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University of Chicago

Intellectuals come to the University of Chicago to breathe in the rarified air: after all, the faculty, former faculty, and alumni of this esteemed institution have won more Nobel prizes than any school in the country—89 in total, awarded in every field, including President Obama's 2009 Peace Prize. History buffs and art lovers are drawn by the Oriental Institute and Smart Museum of Art, while theater fans appreciate the campus-run Court Theatre, which stages new and classic works. Architecture aficionados won’t be disappointed either.

Much of the original campus was designed by Henry Ives Cobb, and its classic quadrangles were meant to mimic Oxford and Cambridge. The dominant building here, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, is a neo-Gothic beauty complete with glorious stained-glass windows, a vaulted ceiling, 72-bell carillon, and 207-foot-high stone tower. In sharp contrast, the Booth School of Business is very modern looking; its horizontal accents imitate the Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House (1910), located directly across the street. Midcentury buildings designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Eero Saarinen, as well as contemporary ones by Helmut Jahn and husband-and-wife duo Tod Williams and Billie Tsien are also worth seeking out. A self-guided tour of UChicago architecture, A Walking Guide to the Campus, can be purchased at the campus bookstore or online at architecture.uchicago.edu. The university also highlights points of interest in a free mobile app that can be accessed through iTunes.

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