chicago

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The John Hancock building, once the world's tallest, looms starkly black above the gothic-rococo Old Water Tower, built 1869
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333 West Wacker Drive--reflections complement the building's graceful curve
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Mixed styles where Michigan Avenue meets Wacker Drive
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The 1920s Wrigley Building at dusk; long associated with chewing gum, the Wrigley enterprise is constantly expanding its interests
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The east Chicago river looking inland with its back to Lake Michigan
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The Navy Pier, at the mouth of the Chicago river, has a long tradition of boat rides and sailing, culture (Shakespeare plays, a stained glass museum) and honkytonk funfair
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A Navy Pier attraction--an eyecatching ferris wheel
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For footsore tourists a trolley service eases sightseeing
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Lake Michigan, then and now, from the Navy Pier
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The Eurodollar pit at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the world's busiest futures market
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What's on at the Opera--Chicago, famous for the blues, is rich in every kind of music
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Sara Paretsky, author of exceptional works of crime fiction and creator of V.I. (Victoria) Warshawski, a Chicago sleuth par excellence
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Barack Obama, elected to the U.S Senate in November 2004; elected President of the United States in November 2008
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The Chicago Art Institute, among Chicago's most hallowed and widely visited institutions
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Clean lines and glass, as in the gleaming Swiss˘tel, feature predominantly in Chicago's newest and most striking architecture
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The Jay Pritzker Pavilion within the Millennium Park bears the characteristically vibrant mark of architect Frank Gehry
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A dynamic feature of the Millennium Park is the playful walk-through Cloud Gate sculpture by Anish Kapoor
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Faces that smile and spout water on two towering glass blocks form the Millennium Park's eyecatching Crown Fountain by Jaume Plensa
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Joan Mirˇ's singular style is displayed in a tall and slender downtown sculpture
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Louise Nevelson's striking leggy sculpture enhances a city forecourt
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Jean Dubuffet's contribution to Chicago's civic art--Monument with Standing Beast
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Henry Moore's significantly mushroom-capped sculpture beside a Chicago University student dorm marks the site where Enrico Fermi inaugurated the atomic age on 2 December 1942 with the first self-sustaining controlled nuclear chain and reactor
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The home and studio in Chicago's Oak Park neighborhood of celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright between 1889 and 1909. Here he raised his family and designed many notable buildings
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Chicago's famous skyline in the hazy distance beyond the golden sands of the 31st Street lakeshore beach
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Ivy-covered walls in the University of Chicago quad provide a suitably academic tone to relaxed study beside Botany Pond
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A city style combining function and ornament at the lively junction of Chicago Avenue and Michigan Avenue
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In the Chicago Place Food Court the decor's vivid theme is Chicago's own cherished skyline
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The Cubs signify national league baseball at the renowned Wrigley Field; a car numberplate proclaims sporting power, pride and passion
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