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Top 10 Chicago by Elaine Glusac, Elisa Kronish

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Moments in Chicago History

1. 1871: Great Chicago Fire

Over 250 people died and 17,000 buildings were destroyed in this fire, allegedly started by a cow kicking over a lantern. Just a few buildings survived, including the Historic Water Tower and Pumping Station.

2. 1885: First Skyscraper

Though just a measly – by today’s standards – nine stories, the Home Insurance Building (now demolished) was the tallest of its time. William LeBaron Jenney achieved this architectural feat by designing the first weight-bearing steel frame. From then on, the only way was up.

3. 1886: Haymarket Riot

Wealthy industrialists funded amazing Chicago arts institutions, ...

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