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Ranked #1 of 309 attractions in Chicago
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Category: Art Museums; Museums
Owner description: This Classical Renaissance structure, guarded by two bronze lions at its entrance, boasts one of the world's great art... more » Owner description: This Classical Renaissance structure, guarded by two bronze lions at its entrance, boasts one of the world's great art collections, including the trademark "American Gothic." « less
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Ranked #2 of 309 attractions in Chicago
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Category: Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks

Anish Kapoor's bean-shaped sculpture is considered to be the centerpiece of the new Millennium Park. more »

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Ranked #3 of 309 attractions in Chicago
Category: Museums
Owner description: Take a step back in time to the Gilded Age with banker Samuel Nickerson's mansion. Explore all three floors of the museum and... more » Owner description: Take a step back in time to the Gilded Age with banker Samuel Nickerson's mansion. Explore all three floors of the museum and discover how the Nickerson family lived and socialized. The museum is closed on Mondays. Tours are an extra $5, but well worth it. « less
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Ranked #4 of 309 attractions in Chicago
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Category: Parks; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Historic Walking Areas

Millennium Park, completed in 2004 (4 years late and enormously over budget) covers the area north of the Art Institute in Chicago built on air rights over commuter train tracks... more »

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Ranked #5 of 309 attractions in Chicago
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Category: Science Museums; Museums

The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry is a highly engaging museum located in the historic Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.  It features an extensive variety of exhibits... more »

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Ranked #6 of 309 attractions in Chicago
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Landmarks
One of America's smallest, oldest, and best-loved ballparks, Wrigley is home to the Chicago Cubs.
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Ranked #7 of 309 attractions in Chicago
Category: Architectural Buildings; Religious Sites; Landmarks

Seat  of the Chicago Catholic archdiocese. more »

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Ranked #8 of 309 attractions in Chicago
Category: ; Art Museums; History Museums; Museums

The word "oriental" in the name might confuse some.  The collection has nothing to do with China, Japan or India, but instead is a huge archaeological collection of objects from... more »

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Ranked #9 of 309 attractions in Chicago
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: This main downtown thoroughfare includes the Magnificent Mile, a stretch full of every store imaginable and several of the... more » Owner description: This main downtown thoroughfare includes the Magnificent Mile, a stretch full of every store imaginable and several of the city's landmark buildings. « less
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Ranked #10 of 309 attractions in Chicago
Category: Art Galleries; Architectural Buildings
Owner description: The Chicago Cultural Center is the nation’s first free municipal cultural center and one of the most visited attractions in... more » Owner description: The Chicago Cultural Center is the nation’s first free municipal cultural center and one of the most visited attractions in Chicago. The stunning landmark building, opened in 1897 as the city’s first public library, is home to two magnificent stained-glass domes, and annually presents hundreds of free cultural exhibits and performances. The building also houses a Visitor Information Center, gift shop, and café. Admission is free. « less
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Ranked #11 of 309 attractions in Chicago
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
From the Wrigley Building to the Drake Hotel, this boulevard runs the gamut of wealth and privilege.
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Ranked #12 of 309 attractions in Chicago
Category: Architectural Buildings; Observation Decks/ Towers; Landmarks
Visitors to Chicago's fourth tallest building can visit the 94th-floor observatory for a spectacular view of the city.
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Ranked #13 of 309 attractions in Chicago
Category: Historic Sites; Gardens

Large historic conservatory (primarily indoor but some outdoor displays) located near an el stop in Garfield Park, one of the city's largest parks.  Conservatory is operated by... more »

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Ranked #14 of 309 attractions in Chicago
Category: Cemeteries; Landmarks

Historic and well-known Chicago cemetery located near Wrigley Field. more »

