's major office and other buildings
  • Bars: BarsOnLine; Chicago Bars by Neighborhood; click on a map to see neighborhood bars
  • Big Marsh: 112-hectare eco-recreation park in-development
  • Board of Trade: Chicago Board of Trade; open auction and electronic forum for futures exchange in which contracts are bought and sold; these contracts are to accept or deliver a commodity, such as corn, soybeans, wheat, or US Treasury bonds; see photo
  • Botanic Garden: Chicago Botanic Garden; gardens showcase Midwest plants in woodland, prairie, and river habitat; School of the Chicago Botanic Garden offers classes and educational programs; owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County
  • Buildings: Architecture of Chicago; shows off notable architectural landmarks; section of Great Buildings Online, presented by Architecture Week Magazine
  • Chinatown: Chicago-Chinatown; information about Chicago's Chinatown events, history, and attractions; it's Chinatown
  • Cultural Ctr: Chicago Cultural Center; Houses official Visitor's Center at North Michigan Avenue and Washington; visual arts displays; Claudia Cassidy Theater; Preston Bradley Hall; Sidney R. Yates Gallery
  • Garfield Cons: Garfield Park Conservatory; 1.8 hectares of greenhouses and exhibition halls in Garfield Park on Chicago's Westside
  • Goethe Inst: Goethe-Institut Chicago; works for the teaching and dissemination of German language and culture worldwide
  • Graveyards: Graveyards of Chicago; support site for the book of the same name by Matt Hucke and Ursula Bielski; presents many images of headstones and monuments in cemeteries
  • Hancock Observatory: Observatory atop a skyscraper; view Chicago from the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center, 300 meters above Michigan Avenue
  • Historic: National Register of Historic Places; Chicago travel itinerary; introduces the city's history and architecture through looks at early skyscrapers and homes
  • Hospitals: Chicagoland and Illinois hospital Web site links; provided by FindCounseling.com, a resource for individuals interested in mental health and disability issues
  • Hyde Pk-Kenwood: Community Conference; community organization; promotes participation of its residents, businesses, institutions, and organizations
  • Images: Chicago Imagebase; developed by the University of Illinois at Chicago to present a variety of images and information about Chicago's built environment
  • Lake Michigan: Great Lakes Information Network entry for Lake Michigan; Lake Michigan is the only Great Lake located entirely within the United States
  • Landmarks: Buildings, sites of note in Chicago; comprehensive list of notable buildings and historic districts provided by the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Landmarks Division; includes brief description of each and photos
  • Libraries: List of area libraries; provided by Libweb; gives link to official Web site and information link; includes academic, public, and special libraries
  • Library CPL: Chicago Public Library; branch libraries all over the metro area; Harold Washington Library Center is the largest public library building in the world (7 hectares floor space, over 100 km of shelving); see photo
  • Library Newberry: Independent library; research and reference in the humanities; extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, maps, and manuscripts; see photo
  • Magnificent Mile: (1.6 km) Shopping area; information about stores, restaurants, hotels on North Michigan Avenue; provided by the Chicago Magnificent Mile Association
  • Maxwell St Mkt: The New Maxwell Street Market; bargains and bargaining; near W Polk St and S Desplaines St
  • Merchandise Mart: Wholesale showrooms and design center; host of trade shows, conferences; world's largest commercial building; largest wholesale design center; 40 hectares, 25 stories; see photo
  • Millennium Pk: Multiuse parkland; downtown Chicago on Michigan Avenue between Randolph and Monroe Streets; 10 hectare park is center for art, music, architecture and landscape design; Jay Pritzker Pavilion, outdoor concert venue designed by Frank Gehry
  • Navy Pier: Entertainment complex; restaurants, shops, entertainment, attractions, conventions; opened in 1916, once used as a military training site
  • NBC Tower: office building; one block from North Michigan Ave with dining, retail, and entertainment
  • Neighborhoods: Chicago: The City of Neighborhoods; presents a map of neighborhoods; tours available; sponsored by the Chicago Office of Tourism, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
  • Neighborhood Link: Neighborhood Link; neighborhood and nonprofit group information
  • Old Town: Old Town Merchants and Residents Association
  • Parking-Spot Hero: Parking spots around town; rent by the day or longer
  • Parks: Chicago Park District; 3,000 hectares, 552 parks, 33 beaches, 16 lagoons, 10 wildlife gardens
  • Pilsen: Pilsen Little Village; Pilsen is a neighborhood located on Chicago's near west side adjacent to downtown and the South Loop; Little Village is adjacent southwest to Pilsen; Pilsen is known for its colorful murals created by Mexican artists
  • Planetarium Adler: Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum; Chicago planetarium and museum; solar observatory and interactive astronomy exhibits
  • Pullman: Historic planned town; first planned industrial town in America, 1880's; southeast Chicago
  • River: Friends of the Chicago River
  • River North: Shopping and art gallery area; north of the Chicago river in downtown; River North Association
  • Streeterville: Streeterville Chamber of Commerce; neighborhood north of the Chicago River and along Lake Michigan, bordered North Michigan Avenue, Lake Michigan, and the beach; includes Lake Shore Drive, John Hancock Center, Navy Pier, and the Water Tower
  • Union Station: Transportation hub; Amtrak, Metra trains, buses; Great Hall
  • View: View Chicago--View Path and Burnham View; 2.5 km walking trail from Millennium Park to the Museum Campus ending at Burnham View, a memroial to architect Daniel Burnham
  • Wicker Pk & Bucktown: Eclectic neighborhoods; 3 km north of downtown
  • Willis Tower: Skyscraper; office building; formerly called The Sears Tower; 110 stories, 442 meters tall; observation deck; see photo
  • Wrigley Bldg: Wrigley Building
  • Zoo Brookfield: Animal park; 80 hectares in Brookfield, Illinois
  • Zoo Lincoln Pk: Animal park; in lakefront Lincoln Park
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