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Downtown

After the devastation brought by the Chicago Fire of 1871, the central business district, known affectionately as “The Loop,” was rebuilt throughout the 1870s, 1880s and 1890s. This process gave birth to the skyscraper through the use of the steel structural skeleton. Today, downtown Chicago is famous worldwide for its innovative and iconic high-rises, boulevards and beautiful civic spaces—such as Millennium Park, opened in 2004. Particularly in the past decade, Chicago’s downtown has become increasingly residential as university students and full-time residents move to the area.

Community Partners:

Building Owners and Managers Association

Chicago Loop Alliance

The Magnificent Mile Association

Kemper Building

190 S. LaSalle

The Library @ 190 S. LaSalle (courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

190 S. LaSalle St.

The 190 South LaSalle building is both overtly postmodern and tastefully contextual. It was designed … More

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

111 W. Monroe St.

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture's penthouse offices, located in an addition to the Harris … More

Blackstone Renaissance Hotel

Blackstone Renaissance Hotel

636 S. Michigan Ave.

The Blackstone Hotel is an iconic Chicago landmark—a beautiful, historic building with stunning architectural features … More

Chicago Temple (First United Methodist Church)

First United Methodist Church (Chicago Temple Building)

77 W. Washington St.

The Chicago Temple is a 568-foot tall skyscraper that serves as a Neo-Gothic monument to … More

Cliff Dwellers

The Cliff Dwellers (image courtesy of Larry Okrent)

200 S. Michigan Ave. (Borg Warner Building), 22nd floor

Cliff Dwellers sits on top of 220 South Michigan Avenue, just under the iconic Borg … More

Columbia Yacht Club

Columbia Yacht Club

111 N. Lake Shore Dr.

Since 1892, Columbia Yacht Club—located where Randolph Street meets the Lake Michigan shoreline—has been celebrated … More

DIRTT Environmental Solutions

DIRTT Environmental Solutions

325 N. Wells St. Suite 1000

DIRTT’s penthouse suite overlooks the Chicago River from the top of Gustav Hallberg's 1912 Chase … More

Fine Arts Building

Fine Arts Building

410 S. Michigan Ave.

The Fine Arts Building was originally designed as a carriage assembly and showroom for the … More

Gensler

Gensler

11 E. Madison St. (Sullivan Center)

Gensler's services include architecture, interior design, graphic design, urban planning, consulting and product design. Their … More

Goettsch Partners

Goettsch Partners

224 S. Michigan Ave. (Railway Exchange), 17th Floor

Goettsch Partners is a Chicago-based architecture and planning firm that practices internationally, emphasizing a singular … More

HOK

HOK

60 E. Van Buren St. (CNA Building), 14th Floor

HOK’s Chicago office is one of the city’s leading design, architecture, engineering and planning practices. … More

House of Blues

House of Blues, Foundation Room

329 N. Dearborn St.

Acclaimed modernist architect Bertrand Goldberg was the genius behind Chicago's iconic Marina City complex (1959-1967) … More

IA Interior Architects

IA Interior Architects

104 S. Michigan Ave. (Mornoe Building), suite 1200

Located on the 12th floor of the Holabird and Roche designed Monroe building, IA was … More

Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

201 E. Randolph St.

Pritzker Pavilion is the focal point of Millennium Park and a favored gathering spot of … More

Kemper Building

Kemper Building (courtesy of Pete Hill)

One East Wacker Drive

The Kemper Building was the world’s tallest marble-clad office building when it opened and remains … More

Lake Point Tower

Lake Point Tower

505 N. Lakeshore Dr.

Lake Point Tower, with its Y-shape and all-glass curves, is the only high-rise in Chicago … More

Lyric Opera of Chicago - Civic Opera House

Civic Opera House

20 N. Wacker Dr.

This throne-shaped 49-story building is home to the internationally-renowned Lyric Opera of Chicago. It features … More

Monroe Building

Monroe Building (courtesy of Mark Ballogg)

104 S. Michigan Ave.

Completed in 1912, the Monroe Building across from Millennium Park is an architectural masterpiece in … More

Perkins+Will

Perkins+Will (courtesy of Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing)

330 N. Wabash Ave. (IBM Plaza), Suite #3600

Perkins+Will occupy the 35th and 36th floors of the historic Mies-designed building at 330 North … More

Pritzker Military Museum & Library

Pritzker Military Museum & Library

104 S. Michigan Ave. (Monroe Building)

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library features stunning interiors and is housed on floors two … More

RTKL Associates Inc.

RTKL Associates Inc. (courtesy of Patricia Parinejad)

200 S. Michigan Ave. (Borg Warner Building), Suite #1800

RTKL is housed on the 18th & 19th floors of the 22-floor International Style, Borg-Warner … More

Randolph Tower City Apartments

Randolph Tower City Apartments

188 W. Randolph St.

Formerly known as the Steuben Club Building, this 45-story terra cotta Gothic Revival masterpiece was … More

Sky-Line Club

Sky-Line Club

307 N. Michigan Ave.

Perched atop the Old Republic Building, the Sky-Line Club is one of the oldest private … More

Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.

Thornton Tomasetti

330 N. Wabash Ave. (IBM Plaza)

Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. is an international leader in engineering design, investigation and analysis serving clients … More

VOA Associates Incorporated

VOA Associates Inc.

