Things to do for History Buffs in Chicago, Illinois 

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    Field Museum

    71 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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    Architecture River Cruise

    39 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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    Art Institute of Chicago

    146 reviews

    Great feel of history and culture. Paintings and artwork from nearly every century and every form of art that you can imagine.

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    Wrigley Field

    165 reviews

    Chicago's Wrigley field hometown fans, are some of the most gracious, fun, and pleasantly welcoming home field fans this sporting Cardinal fan has ever encountered. Thank YOU Cubbie fans for such a fantastic time and GREAT experience!

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    Chicago Water Tower

    19 reviews

    Historical building that survived the great fire, the water tower is as much an icon of the Chicago as it is an important tourist stop today, the tourist information center on the magnificent mile today. This is a beautiful stone structure that still stands tall amidst its skycraper height neighbors after all these years.

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    Chicago History Museum

    15 reviews

    Chicago has been one of the most important cities in the US for much of its history. It has played an important role in the colonization and expansion into the west, then with industrialization. It has played a vital role in many industries including meat packing, construction, aerospace, and more. This museum is dedicated to the history of Chicago and ...

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    Museum of Science and Industry

    84 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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    Chicago Cultural Center

    13 reviews

    A great place to start you visit to Chicago, the Cultural Center is in the former Chicago Public Library, an architectural treasure. It now offers free public events: music, exhibitions, dance, lectures and plays. Inside you'll find the visitor information center offering lots of free advice on what to do in town.

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    Chicago Architecture Foundation

    14 reviews

    The Chicago Architecture Foundation was founded in 1966 as the Chicago School of Architecture Foundation, to save H. H. Richardson's Glessner House, one of Chicago's oldest residences. In 1971, it began to offer lectures and volunteer-led tours to the public. The Chicago Architecture Foundation is located within The Loop's historic Santa Fe Building and conveniently across the street from the ...

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  • 10

    Graceland Cemetery

    3 reviews

    Mind blowing memorials. Thid cemetery blew me away. There are marble memorials that in today's money, would cost more than my house. I live in a 4200sq ft home... New Orleans has nothing on how some Chicagoans bury their dead in style.

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    John G. Shedd Aquarium

    100 reviews

    One of the most well put together aquariums that I've ever visited! The set up takes you around the World's oceans and freshwater systems, introducing water life along the way. FYI- there are lockers in the basement for you to keep your valuables in while you walk around for a minimal fee! Loved it!

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    The University of Chicago

    23 reviews

    The 1893 World's Fair wasn't just restricted to Jackson Park. Outside the White City, running through what is now the southern part of University of Chicago's campus, was the Midway Plaisance. It was here that visitors were able to see exotic scenes, like the "Streets of Cairo" exhibit, where artifacts from ancient Egypt were on display and where Buffalo Bill ...

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    Second City

    47 reviews

    We took our 19 year old son, and had an absolute blast!!! No hecklers, no cigarette smoke, no drunks! Just lots of great skits, one liners and laughter. Highly recommend that this be part of your Chicago adventure.

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    Lincoln Park

    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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    Downtown Chicago

    41 reviews

    Safe environment for the entire family. It is also a very pet (dog) friendly city as well.

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    Navy Pier Ferris Wheel

    59 reviews

    The ferris wheel on Navy Pier is an iconic Chicago attraction. Invented for the 1893 World's Fair, the original Ferris Wheel was huge, with 36 cars capable of holding 60 riders each. The original was dismantled and sold for scrap long ago, but history buffs can get a taste of 1893 by taking a quick ride on this scaled down ...

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  • 17

    Skydeck Chicago

    9 reviews

    The views from the SkyDeck are magnificent. Seeing the city in an entirely different perspective was really insightful. While up on the top there are placards in place explaining the history of the great Chicago fire as well as the beginnings to the cities history. Truly a great stop to visit while in Chicago for a nominal fee.

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  • 18

    Michigan Avenue Bridge

    32 reviews

    The Michigan Avenue Bridge is an easy way to cross the Chicago River, though it's even more exciting when the bridge goes up to let the boats go by.

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    Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum

    31 reviews

    The oldest planetarium in the western hemisphere. Next to the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum. They have some cool exhibits about the universe and space. Visiting all three nearby sights might be overload, but if you are in the area I'd recommend stopping at all three

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    The Magnificent Mile

    87 reviews

    It is everything you've dreamed it was and MORE. Its a shoppers paradise.

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