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Although this educational center collects and preserves an array of historic Jewish ceremonial objects, textiles, and sculptures, I have to say I was most excited to come here for the architecture and the view. The stunning modern building, which resembles a chunky, enlarged prism, is among the most conversation-worthy in the city (that conversation often starts with, “What is that building?” and ends with “I don’t know!”). The exterior glass, which reflects the sky and clouds, is made up of 726 pieces of glass in 556 different shapes and sizes. As you enter the light-filled atrium, you’ll notice that the geometric wall in front of you mimics the same shapes of the exterior. Stop in the gift shop and the friendly staff will give you a self-guided tour pamphlet, which provides an overview of the Jewish-inspired art throughout the quiet, airy institute. Ultimately, it leads you up to the 8th floor Asher library, where the floor-to-ceiling glass windows look out on Grant Park and beautiful Lake Michigan. The building also includes a 400-seat theater for lectures, films, and performances. Allow 30 minutes.