Fly the W: Voters Pick Top Buildings in Illinois

A new poll says that Wrigley Field has been chosen as the top building in state history.

The list was announced in the State Journal-Register as part of the ongoing Illinois Top 200 project, where buildings inspired by sports, the Illinois prairie and religious sites are among some of the most significant places residents chose in celebration of the state's 200th birthday.

Every two weeks until Illinois' birthday on Dec. 3, the Illinois 200 project will conduct online polls for residents to vote for their favorite and most significant people, places and things in the midwestern state.

Although the reasoning behind the results is unclear, Wrigley Field ranked No. 1. The iconic Chicago spot, which was once occupied by a seminary, has been home to the Chicago Cubs since 1916. Not to mention, the stadium also managed to acquire some of its fame due to numerous appearances in movies, plays and songs throughout the years.

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Springfield’s Dana-Thomas House came in second. The landmark was designed in 1902 and it showcases architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s most complete work on early prairie houses, given that this building contains the largest collection of site-specific, original Wright art glass and furniture, according to the official site.

The Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette came in third. The Baha’i faith has a total of nine houses of worship around the world and the oldest, which opened in 1953, is located in Illinois. The building is 138 feet high.

Here’s a look at the top 10 buildings in Illinois that made the list:

1. Wrigley Field

2. Dana-Thomas House

3. Baha’i House of Worship

4. Willis Tower (originally known as Sears Tower)

5. Robie House

6. Tribune Tower

7. John Hancock Center

8. Farnsworth House

9. Jarrot Mansion

10. Fort de Chartres Powder Magazine

This Illinois Top 200 project is a joint initiative of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, The State Journal-Register and the Illinois Bicentennial Commission.

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