Chicago, IL


  • Buckingham Fountain: my parents got engaged right around here, so it was necessary to visit on the trip
  • Chicago Athletic Association / Cobb
  • Marquette Building/ Holabird & Roche
  • Monadnock Building / Burnham & Root and Holabird & Roche: tallest load-bearing brick building ever constructed
  • Fisher Building City Apartments / Burnham
  • MCC Chicago / Weese: located in downtown, this prison has some pretty great views of the city (if you’re an inmate)
  • Federal Plaza / Mies van der Rohe
  • Marina City / Goldberg: you might know these towers by their nickname the “corn cobs”
  • Trump Tower / SOM
  • Chicago Riverwalk: finally completed in 2016, the riverwalk has six distinct “rooms”, each with a different program, where people can sit, hang out, and enjoy the beautiful river views


  • IIT Student Center / OMA: known for it’s bold colors, ramps, incorporation of the landscape, and interesting connection with the train station above it, this building makes every other student center pale in comparison
  • Chapel of St. Savior / Mies van der Rohe: nicknamed “The God Box”
  • Crown Hall / Mies van der Rohe: the architecture building at IIT
  • Poetry Foundation / John Ronan
  • Lake Shore Drive Apartments / Mies van der Rohe
  • John Hancock Center / SOM
  • Cloudgate (The Bean)
  • Chinatown: although it’s not located in The Loop, this part of Chicago is worth venturing out to because the food is as authentic as it gets


  • Frank Lloyd Wright Home
  • Arthur Heurtley House / Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Oak Park Public Library
  • Unity Temple / Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Logan Center for the Arts / Tod Williams Billie Tsien: the best views of University of Chicago and a stunning building (the detailings are beautifully simple and clean)
  • School of Social Service Administration / Mies van der Rohe
  • University of Chicago Law School / Eero Saarinen
  • Robie House / Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Cindy’s Rooftop Restaurant: the restaurant/bar is both inside and outside, and looks out over Millennium Park and Lake Michigan


  • Jay Pritzker Pavilion / Frank Gehry
  • Millennium Park: Crown Fountain, The Bean
  • Grant Park
  • Peanut Park: the park with the crazy cool playground for kids of all ages
  • Lurie Garden
  • Nichols Bridgeway (Monroe St.): bridge that crosses Monroe Street, connecting Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago Modern Wing
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Art Institute of Chicago Modern Wing / Renzo Piano
  • Bucktown: Myopic Books, Wormhole Coffee, Reckless Records: I’m pretty sure this part of Chicago is where all the hipsters like to hang out



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