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Architectural Gems

After the Great Fire of 1871, Chicago quickly started to rebuild itself. Architects, designers, and engineers came together to transform the Windy City into the beautiful city it is today. Discover the stories behind some of the most renowned Chicago architectural buildings.

  • 1.

    Chicago Water Tower

    Chicago Water Tower

    The Water Tower is significant for being one of the only remaining buildings that survived the Great Fire

  • 2.

    Chicago Varnish Company Building

    Chicago Varnish Company Building

    The Chicago Varnish Company was once among the leading manufacturers of varnish in the United States.

  • 3.

    The Chicago Board of Trade Building

    The Chicago Board of Trade Building

    The Chicago Board of Trade Building was once the tallest building in Chicago.

  • 4.

    The Civic Opera House

    The Civic Opera House

    The Civic Opera House takes up a full block and offers two views of the river from the north and south.

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