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  • 1

    Millennium Park

    268 reviews

    Gotta see the BEAN! The park is Chicago's equivalent to New York's Central Park. It is a great place to hang and people watch. It is also a great place for families and picnic's. The largest outdoor "green" space in Chicago.

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  • 2

    Willis Tower

    207 reviews

    What is it called these days? Forget it, the view is spectacular and that's all you need to know!

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  • 3

    Wrigley Field

    167 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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  • 4

    Art Institute of Chicago

    149 reviews

    One of the most visited museums in a city of great museums. You could spend a whole day here, visiting multiple exhibits and seeing historical photos. The architecture of the building is also a must see.

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  • 5

    John Hancock Center

    121 reviews

    Of course you see this famous skyscraper in every photo of the Chicago skyline, but you have to see it in person. In addition to the John Hancock Observatory (a "must" for first time visitors to Chicago), the building houses offices, a few shops and restaurants, radio and television broadcast facilities and 700 privately owned luxury condos (one of them ...

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  • 6

    John G. Shedd Aquarium

    101 reviews

    Amazing aquarium. Be sure to purchase the package that includes the show. The visit is not the same without the show, so be sure to treat yourselves to it. Giggled when saw the penguins! Relaxed deeply with the jellyfish. Enjoy your visit!

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  • 7

    Lincoln Park Zoo

    88 reviews

    For the grown up who is still a kid at heart, or for those who have kids! Visit this Zoo, located near LakeShore Drive!

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  • 8

    Museum of Science and Industry

    85 reviews

    For children ages 3 and older to explore the different sciences and their ability to mesmerize children with what science can do.

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  • 9

    Cloud Gate

    87 reviews

    I heard about "The Bean" but really nothing prepared me for the entrancing and charismatic nature of this public art. It shines in the urban landscape reflecting the grids of the buildings on Michigan Ave, and the trees in the park. It reflects everything, distorting in weird and exciting ways. Stand right under it. Look at yourself, then you friends. ...

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  • 10

    The Magnificent Mile

    89 reviews

    A mile of stores along Michigan ave, through the heart of downtown Chicago. Macy's, Niketown, Sony, Lacoste, etc.

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  • 11

    Field Museum

    73 reviews

    Similar to NYC's American Museum of Natural History, the Field Museum shares equal viewing expectations and great exhibits of various eras and cultures.

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  • 12

    Clarence Buckingham Fountain

    60 reviews

    Gorgeous fountain, but also a great place to take photos of the Chicago skyline. Many people don't venture this far south into Grant Park and it's a nice walk. Nice with small children because you can let them run around.

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  • 13

    Lake Michigan

    60 reviews

    Growing up on Long Island I'm a huge beach guy...and while we have awesome beaches there...you can't exactly go swimming in the waters surrounding Manhattan just yet...so when I went swimming in Lake Michigan years ago and then walked around Chicago in a bathing suit and sneakers with my buds...we found it fairly amusing

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  • 14

    Navy Pier Ferris Wheel

    61 reviews

    Popular area for tourists. The pier is on Lake Michigan and is great on a Summer Evening when you can enjoy a great view of the Chicago Skyline

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  • 15

    Second City

    48 reviews

    Second City is now more than just a theater, but it originated in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood in 1959. The enterprise has expanded to several other cities, including Toronto and Los Angeles, has produced television programs in both the United States and Canada including SCTV, Second City Presents, and Next Comedy Legend. Second City has been a starting point for ...

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  • 16

    Chinatown

    55 reviews

    The colorful corner of the city is alive with traditional festivals, the scents of exotic spices, and a cacophony of dialects emanating from busy dumpling houses and noodle shops. Whether you come for the dim sum or the dragon boat races, this is a culturally rich section of Chicago worth exploring.

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  • 17

    Downtown Chicago

    42 reviews

    Thriving business district with a lot of culture. There are sculptures, like the Picasso, small fountains, and courtyard type gathering places. Plenty of restaurants and shopping. On the weekends, it is much more quiet. Several theaters, like the historic Chicago Theater and the Goodman Theater are in the Loop.

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  • 18

    Architecture River Cruise

    41 reviews

    Best tour in the city. It's expensive, but seeing the city by the river is the best way. Docents are extremely knowledgable. A good thing to do on a nice Sunday afternoon with a Bloody Mary in hand. Bar on board! The architecture in Chicago is stunning! Highly recommend.

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  • 19

    Chicago River

    47 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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  • 20

    Soldier Field

    43 reviews

    Home of the Chicago Bears.

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