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    Art Institute of Chicago

    142 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 China and contemporary America, and everything in between. Be sure to check out the Modern Wing, which was finished just a few years ago. When you're finished, walk across the ...

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    The University of Chicago

    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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  • 3

    Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum

    30 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 to. The films, especially, are really well done. Make some time to sit in a dark theater and stare up at the stars. When you're in town, look for Adler ...

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  • 4


    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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  • 5

    Millennium Park

    263 reviews

    It's a tourist thing to do, but you won't regret it if you're an art lover like me. It's a fun place to take pictures with the warped reflections of yourself. What I loved about the bean the most was at night. The reflection of the famous buildings with lights is gorgeous. If you're barely in chicago like me then ...

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  • 6

    Uncharted Books

    3 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 their friends, watching the game or playing Magic. In the back corner, there are literary events some nights. You'll never be able to predict what's on the shelves, as you ...

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  • 7

    Museum Campus

    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 least--wandering between the planetarium, the aquarium, and the Field Museum, making sure to spend some time sitting outside, people watching. I especially love the Adler Planetarium's big ole telescope.

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    John G. Shedd Aquarium

    96 reviews

    This Aquarium located on Lake Michigan is something the whole family will enjoy.. Who doesnt like a dolphin show? Whales? check it out along with the Field Museum and Planetarium located a few steps from each other!

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  • 9

    Lincoln Park Zoo

    84 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 at any of the big jungle cats. What's great about this zoo is that it's open year round and it's always free. Come anytime--even if it's cold. You can duck ...

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  • 10

    Wrigley Field

    163 reviews

    Wrigley Field is a great place to watch baseball, the atmosphere is pretty intense especially when the fans get excited! Although it is pricey to buy food and drinks, especially when it's very low quality. They also don't seem to be too tight on who gets through In the sense that drunk people will be falling all over the place ...

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  • 11

    Wicker Park

    24 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 steps of the Damen Blue Line station are hundreds of things to do: the park, Big Star (tacos!), the Flat Iron building, the Double Door, Quimby's...I could go on. Come ...

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  • 12

    Field Museum

    67 reviews

    Not even several mandatory school field trips here when I was a kid could ruin my continuing enjoyment of this natural history wonderland. Be dazzled by the gem hall. Gawk at the dinosaur bones. Learn about the stars or Native American tribes. It's enough to keep you occupied for a dozen rainy days.

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  • 13


    7 reviews

    I wish I could afford to hang out at Eataly all the time, but I have neither the metabolism nor the income to spend as much time here as I'd like. Part Italian grocery, part Italian eatery, this place is choc-full of delicious pasta, cheese, wine, and gelato. They make the pasta just like in Italy, where al dente means ...

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  • 14

    Architecture River Cruise

    35 reviews

    Highly recommend! Beautiful river boat ride through the city. See buildings that you can't see any other way. Have a Bloody Mary, sit back and listen to the very well informed your guide.

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  • 15

    Skydeck Chicago

    7 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 still call it the Sears Tower--forgive us), the city looks like a Lite-Brite at night. If you're brave, you can stand in a glass box and look at the ground ...

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  • 16

    Logan Square Monument

    3 reviews

    When you get off the Blue Line at Logan Square, one of the first things you'll see is the Logan Square monument. Head over to the square, which is actually a triangle, to get a better look. Sit and relax a while below the marble column, or walk the square and check out the shops and restaurants that surround it. ...

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    Museum of Contemporary Art

    23 reviews

    An attractive modern art museum with a nice sculpture garden. The collection here isn't quite on par with the great modern museums of the world but it is certainly worth a visit and is easy walking distance from Michigan avenue.

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  • 18

    Myopic Books

    9 reviews

    If you love poetry (I love poetry) then you know it can be hard to find contemporary poetry in bookstores. It's mostly the usual subjects: Dickinson, Whitman, maybe a Mary Oliver or John Ashbery thrown in for good measure. But at Myopic, a used bookstore in Wicker Park, the poetry section is huge and delightful. I can't speak for the ...

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  • 19

    Montrose Beach

    7 reviews

    Montrose beach is really clean for a public beach they make sure it is kept in great condition do everyone can enjoy it! It is set on the edge of downtown Chicago so you have the view of the beautiful skyscrapers as well as the lake. There is a separate beach for dogs that is right next to it. Although ...

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  • 20

    Museum of Science and Industry

    82 reviews

    The special exhibitions are what make the Museum of Science in industry. Otherwise, can feel a bit dated. Do your research ahead of time to make sure there is something you'd like to see.

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