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 a vibrant residential and commercial district famous worldwide for its innovative and iconic high-rises, boulevards and beautiful civic spaces such as Millennium Park.
Explore the hidden gems of the city's diverse neighborhoods. Tour soaring skyscrapers, repurposed mansions, Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces, opulent theaters, exclusive private clubs, industrial districts, private offices and breathtaking sacred spaces. Here's the 2015 list. Next year's list of OHC sites will be announced in the fall of 2016.
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