The ongoing “Illinois Top 200” project allows Illinois residents a chance to vote every two weeks on the state’s most inspiring leaders, greatest books and top businesses, among other superlative categories. By the state’s 200th birthday on Dec. 3, voters will have chosen 10 favorites in 20 different categories. The most recent category was Illinois’ top 10 buildings, with voters crowning Wrigley Field, longtime home of the Chicago Cubs, as number one, with Springfield’s Dana-Thomas House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, in the number two position. The other winners were the Baha’i House of Worship (Wilmette); Chicago’s Willis Tower (the erstwhile Sears Tower); the Robie House (another Frank Lloyd Wright building, this one in Hyde Park); Chicago’s Tribune Tower and John Hancock Center; the Farnsworth House, designed by Mies van der Rohe and located along the Fox River in Plano; the Jarrot Mansion in Cahokia; and the Fort de Chartres Powder Magazine in Randolph County, considered the oldest building in Illinois, dating back to the 1750s. The next category up for voting is “top historic sites,” currently underway at Nominees include the Old State Capitol and the Lincoln Home in Springfield.

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