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History of Chicago

The city of Chicago is rich with History.  Learn about the Great Chicago Fire, the World's Fair, famous architects and their accomplishments like the John Hancock Center.  The story of an onion town turned into a major city of commerce for the United States with an exceptional skyline full of skyscrapers and landmarks built on landfill right up to Great Lake Michigan. 

What Building Survived the Great Chicago Fire?
Chicago Water Tower Building The Water Tower
The sole remaining architectural landmark in downtown Chicago from before the Great Chicago Fire started!  An amazing and beautiful piece of history on display 24hrs a day on Michigan Avenue.  If you are visiting the city and have any appreciation of history at all this is a must see! 

About the Water Tower

tower facts

the fire


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Buckingham Fountain

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