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Water Marks mosaic sculptures celebrate something few people know. Chicago owes its greatness to a canal built over 150 years ago.
Generations of French fur traders and American travelers―nation builders―dreamed of connecting Lake M…
The Chicago Water Tower was erected in 1869 and housed a 138-foot-high standpipe, three feet in diameter, which equalized pressure and controlled the water flowing through the mains throughout the City. Fortunately, the tower was solidly construct…
Chicago's Great Street
There is only one State Street. Widely celebrated in song, "That Great Street" has been known since the 1870s for its concentration of premier department stores and world-class architecture.
The Great Chicago Fire in October eighteen hundred and seventy-one devastated the city. From its ashes the people of Chicago caused a new and greater city to rise imbued with that indomitable spirit and energy by which they have ever been guided.
Here · Stood
Old · Fort · Dearborn
1803 - 1812
African-Caribbean, born in St.Marc, Haiti
In the 1770's he opened the first trading post,
beside the Chicago River, establishing
the settlement that became Chicago.
The DuSable homestead was located near this site.
This monument was given t…
Ray A. Kroc, founder of McDonald's Corporation, opened his first McDonald's franchise (the ninth McDonald's drive-in in the U.S.) on this site April 15, 1955
In memory of his wisdom and spirt, McDonald's Corporation dedicates this site to Ray A.…
On this site, then the lake shore, Jean Baptiste Beaubien, Chicago's second civilian, in 1817, built a "mansion" to which he brought his bride, Josette LaFramboise. It remained their home until 1845.
Physicist Enrico Fermi and his colleagues established the first self-sustaining controlled nuclear reaction in makeshift laboratories constructed under the grandstands of Stagg Field Stadium on December 2, 1942. The success of this experiment ushe…
This handsome building originally served as the Midwest office, warehouse and distribution center of the American Book Company, a nationally-prominent textbook publisher. Typical of industrial architecture of its time, this reinforced-concrete bui…