224 S. Michigan Ave. (Railway Exchange), Suite #1400

VOA Associates Incorporated is an international design firm founded in 1969. The Chicago headquarters, with … More

Warwick Allerton Hotel

Warwick Allerton Hotel (courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

701 N. Michigan Ave.

For decades, passersby on Michigan Avenue have gazed up at the luminous red neon sign … More

Bridgeport / Back of the Yards

Both of these neighborhoods have deep industrial roots and were instrumental to the growth of Chicago. Formerly known as Hardscrabble, Bridgeport housed the workers constructing the Illinois & Michigan Canal (completed 1848). As the Union Stock Yards grew into the largest livestock processing, distribution and meatpacking facility in the world, “Back of the Yards,” housed many of the Irish and German immigrants who worked in the nearby slaughterhouses, furnaces and factories. The canal was replaced by the larger Sanitary and Ship Canal in 1900 and the stockyards were closed in 1971—but their influence still remains. Today, Bridgeport boasts artist galleries and thriving new coffee shops, while Back of the Yards is home to some of the most cutting-edge green technology and sustainable industry in the city.

Community Partners:

Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council

Public Media Institute

Testa Produce, Inc (courtesy of Mark Ballogg)

Chicago Maritime Museum at Bridgeport Art Center

Chicago Maritime Museum (courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

1200 W. 35th St.

The Chicago Maritime Museum was established to tell the story of Chicago as a maritime … More

Decorators Supply Corp.

Decorators Supply Corp.

3610 S. Morgan St.

Decorators Supply Corporation traces its history back to 1883 when the original founders, Simon Strahn … More

Ling Shen Ching Tze Temple

Ling Shen Ching Tze Temple (courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

1035 W. 31st St.

This triangular-shaped brick structure was built for the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in 1892. It was … More

St. Mary of Perpetual Help Church

St. Mary of Perpetual Help

1039 W. 32nd St.

St. Mary of Perpetual Help Catholic Church was founded in 1882 to serve the Polish … More

The Plant

The Plant (courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

1400 W. 46th St.

Originally a 93,500-square-foot meatpacking facility, The Plant is steadily developing into Chicago's premier Urban Farm. … More

Zhou B Art Center

Zhou B Art Center

1029 W. 35th St.

Zhou B Art Center is the brainchild of internationally acclaimed contemporary artists and brothers ShanZuo … More

Bronzeville

The "Black Metropolis" of Bronzeville is one of the nation's most significant African-American communities. During the peak of the "Great Migration" in the 1910s and 1920s, thousands of African Americans left the southern United States and immigrated to Chicago in search of work. As a result, Bronzeville became home to many famous figures. The area became a hot spot for jazz music and was influential in the creation of the Civil Rights movement, Negro League Baseball and Black History Month. Due to its affluent past, Bronzeville contains some of Chicago's most distinguished residential architecture and one of the largest concentrations of historic mansions in the city. Beautiful old churches and remnants of the jazz age sit walking distance away from the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology, which contains some of the most notable modernist architecture in the nation.

Community Partners:

Quad Communities Development Corporation

Bronzeville Area Residents and Commerce Council

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Corpus Christi Church

Corpus Christi Church

4900 S. King Dr.

The cornerstone for this Church was laid on August 15, 1914, though the Parish dates … More

First Church of Deliverance

First Church of Deliverance (courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

4315 S. Wabash Ave.

The rare Streamline Moderne (or Art Moderne) First Church of Deliverance was built in 1939 … More

Illinois Institute of Technology, McCormick Tribune Campus Center

Illinois Institute of Technology, McCormick Tribune Campus Center

3201 S. State St.

Any Chicagoan who has ever taken the Green Line is familiar with the steel-and-concrete-encased tube … More

Illinois Institute of Technology, Robert F. Carr Memorial Chapel of St. Savior

Illinois Institute of Technology, Robert F. Carr Memorial Chapel of St. Savior (courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

65 E. 32nd St.

Carr Chapel (also known as the “God box") is Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's only … More

Illinois Institute of Technology, S. R. Crown Hall

S. R. Crown Hall

3360 S. State St.

Once referred to as "the Parthenon of the 20th Century," Crown Hall was designed by … More

Meyers Ace Hardware / Sunset Café

Meyers Ace Hardware / Sunset Café (courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

315 E. 35th St.

This building was converted into the legendary Sunset Café jazz club in 1921 after formerly … More

Sutherland Hotel / Chicago Blues Museum

Chicago Blues Museum (Sutherland Hotel)

4657-4659 S. Drexel Blvd.

This building was originally intended to be the Cooper-Monatah Hotel, but it was commandeered partway … More

Welcome Inn Manor

Welcome Inn Manor

4563 S. Michigan Ave.

Welcome Inn Manor is an elegant bed & breakfast in a repurposed 1893 Queen Anne … More

Edgewater

Technically speaking, Edgewater is the newest of Chicago's 77 official "community areas," having split from Uptown in 1980. But in reality, the neighborhood predates the original community area system, which was developed in the 1920s. The name "Edgewater" dates back to 1886, when a developer purchased land in what was then the suburb of Lake View to create a new subdivision. Lake View and Edgewater were eventually annexed by the City of Chicago. Proximity to the beach and public transit (now the Red Line) turned Edgewater into a booming residential neighborhood offering the amenities of both city life and a beach-side vacation town. The elegant Edgewater Beach Hotel is long gone, but many beautiful high-rises still populate the skyline of Community Area #77 near the north end of Lake Shore Drive.

