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Best Things to Do in Chicago

Chicago has something for everyone -- museums, gardens, sports and bars are some of the highlights. Get the lay of the land from sky-high perches at the Sears (Willis) Tower or the Hancock Observatory before spending some time in the city's top-notch museums, such as the Field Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago or the Museum of Science and Industry. If you prefer to be outside, see "da Cubs" play at Wrigley Field, admire the sculptures in Millennium Park or shop the boutiques lining the Magnificent Mile.

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#1
Chicago Architecture Foundation
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: For the skinny on Chicago's skyline, look no further than the Chicago Architecture Foundation ... read more»

#2
Millennium Park Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: It's hard to visit Chicago and not swing by Millennium Park. Sitting just north ... read more»

#3
Lincoln Park Zoo Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Referred to by many as one of Chicago's most beloved treasures, the Lincoln Park ... read more»

#4
The Magnificent Mile Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: If you can feel your credit card burning a hole through your wallet, the Magnificent ... read more»

#5
Wrigley Field
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Any fan of Saturday Night Live knows that Chicagoans take their love of sports very ... read more»

#6
Art Institute of Chicago
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Home to the country's most impressive collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art (as well ... read more»

#7
Field Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: There's no question as to why Steven Spielberg chose the Field Museum as the ... read more»

#8
Second City
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Just because the sun goes down doesn't mean the fun has to end. Located ... read more»

#9
John Hancock Observatory
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you're looking for the bird's-eye view of Chicago, skip the Sears Tower ... read more»

#10
Museum of Science and Industry
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Although it is a little ways away from central Chicago (in Hyde Park), the Museum ... read more»

#11
Shedd Aquarium
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Nestled in the South Loop, the John G. Shedd Aquarium is one of the world ... read more»

#12
Sears Tower (Willis Tower)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: If you don't mind waiting in exorbitantly long lines, a trip to the top ... read more»

#13
Navy Pier Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: If you're traveling with kids, it's worth carving out a couple hours for ... read more»

#14
Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.0

Why go: When it comes to finding a way to keep the entire family entertained, don't ... read more»

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