Things to do in Chicago

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With its architectural marvels, historical monuments, award-winning museums, expansive park system, and lakefront beaches mean you won’t have trouble... Read More

With its architectural marvels, historical monuments, award-winning museums, expansive park system, and lakefront beaches mean you won’t have trouble looking for things to do in Chicago. There’s a reason the city draws millions of visitors each year.

For a relaxing, loosely structured day, visit Millennium Park to take in views of the Chicago waterfront and admire Cloud Gate, Chicago’s famous reflective bean sculpture. The Art Institute, Field Museum, and Adler Planetarium are experiences not to miss.

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    360 Chicago

    With views of the city from the top of the John Hancock Center, the observatory is 1,000 feet up in the air and features Tilt, a viewing platform that... Read More

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    Chicago Electric Boat Company

    Be your own boat captain on the Chicago River. Boat rentals run for up to four hours and up to 12 people. Read More

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    Cloud Gate

    A modern reflective sculpture often referred to by locals as "The Bean." The artist was inspired by liquid mercury. It's a favorite of tourists for mind... Read More

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    Field Museum

    An award-winning museum of natural history, The Field was first built for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. One of the most popular... Read More

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    Garfield Park Conservatory

    Commonly referred to as "landscape art under glass," this beautiful conservatory occupies approximately two acres inside and often plays host to special... Read More

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    Grant Park

    Commonly referred to as Chicago's Front Yard, this 319-acre park holds many of Chicago's main attractions and is frequently the venue for annual events... Read More

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    Judy Istock Butterfly Haven

    Located inside the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, visitors to this 2,700-square-foot greenhouse share the space with 75 bird species and one-thousand... Read More

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    Lincoln Park Zoo

    Family-friendly (and free), the Lincoln Park Zoo is open to the public 365 days a year. With a wide range of wildlife and an adopt-a-pet program, this... Read More

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    Millennium Park

    Millennium Park is a local gathering spot for both Chicagoans and visitors alike. The park holds several famous art installations, including Cloud Gate,... Read More

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    Museum of Science and Industry

    One of the largest science museums in the world, the museum has more than 35,000 artifacts and special hands-on areas just for kids in addition to... Read More

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    Skydeck Chicago

    For the best views in town you're going to have to go up. Way up, 103 stories high that is, to the top of Chicago's Willis (Sears) Tower. At 1,353 feet... Read More

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    The 606

    A park and trail system along an abandoned rail line, this trail is especially good for biking, walking and running. The many art installations along... Read More

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    The Art Institute of Chicago

    The city's premier art museum, the permanent collection is home to over 300,000 pieces scattered throughout eight buildings. Two iconic lion... Read More

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