Community Partners:

48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman's Office

Edgewater Historical Society

Edgewater Chamber of Commerce

Edgewater Beach Apartments (courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

Edgewater Beach Apartments

Edgewater Beach Apartments (courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

5555 N. Sheridan Rd.

In 1928, Edgewater Beach Apartments was completed as the last section of the Edgewater Beach … More

St. Ita Church

St. Ita Church

5500 N. Broadway

St. Ita Parish was founded in Edgewater in 1900. Architect Henry J. Schlacks was commissioned … More

Garfield Park / North Lawndale

Garfield Park and North Lawndale are home to two of the West Side's three grand public parks laid out by William Le Baron Jenney and re-designed by Jens Jensen. The former Central Park—renamed Garfield for the assassinated President in 1881—features the gold-domed Field House and the stunning Garfield Park Conservatory. South Park—renamed Douglas Park after Senator Stephen A. Douglas—sits just blocks from the former Sears, Roebuck & Co. complex in North Lawndale which once employed 22,000 workers. These communities are currently working hard to reemerge from decades of out-migration and declining investment. Recently, small businesses and artists have discovered the benefits that these neighborhoods offer, such as easy access to transit, beautiful architecture, expansive parks and lively communities.

Community Partners:

Foundation for Homan Square

Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica

Albany-Carroll Arts Building

Albany-Carroll Arts Building

319 N. Albany Ave.

This artist loft building is part of a wave sweeping Garfield Park as the creative … More

Charles H. Shaw Technology and Learning Center—Power House High

Charles H. Shaw Technology and Learning Center—Power House High

931 S. Homan Ave.

What was once a power plant built to provide electricity and heat for the massive … More

Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica

Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica (courtesy of Anne Evans)

3121 W. Jackson Blvd.

Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica & National Shrine is arguably the grandest church in the … More

Gold Coast

As one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the country, the Gold Coast has been home to Chicago’s civic and business elite for more than a century. The area was home to the likes of the McCormicks, Potters, Ryersons and more. The Gold Coast presents many styles of architecture. It is particularly notable for its late 19th-century mansions, many of which have been repurposed as cultural institutions. The neighborhood includes works by Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Dankmar Adler and Benjamin Marshall, among others. From mansions on Lake Shore Drive to some of Chicago's most notable religious institutions, the Gold Coast is packed with icons old and new.

International Museum of Surgical Science (courtesy of Michael Robinson)

Alliance Francaise

Alliance Francaise

810 N. Dearborn St.

This impressive grey-stone is a prime example of the Italianate row homes that lined Dearborn … More

Fourth Presbyterian Church

Fourth Presbyterian Church

126 E. Chestnut St.

Fourth Presbyterian Church was designed by Ralph Adams Cram, America’s leading Gothic-Revival architect, and was … More

Graham Foundation (Madlener House)

Graham Foundation (Madlener House)

4 W. Burton Pl.

The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, founded in 1956, makes project-based … More

Holy Name Cathedral

Holy Name Cathedral (courtesy of Pierce Hutchings)

735 N. State St.

This historic cathedral was rebuilt in the wake of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 … More

International Museum of Surgical Science

International Museum of Surgical Science (courtesy of Michael Robinson)

1524 N. Lake Shore Dr.

This historic 1917 lakefront mansion now houses the International Museum of Surgical Science. It was … More

Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Art

Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Art

1012 N. Dearborn St.

Palette and Chisel is Chicago’s oldest art academy and one of the oldest cooperatives in … More

Poetry Foundation

Poetry Foundation

61 W. Superior St.

Chicago firm John Ronan Architects designed this new headquarters for the Poetry Foundation, which was … More

Sedgwick Studio

Sedgwick Studio

1544 N. Sedgwick St.

Most passengers at CTA’s Sedgwick station don’t realize they stand above history. Below the platform, … More

The Moody Church

The Moody Church

1630 N. Clark St.

The Moody Church is one of the grandest Romanesque-Revival style churches in the United States. … More

Hyde Park

Hyde Park was originally a modest commuter neighborhood with frequent train service to downtown. In the 1890s, the combined effects of annexation to the City of Chicago, the World’s Columbian Exposition and the establishment of the University of Chicago triggered a wave of development that included large numbers of residences, commercial buildings, civic structures, sacred spaces and enhanced transportation links. In the early 20th century, the community became increasingly diverse with new Jewish and African-American residents. A wave of urban renewal in the 1960s spared many of the area’s most important historic buildings, which have since been augmented by significant new construction.

