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The Art Institute of Chicago

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Founded in 1879, the Art Institute of Chicago is hands down one of the city’s oldest treasures. — goop

Come for the sterling collection of Impressionists (an entire room is dedicated to Monet) and Old Masters; linger over the extraordinary and comprehensive photography collection. — Fodor's

A world-class museum, the Art Institute boasts one of the nation’s largest permanent collections of Impressionist paintings and an extensive display of Asian art — Where

You can't -- and shouldn't -- miss the Art Institute. No matter what medium or century interests you, the Art Institute has something in its collection to fit the bill. — Frommer's

The second-largest art museum in the country, the Art Institute houses treasures and masterpieces from around the globe. — Lonely Planet

Millennium Park

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This 24.5-acre park features Frank Gehry's Pritzker Pavilion and serpentine bridge; sculptor Anish Kapoor's 110-ton Cloud Gate (a.k.a. “The Bean”); and Jaume Plensa's Crown Fountain. — Time Out

One of Chicago’s most popular destinations—thanks, in part, to the throngs of tourists taking selfies in the reflective surface of Ani Kapoor’s Cloud Gate. — Condé Nast Traveler

One of the best public spaces on the planet. — Not For Tourists

"The Bean," the fountains, the Disney-esque music pavilion—all the pieces of this new park quickly stole the hearts of Chicagoans and visitors alike. — Fodor's

Millennium Park is among the city's nicest assets. Its 24.5 acres are filled with something to see at every turn. — Michelin Guide

Museum of Contemporary Art

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Add some color to an afternoon in Chicago with a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art, one of the largest contemporary art museums in the country. — Travel + Leisure

The museum, though, is more interested in keeping things cutting-edge and fun than in surveying even the recent past. — Concierge

One of the nation’s largest contemporary art museums, the MCA presents exhibits of painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, and performance created since 1945 — Where

It doesn't have any permanent exhibits; this gives it a feeling of freshness, but it also makes it impossible to predict what will be on display at any time. — Fodor's

The Art Institute's brash, rebellious sibling, with especially strong minimalist, surrealist and book arts collections. — Lonely Planet

Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower

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From your vantage point on the tallest observation deck in the U.S... vehicles look like Matchbox cars and the skyline of Chicago looks miniature. — Frommer's

At 1,353 feet up, The Ledge’s glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the skyscraper’s Skydeck on the 103rd floor, providing never-before-seen views of the city. — Afar Magazine

Yes, you're at the right place. Willis Tower was the Sears Tower until mid-2009, when insurance broker Willis Group Holdings bought the naming rights. — Lonely Planet

Tallest building in the world for over 20 years, this 110-story feat of engineering cuts an unmistakable profile on the city's skyline. — Michelin Guide

Think of it as the world’s tallest recycling effort. Or maybe it’s just an exceptionally ambitious retrofit. — Travel + Leisure

Museum of Science and Industry

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If you’re into exhibits loaded with interactive bells and whistles, this expansive Hyde Park locale is your ticket. — Time Out

The sprawling open space has 2,000 exhibits on three floors, with new exhibits added constantly. — Fodor's

Even if you don't plan on spending the day in Hyde Park, you'll likely pass through the neighborhood on your way to one of Chicago's most popular tourist attractions. — Frommer's

The Museum of Science and Industry has been a Chicago Institution for quite some time. During the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, it was The Palace of Fine Arts. — Afar Magazine

This landmark museum features more than 800 interactive exhibits, including the "U-505 Submarine" and "YOU! The Experience," featuring high-tech, hands-on exploration of the body, mind and spirit. — Where

The Field Museum

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This massive natural history museum still packs ’em in with more than 30 permanent exhibitions covering 300,000 square feet. — Time Out

More than 400,000 square feet of exhibit space fill this gigantic museum, which explores cultures and environments from around the world. — Fodor's

This world-class natural history institution occupies a suitably grand place at the south end of Grant Park. — Michelin Guide

Is it any wonder that Steven Spielberg thought the Field Museum of Natural History was a suitable home turf for the intrepid archaeologist and adventurer hero of his Indiana Jones movies? — Frommer's

Lions and tigers and bears are the main attraction at this huge natural history museum, filled with interactive exhibits about planet Earth. — Concierge

Shedd Aquarium

South Loop 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Popular lakefront aquarium with 1,000-seat amphitheater for dolphin shows — National Geographic