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Ranked #15 of 309 attractions in Chicago
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Category: Zoos
Owner description: Established in 1868, this 35-acre, beautifully landscaped zoo is one of America's last free-admission zoos. The Great Ape... more » Owner description: Established in 1868, this 35-acre, beautifully landscaped zoo is one of America's last free-admission zoos. The Great Ape House has one of the best assemblages of gorillas and chimpanzees in the world. « less
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Ranked #16 of 309 attractions in Chicago
Category: ; Natural History Museums; Science Museums; Observatories/ Planetariums; Museums
Owner description: One of America's premier natural history museums, the Field's "Live over Time" exhibit now houses "Sue," the largest and most... more » Owner description: One of America's premier natural history museums, the Field's "Live over Time" exhibit now houses "Sue," the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered. « less
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Ranked #17 of 309 attractions in Chicago
Category: Fountains; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: Chicago's landmark is considered one of America's finest fountains due to its Beaux-Arts-style landscape design, finely... more » Owner description: Chicago's landmark is considered one of America's finest fountains due to its Beaux-Arts-style landscape design, finely wrought bronze sculpture and innovative use of technology. « less
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Ranked #18 of 309 attractions in Chicago
Category: Lookouts; Observation Decks/ Towers; Architectural Buildings; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: No trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to the The Ledge at Skydeck Chicago! Enjoy 360-degree views spanning up to 50... more » Owner description: No trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to the The Ledge at Skydeck Chicago! Enjoy 360-degree views spanning up to 50 miles and 4 states and our most spectacular view - 1,353 feet straight down! "Dare to Stand Out" on The Ledge - glass balconies extending 4.3 Feet outside the building provide a thrilling, once in a lifetime experience. « less
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Ranked #19 of 309 attractions in Chicago
Category: Fountains; Landmarks
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Ranked #20 of 309 attractions in Chicago
Category: Neighborhoods; Parks
Home to the Lincoln Park Zoo, this popular park is also located in a neighborhood called Lincoln Park.
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Ranked #21 of 309 attractions in Chicago
Category: History Museums; Museums
Owner description: This museum brings the Second City's long and colorful history to life, with exhibits on everything from the Great Fire of... more » Owner description: This museum brings the Second City's long and colorful history to life, with exhibits on everything from the Great Fire of 1871 to the city's rich background in sports. « less
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Ranked #22 of 309 attractions in Chicago
Category: Architectural Buildings; Observation Decks/ Towers; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: No trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and The Ledge at... more » Owner description: No trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and The Ledge at Skydeck Chicago! Treat yourself to a "one stop Chicago" experience on your journey to the 103rd floor. Enjoy 360-degree views spanning up to 50 miles and 4 states and our most spectacular view - 1,353 feet straight down! "Dare to Stand Out" on The Ledge - glass balconies extending 4.3 Feet outside the building provide a thrilling, once in a lifetime experience! « less
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Ranked #23 of 309 attractions in Chicago
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Landmarks
This modern arena replaced the old Chicago Stadium as home court for the NBA's Bulls and the NHL's Blackhawks.
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Ranked #24 of 309 attractions in Chicago
Category: Architectural Buildings; Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: The Robie House on the University of Chicago campus is considered one of the most important buildings in the history of... more » Owner description: The Robie House on the University of Chicago campus is considered one of the most important buildings in the history of American architecture. It was created by Frank Lloyd Wright for his client Frederick C. Robie, a forward-thinking businessman. Designed in Wright's Oak Park studio in 1908 and completed in 1910, the building is both a masterpiece of the Prairie style and renowned as a forerunner of modernism in architecture. Tours of the site offer both a first-hand experience of its amazingly contemporary spaces and the current restoration work that is returning the house to its original appearance.Public tours are available Thursday – Monday. The museum is closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Social events and family programs are hosted on weekends throughout the year. Robie House is also available for facility rentals and special events. Visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust website to learn more. « less
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Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
A Chicago institution for more than a century, the Conservatory's Main Garden blooms with more than 40,000 annuals.
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Ranked #26 of 309 attractions in Chicago
Category: Children's Museums; Museums
Owner description: The "Dinosaur Expedition," where kids dig for bones and conduct archaeological research is just one of the many hands-on... more » Owner description: The "Dinosaur Expedition," where kids dig for bones and conduct archaeological research is just one of the many hands-on exhibits at the Chicago Children's Museum. « less
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Ranked #27 of 309 attractions in Chicago
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #28 of 309 attractions in Chicago
Category: Ships; Performances; Specialty Museums
Owner description: Tall Ship Windy is Chicago's Official Tall Ship! Many sailing trips daily, May - Oct rain or shine! To see current schedule... more » Owner description: Tall Ship Windy is Chicago's Official Tall Ship! Many sailing trips daily, May - Oct rain or shine! To see current schedule online, click "buy tickets" We have a full service bar aboard This is a fun adventure, for all ages! « less
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Ranked #29 of 309 attractions in Chicago
Category: Architectural Buildings; Landmarks
Owner description: This elaborate and ornate chapel at the University of Chicago - the university to which John D. Rockefeller donated over $35... more » Owner description: This elaborate and ornate chapel at the University of Chicago - the university to which John D. Rockefeller donated over $35 million - was designed by Bertram Goodhue. « less
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Ranked #30 of 309 attractions in Chicago
Category: Architectural Buildings; Landmarks
Owner description: The neo-gothic tower's signature is the exterior collection of stones from other famous edifices, like the Parthenon, St.... more » Owner description: The neo-gothic tower's signature is the exterior collection of stones from other famous edifices, like the Parthenon, St. Peter's Basilica, Notre Dame, the White House and most recently, the Berlin Wall. « less
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