Community Partners:

South East Chicago Commission

Robie House

Frederick C. Robie House

Frederick C. Robie House (courtesy of Tim Long, Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust)

5757 S. Woodlawn Ave.

This Frank Lloyd Wright residence is a masterpiece of the Prairie style and a precursor … More

University of Chicago, Oriental Institute

University of Chicago, Oriental Institute

1155 E. 58th St.

The Oriental Institute is a research organization and museum devoted to the study of the … More

Lincoln Park

This neighborhood shares its name with the sprawling lakefront park that was renamed in 1865 to honor Abraham Lincoln after his assassination. Evidence of rebuilding from the Chicago Fire of 1871 can still be seen along Menomonee Street, a narrow alley just west of the park, which still retains much of its 19th-century character. Lincoln Park became part of the City of Chicago with the annexation of Lake View in 1899. The neighborhood is home to several cultural and educational institutions such as the Lincoln Park Zoo (one of the oldest in the United States, opened in 1868), the Chicago History Museum, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (Chicago Academy of Sciences) and DePaul University. Today, Lincoln Park is one of Chicago's most densely-populated and affluent communities.

Community Partners:

Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce

Lincoln Park

Brewster Apartments

Brewster Apartments

2800 N. Pine Grove Ave.

These unique apartments were commissioned by the publisher of American Contractor Magazine and completed in … More

Elks National Memorial

Elks National Memorial

2750 N. Lakeview Ave.

After World War I, a competition was held by the American Institute of Architects to … More

National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini

National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini

2520 N. Lakeview Ave.

This National Shrine was designed by architect Leonard Gliatto and dedicated in 1955. It was … More

Second Church of Christ, Scientist

Second Church of Christ Scientist

2700 N. Pine Grove Ave.

Second Church of Christ, Scientist, is the second-built Christian Science church in Chicago and the … More

St. Clement Church

St. Clement Church

642 W. Deming Pl.

George D. Barnett designed this church during the revival of Byzantine-Italian Romanesque tradition. His work … More

Near West Side / West Town

The Near West Side is quickly becoming one of Chicago's most popular places to live, work and eat. Starting in the 19th century, the Near West Side was home to some of Chicago's largest ethnic communities including Greektown, Little Italy and Maxwell Street. In 1871, the Great Chicago Fire started in this neighborhood on DeKoven Street. In 1889, the area saw the founding of the famous Hull House. Despite massive 20th-century public works efforts—such as the building of the Eisenhower Expressway, University of Illinois Chicago, United Center and the Illinois Medical District—many remnants of the area's ethnic enclaves still remain. In the 21st century, the Near West Side is transitioning from a warehouse and market district into a thriving urban area with popular restaurants and luxury condominiums.

Goose Island Beer Company

Columbian Model & Exhibit Works, Ltd.

Columbia Model & Exhibit Works, Ltd.

1528 W. Adams St.

For 24 years, Columbian Model & Exhibit Works has created quality models and exhibits for … More

Goose Island Beer Company

Goose Island Beer Company

1800 W. Fulton St.

Goose Island Beer Company was named after the city's famous artificial island just a mile … More

The Conservation Center

The Conservation Center (courtesy of Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing)

1900 W Kinzie St.

The Conservation Center, founded in 1983, is one of the nation’s leading private art restoration … More

Wright Auction House

Wright Auction House

1440 W. Hubbard St.

Wright, founded in 2000, is one of America's leading auction houses specializing in modern and … More

Prairie District

This historic neighborhood, located just south of the Loop, became the city's most fashionable residential area after the Chicago Fire of 1871. By the turn of the century, Prairie Avenue and Calumet Avenue featured more than 90 of the finest mansions in the city including those of George Pullman, Marshall Field, John J. Glessner and Philip Armour—creating the sobriquet "Millionaire's Row." After an industrial phase in the 20th century, the Prairie District has reverted to an upscale Chicago neighborhood anchored by several remaining Gilded-Age mansions.

Community Partners:

Glessner House Museum

Clarke House (courtesy of Michael Beasley)

Clarke House Museum

Clarke House Museum (courtesy of Michael Beasley)

1827 S. Indiana Ave.

Clarke House is the oldest surviving structure in the City of Chicago and has operated … More

Glessner House Museum

Glessner House Museum (courtesy of William Tyre)

1800 S. Prairie Ave.

Glessner House is the urban residential masterpiece of H. H. Richardson and his last surviving … More

Second Presbyterian Church

Second Presbyterian Church (courtesy of Martin Cheung)

1936 S. Michigan Ave.

Second Presbyterian, a National Historic Landmark church, was designed by James Renwick Jr. in the … More

Pullman

This famous planned community was envisioned by George M. Pullman in 1880 as an all-inclusive model community to house the workers building his popular passenger rail cars. With leadership from architect Solon Spencer Beman, landscape architect Nathan Barrett and civil engineer Benzette Williams, the area was built entirely by Pullman employees and finished in 1884. Pullman's plentiful park space, porches and iconic "two greens and dark red" color scheme contributed to its receipt of the accolade "World's Most Perfect Town" in 1896. However, reduced wages and unchanged rents lead to a worker strike in 1894 that halted rail traffic and disrupted U.S. mail service—the strike gained national attention. Today, the Historic Pullman Foundation and Pullman State Historic Site oversee preservation of this 19th-century development well into the 21st century.

