Self-guided Sightseeing Tour #7 in Chicago, United States


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 30 sights
Distance 11.7 km
Ascend 848 m
Descend 832 m

Experience Chicago in United States in a whole new way with our self-guided sightseeing tour. This site not only offers you practical information and insider tips, but also a rich variety of activities and sights you shouldn't miss. Whether you love art and culture, want to explore historical sites or simply want to experience the vibrant atmosphere of a lively city - you'll find everything you need for your personal adventure here.

Activities in ChicagoIndividual Sights in Chicago

Sight 1: Milton Lee Olive Park

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Milton Lee Olive Park is a public park in the city of Chicago, Illinois. Designed by Dan Kiley, the park is located west of the James W. Jardine Water Purification Plant and adjacent to Jane Addams Memorial Park and Ohio Street Beach. The park provides large grassy areas for recreation as well as paths for walking, jogging, and biking. Several benches are located in the park either in open, sunny areas or areas shaded by tall honey locust trees. The park contains multiple fountains creating large, circular seating areas. Open views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline can be appreciated from the park.

Wikipedia: Milton Lee Olive Park (EN)

1765 meters / 21 minutes

Sight 2: Ogden Plaza

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William Ogden Plaza Park is a 1.38-acre (0.56 ha) park in Streeterville, Chicago, in the U.S. state of Illinois. The park is named after William B. Ogden.

Wikipedia: Ogden Plaza Park (EN), Website

199 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 3: Chicago Rising from the Lake

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Chicago Rising from the Lake

Chicago Rising from the Lake (1954) is a bronze sculpture by Milton Horn. The sculpture shows a woman, rising from waters of Lake Michigan, with flames, animals and wheat. It represents Chicago's rebirth after the Great Chicago Fire, and subsequent rise to become a leader in transportation, stockyards and commodities.

Wikipedia: Chicago Rising from the Lake (EN)

420 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 4: Jack Brickhouse

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An outdoor sculpture of Jack Brickhouse is installed along Michigan Avenue, near the Chicago River bridge, in Chicago, Illinois. The bust was originally dedicated in 2000, and renovated in 2009.

Wikipedia: Bust of Jack Brickhouse (EN)

290 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 5: McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum

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The DuSable Bridge is a bascule bridge that carries Michigan Avenue across the main stem of the Chicago River in downtown Chicago, Illinois, United States. The bridge was proposed in the early 20th century as part of a plan to link Grant Park (downtown) and Lincoln Park (uptown) with a grand boulevard. Construction of the bridge started in 1918, it opened to traffic in 1920, and decorative work was completed in 1928. The bridge provides passage for vehicles and pedestrians on two levels. An example of a fixed trunnion bascule bridge, it may be raised to allow tall ships and boats to pass underneath. The bridge is included in the Michigan–Wacker Historic District and has been designated as a Chicago Landmark.

Wikipedia: DuSable Bridge (EN), Website

392 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 6: Chicago Riverwalk

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The Chicago Riverwalk is a multi-use public open space located on the south bank of the main branch of the Chicago River in Chicago, extending from Lake Michigan and the Outer Drive Bridge westward to Lake Street. The Chicago Riverwalk contains restaurants, bars, cafes, small parks, boat and kayak rentals, a Vietnam War memorial, and other amenities.

Wikipedia: Chicago Riverwalk (EN)

73 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 7: Seventeenth Church of Christ Scientist

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Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, built in 1968, is a modern style Christian Science church building located in The Loop at 55 East Wacker Drive, in Chicago, Illinois in the United States. It was designed by noted Chicago-based architect Harry Weese, whose most famous work is the Washington Metro but who is remembered best as the architect who "shaped Chicago’s skyline and the way the city thought about everything from the lakefront to its treasure-trove of historical buildings."