Top draws at the kiddie-mobbed Shedd Aquarium include the Oceanarium, with its beluga whales and frolicking white-sided dolphins, and the shark exhibit. — Lonely Planet

Encased in a handsome marble octagon overlooking the Lake, the Shedd is the world's largest indoor aquarium. — Concierge

Anchoring the aquatic offerings at this 75-year-old institution are enduring favorites such as piranhas, frogs and snakes of the Amazon. — Time Out

One of the most popular aquariums in the country, the Shedd houses more than 32,500 creatures from around the world. — Fodor's

360 Chicago Observation Deck

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Formerly known as the John Hancock Observatory, 360 Chicago offers dining, sights and an interactive tour far above the city streets. — Time Out

Get high in Chicago's third-tallest skyscraper. In many ways the view here surpasses the one at Willis Tower. — Lonely Planet

Muscular and monumental, nothing represents Chicago ("the city of big shoulders") more than this 1,127ft skyscraper. — Michelin Guide

At 100 stories and more than 1,000 feet high, the John Hancock Building is the 12th-tallest building in the world (for now, anyway). — Travel + Leisure

The Hancock may not be quite as famous as the Sears Tower, but the view from the city's third-tallest building is as good as any in town. — Frommer's

Robie House

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Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright; renovations proceeding, stay tuned. — Not For Tourists

Of the numerous buildings that Frank Lloyd Wright designed around Chicago, none is more famous or influential than Robie House. — Lonely Planet

Frank Lloyd Wright called this Hyde Park home “the cornerstone of modern architecture.” — Time Out

This home made its designer, Frank Lloyd Wright, world famous and helped "break the box" of traditional architecture. — Michelin Guide

For architectural history buffs, Robie House is a must-see. — Frommer's

Wrigley Field

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Built in 1914, Wrigley Field is the second oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball, behind Boston’s Fenway Park (1912) — Where

Charm-filled ballpark that remains indifferent to wins or losses. — Not For Tourists

Built in 1914 and named for the chewing-gum guy, Wrigley Field – aka The Friendly Confines – is the second-oldest baseball park in the major leagues. — Lonely Planet

Ferris Bueller had the right idea: There is no better way to spend a sunny Chicago afternoon than at a Cubs baseball game. — Travel + Leisure

Famous for its ivy walls and lovable losing teams, the stadium is surrounded by turn-of-the-20C flats rather than the usual sea of parking lots. — Michelin Guide

Lincoln Park Zoo

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One of the city's treasures, this family-friendly attraction is not only open every day of the year, but it's also free. — Frommer's

This 49-acre free zoo in the heart of the city is one of the nation’s oldest, with more than 1,200 animals throughout the grounds and in animal houses — Where

Oldest free zoo in the U.S. — Not For Tourists

See some 1,200 animals, from apes to zebras, at the oldest and one of only a few free zoos left in the country. — Time Out

At this urban enclave near Lake Michigan, you can face off with lions (separated by a window, of course) outside the Kovler Lion House. — Fodor's

Chicago Cultural Center

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This marvelous Neoclassical palazzo served as the city's first library when completed in 1897. — Michelin Guide

Built in 1897 as the city's original public library, this huge building houses the Chicago Office of Tourism Visitor Information Center, as well as a gift shop, galleries, and a concert hall. — Fodor's

This national historic landmark is a showplace for the performing, literary and visual arts, featuring a huge variety of programs presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs — Where

Serves as a free cultural venue, hosting experimental dance, contemporary art, and live music (from chamber music to children’s concerts). — Condé Nast Traveler

This iconic landmark is a welcome center for visitors and Chicago residents alike. — On the Grid

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

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The home began as a simple shingled cottage that the 22-year-old Wright built for his bride in 1889, but it became a living laboratory for his revolutionary reinvention of interior spaces. — Frommer's

A visit here provides a unique look into the architect's developing ideas over time as he continually remodeled the house. — Fodor's

Restored to its 1909 appearance, when Wright last lived there, the original structure features the horizontal bands of windows and low profile of the Prairie style. — Michelin Guide

The evolution of an architect is on vivid display during well-run tours that bring visitors into the home, studio and mindset of Frank Lloyd Wright. — On the Grid

See the drafting room where the Prairie Style was created. Inspiring. — Not For Tourists

Adler Planetarium

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The building may be historic (it was the first planetarium in the Western Hemisphere), but some of the attractions here will hold the attention of even the most jaded video game addict. — Frommer's

Tells amazing stories of space exploration through high-tech exhibits and immersive theater experiences... interactive elements and real space artifacts. — Fodor's