Community Partners:

Historic Pullman Foundation

Pullman State Historic Site

Pullman

Historic Pullman Foundation Visitor Center

Historic Pullman Foundation Visitor Center

11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

The Visitor Center, located on the site of the former Pullman Arcade Building (1881-1927), is … More

Pullman State Historic Site - Factory Complex

Pullman State Historic Site - Factory Complex

11057 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

The Pullman factory was completed in early 1880s and was central to the manufacturing and … More

Rogers Park

Rogers Park was annexed by the City of Chicago in 1893. It is, by some measures, the most economically and ethnically diverse neighborhood in Chicago. The beachfront community is home to Loyola University and just minutes away from Northwestern University—potentially contributing to its long history of activism. The area has seen a near-constant influx of new Chicagoans and new Americans. With that diversity comes a great variety of language, culture, food and opinion as well as unique buildings—both historic and contemporary. A trip down any of Rogers Park's main streets (Devon Avenue, Howard Street, Sheridan Road, Clark Street, Ridge Road, Touhy Avenue or Morse Street) reveals an entirely unique cultural experience that seems to transport visitors around the globe.

Community Partners:

Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society

Rogers Park Business Alliance

Emil Bach House

Emil Bach House

Emil Bach House

7415 N. Sheridan Rd.

This compact Prairie-style home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is located in the oldest section … More

Indian Boundary Park Cultural Center

Indian Boundary Park Fieldhouse

2500 W. Lunt Ave.

This quaint, Tudor-revival field house is the main building in the park which takes its … More

Park Castle Condominiums

Park Castle Apartments

2416-2458 W. Greenleaf Ave.

This crenelated structure first opened in 1925 and was designed by architect Jens J. Jensen—not … More

South Shore

The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition (World’s Fair) sparked one of the first developments in this community. Several wealthy Chicagoans literally moved their homes to South Shore to make way for the fair in Jackson Park. A second major wave of development followed the construction of the South Shore Country Club (now the cultural center). Beautiful homes and apartment buildings were constructed for club members along South Shore Drive and in the Jackson Park Highlands. Home to two golf courses, amazing residential buildings and extensive park facilities, South Shore’s amenities reflect its historic past. The community is currently undergoing significant revitalization—especially on the Lake Michigan coast—including a visionary redevelopment of the former U.S. Steel Works site.

Community Partners:

South Shore Chamber, Inc.

New Regal Theater (Avalon Theater, courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

New Regal Theater (Avalon Theater)

New Regal Theater (Avalon Theater, courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

1641 E. 79th St.

This 2,500-seat auditorium opened in 1927 as the Avalon Theatre. It was renamed in 1987 … More

Ukrainian Village

The community derives its name from a strong Ukrainian cultural identity that arose in the area during World War I from an influx of Ukrainian refugees. Many aspects of Ukrainian culture still exist in the area today, along with influences from the cultures of German, Polish, Slovak and Jewish settlers. Ukrainian Village features the work of many notable architects such as Louis Sullivan, Henry Worthmann, John Steinbach and Stanley Tigerman, as well as developer William Kerfoot and stained glass artisans at Munich Studio of Chicago. Within just a few small blocks, the center of the landmark district includes several awe-inspiring churches—three of which are majestic cathedrals—as well as an array of stimulating Byzantine architecture, a museum filled with cultural riches and a captivating institute of modern art.

Community Partners:

Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association

Sts. Volodymyr & Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church (courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral

Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral (courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

1121 N. Leavitt St.

Holy Trinity Cathedral is one of just two churches designed by Louis Sullivan and is … More

St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral

St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral (courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

835 N. Oakley Blvd.

There are many grand Byzantine-style churches in Chicago that are distinguished by their large central … More

St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral

St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral (courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

2238 W. Cortez St.

Saint Volodymyr the Great Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral was organized in 1916 and was originally located … More

Sts. Volodymyr & Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church

Sts. Volodymyr & Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church (courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

739 N. Oakley Blvd.

The eye-catching, gold-domed church visible from Chicago Avenue is actually quite new in comparison to … More

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

‎2320 W. Chicago Ave.

The Institute hosts an ongoing program of cultural exhibitions, literary events, film screenings and music … More

Ukrainian National Museum

Ukrainian National Museum

2249 W. Superior St.

Founded in 1952, the museum was established to create an archive of materials dealing with … More

Uptown

Uptown is a richly-diverse neighborhood on Chicago’s north side that features ornate historic structures dating from Uptown's heyday as an entertainment destination in the 1920s and 1930s. Before the film industry went west to Hollywood, Uptown was the home of well-known early film stars including Charlie Chaplin and Gloria Swanson. Uptown's historic legacies, fantastic music and incredible dining scene make it a modern-day destination for urban exploration and cultural entertainment.

Community Partners:

Uptown United

Sheridan Plaza Apartments

Garfield-Clarendon Model Railroad Club

Garfield-Clarendon Model Railroad Club at Clarendon Park Community Center

4501 N. Clarendon Ave.

The Garfield Central Railroad is a little known treasure of the Uptown neighborhood and contains … More

ICA GreenRise

ICA GreenRise

4750 N. Sheridan Rd.

The building was originally a four-story structure built for the Mutual Insurance Company by Fugard … More

Preston Bradley Center (The Peoples Church)

Preston Bradley Center/The People's Church

941 W. Lawrence Ave.

The Peoples Church of Chicago was completed in 1926 and designed by renowned theater architect … More

Sheridan Plaza Apartments (Sheridan Plaza Hotel)

Sheridan Plaza Apartments (Sheridan Plaza Hotel)

4607 N. Sheridan Rd.

This hotel, designed by Walter Ahlschlager in 1920, was one of the buildings that made … More

