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For some of the best views of the Chicago skyline, head just north of the city to the Lincoln Park Zoo. jaskoomerovic Getty Images

Built in 1921, The Chicago Theatre was the flagship for the Balaban and Katz group of theaters. VisionsofAmerica/Joe Sohm Getty Images

One of Grant Park's standout features is the Buckingham Fountain, a large tiered fountain built as a tribute to Clarence Buckingham (an avid art collector who donated several works to the Art Institute of Chicago). MattFrankel Getty Images

Be sure to try a traditional Chicago dog – which are served on a seeded bun with yellow mustard, sweet relish, diced onion and tomato, celery salt and a dill pickle – while visiting the Windy City. Lauri Patterson Getty Images

It's hard to miss the Art Institute of Chicago's entrance as you approach. Two tall bronze lions have stood outside the museum since 1894, the year after Chicago hosted the World's Columbian Exposition. Tom Ipri Flickr

While Shedd Aquarium's main draw is its abundant aquatic life housed inside, step outside to enjoy scenic views of Lake Michigan and the downtown Chicago skyline. Bruce Leighty Getty Images

Wherever you roam in the Loop, you'll notice Chicago's L light-rail system, named for its abundance of elevated tracks. Jeff Minarik Photography - Chicago,IL Getty Images

The beloved (and free) Lincoln Park Zoo houses an array of animals from around the world, including lions, chimpanzees and polar bears. JamesTung Getty Images

Sit on the top floor of a double-decker tour bus and you may gain an up-close look at The Chicago Theatre marquee's bright colors and tiny bulbs. HA! Designs - Artbyheather Flickr

Navy Pier's Centennial Wheel stands nearly 200 feet above the ground and boasts 360-degree views of downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan. Flash Parker Getty Images

When the weather is warm, Chicagoans visit area beaches like North Avenue Beach (near the Lincoln Park Zoo) and Oak Street Beach (by The Magnificent Mile) for a dip in Lake Michigan. Peter Stasiewicz Getty Images

Chicago's famous Cloud Gate sculpture – often referred to as "The Bean" – can be found in Millennium Park. A Ryan Flickr

One of the best ways to familiarize yourself with the city and its famous architecture is to take an architecture river cruise on the Chicago River. Shobeir Ansari Getty Images

No visit to the Windy City would be complete without sampling the city's famous deep-dish pizza. bhofack2 Getty Images

After perusing the Museum of Science and Industry's exhibits, venture outside to admire the property's lake and basin views. benkrut Getty Images

The stretch of Michigan Avenue just north of the Loop is known as The Magnificent Mile. Here, you'll find a number of high-end shops and eateries, plus iconic structures like the Historic Water Tower, Tribune Tower and the John Hancock Center, where 360 CHICAGO is located. Christopher.F Photography Getty Images

From the John Hancock Center's 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck, travelers can take in panoramic views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. ziggymaj Getty Images

For a one-of-a-kind tradition, visit Chicago during St. Patrick's Day when the city dyes the Chicago River green. stevegeer Getty Images

Whether or not you've got kids in tow, carve out some time for Navy Pier. In addition to rides, the pier is home to the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the Chicago Children's Museum and an Imax theater. Westend61 Getty Images

At the Lincoln Park Zoo's Farm-in-the-Zoo, kids can interact with farm animals like chicks and ponies. Vegetable gardens are also grown here seasonally. gregobagel Getty Images

Excite your inner archaeologist by visiting The Field Museum, which features exhibits showcasing everything from ancient Egyptian artifacts to dinosaur bones. Robert Glusic Getty Images

In addition to offering prime views of Chicago's skyline, Grant Park also boasts ample green spaces and gorgeous fall foliage in the fall. Ron_Thomas Getty Images

Soldier Field, where "da Bears" play, sits next to The Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium in Grant Park's Museum Campus. Bruce Leighty Getty Images

