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Ranked #31 of 362 attractions in Chicago
Category: Architectural Buildings; Observation Decks/ Towers; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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, “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 #32 of 362 attractions in Chicago
Category: Dinner Theaters
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Ranked #33 of 362 attractions in Chicago
Category: Gardens
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 #34 of 362 attractions in Chicago
Category: Lookouts
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Ranked #35 of 362 attractions in Chicago
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Ranked #36 of 362 attractions in Chicago
Category: Theaters
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Ranked #37 of 362 attractions in Chicago
Category: Parks; Neighborhoods
Home to the Lincoln Park Zoo, this popular park is also located in a neighborhood called Lincoln Park.
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Ranked #38 of 362 attractions in Chicago
Category: Neighborhoods
Downtown section of Chicago defined by the loop of elevated train that encircles it.
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Ranked #39 of 362 attractions in Chicago
Category: Children's 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 #40 of 362 attractions in Chicago
Category: Fountains
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Ranked #41 of 362 attractions in Chicago
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields
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 #42 of 362 attractions in Chicago
Category: Boat Tours
Owner description: Offering Architectural Cruises, covering the north and south branches of the Chicago River, Historical Lake and River... more » Owner description: Offering Architectural Cruises, covering the north and south branches of the Chicago River, Historical Lake and River Cocktail Cruises and Firework Cruises offered in the evening, all cruises are 90 minutes, and have complimentary Starbucks Coffee and soft drinks. « less
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Ranked #43 of 362 attractions in Chicago
Category: History 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 #44 of 362 attractions in Chicago
Category: Neighborhoods; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: This upscale shopping district on North Michigan Avenue sparkles during the holiday season with the Magnificent Mile Lights... more » Owner description: This upscale shopping district on North Michigan Avenue sparkles during the holiday season with the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, featuring street sales, holiday music and entertainment. « less
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Ranked #45 of 362 attractions in Chicago
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Ranked #46 of 362 attractions in Chicago
Category: Bridges

The view from the bridge is one of the best vistas the city has to offer.  The friezes on the bridgetender towers are well executed but the subject matter would nowadays be... more »

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Ranked #47 of 362 attractions in Chicago
Category: Comedy Clubs
Owner description: The ComedySportz Theatre hosts our main stage show 'ComedySportz' every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 'ComedySportz' is... more » Owner description: The ComedySportz Theatre hosts our main stage show 'ComedySportz' every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 'ComedySportz' is improv comedy with performers split up into two teams who perform short scenes, song and games based on audience suggestions. It's not ABOUT sports, it IS a sport - the players compete for the audience's approval. It's hilarious improv comedy that is appropriate for all ages and has been making people laugh for 25 years.The ComedySportz Theatre also hosts late night shows and other comedy shows throughout the week. These additional shows include stand-up and sketch comedy as well as improv, and some are recommended for audiences 18 and over. « less
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Ranked #48 of 362 attractions in Chicago
Category: Theaters
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Ranked #49 of 362 attractions in Chicago
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Ranked #50 of 362 attractions in Chicago
Category: Malls
Owner description: Where downtown Chicago comes to life.At the pinnacle of Chicago's famed Magnificent Mile, Water Tower Place is Chicago's... more » Owner description: Where downtown Chicago comes to life.At the pinnacle of Chicago's famed Magnificent Mile, Water Tower Place is Chicago's premier shopping destination. Its stunning eight-level atrium features more than 100 of your favorite stores and restaurants plus a mix of distinctive specialty shops and boutiques. It offers a unique, high-energy urban shopping experience you simply won't find anywhere else in the city. In short, Water Tower Place is the place to shop. « less
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Ranked #51 of 362 attractions in Chicago
Category: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
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Ranked #52 of 362 attractions in Chicago
Category: Architectural Buildings; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
This white, terra-cotta landmark was built in 1922 as headquarters for the Wrigley chewing gum company.
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Ranked #53 of 362 attractions in Chicago
Category: Architectural Buildings
Owner description: Set in the heart of Chicago’s financial district, at 209 South LaSalle Street, Daniel Burnham and John Root’s Rookery... more » Owner description: Set in the heart of Chicago’s financial district, at 209 South LaSalle Street, Daniel Burnham and John Root’s Rookery Building is a Chicago landmark, containing a luminous and brilliantly articulated central light court remodeling by Frank Lloyd Wright.When completed in 1888, The Rookery was one of the most expensive and largest commercial buildings in Chicago, housing more than 600 offices. The building’s name was carried over from a nickname given to the structures that occupied The Rookery site prior to its design. These buildings, Chicago’s temporary city hall and a water tank, were known popularly as “the rookery” because of the many birds that nested there and the likelihood of being “rooked” by the politicians in residence.In 1898, when Frank Lloyd Wright opened his studio in Oak Park, he rented space in The Rookery Building to serve as his downtown Chicago office. In 1905, Wright was commissioned to update the interior design and plan of the light court and lobbies. He realized a stunning balance between Burnham & Root’s ornamental ironwork and his own vision to create a spectacular environment – one of his most dramatic interior compositions.Learn about the building’s fascinating history and the unique contribution of one of America’s greatest architects on the Preservation Trust’s guided tours Monday through Friday at noon. « less
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Ranked #54 of 362 attractions in Chicago
Category: Libraries

The Newberry Library is a pleasant and studious place to spend the day. This institution houses a variety of old manuscripts, maps, and genealogy records, and in addition... more »

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Ranked #55 of 362 attractions in Chicago
Category: Aquariums
Owner description: Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Shedd Aquarium brings you eye-to-eye with more than 32,500 aquatic animals when you... more » Owner description: Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Shedd Aquarium brings you eye-to-eye with more than 32,500 aquatic animals when you explore the wonderful world of "Jellies" or the recreated environments of the Amazon River and Philippine coral reefs. « less
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Ranked #56 of 362 attractions in Chicago
Category: Specialty Museums
A nature museum that combines learning with high-quality interactive displays and activities.
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Ranked #57 of 362 attractions in Chicago
Category: Performances

Here are the facts on Supernatural Chicago. 1: IT'S NOT A TOUR. It's a one-man theater show. Some people like multi-hour tours on buses that cruise around the city, but not... more »

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Ranked #58 of 362 attractions in Chicago
Category: Performances
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Ranked #59 of 362 attractions in Chicago
Category: Art Museums
Owner description: Enjoy one of the country's largest collections of Mexican art and culture, including a vibrant textile collection including... more » Owner description: Enjoy one of the country's largest collections of Mexican art and culture, including a vibrant textile collection including indigenous outfits and weavings, folk art including masks and Día de los Muertos artifacts and ephemera documenting the Chicano Movement. Open daily 10am-5pm, closed Mondays. « less
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Ranked #60 of 362 attractions in Chicago
Category: Neighborhoods
Owner description: Andersonville combines Swedish roots and small-town charm with the city's newest and hippest stores and restaurants. Offering... more » Owner description: Andersonville combines Swedish roots and small-town charm with the city's newest and hippest stores and restaurants. Offering everything from stylish clothes and unique items for the home to delectable international dining and traditional holiday events, our unique array of ethnically-diverse, locally-owned businesses guarantees you'll find something to love. A visit to our popular north side neighborhood always makes for a memorable Chicago experience. « less
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