190 S. LaSalle

The Library @ 190 S. LaSalle (courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

190 S. LaSalle St.

The 190 South LaSalle building is both overtly postmodern and tastefully contextual. It was designed … More

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

111 W. Monroe St.

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture's penthouse offices, located in an addition to the Harris … More

Albany-Carroll Arts Building

Albany-Carroll Arts Building

319 N. Albany Ave.

This artist loft building is part of a wave sweeping Garfield Park as the creative … More

Alliance Francaise

Alliance Francaise

810 N. Dearborn St.

This impressive grey-stone is a prime example of the Italianate row homes that lined Dearborn … More

Blackstone Renaissance Hotel

Blackstone Renaissance Hotel

636 S. Michigan Ave.

The Blackstone Hotel is an iconic Chicago landmark—a beautiful, historic building with stunning architectural features … More

Brewster Apartments

Brewster Apartments

2800 N. Pine Grove Ave.

These unique apartments were commissioned by the publisher of American Contractor Magazine and completed in … More

Charles H. Shaw Technology and Learning Center—Power House High

Charles H. Shaw Technology and Learning Center—Power House High

931 S. Homan Ave.

What was once a power plant built to provide electricity and heat for the massive … More

Chicago Maritime Museum at Bridgeport Art Center

Chicago Maritime Museum (courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

1200 W. 35th St.

The Chicago Maritime Museum was established to tell the story of Chicago as a maritime … More

Chicago Temple (First United Methodist Church)

First United Methodist Church (Chicago Temple Building)

77 W. Washington St.

The Chicago Temple is a 568-foot tall skyscraper that serves as a Neo-Gothic monument to … More

Clarke House Museum

Clarke House Museum (courtesy of Michael Beasley)

1827 S. Indiana Ave.

Clarke House is the oldest surviving structure in the City of Chicago and has operated … More

Cliff Dwellers

The Cliff Dwellers (image courtesy of Larry Okrent)

200 S. Michigan Ave. (Borg Warner Building), 22nd floor

Cliff Dwellers sits on top of 220 South Michigan Avenue, just under the iconic Borg … More

Columbia Yacht Club

Columbia Yacht Club

111 N. Lake Shore Dr.

Since 1892, Columbia Yacht Club—located where Randolph Street meets the Lake Michigan shoreline—has been celebrated … More

Columbian Model & Exhibit Works, Ltd.

Columbia Model & Exhibit Works, Ltd.

1528 W. Adams St.

For 24 years, Columbian Model & Exhibit Works has created quality models and exhibits for … More

Corpus Christi Church

Corpus Christi Church

4900 S. King Dr.

The cornerstone for this Church was laid on August 15, 1914, though the Parish dates … More

DIRTT Environmental Solutions

DIRTT Environmental Solutions

325 N. Wells St. Suite 1000

DIRTT’s penthouse suite overlooks the Chicago River from the top of Gustav Hallberg's 1912 Chase … More

Decorators Supply Corp.

Decorators Supply Corp.

3610 S. Morgan St.

Decorators Supply Corporation traces its history back to 1883 when the original founders, Simon Strahn … More

Edgewater Beach Apartments

Edgewater Beach Apartments (courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

5555 N. Sheridan Rd.

In 1928, Edgewater Beach Apartments was completed as the last section of the Edgewater Beach … More

Elks National Memorial

Elks National Memorial

2750 N. Lakeview Ave.

After World War I, a competition was held by the American Institute of Architects to … More

Emil Bach House

Emil Bach House

7415 N. Sheridan Rd.

This compact Prairie-style home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is located in the oldest section … More

Fine Arts Building

Fine Arts Building

410 S. Michigan Ave.

The Fine Arts Building was originally designed as a carriage assembly and showroom for the … More

First Church of Deliverance

First Church of Deliverance (courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

4315 S. Wabash Ave.

The rare Streamline Moderne (or Art Moderne) First Church of Deliverance was built in 1939 … More

Fourth Presbyterian Church

Fourth Presbyterian Church

126 E. Chestnut St.

Fourth Presbyterian Church was designed by Ralph Adams Cram, America’s leading Gothic-Revival architect, and was … More

Frederick C. Robie House

Frederick C. Robie House (courtesy of Tim Long, Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust)

5757 S. Woodlawn Ave.

This Frank Lloyd Wright residence is a masterpiece of the Prairie style and a precursor … More

Garfield-Clarendon Model Railroad Club

Garfield-Clarendon Model Railroad Club at Clarendon Park Community Center

4501 N. Clarendon Ave.

The Garfield Central Railroad is a little known treasure of the Uptown neighborhood and contains … More

Gensler

Gensler

11 E. Madison St. (Sullivan Center)

Gensler's services include architecture, interior design, graphic design, urban planning, consulting and product design. Their … More

Glessner House Museum

Glessner House Museum (courtesy of William Tyre)

1800 S. Prairie Ave.

Glessner House is the urban residential masterpiece of H. H. Richardson and his last surviving … More

Goettsch Partners

Goettsch Partners

224 S. Michigan Ave. (Railway Exchange), 17th Floor

Goettsch Partners is a Chicago-based architecture and planning firm that practices internationally, emphasizing a singular … More

Goose Island Beer Company

Goose Island Beer Company

1800 W. Fulton St.

Goose Island Beer Company was named after the city's famous artificial island just a mile … More