Wikipedia: Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist (EN)

144 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 8: Heald Square Monument

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The Heald Square Monument is a bronze sculpture group by Lorado Taft in Heald Square, Chicago, Illinois. It depicts General George Washington and the two principal financiers of the American Revolution: Robert Morris and Haym Salomon. Following Taft's 1936 death, the sculpture was completed by his associates Leonard Crunelle, Nellie Walker and Fred Torrey.

Wikipedia: Heald Square Monument (EN)

269 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 9: Page Brothers Building

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Page Brothers Building

The north facade facing Lake Street of the Page Brothers Building, 177-91 North State Street in the Loop community area of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States, features the city's last remaining cast iron front. Although this example was built after the 1871 Great Chicago Fire, iron facades were a common construction technique before the fire, and many of the iron fronts melted due to the intense heat. The original 5 story structure was built by John Mills Van Osdel, a prominent post-Fire architect known for buildings in the Jewelers Row District and Old Main at the University of Arkansas. In 1902, the west facade facing State Street was remodeled and another floor was added, reflecting the reorientation of commercial activity from Lake to State Street.

Wikipedia: Page Brothers Building (EN)

75 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 10: Chicago Theatre

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The Chicago Theatre, originally known as the Balaban and Katz Chicago Theatre, is a landmark theater located on North State Street in the Loop area of Chicago, Illinois. Built in 1921, the Chicago Theatre was the flagship for the Balaban and Katz (B&K) group of theaters run by A. J. Balaban, his brother Barney Balaban and partner Sam Katz. Along with the other B&K theaters, from 1925 to 1945 the Chicago Theatre was a dominant movie theater enterprise. Currently, Madison Square Garden, Inc. owns and operates the Chicago Theatre as a 3600 seat performing arts venue for stage plays, magic shows, comedy, speeches, sporting events and popular music concerts.

Wikipedia: Chicago Theatre (EN), Website

196 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 11: James M. Nederlander Theatre

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The James M. Nederlander Theatre is a theater located at 24 West Randolph Street in the Loop area of downtown Chicago, Illinois. Previously known as the Oriental Theatre, it opened in 1926 as a deluxe movie palace and vaudeville venue. Today the Nederlander presents live Broadway theater and is operated by Broadway In Chicago, currently seating 2,253.

Wikipedia: Nederlander Theatre (Chicago) (EN), Website

107 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 12: Albert Ivar Goodman Theatre

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Goodman Theatre is a professional theater company located in Chicago's Loop. A major part of the Chicago theatre scene, it is the city's oldest currently active nonprofit theater organization. Part of its present theater complex occupies the landmark Harris and Selwyn Theaters property.

Wikipedia: Goodman Theatre (EN)

91 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 13: Owen Bruner Goodman Theatre

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The Harris and Selwyn Theaters are twin theatres located in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois. They were built by Sam H. Harris and Archie and Edgar Selwyn. They were designated a Chicago Landmark on March 31, 1983. They have been redesigned by the Goodman Theatre, which is located in them.

Wikipedia: Harris and Selwyn Theaters (EN), Website

243 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 14: Monument With Standing Beast

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Monument with Standing Beast is a sculpture by Jean Dubuffet previously located in front of the Helmut Jahn designed James R. Thompson Center in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois. Its location was across the street from Chicago City Hall to the South and diagonal across the street from the Daley Center to the southeast. It is a 29-foot (8.8 m) white fiberglass work of art. The piece is a 10-ton or 20,000 pounds (9,100 kg) work. It was unveiled on November 28, 1984.

Wikipedia: Monument with Standing Beast (EN)

248 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 15: Cadillac Palace Theatre

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The Cadillac Palace Theatre is operated by Broadway In Chicago, a Nederlander company and seats 2,344. It is located at 151 West Randolph Street in the Chicago Loop area. Opened in 1926 and designed largely in the French Baroque style, it is connected to the historic Eitel Brothers' Bismarck Hotel, and was for a time known as the, Bismarck Theatre. Cadillac has held the naming rights since 1999.

