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  • 1

    Millennium Park

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

    The best parts are the summers and the 10 weeks (wed-sat) of free concerts, mainly classical music, outside under the lights and stars of the big city. Dont forget to bring your chairs, a blanket, and a picnic....BYOB.

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  • 2

    Willis Tower

    233 S Wacker Dr
    4.5
    201 reviews

    It is tall. Really, really tall. While the view is nice, I hate standing on the edge of a building. Personally I prefer looking at the building than looking from the building.

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  • 3

    Wrigley Field

    1060 West Addison Street, Chicago, IL
    4.5
    161 reviews

    Drove by the neighborhood which is pretty cool however, I was dissapointed at how small the stadium is. Never actually seen a game here.

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  • 4

    Art Institute of Chicago

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

    I love this museum! There are so many great art pieces and it so easy to navigate. Few tips don’t need to buy tickets in advance just get them when you get there. If you want to buy another other Chicago attractions you can buy there also. Plan on spending a couple of hours there exploring the grounds. Make sure ...

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  • 5

    John Hancock Center

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

    The John Hancock Center is a "must see" in Chicago. Visitors have the opportunity to go up over 90 floors to an observatory that offers spectacular views of the city and Lake Michigan. After some scenic photo taking, visitors can head over to the Signature Room on the 95th floor for a nice romantic dinner in the dining room or ...

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  • 6

    John G. Shedd Aquarium

    1200 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605-2402
    4.5
    95 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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  • 7

    Lincoln Park Zoo

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

    Feels more like a park but, it's free. Great to take kids I guess when you are on a tight budget. Best time to visit is in the summer! It's too cold to go any other time. Besides I am sure the animals are inside to be kept warm.

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  • 8

    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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  • 9

    Cloud Gate

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

    The Cloud Gate sculpture, which many affectionately call "the bean," is a cool sculpture with the city skyline in the background, but the crowds didn't make me want to linger.

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  • 10

    The Magnificent Mile

    North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
    4
    86 reviews

    Cool place to shop and eat! Filled with big brand name stores like Burberry,Prada and many more! Only cheaper are to shop in the Magnificent Mile will probably be at the Water Tower.

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  • 11

    Field Museum

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

    This should be on everyone's list of things to do in Chicago, and make sure you plan enough time to do it. You can easily be here all day and still not see everything. Parking could be a bit tricky, though, especially if there is a game going on at Soldier's Field next door.

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  • 12

    Lake Michigan

    4.5
    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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  • 13

    Clarence Buckingham Fountain

    Grant Park, Chicago, IL 60604
    4.5
    55 reviews

    Love and Marriage Love and Marriage… you probably recognize this fountain from Married with Children for all you 90s kids. Make sure you put this on your list of must see in Chicago. Beautiful Fountain so it’s a perfect opportunity for a photo shoot

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  • 14

    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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  • 15

    Chicago River

    4
    45 reviews

    Beautiful river that cuts through the center of downtown and they have a ton of river and boat tours available to see the city by water. They even dye this river green on st partricks day every year!

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  • 16

    Chinatown

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

    Cool place to visit. Never been to any other Chinatown so this is all I know. There are a good amount of stores, bakeries and restaurants. Beware most stores and bakeries only take cash! The only thing I enjoy of Chinese bakery are mooncakes so I can't really say much. If you are a Kpop ( Korean pop music fan ...

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  • 17

    Navy Pier Ferris Wheel

    600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-3426
    4
    55 reviews

    Touristy? Yes. Lines? Yes. But you'll be rewarded with an amazing view of the city and the lake once you get over your fear of heights and open your eyes.

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  • 18

    Architecture River Cruise

    333 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60601-3700
    4.5
    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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  • 19

    Soldier Field

    1410 South Musuem Campus Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
    4.5
    41 reviews

    A great place to catch a football game. Small enough that every seat is a good seat. I am not a Bears fan, but you can't beat going to a game there.

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  • 20

    Downtown Chicago

    E Wacker Service Dr, Chicago, Illinois
    4.5
    36 reviews

    Used to live here. Amazing downtown! Filled with many tourist but, the architecture makes up for how crowded it is.

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