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  • 1

    Millennium Park

    262 reviews

    Spend an afternoon checking out all of the art and design in one of Chicago's premier parks. Some must-see highlights include: Frank Gehry's Jay Pritzer Pavilion, an outdoor concert venue; the Cloud Gate, lovingly referred to as the Bean by locals, which is a mirrored bean-like structure designed by British artist Anish Kapoor; and, by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, the ...

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  • 2

    Willis Tower

    202 reviews

    While it's no longer the tallest building in the world, the Sears Tower is an impressive display of height and architecture. As you're admiring the view of Chicago from the top floor, you can feel the tower slightly sway back and forth.

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  • 3

    Wrigley Field

    161 reviews

    It doesn't matter what team you support - if you are in Chicago during baseball season, a visit to Wrigley is a must. The stadium is one of the oldest, its charm rivaling that of Fenway Park. Besides the iconic Wrigley Field sign, take note of the ivy-covered walls surrounding the field and the rooftop stands that look down into ...

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  • 4

    Art Institute of Chicago

    141 reviews

    Top-ranked nationally, this downtown art museum in the Loop on Michigan Ave. holds stop-in-your-tracks treasures, like masters of impressionism, medieval stained glass, Renaissance portraits, and pop art classics. The Asian art galleries are hushed hideaways. Downstairs take the kids to see the historical miniature rooms, like dolls' houses that go skipping across the ages and around the world.

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  • 5

    John Hancock Center

    116 reviews

    In my opinion, the best bar in Chicago. A little over priced but worth ever penny. The view is just as spectacular as the Willis Tower but a more mature and relaxing environment.

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  • 6

    John G. Shedd Aquarium

    96 reviews

    Never visit this place with a view that is like a water world. blv, its an aquarium, definitely a huge one!

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  • 7

    Lincoln Park Zoo

    84 reviews

    For the grown up who is still a kid at heart, or for those who have kids! Visit this Zoo, located near LakeShore Drive!

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  • 8

    Museum of Science and Industry

    82 reviews

    One of the best science museums on the planet. What's really special about this place is the size. It's huge, with high ceilings and vast halls. In the halls are thing you usually see outdoors, like real train, and planes and automobiles, reinforcing the feeling that technology is amazing.

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  • 9

    Cloud Gate

    80 reviews

    Gorgeous bean! Especially during the night! I highly recommend checking the bean out during the day and night. The reflection of the famous architecture from the piece is breath taking in person. If you want the best photo then it's best to show up early in the morning or late at night when there are less people (so you can ...

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  • 10

    The Magnificent Mile

    86 reviews

    The architecture is lovely but Magnificent Mile has been completely mall-ified. A shame to see it. Very few non-chains.

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  • 11

    Field Museum

    67 reviews

    The field museum is one of my favorite museums that I have ever been to. They have done a great job of presenting history. I really like their Egyptian exhibit.

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  • 12

    Clarence Buckingham Fountain

    56 reviews

    One really hasn't photographed Chicago until you have images of the fountain with the buildings in the background. Worth the walk.

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  • 13

    Lake Michigan

    58 reviews

    It's huge, beautiful, and looks like the ocean. If only the air were salty, it would be fairly easy to trick someone into believing it wasn't a lake. A great lake, indeed.

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  • 14

    Navy Pier Ferris Wheel

    55 reviews

    wow!! This is a must ride when your visiting Navy Pier! Its gotta be since its been here since the worlds fair lol. It doesnt stop so you get on the ride while it slowly turns. Your seated in a glass bucket but the floor isnt transparent. That would make it too scary for the youngsters. Its one way you ...

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  • 15

    Second City

    45 reviews

    Comedy and Chicago go hand in hand thanks to The Second City. From its December 1959 opening in Old Town, it’s been the benchmark for improv as we know it—and a rite of passage for aspiring comics. John Belushi and Gilda Radner cut their teeth here, and veteran alumni like Tina Fey still grace the stage today. Although the brand ...

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  • 16


    52 reviews

    Founded in 1983, Chinatown is a fantastic example of a culturally progressive neighborhood. Though people from all over the world visit- the locals manage to keep the energy, and vitality of the Asian culture alive with no apologies. A walk through Chinatown can be an educational history lesson on the customs of the Chinese American community.

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  • 17

    Chicago River

    45 reviews

    Winding through the city and one of the reasons Chicago has grown through history. Best experienced on a boat tour, on Saint Patrick's Day (when it is dyed green), and over one of the many bridges.

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  • 18

    Downtown Chicago

    37 reviews

    Downtown has wonderful sightseeing. I could walk for hours looking at the old and new architecture!

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  • 19

    Soldier Field

    41 reviews

    Great if you can afford a football game or concert there

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  • 20

    Architecture River Cruise

    35 reviews

    It may sound dull, but this cruise is the best way to learn to learn about the architecture and the history of the Chicago while getting a feel for the city at the same time. On a sunny day, grab a cocktail and a seat on the top deck for the 90-minute tour.

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