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    Art Institute of Chicago

    111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603-6110
    Ranked #4 overall in Chicago things to do
    136 reviews

    The Art Institute is well worth the price of admission (especially on Thursday nights, when it's free!), and really does have something for everyone. They've got galleries that showcase ancient... more

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    Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum

    1300 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
    Ranked #27 overall in Chicago things to do
    29 reviews

    Confession: I have the shortest attention span in the universe when it comes to museums. But! The planetarium kept me engaged far longer than any other museum I've ever been... more

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    The University of Chicago

    5801 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637-1476
    Ranked #32 overall in Chicago things to do
    22 reviews

    One of the world's great universities and home to one of the most influential economics programs. The campus is very nice, though it is in a bit of a dangerous... more

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    Museum Campus

    Museum Campus, Chicago, IL 60606
    Ranked #99 overall in Chicago things to do
    5 reviews

    Museum Campus is one of the most beautiful spots on Chicago's lake front, with great views of the skyline and Lake Michigan. You should plan to spend a day here--at... more

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    Lincoln Park Zoo

    2001 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614-4712
    Ranked #8 overall in Chicago things to do
    79 reviews

    This is a great place to spend an afternoon wandering around. When I've visited, it's been hit-or-miss with some of the animals. I've never, for instance, gotten a good look... more

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    Wicker Park

    Ranked #28 overall in Chicago things to do
    22 reviews

    Probably the most popular neighborhood along the Blue Line, Wicker Park is home to some of the best book stores, thrift shops, and live music venues in the city. Within... more

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    Skydeck Chicago

    233 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
    Ranked #98 overall in Chicago things to do
    6 reviews

    Just a short walk from the Jackson Blue Line station, the Skydeck is a must-see on your trip to Chicago. From the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower (the locals... more

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    Uncharted Books

    2630 N Milwaukee Ave
    2 reviews

    Uncharted is one of those awesome used bookstores where strange and wonderful things happen. Tanner, the owner, and his beautiful white shepherd are often hanging out in the front with... more

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    The Poetry Foundation

    61 West Superior Street
    1 review

    Floor to ceiling windows and floor to ceiling bookshelves: two of my favorite things! The Poetry Foundation's Chicago location, home of Poetry Magazine, has a huge poetry library and a... more

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    Open Books Ltd.

    213 West Institute Place, Chicago, IL
    1 review

    Open Books is awesome! This used bookstore uses all of its sales to support literacy programming in the city of Chicago. They have a huge inventory, and it's ALL digitized,... more

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