Graham Foundation (Madlener House)

Graham Foundation (Madlener House)

4 W. Burton Pl.

The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, founded in 1956, makes project-based … More

HOK

HOK

60 E. Van Buren St. (CNA Building), 14th Floor

HOK’s Chicago office is one of the city’s leading design, architecture, engineering and planning practices. … More

Historic Pullman Foundation Visitor Center

Historic Pullman Foundation Visitor Center

11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

The Visitor Center, located on the site of the former Pullman Arcade Building (1881-1927), is … More

Holy Name Cathedral

Holy Name Cathedral (courtesy of Pierce Hutchings)

735 N. State St.

This historic cathedral was rebuilt in the wake of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 … More

Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral

Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral (courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

1121 N. Leavitt St.

Holy Trinity Cathedral is one of just two churches designed by Louis Sullivan and is … More

House of Blues

House of Blues, Foundation Room

329 N. Dearborn St.

Acclaimed modernist architect Bertrand Goldberg was the genius behind Chicago's iconic Marina City complex (1959-1967) … More

IA Interior Architects

IA Interior Architects

104 S. Michigan Ave. (Mornoe Building), suite 1200

Located on the 12th floor of the Holabird and Roche designed Monroe building, IA was … More

ICA GreenRise

ICA GreenRise

4750 N. Sheridan Rd.

The building was originally a four-story structure built for the Mutual Insurance Company by Fugard … More

Illinois Institute of Technology, McCormick Tribune Campus Center

Illinois Institute of Technology, McCormick Tribune Campus Center

3201 S. State St.

Any Chicagoan who has ever taken the Green Line is familiar with the steel-and-concrete-encased tube … More

Illinois Institute of Technology, Robert F. Carr Memorial Chapel of St. Savior

Illinois Institute of Technology, Robert F. Carr Memorial Chapel of St. Savior (courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

65 E. 32nd St.

Carr Chapel (also known as the “God box") is Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's only … More

Illinois Institute of Technology, S. R. Crown Hall

S. R. Crown Hall

3360 S. State St.

Once referred to as "the Parthenon of the 20th Century," Crown Hall was designed by … More

Indian Boundary Park Cultural Center

Indian Boundary Park Fieldhouse

2500 W. Lunt Ave.

This quaint, Tudor-revival field house is the main building in the park which takes its … More

International Museum of Surgical Science

International Museum of Surgical Science (courtesy of Michael Robinson)

1524 N. Lake Shore Dr.

This historic 1917 lakefront mansion now houses the International Museum of Surgical Science. It was … More

Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park

201 E. Randolph St.

Pritzker Pavilion is the focal point of Millennium Park and a favored gathering spot of … More

Kemper Building

Kemper Building (courtesy of Pete Hill)

One East Wacker Drive

The Kemper Building was the world’s tallest marble-clad office building when it opened and remains … More

Lake Point Tower

Lake Point Tower

505 N. Lakeshore Dr.

Lake Point Tower, with its Y-shape and all-glass curves, is the only high-rise in Chicago … More

Ling Shen Ching Tze Temple

Ling Shen Ching Tze Temple (courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

1035 W. 31st St.

This triangular-shaped brick structure was built for the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in 1892. It was … More

Lyric Opera of Chicago - Civic Opera House

Civic Opera House

20 N. Wacker Dr.

This throne-shaped 49-story building is home to the internationally-renowned Lyric Opera of Chicago. It features … More

Meyers Ace Hardware / Sunset Café

Meyers Ace Hardware / Sunset Café (courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

315 E. 35th St.

This building was converted into the legendary Sunset Café jazz club in 1921 after formerly … More

Monroe Building

Monroe Building (courtesy of Mark Ballogg)

104 S. Michigan Ave.

Completed in 1912, the Monroe Building across from Millennium Park is an architectural masterpiece in … More

National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini

National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini

2520 N. Lakeview Ave.

This National Shrine was designed by architect Leonard Gliatto and dedicated in 1955. It was … More

New Regal Theater (Avalon Theater)

New Regal Theater (Avalon Theater, courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

1641 E. 79th St.

This 2,500-seat auditorium opened in 1927 as the Avalon Theatre. It was renamed in 1987 … More

Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica

Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica (courtesy of Anne Evans)

3121 W. Jackson Blvd.

Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica & National Shrine is arguably the grandest church in the … More

Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Art

Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Art

1012 N. Dearborn St.

Palette and Chisel is Chicago’s oldest art academy and one of the oldest cooperatives in … More

Park Castle Condominiums

Park Castle Apartments

2416-2458 W. Greenleaf Ave.

This crenelated structure first opened in 1925 and was designed by architect Jens J. Jensen—not … More

Perkins+Will

Perkins+Will (courtesy of Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing)

330 N. Wabash Ave. (IBM Plaza), Suite #3600

Perkins+Will occupy the 35th and 36th floors of the historic Mies-designed building at 330 North … More

Poetry Foundation

Poetry Foundation

61 W. Superior St.

Chicago firm John Ronan Architects designed this new headquarters for the Poetry Foundation, which was … More

Preston Bradley Center (The Peoples Church)

Preston Bradley Center/The People's Church

941 W. Lawrence Ave.

The Peoples Church of Chicago was completed in 1926 and designed by renowned theater architect … More

Pritzker Military Museum & Library

Pritzker Military Museum & Library

104 S. Michigan Ave. (Monroe Building)

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library features stunning interiors and is housed on floors two … More

Pullman State Historic Site - Factory Complex

Pullman State Historic Site - Factory Complex

11057 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

The Pullman factory was completed in early 1880s and was central to the manufacturing and … More

RTKL Associates Inc.

