Egyptian Theatre named #11 on Top 20 list of must-see architectural attractions

Chicago is practically synonymous with great architecture. So you can imagine how hard it was to pick 20 properties — across the entire state — for the latest installment of our bicentennial bucket list, a roster of 200 things every Illinoisan should do, see, eat or drink in honor of two centuries of statehood this year.

Among the many worthy contenders left on the cutting room floor: the modern stunner that is the Inland Steel Building, Helmut Jahn ‘s postmodern love-it-or-hate-it James R. Thompson Center and creative urban spaces like Jeanne Gang ‘s Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo.

We could have easily filled our 200 to-do list with just architecture. But that wouldn’t leave room for our nine other categories, one of which gets rolled out at the start of each month.

Think we missed something? Drop us a line at We might include your suggestion in the final chapter of our bicentennial bucket list: people’s choice.

Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin contributed.

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