The Landmarks in Living Landmarks of Chicago


These fifty landmarks weave an interconnected tale of Chicago between 1836 and 1932 (and beyond).

You might notice there are several hotels. That’s because so many wonderful old buildings have been adapted in that manner. It’s pretty cool to be able to spend the night in a building designed by Jenney or Burnham.

Landmarks listed as Original Name (Current Name, if changed)

  1. Clarke House
  2. Lake Park (Grant Park)
  3. Charles Hull House (Hull-House Museum)
  4. Lake Park (Lincoln Park & Lincoln Park Zoo)
  5. Water Tower & Pumping Station
  6. Page Brothers Building
  7. Palmer House
  8. Bryant Block (Delaware Building)
  9. Nickerson Mansion (Driehaus Museum)
  10. Studebaker Brothers’ Lake Front Carriage Repository (Fine Arts Building)
  11. Glessner House
  12. Rookery Building
  13. Auditorium Building
  14. Monadnock Block
  15. Charnley House (Charnley-Persky House)
  16. Marshall Field and Company Building (Macy’s on State Street)
  17. Palace of Fine Arts (Museum of Science & Industry)
  18. Art Institute of Chicago
  19. Newberry Library
  20. New York Life Insurance Building (Kimpton Gray)
  21. Tree Studios
  22. Chicago Varnish Company (Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse)
  23. Chicago Public Library (Chicago Cultural Center)
  24. Schlesinger & Mayer (Sullivan Center)
  25. Orchestra Hall (Symphony Center)
  26. Majestic Building and Theater (CIBC Theatre)
  27. The Blackstone Hotel
  28. Federal Life Building (Hotel Julian)
  29. D. B. Fisk & Company (Hotel Monaco)
  30. Municipal Pier #2 (Navy Pier)
  31. Michigan Avenue Bridge (DuSable Bridge)
  32. The Drake Hotel
  33. Wrigley Building
  34. Columbian Museum of Chicago (Field Museum)
  35. The Chicago Theatre
  36. London Guarantee & Accident Building (LondonHouse Hotel)
  37. The Chicago Temple
  38. Union Station
  39. Tribune Tower
  40. Bismarck Hotel (Allegro Royal Sonesta Hotel Chicago)
  41. Oriental Theatre (James M. Nederlander Theatre)
  42. Stevens Hotel (Hilton Chicago)
  43. Medinah Athletic Club (InterContinental Chicago)
  44. Carbide and Carbon Building (Pendry Chicago)
  45. Civic Opera House
  46. Adler Planetarium
  47. Shedd Aquarium
  48. Chicago Board of Trade Building
  49. Merchandise Mart (theMART)
  50. Chicago Historical Society (Chicago History Museum)