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Ranked #31 of 308 attractions in Chicago
Category: Neighborhoods; Other
Downtown section of Chicago defined by the loop of elevated train that encircles it.
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Ranked #32 of 308 attractions in Chicago
Category: Bridges; Landmarks

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 #33 of 308 attractions in Chicago
Category: Nature and Parks
Owner description: Dedicated in 1844, this park covers 319 acres along Lake Michigan and is home to the Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Planetarium,... more » Owner description: Dedicated in 1844, this park covers 319 acres along Lake Michigan and is home to the Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum and the Art Institute. « less
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Ranked #34 of 308 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 #35 of 308 attractions in Chicago
Category: Architectural Buildings; Libraries
The library houses approximately two million books and is a wonderful example of Chicago's architecture.
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Ranked #36 of 308 attractions in Chicago
Category: Educational Sites; Landmarks

One of the top academic sites in the United States, and probably the university with the most Nobel prize winners (especially in physics and economics) anywhere.  The campus is... more »

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Ranked #37 of 308 attractions in Chicago
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks

Located on Chicago's Magnificent Mile, this gothic style church includes a cloister and hosts many concert events.  It makes a peaceful refuge from the shopping hustle and bustle. more »

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Ranked #38 of 308 attractions in Chicago
Category: Art Museums; 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 #39 of 308 attractions in Chicago
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
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Ranked #40 of 308 attractions in Chicago
Category: Libraries; Traveler Resources
Owner description: The Newberry is an independent research library concentrating in the humanities with an active educational and cultural... more » Owner description: The Newberry is an independent research library concentrating in the humanities with an active educational and cultural presence in Chicago. Free and open to the public, it houses an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, maps, music, manuscripts, and other printed material. The Newberry offers exhibits based on its outstanding collections, theatrical performances, lectures and discussions with today's leading humanists, seminars, and teacher programs. Anyone who is at least 16 years old and who is conducting research on a topic covered by the collections may become a reader. « less
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Ranked #41 of 308 attractions in Chicago
Category: Architectural Buildings; Theaters
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Ranked #42 of 308 attractions in Chicago
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Aquariums
Owner description: Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Shedd Aquarium brings you eye-to-eye with more than 32,000 aquatic animals - from... more » Owner description: Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Shedd Aquarium brings you eye-to-eye with more than 32,000 aquatic animals - from whales to snails, tarantulas to turtles, angelfish to zebra sharks! « less
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Ranked #43 of 308 attractions in Chicago
Category: Historic Walking Areas; Landmarks
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Ranked #44 of 308 attractions in Chicago
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #45 of 308 attractions in Chicago
Category: Architectural Buildings; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
This white, terra-cotta landmark was built in 1922 as headquarters for the Wrigley chewing gum company.
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Ranked #46 of 308 attractions in Chicago
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
A nature museum that combines learning with high-quality interactive displays and activities.
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Ranked #47 of 308 attractions in Chicago
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Landmarks
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Ranked #48 of 308 attractions in Chicago
Category: Beaches
Great place for water sports and biking.
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Ranked #49 of 308 attractions in Chicago
Category: Architectural Buildings; Landmarks
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 #50 of 308 attractions in Chicago
Category: Historic Sites; Department Stores

Formerly Marshall Field's this early twentieth century vintage department store is known for its mosaic covered atrium and its Walnut Room restaurant, a famed luncheon venue... more »

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Ranked #51 of 308 attractions in Chicago
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Landmarks
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Ranked #52 of 308 attractions in Chicago
Category: Art Museums; Museums
Owner description: Boldly interweaving exhibitions, performances, collections, and educational programs, the MCA is an innovative and compelling... more » Owner description: Boldly interweaving exhibitions, performances, collections, and educational programs, the MCA is an innovative and compelling center of contemporary art where the public can directly experience the work and ideas of living artists, and understand the historical, social, and cultural context of the art of our time. « less
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Ranked #53 of 308 attractions in Chicago
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #54 of 308 attractions in Chicago
Category: Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks

Well-known and iconic monument located in Daley Plaza in the Loop. more »

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Ranked #55 of 308 attractions in Chicago
Category: Neighborhoods; Other
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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Ranked #56 of 308 attractions in Chicago
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Landmarks
Venerable home field of the Chicago Bears football team.
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Ranked #57 of 308 attractions in Chicago
Category: Neighborhoods; Other

Wicker Park is the former meca of the Chicago art community and location of the bi-annual "Around the Coyote" art festival.  The area has experienced massive economic growth over... more »

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Ranked #58 of 308 attractions in Chicago
Category: Art Museums; Museums
Owner description: As the art museum of the University of Chicago, the Smart Museum of Art is home to acclaimed special exhibitions and a... more » Owner description: As the art museum of the University of Chicago, the Smart Museum of Art is home to acclaimed special exhibitions and a permanent collection that spans five thousand years of artistic creation. Free and open to the public. « less
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Ranked #59 of 308 attractions in Chicago
Category: Museums
Owner description: Where can you take your picture with a million bucks? Create your own currency? Try your hand at managing inflation? These... more » Owner description: Where can you take your picture with a million bucks? Create your own currency? Try your hand at managing inflation? These are just some of the interactive activities available at the Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.We're open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except Bank holidays, when we are closed). If you want to learn a bit more about the Fed, come for our 1 p.m. guided tour (allow about 45 minutes). Admission is always free. The best part: you'll walk away with about $300 in cash--shredded, of course. « less
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Ranked #60 of 308 attractions in Chicago
Category: Architectural Buildings; Department Stores

This building was formerly known as the Medina Temple and belonged to the Shriners' fraternal organization.  It was a performance site for circuses and other events.  It has been... more »

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