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Chicago, Illinois

World Artifacts on the Tribune Tower Walls

Fragments of architectural wonders from around the globe are embedded in the newspaper building's walls.
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The entrance to Couch Place today.
Chicago, Illinois

Couch Place (The Alley of Death)

This alley in downtown Chicago held the bodies of over 600 people after the fateful Iroquois Theatre fire.
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As there are no street signs on Carroll Avenue, people spray paint both locations and overhead cross streets to keep others from getting lost
Chicago, Illinois

Carroll Avenue

A little-known subterranean street runs under some of the best-known buildings in Chicago's River North.
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The S.S. Eastland being hauled upright.
Chicago, Illinois

S.S. Eastland Memorial

This memorial plaque remembers a strangely shallow maritime disaster known as "Chicago's Titanic."
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1810s English Rotunda, Thorne Miniature Rooms
Chicago, Illinois

Thorne Miniature Rooms

Each of these gorgeous, intricately decorated rooms is painstakingly crafted to the scale of 1 inch: 1 foot.
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Trading room circa 1894
Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room

Once at the center of U.S. finance, the historic Trading Room was meticulously recreated piece by piece and rebuilt in the Art Institute.
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Lower Lower Wacker Drive.
Chicago, Illinois

Lower Lower Wacker Drive

Illegal drag racing two stories beneath Chicago’s streets.
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Ecclesiastical angels by Tiffany Studios at the Driehaus Museum of Stained Glass.
Chicago, Illinois

Stained Glass at Navy Pier

A display of magnificent stained glass windows is the first exhibit of its kind.
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Studabaker sign seen on Google Maps.
New Carlisle, Indiana

Studebaker Tree Sign

One of the world’s largest living advertisements is made out of pine trees.
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The Golden Rondelle.
Racine, Wisconsin

The Golden Rondelle

The spaceship-like theater, which is still in use, was one of the most popular exhibits at the 1964 New York World's Fair.
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Exterior, looking west
Valparaiso, Indiana

Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University

This midcentury chapel is a bold architectural statement and a symbol of Indiana's Lutheran heritage.
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Catacombes de Paris.
Paris, France

Catacombes de Paris

The Catacombs hold secrets much stranger than the bones stacked within them.
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Jospeh F. Lizzadro, Sr. holding a 675 carat blue topaz
Elmhurst, Illinois

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art

Museum dedicated to the art of cutting and polishing stones.
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Chicago, Illinois

Garfield Park Conservatory

A green oasis in Chicago.
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U-505
Chicago, Illinois

U-505

The unluckiest U-boat in the entire German fleet is now on display in a Chicago museum.
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Crown Fountain
Chicago, Illinois

Crown Fountain

The twin towers in this Chicago fountain use 50 foot tall video screens to spit on people.
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Historic Pullman Center.
Chicago, Illinois

Pullman Historic District

First planned industrial community in the United States.
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A view from the top of the dune.
Michigan City, Indiana

Mysterious Sinkholes of Mt. Baldy

A chilling disappearance (and rescue) of a child uncovers a geological mystery.
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Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum
Auburn, Indiana

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

A singular collection of hand-built art deco cars are held in a building with style to match.
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95th Street Bridge
Chicago, Illinois

95th Street Bridge

This urban drawbridge gained eternal pop culture fame when the Blues Brothers jumped it while it was raised.
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East Race Waterway
South Bend, Indiana

East Race Waterway

The first man-made white water course in America cuts right through an Indiana city.
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The newly restored Tiffany Dome.
Chicago, Illinois

Tiffany Dome

A massive thing of wonder, this stained-glass masterpiece is thought to be the largest Tiffany dome in existence.
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Bronze Fonz

Statue dedicated to the star of an old television show.
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Fallingwater over the falls
Mill Run, Pennsylvania

Fallingwater

Frank Lloyd Wright's most iconic home dangles over a Pennsylvania waterfall.
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