RTKL Associates Inc. (courtesy of Patricia Parinejad)

200 S. Michigan Ave. (Borg Warner Building), Suite #1800

RTKL is housed on the 18th & 19th floors of the 22-floor International Style, Borg-Warner … More

Randolph Tower City Apartments

Randolph Tower City Apartments

188 W. Randolph St.

Formerly known as the Steuben Club Building, this 45-story terra cotta Gothic Revival masterpiece was … More

Second Church of Christ, Scientist

Second Church of Christ Scientist

2700 N. Pine Grove Ave.

Second Church of Christ, Scientist, is the second-built Christian Science church in Chicago and the … More

Second Presbyterian Church

Second Presbyterian Church (courtesy of Martin Cheung)

1936 S. Michigan Ave.

Second Presbyterian, a National Historic Landmark church, was designed by James Renwick Jr. in the … More

Sedgwick Studio

Sedgwick Studio

1544 N. Sedgwick St.

Most passengers at CTA’s Sedgwick station don’t realize they stand above history. Below the platform, … More

Sheridan Plaza Apartments (Sheridan Plaza Hotel)

Sheridan Plaza Apartments (Sheridan Plaza Hotel)

4607 N. Sheridan Rd.

This hotel, designed by Walter Ahlschlager in 1920, was one of the buildings that made … More

Sky-Line Club

Sky-Line Club

307 N. Michigan Ave.

Perched atop the Old Republic Building, the Sky-Line Club is one of the oldest private … More

St. Clement Church

St. Clement Church

642 W. Deming Pl.

George D. Barnett designed this church during the revival of Byzantine-Italian Romanesque tradition. His work … More

St. Ita Church

St. Ita Church

5500 N. Broadway

St. Ita Parish was founded in Edgewater in 1900. Architect Henry J. Schlacks was commissioned … More

St. Mary of Perpetual Help Church

St. Mary of Perpetual Help

1039 W. 32nd St.

St. Mary of Perpetual Help Catholic Church was founded in 1882 to serve the Polish … More

St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral

St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral (courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

835 N. Oakley Blvd.

There are many grand Byzantine-style churches in Chicago that are distinguished by their large central … More

St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral

St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral (courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

2238 W. Cortez St.

Saint Volodymyr the Great Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral was organized in 1916 and was originally located … More

Sts. Volodymyr & Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church

Sts. Volodymyr & Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church (courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

739 N. Oakley Blvd.

The eye-catching, gold-domed church visible from Chicago Avenue is actually quite new in comparison to … More

Sutherland Hotel / Chicago Blues Museum

Chicago Blues Museum (Sutherland Hotel)

4657-4659 S. Drexel Blvd.

This building was originally intended to be the Cooper-Monatah Hotel, but it was commandeered partway … More

The Conservation Center

The Conservation Center (courtesy of Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing)

1900 W Kinzie St.

The Conservation Center, founded in 1983, is one of the nation’s leading private art restoration … More

The Moody Church

The Moody Church

1630 N. Clark St.

The Moody Church is one of the grandest Romanesque-Revival style churches in the United States. … More

The Plant

The Plant (courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

1400 W. 46th St.

Originally a 93,500-square-foot meatpacking facility, The Plant is steadily developing into Chicago's premier Urban Farm. … More

Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.

Thornton Tomasetti

330 N. Wabash Ave. (IBM Plaza)

Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. is an international leader in engineering design, investigation and analysis serving clients … More

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

‎2320 W. Chicago Ave.

The Institute hosts an ongoing program of cultural exhibitions, literary events, film screenings and music … More

Ukrainian National Museum

Ukrainian National Museum

2249 W. Superior St.

Founded in 1952, the museum was established to create an archive of materials dealing with … More

University of Chicago, Oriental Institute

University of Chicago, Oriental Institute

1155 E. 58th St.

The Oriental Institute is a research organization and museum devoted to the study of the … More

VOA Associates Incorporated

VOA Associates Inc.

224 S. Michigan Ave. (Railway Exchange), Suite #1400

VOA Associates Incorporated is an international design firm founded in 1969. The Chicago headquarters, with … More

Warwick Allerton Hotel

Warwick Allerton Hotel (courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers)

701 N. Michigan Ave.

For decades, passersby on Michigan Avenue have gazed up at the luminous red neon sign … More

Welcome Inn Manor

Welcome Inn Manor

4563 S. Michigan Ave.

Welcome Inn Manor is an elegant bed & breakfast in a repurposed 1893 Queen Anne … More

Wright Auction House

Wright Auction House

1440 W. Hubbard St.

Wright, founded in 2000, is one of America's leading auction houses specializing in modern and … More

Zhou B Art Center

Zhou B Art Center

1029 W. 35th St.

Zhou B Art Center is the brainchild of internationally acclaimed contemporary artists and brothers ShanZuo … More