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To those who have never been there, Chicago typically evokes thoughts of the Betsy the cow, the Chicago fire of 1871, Al Capone, Blues music, and Wrigley Field. Chicago offers a textbook case of how adversity can create opportunity and necessity can inspire ingenuity, because it was the Chicago fire that inspired modern architecture, especially skyscrapers. Chicago student tours can be designed as a lesson about architecture and engineering, perhaps inspiring a few future architects and serving as a real world example of how math classes can lead to myriad careers. In 1856, a surge in population growth wrought a problem with sewage for the city that was built on low lying land, and so the first sewage system in the US was constructed, and at the same time they achieved the remarkable feat of elevating every building in the city by 4-5 feet using equipment conceptually similar to a car jack. Also, to prevent sewage from flowing out into their fresh water source in Lake Michigan, the city managed to reverse the flow of the Chicago River by tunneling two miles out into the lake. A little over 10 years later, the great fire required the city to be rebuilt, offering architects a chance to put their ingenuity to work. The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio was the famed architect’s private residence and studio from 1889 to 1909, and is available for tours. Also, Oak Park features a neighborhood of homes such as the Oscar B. Balch House with a flat roof. The Krause Music Store is an interesting landmark with a terra cotta style (Latin for baked earth), designed by Louis Sullivan, also one of the most famous architects in US history. Chicago also features the world’s largest indoor aquarium, the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum of Natural History where one can see the largest T. Rex and descend into an Egyptian tomb, the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Navy Pier, a landmark since 1916, can offer a break from educational endeavors for a few hours. Navy Pier has a Ferris wheel, the “Transporter FX” ride with various themes, the Wave Swinger ride, The Cirque Shanghai show, and the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows.
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Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio (1889/1898) served as Wright's private residence and workplace from 1889 to 1909—the first 20 years of his career. Wright used his home as an architectural laboratory, experimenting with design concepts that contain the seeds of his architectural philosophy. Here he raised six children with his first wife, Catherine Tobin. In 1898 Wright added a studio, described by a fellow-architect as a workplace with "inspiration everywhere." In the Studio, Wright and his associates developed a new American architecture, the Prairie style, and designed 125 structures, including such famous buildings as the Robie House, the Larkin Building and Unity Temple. We invite you to visit and experience the restored site as it appeared in 1909, the last year that Wright lived in the Home and worked in the Studio. - source Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Preservation Trust

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Shedd Aquarium

Strap a mask and flippers onto your imagination and chart a course to Shedd Aquarium. Have you ever gotten eye-to-eye with a dolphin? Or met a penguin on a stroll to the South Pole? Or immersed yourself in an Amazon flooded forest? At Shedd, it's all possible. - Shedd Aquarium

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The Loop

The Loop or Chicago Loop is one of 77 officially designated community areas located in the City of ChicagoIllinoisUnited States. It is the historic commercial center of downtown Chicago. It is the seat of government for Chicago and Cook County, as well as the historic theater and shopping district (including State Street). As established in social research done by the University of Chicago in the 1920s, the Loop is a defined community area of Chicago. Chicago's central business district community area is bounded on the west and north by the Chicago River, on the east by Lake Michigan, and on the south by Roosevelt Road, although the commercial core has expanded into adjacent community areas. The community area includes Grant Park and one of the largest art museums in the United States, the Art Institute of Chicago. Other major cultural institutions that call this area home include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Goodman Theatre, the Joffrey Ballet, the central public Harold Washington Library, and the Chicago Cultural Center. In what is now the Loop Community Area, on the southern banks of the Chicago River, near today's Michigan Avenue Bridge, the U.S. Army erected Fort Dearborn in 1803. It was the first settlement in the area sponsored by the United States.

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Chicago Skydeck

1353 feet high, 412 meters, 103 stories.

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Museum of Science and Industry

The U-505 Submarine at the Museum of Science and Industry

On June 4, 1944, a German submarine known as U-505 was prowling off the coast of West Africa on a hunt for American and Allied ships, when depth charges from the USS Chatelain blasted the dreaded U-boat out of hiding. It was the end of a violent run for U-505, which had terrorized the Atlantic Ocean as part of a massive U-boat campaign that almost altered the outcome of World War II. The Museum of Science and Industry invites you to step inside the real U-505—the only German submarine in the United States, and, now, a national memorial to the 55,000 American sailors who gave their lives on the high seas in WWI and WWII.

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