Wikipedia: Cadillac Palace Theatre (EN)

466 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 16: Loop Synagogue

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The Chicago Loop Synagogue is an Orthodox Jewish synagogue, located at 16 South Clark Street, in the Loop precinct of Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. Completed in 1958, the synagogue is renowned for a stained glass artwork by Abraham Rattner.

Wikipedia: Loop Synagogue (EN)

58 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 17: Residence Inn Chicago Downtown/Loop

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11 South LaSalle Street Building or Eleven South LaSalle Street Building is a Chicago Landmark building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and that is located at 11 South LaSalle Street in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois, United States. This address is located on the southeast corner of LaSalle and Madison Street in Cook County, Illinois, across the Madison Street from the One North LaSalle Building. The building sits on a site of a former Roanoke building that once served as a National Weather Service Weather Forecast official climate site and replaced Major Block 1 after the Great Chicago Fire. The current building has incorporated the frontage of other buildings east of the original site of Major Block 1.

Wikipedia: Roanoke Building (EN), Website

606 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 18: Civic Opera House

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The Civic Opera House, also called Lyric Opera House is an opera house located at 20 North Wacker Drive in Chicago. The Civic's main performance space, named for Ardis Krainik, seats 3,563, making it the second-largest opera auditorium in North America, after the Metropolitan Opera House. Built for the Chicago Civic Opera, it has been home to the Lyric Opera of Chicago since 1954 and the Joffrey Ballet since 2021. It is part of a complex with a 45-story office tower and two 22-story wings, known as the Civic Opera Building that opened November 4, 1929 and features Art Deco details.

Wikipedia: Civic Opera House (Chicago) (EN), Website

888 meters / 11 minutes

Sight 19: Chicago Union Station

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Chicago Union Station

Chicago Union Station is an intercity and commuter rail terminal located in the West Loop neighborhood of the Near West Side of Chicago. Amtrak's flagship station in the Midwest, Union Station is the terminus of eight national long-distance routes and seven regional corridor routes. Six Metra commuter lines also terminate here.

Wikipedia: Chicago Union Station (EN), Website

703 meters / 8 minutes

Sight 20: National Hellenic Museum

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The National Hellenic Museum is the second oldest American institution dedicated to displaying and celebrating the cultural contributions of Greeks and Greek-Americans. Formerly known as the Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center, the National Hellenic Museum is located in Chicago’s Greektown, at the corner of Halsted and Van Buren Streets. The National Hellenic Museum has recently undergone a modernization program that cumulated in the museum moving to its current building in December 2011. The official opening of the NHM took place on December 10th, 2011 and proved to be a marked event within the Greek community of Chicago.

Wikipedia: National Hellenic Museum (EN)

387 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 21: Greektown

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Greektown is a social and dining district, located on the Near West Side of the United States' city of Chicago, Illinois. Today, Greektown consists mostly of restaurants and businesses, although a cultural museum and an annual parade and festival still remain in the neighborhood.

Wikipedia: Greektown, Chicago (EN)

1136 meters / 14 minutes

Sight 22: Haymarket Memorial

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Haymarket Memorial

The Haymarket affair, also known as the Haymarket massacre, the Haymarket riot, the Haymarket Square riot, or the Haymarket Incident, was the aftermath of a bombing that took place at a labor demonstration on May 4, 1886, at Haymarket Square in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The rally began peacefully in support of workers striking for an eight-hour work day, the day after the events at the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company, during which one person was killed and many workers injured. An unknown person threw a dynamite bomb at the police as they acted to disperse the meeting, and the bomb blast and ensuing retaliatory gunfire by the police caused the deaths of seven police officers and at least four civilians; dozens of others were wounded.

