Chicago’s buildings are symbols of the city’s history. Buildings are not just used to provide shelter, they are symbols of our past. When you walk around the city, you can feel and see the history behind the buildings. There are many different styles of building throughout Chicago. In the heart of downtown Chicago, you can see the beautiful Gold Coast alleys, historic brownstones, and skyscrapers. In the city neighborhoods, you will find bungalows, two-flats, rowhouses, and Victorian homes. The North Shore suburbs are full of brick and stone ranch homes, and brick two-flats.