Depression era wonder that thrilled millions at 1933 Century of Progress Exposition. — Not For Tourists

One of three venues comprising the lakefront Museum Campus, the Adler was established in 1930, making it the first planetarium in the nation. — Travel + Leisure

This lakefront attraction on the Museum Campus features loads of otherworldly exhibits — Where

Brookfield Zoo

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216 acres of creepy critters make for a memorable day trip. — Not For Tourists

Set on 216 acres, Brookfield is home to nearly 6,000 animals, including 3,000 invertebrates, representing 436 species. — Time Out

This animal kingdom located about 15 miles west of Chicago has a wild array of wonderful creatures — Where

In contrast to the more modest Lincoln Park Zoo, Brookfield is enormous, spreading out over 216 acres and housing thousands of animals -- camels, dolphins, giraffes, baboons, wolves, tigers... — Frommer's

The zoo's exhibit highlights include Seven Seas with its dolphin presentation, Tropic World's primates, The Fragile Kingdom's African desert and Asian rain forest habitat...and more. — Michelin Guide

Navy Pier

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Half-mile-long Navy Pier is Chicago's most-visited attraction, sporting a 150ft Ferris wheel, an IMAX theater, a beer garden and gimmicky chain restaurants. — Lonely Planet

Encompassing more than 50 acres along the lakefront, Navy Pier boasts a nearly 200-foot-high, climate-controlled Ferris wheel. — Where

This tourist hot spot features shops, eateries, an IMAX cinema and a bevy of sightseeing boat tours. — Time Out

Built during World War I, this 3,000-foot-long pier served as a Navy training center for pilots during World War II. — Frommer's

No matter the season, Navy Pier is a fun place to spend a few hours, especially with kids in tow. — Fodor's

Chicago History Museum

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Explore Chicago’s past and present with exhibits like the intricately restored "L Car No. 1" and memorabilia from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. — Where

Seeking to bring Chicago's often complicated history to life, this museum has several strong permanent exhibits. — Fodor's

Located at the south end of the Lincoln Park neighborhood, the Chicago History Museum features exhibitions about the city’s compelling past. — Travel + Leisure

This museum at the southwestern tip of Lincoln Park is one of the city's oldest cultural institutions (founded in 1856), but it's reinvented itself for the 21st century. — Frommer's

Curious about Chicago’s storied past? Multimedia displays at this museum cover it all, from the Great Fire to the 1968 Democratic Convention. — Lonely Planet

Wrigley Building

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Its two structures were built several years apart and later connected, and its clock tower was inspired by the bell tower of the grand cathedral in Seville, Spain. — Fodor's

One of America's most famous office buildings is a gem for tourists traveling down the Magnificent Mile. — Time Out

Monument to chewing gum. — Not For Tourists

More than 250,000 glazed terra-cotta tiles make up the facade; a computer database tracks each one and indicates when each needs to be cleaned and polished. — Lonely Planet

The white terra-cotta exterior, its six subtle shades chosen to add more luster at the top, is particularly stunning when it's lit up at night. — Michelin Guide

Lincoln Park

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The neighborhood gets its name from this park, Chicago’s largest. — Lonely Planet

Lincoln Park is the city's largest park, and certainly one of the longest. — Frommer's

This massive 1,208 acre park lies along Chicago’s beautiful lakefront. — On the Grid

Except for the occasional stray bone, it's hard to tell that this was once a soggy cemetery. Today the sweeping expanse is one of Chicago's most compelling landscapes. — Michelin Guide

1200-acre park along the lakefront between Streeterville and Edgewater. — Not For Tourists

Chicago Botanic Garden

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Located in the northern suburb of Glencoe about 20 miles outside Chicago, this sprawling park boasts 385 acres of landscaped hills, lakes, indoor and specialty gardens, and nature trails — Where

Among the 26 different gardens here are the three-island Malott Japanese Garden, the 5-acre Evening Island, and the new Grunsfeld Children's Growing Garden. — Fodor's

385 acres of serene and lovely backdrops for wedding photos. — Not For Tourists

With 26 garden areas, more than a million individual plants of 7,000 different varieties and a host of bird life, the 385-acre preserve makes a lovely stop at any time of year. — Michelin Guide

Despite its name, the world-class Chicago Botanic Garden is 25 miles north of the city in the suburb of Glencoe. This 385-acre living preserve includes...a variety of botanical environments... — Frommer's

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