Wikipedia: Haymarket affair (EN)

386 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 23: Chicago and North Western Railway Power House

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Chicago and North Western Railway Power House

The Chicago and North Western Railway Power House is the historic power house which served the 1911 Chicago and North Western Terminal in Chicago, Illinois. The building was designed by Frost & Granger in 1909; it was mainly designed in the Beaux Arts style but also exhibits elements of the Italian Renaissance Revival style. Construction on the building finished in 1911, the same year the terminal opened. The irregularly shaped building borders Clinton Street, Milwaukee Avenue, Lake Street, and the former Chicago and North Western tracks, which are now used by Metra for its Union Pacific District. The power house was built in cream brick with terra cotta trim, cornices, and ornamentation; the corner of the house at Clinton and Milwaukee features a 227-foot (69 m) brick smokestack. The building contained four rooms, a large engine room and boiler room and a smaller engineer's office and reception room. The Chicago Tribune reported in 1948 that the power house output enough power to serve a city of 15,000 people. The power house ceased to serve the station in the 1960s, but when the terminal was demolished and replaced by Ogilvie Transportation Center in 1984, the power house survived. It is one of two remaining railroad power houses in Chicago and the only remaining power house for the Chicago and North Western.

Wikipedia: Chicago and North Western Railway Power House (EN)

302 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 24: Constellation

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Constellation is a sculpture by Santiago Calatrava, installed along the Chicago River in Chicago, Illinois. The 29-foot-tall red sculpture was privately funded.

Wikipedia: Constellation (sculpture) (EN)

951 meters / 11 minutes

Sight 25: Crossing

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Crossing is a sculpture by Hubertus Von Der Goltz, installed on La Salle Street in Chicago, Illinois. The 25-foot-tall steel artwork has a statue of a man on top of a V-shaped structure. Installed in 1998, it is the only extant permanent work from the 17th annual International Sculpture Conference hosted by Chicago.

Wikipedia: Crossing (sculpture) (EN)

776 meters / 9 minutes

Sight 26: Former Chicago Historical Society Building

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Former Chicago Historical Society Building

The Former Chicago Historical Society Building is a historic landmark located at 632 N. Dearborn Street on the northwest corner of Dearborn and Ontario streets near downtown Chicago. Built in 1892, the granite-clad building is a prime example of Henry Ives Cobb's Richardsonian Romanesque architecture. Henry Cobb designed this home for Walter Loomis Newberry, founder of the Newberry Library in Chicago. The building was designated a Chicago Landmark in 1997. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, under the name, Old Chicago Historical Society Building.

Wikipedia: Former Chicago Historical Society Building (EN)

281 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 27: Ransom R. Cable House

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The Cable House is a Richardsonian Romanesque-style house near Michigan Avenue at 25 E. Erie St. in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The house was built in 1886 by Cobb and Frost for socialite Ransom R. Cable. It was designated a Chicago Landmark on October 2, 1991.

Wikipedia: Cable House (EN)

68 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 28: Richard H. Driehaus Museum

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The Richard H. Driehaus Museum is a museum located at 40 East Erie Street on the Near North Side in Chicago, Illinois, near the Magnificent Mile. The museum is housed within the historic Samuel M. Nickerson House, the 1883 residence of a wealthy Chicago banker. Although the mansion has been restored, the Driehaus Museum does not re-create the Nickerson period but rather broadly interprets and displays the prevailing design, architecture, and decorating tastes of Gilded Age America and the art nouveau era in permanent and special exhibitions.

Wikipedia: Driehaus Museum (EN), Website

35 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 29: Nickerson House

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Nickerson HouseTeemu008 from Palatine, Illinois / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Samuel M. Nickerson House, located at 40 East Erie Street in the Near North Side neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, is a Chicago Landmark. It was designed by Edward J. Burling of the firm of Burling and Whitehouse and built for Samuel and Mathilda Nickerson in 1883. Samuel M. Nickerson was a prominent figure in the rising national banking industry, who was said to have owned at one point more national bank stock than anyone else in the United States.

Wikipedia: Nickerson House (EN)

181 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 30: Former Medinah Temple

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The Medinah Temple is a large Moorish Revival building in Chicago built by Shriners architects Huehl & Schmid in 1912.

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