Chicago Fire Department Training Academy


Rarely has a building been placed in a more appropriate location: the fire department’s training school (also known as the Quinn Academy) stands on the very spot where the 1871 Great Chicago Fire began – between Clinton and Jefferson Sts.

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1. Union Station

0.68 MILES

This wonderfully restored 1925 train station looks like it stepped right out of a gangster movie. In fact, it has been used to great effect in exactly…

2. Dearborn Station

0.69 MILES

Once the Chicago terminal of the Santa Fe Railroad, this stately 1885 building used to be the premier station for trains to and from California. Today it…

3. Second Franklin Building


This 1912 factory building displays the history of printing on its tiled facade – above the door is a large mural showing a medieval printer's shop at…

4. Willis Tower

0.72 MILES

Willis Tower is Chicago's tallest building (and one of the world's loftiest). Breathe deeply during the ear-popping, 70-second elevator ride to the 103rd…

5. Old St Patrick’s Church

0.72 MILES

A Chicago fire survivor, this 1852 church is one of the city’s oldest. Old St Pat’s is best known for its World’s Largest Block Party, a weekend bash in…

6. Pontiac Building

0.76 MILES

A classic 1891 design by Holabird & Roche, the Pontiac features the same flowing masonry surfaces as the architects’ famed Monadnock Building in the Loop.

7. Chicago Board of Trade

0.78 MILES

The Board of Trade is a 1930 art deco gem. Inside, manic traders swap futures and options – or, at least, they used to. Most trading is done these days by…

8. Money Museum


This small museum in the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is fun for a quick browse. The best exhibits include a giant glass cube stuffed with one million …