Skydeck Chicago in Willis Tower features glass viewing areas that extend outward from the building's 103rd floor. Courtesy of Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower

Horse-drawn carriages can be rented outside the Park Hyatt Chicago hotel on The Magnificent Mile. Henryk Sadura Getty Images

Bundle up if you plan on checking out Chicago in the winter. Frigid wind chills can make daytime temperatures feel like they're in the negatives. pyzata Getty Images

Meerkats are just one type of African animal you'll see at the Lincoln Park Zoo. by Ken Ilio Getty Images

The Art Institute of Chicago's iconic lions are decorated with wreaths every holiday season. Bruce Leighty Getty Images

Though you could spend your entire time at Navy Pier enjoying its rides, shops and eateries, the boats that depart from its docks offer some of the best views of Chicago's skyline. Elena Kovalevich Getty Images

The Chicago Theatre's iconic marquee is hard to miss at night on North State Street. Shutter Runner Flickr

One of the city's most popular family-friendly attractions is the Museum of Science and Industry, thanks in part to its variety of hands-on educational activities. benkrut Getty Images

In the summer, head to Buckingham Fountain at night for a choreographed show complete with lights and music. Michael Lee Getty Images

Baseball enthusiasts cannot miss a chance to visit Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. Mr Hicks46 Flickr

Every Christmas, the Lincoln Park Zoo is decked out with colorful displays, some of which are choreographed to music, during its ZooLights event. Romeo Banias Getty Images

Designed by Frank Gehry, this outdoor amphitheater in Millennium Park hosts up to 11,000 people for various performances. Tetra Images Getty Images

Although the bulk of the Art Institute of Chicago's art is housed inside, you'll find a few sculptures also displayed outside in the museum's gardens. JR P Flickr

Whether its winter or summer, Shedd Aquarium boasts stunning views of Lake Michigan. chrisp0 Getty Images

Not to be confused with Water Tower Place, The Magnificent Mile's indoor shopping and dining complex, the Chicago Water Tower's Gothic Revival-style architecture stands out from the thoroughfare's modern skyscrapers. Eddie J. Rodriquez / EyeEm Getty Images

During major events like the Fourth of July, you'll see an array of fireworks go off above Navy Pier. Christopher.F Photography Getty Images

One of the city's most iconic skyscrapers is the John Hancock Building, where the 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck is located. The 1,499-foot building features X-bracing designed to minimize the impact of Chicago's strong winds. ziggymaj Getty Images

During a river cruise, you'll gain great views and historical insight about well-known structures like The Wrigley Building, the Leo Burnett Building and the Fulton House. Elizabeth Beard Getty Images

Shedd Aquarium's most popular residents are its sharks, whales and dolphins, but smaller animals like jellyfish also live in some of the property's tanks. Lucky_Penny_Photos Getty Images

As its name implies, Millennium Park is an outdoor oasis in the heart of the city. Its most well-known feature is its Cloud Gate Sculpture, which sits in the middle of the park.  Ayomide Oyeniyi / EyeEm Getty Images

The top of this tower is where you'll find Skydeck Chicago's observation area. 400tmax Getty Images

Visitors should keep in mind that river cruises only operate in the warmer months that stretch from spring to fall. Carl Larson Photography Getty Images

The former Hancock Observatory – now 360 CHICAGO – is one of the gems of the Chicago skyline. Valerie Pirri / EyeEm Getty Images

The famous Wrigley Field marquee has been welcoming baseball fans to the home of the Cubs for more than 80 years. Jordan Flickr

SUE is one of the main attractions at the Field Museum. © The Field Museum

Among the Field Museum's highlights is the Inside Ancient Egypt exhibits, which features artifacts, such as this boat, and a three-story recreation of an ancient tomb. © The Field Museum

Visitors to the Skydeck do all sorts of things to memorialize their time, from jumping to doing push-ups above the Chicago skyline. Emily Mccampbell / EyeEm Getty Images

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