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If your only experience touring Chicago is from watching Ferris Bueller's Day Off, architect Brad Lynch has some insider tips for you.

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  At Bari Foods on West Grand you can still get an Italian sub directly from the butcher.  Photo by Chad Holder.
    At Bari Foods on West Grand you can still get an Italian sub directly from the butcher. Photo by Chad Holder.
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  The Lake Shore Drive bike path provides ample opportunity for outdoor recreation.  Photo by Chad Holder.
    The Lake Shore Drive bike path provides ample opportunity for outdoor recreation. Photo by Chad Holder.
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  The Osaka Garden in Jackson Park provides a respite from the city.  Photo by Chad Holder.
    The Osaka Garden in Jackson Park provides a respite from the city. Photo by Chad Holder.
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  The Green Mill Cocktail Lounge in the Uptown neighborhood plants you firmly in the middle of all the musical culture Chicago has to offer.  Photo by Chad Holder.
    The Green Mill Cocktail Lounge in the Uptown neighborhood plants you firmly in the middle of all the musical culture Chicago has to offer. Photo by Chad Holder.
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  The Inland Steel building, by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, is one of Lynch’s favorites in a city that has plenty of architectural masterworks to choose from. “It’s so thin and so pure,” Lynch says.  Photo by Chad Holder.
    The Inland Steel building, by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, is one of Lynch’s favorites in a city that has plenty of architectural masterworks to choose from. “It’s so thin and so pure,” Lynch says. Photo by Chad Holder.
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  The Lake Shore Drive bike path is also filled with architectural curiosities.  Photo by Chad Holder.
    The Lake Shore Drive bike path is also filled with architectural curiosities. Photo by Chad Holder.
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  The home of the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field, is one of the city’s best-known landmarks.  Photo by Chad Holder.
    The home of the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field, is one of the city’s best-known landmarks. Photo by Chad Holder.
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  Lynch calls the Music Box movie theater on Southport Avenue, designed by local architect Louis A. Simon in 1929, “the last great independent” in Chicago. If you go, watch out for the theater’s tireless protector, a ghost named Whitey who is said to still pace aisle four.  Photo by Chad Holder.
    Lynch calls the Music Box movie theater on Southport Avenue, designed by local architect Louis A. Simon in 1929, “the last great independent” in Chicago. If you go, watch out for the theater’s tireless protector, a ghost named Whitey who is said to still pace aisle four. Photo by Chad Holder.

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