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    Wrigley Field

    1060 West Addison Street, Chicago, IL
    4.5
    161 reviews

    One of the most incredible ball parks in America. Just being in the neighborhood to hear the roar of the crowd is a treat. Even if you don't like baseball, a sunny afternoon in the bleacher seats is a Chicago highlight.

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  • 2

    Second City

    1616 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60614
    4.5
    45 reviews

    So happy a friend recommended checking Second City out! Great improv and good fun. Make sure to get tickets early as they sell out pretty quickly.

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  • 3

    Art Institute of Chicago

    111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603-6110
    4.5
    139 reviews

    The Art Institute of Chicago boasts one of the largest collection of Joseph Cornell boxes on the planet. Enough to be a gallery completely unto itself, even! When in Boystown, it's certainly important to do as the boys do, but sometimes it's necessary to create a quiet moment for yourself at a museum. And this one is a beauty!

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    Millennium Park

    201 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601-6530
    4.5
    261 reviews

    This beautiful space combines outdoor art installations with greenery and fantastic views of the Chicago skyline. An easy add-on to a visit to the Art Institute, Loop, or Grant Park. A great example of how this city has undergone a renaissance in the last 15 years.

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  • 5

    Architecture River Cruise

    333 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60601-3700
    4.5
    35 reviews

    Home of the skyscraper, taking the time to appreciate the city's architecture is a major thing to do when you're in town. There are a lot of boat tours to choose from, but your money is best spent on the slightly more expensive tour run by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. With experienced, knowledgable staff, you'll walk away tons of fun ...

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    Cloud Gate

    AT&T Plaza, Chicago, IL 60686
    4.5
    79 reviews

    Quirky bean-shaped stainless steel sculpture designed by Indian born British artist Anish Kapoor, located in the Millenium Park within The Loop. This place is swarming with people of all kinds and ages, all trying really hard to snap the most creative picture. It's cool to see reflections of Chicago's skyline on the silver platform. If you're into photography and in ...

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  • 7

    WhirlyBall

    1880 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614, United States
    5
    9 reviews

    Great draft beer selection, and a unique sport experience. Bumper cars meets lacrosse? Uniquely Chicago. A great place to bring a group for bonding or just a change of pace.

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  • 8

    Lincoln Park Zoo

    2001 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614-4712
    4.5
    83 reviews

    I thoroughly enjoyed being able to walk through this free zoo in Chicago and seeing the different animals, plus it's another great place for a view of the Chicago skyline with a diagram pointing out what the buildings are that you're looking at.

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  • 9

    Grant Park

    337 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601-7403
    4.5
    39 reviews

    Just happened to be in town for the annual blues festival this weekend. Lots of fun! They had a street festival with food, drinks and souvenir/ trinkets. Other than that this park is still pretty to walk through, but doesn't hold much entertainment value.

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  • 10

    The University of Chicago

    5801 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637-1476
    4.5
    23 reviews

    This place captured my heart. It's more architecturally beautiful than king Henry viii castle in London. This campus is so big I feel like I could get lost in corridors for days. Take a walk through campus if you enjoy architecture at all.

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    Museum of Science and Industry

    5700 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637-2003
    4.5
    81 reviews

    The Museum of Science and Industry is the only building still standing from the 1893 World's Fair. Originally named the Palace of Fine Arts, it housed artwork, and was the only building to be made fireproof. After the fair, the original exterior plaster was replaced with limestone, fortifying the building and extending its life. While the exterior is no longer ...

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  • 12

    Chinatown

    318 West Cermak Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616-1916
    4
    51 reviews

    There will always be a chinatown in every country or large city just like in chicago however I liked the one I visited because I found authentic chinese stuff specially the herbal and medicines. Got myself some chrysanthemum authentic tea which i would usually ask my friends in china to get me. Worth the visit.

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  • 13

    Lincoln Park

    600 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60611-3016, United States
    4.5
    27 reviews

    Lincoln Park is Chicago's largest park, and probably one of the largest parks in the world. The Park consists of miles of beaches, harbors, a world class zoo, and playing fields for baseball, soccer, volleyball, and other sports endeavors.

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  • 14

    Chicago History Museum

    1601 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614-6038
    4.5
    15 reviews

    The Chicago History Museum is for more than just school kids on field trips. Learn more about the Windy City while wandering through exhibits that cover everything from Fort Dearborn to the Chicago Fire. World's Fair fans shouldn't miss the diorama room, with scaled down models of the White City, as well as the current exhibition, "Siam: The Queen and ...

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  • 15

    John Hancock Center

    875 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-1779
    4.5
    114 reviews

    The views are truly great. Since I grew up in the area I love pouring over the details of the cityscape and spotting all the familiar landmarks. Great views of the lake too. Next time I go I'll try the option of going to the bar and getting a drink with the views.

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  • 16

    Field Museum

    1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605-2827
    4.5
    67 reviews

    After the World's Fair, the Field Museum was born and took residence in the Palace of Fine Arts (now the Museum of Science and Industry), in order to display artifacts from the fair. The museum has since changed locations and has grown to include other notable attractions, such as Sue the dinosaur. In 2013, to commemorate the 120 year anniversary ...

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  • 17

    Wicker Park

    4.5
    23 reviews

    Hip restaurants, cool bars, and lots of artists fill Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. This is a fun area to explore after seeing all the must-see downtown sights.

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  • 18

    Lakefront Path

    McCormick Place to Belmont, Chicago, IL 60661
    4.5
    17 reviews

    After you're done checking out Jackson Park, head towards the lake the check out the Lakefront Trail, which runs 18 miles along the coast of Lake Michigan. Head north towards downtown, and take a detour anytime you see something you want to check out. Bike rentals can be found near the lakefront and are essential for most people to do ...

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  • 19

    Chicago Skyline

    Chicago, Illinois
    5
    26 reviews

    Take a stroll and see the best view at sunset along Lake Shore Drive, or from inside the skyline at Millennium Park. There are too many Great views to put into one review.

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  • 20

    Chicago Food Planet Food Tours

    830 N Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 ‎
    5
    3 reviews

    My sister and I took the Gold Coast/Old Town tour and had such a great time. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and friendly, and the tour was really well thought out. Stops included a Jewish deli, a chocolate shop, a specialty tea store, and, finally, a Chicago-style pizzeria. Lots of good food, lots of fun!

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