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Art & Architecture

Chicago's world-famous art and architecture brings millions each year from every corner of the world. But with so much to see, it's hard to know where to start. Use this list to get the essentials and see what the buzz is all about.

Visit the Art Institute of Chicago for dazzling galleries of acclaimed international art in the world's second largest art gallery.

Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park in the downtown Chicago Loop

The picturesque Clarence F. Buckingham Memorial Fountain is a classic Chicago landmark and one of the largest fountains in the world.

Chicago's First Lady

Cruise up the Chicago River in an engaging, in-depth tour of some of the finest architecture in the world by a knowledgeable member of the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

Alexander Calder’s abstract stabile anchors the large rectangular plaza bordered by three Bauhaus style federal buildings designed by Mies van der Rohe.

Composed of thousands of inlaid chips in over 250 colors, Marc Chagall’s mosaic artwork The Four Seasons in Chase Tower Plaza portrays six vivid scenes of Chicago.

Chicago Cultural Center, free art and performance in the Loop

Through free art, music, and performance events and a stunning interior design, the Chicago Cultural Center has become a premier Chicago destination.

Have you seen "The Bean?" Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate is a massive reflective sculpture that has become a Chicago legend.

Bring your swimsuits! Crown Fountain is a free, interactive work of public art and video sculpture that lets the kids run around and get soaked!

Designed and created by St. Louis-based artist Noah MacMillan, Float is a 2500-square-foot mural depicting a surreal parade of aquatic creatures.

This massive red brick structure is the central library of the Chicago Public Library System. It is the largest public library building in the world.

The Monadnock Building is one of Chicago's most historic and influential feats in the history of modern architecture.

The 50-ft high untitled Chicago Picasso in Daley Plaza has become one of Chicago’s most famous sculptures and beloved icons.

Shoreline Sightseeing, established in 1939, began with one vessel offering Lake Michigan Boat Tours showcasing Chicago’s fabulous skyline. They offer fantastic guided Architecture River Tours departing daily and every evening from multiple locations.

Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower offers an eye-popping view of Chicago and, for some brave souls, a chance to feel like you're floating in thin air!

Formerly known as Sears Tower, Willis Tower is an iconic Chicago landmark. It was the tallest building in the world for 25 years.