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Top 10 things to do in Chicago

Chicago has it all and enjoys spoiling its visitors and locals alike with a wealth of culture, shopping, dining and entertainment possibilities. As Frank Sinatra sang so many times about this world-class city, "it's one town that won't let you down."

Wrigley Building

Built in the 1920s, the two towers of this iconic landmark on Michigan Avenue once housed the headquarters for chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr.

Michigan Avenue

The Chicago Water Tower on North Michigan Ave. was one of the few structures to have survived the Chicago Fire of 1871. Today, it's a gallery for local artists and photographers.

The Magnificent Mile

13-blocks of North Michigan Avenue comprise The Magnificent Mile. It offers retail therapy, a bevy of restaurants with international cuisine and examples of historical buildings.

The Loop

It's the district that mixes business with pleasure amid soaring downtown highrises. Take a seat at one of many eateries, stroll along the river or enjoy the nighlife revelry.

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Chicago Picasso Statue

Controversy surrounded the unveiling of this 50-foot statue in downtown's Daley Plaza in 1967. Some regarded Picasso's Cubist artwork to that of a baboon or a giant insect.

Chicago Pedway

When the weather and traffic are bad, thousands of locals take advantage of this system of underground corridors and overhead bridges in a 40-block radius in downtown.

Chicago Cultural Center

First opened as The Chicago Public Library and Civil War memorial in 1897, the building is famous for its stained-glass domes. Cultural events take place regularly and for free.

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Chicago Children's Museum

Dig for dinosaur bones, learn how the city's tallest structures stand, and manipulate the power of water. Parents and kids will give this hands-on museum an A+ by the day's end.

Chicago History Museum

From the original days as a fur trading center to what daily life is like today, visitors will learn all there is to know at the "Chicago: Crossroads of America" exhibition.

Science and Industry Museum

The largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere is the ideal environment for an immersion in science. The Omnimax Theater also shows fantastic films throughout the year.

Planning Your Chicago Visit

Chicago Children's Museum tickets and hours

Admission: $14 Opening hours: Monday-Wednesday from 10:00AM-5:00PM; Thursdays from 10:00AM-8:00PM; Fridays from 10:00AM-6:00PM; Weekends from 10:00AM-7:00PM. Thursdays from 5:00PM-8:00PM is Family Night and free. Location: Navy Pier

Chicago History Museum tickets and hours

Admission: $14 with two audio tours. Kids 12 and under are free. Opening hours: daily from 9:30AM-4:30PM Location: Lincoln Park

Science and Industry Museum

Admission: $18 (adults), $11 (kids 3-11). Three different ticket packages are also available for $27, $32, and $36. Depending on the selected package, visitors may choose up to three extra museum features, such as the Omnimax Theater, which are not included in the general admission price.
Opening hours: daily from 9:30AM-5:30PM Location: 5700 Lake Shore Drive

When should I go?

April through May and September through October are great months to visit. The weather is nice, prices are reasonable, and there are plenty of festivals to enjoy. Plus, the crowds are less than in the peak summer season.

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    Early summer and early fall tend to have pleasant temperatures, fewer crowds, and a great selection of events on offer.

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What People Are Saying About Chicago

Great views of the city and enjoyed all the history

Great tour. Guide informative and knowledgeable. Cheerful and obviously enjoyed her job.
Chicago River Architecture Cruise Reviewed by christine, 10/25/2016

The river cruise was informative and fun, with an excellent docent.

The cruise was timely and orderly, fun and informative. The docent (Keith?) was amazingly informative and entertaining. It was a great time.
Chicago River Architecture Cruise Reviewed by Lynn, 10/24/2016

We got a lot of Chicago history and enjoyed the ride.

The tour gave us an overview of the "dark side" of Chicago history, especially during Prohibition, and took us to several crime sites. The guide was knowledgeable and engaging. It was a fun and offbeat tour.
Chicago: 90-Minute Mob and Crime Bus Tour Reviewed by Anne, 10/18/2016

Our tour guide offered a great insight into the city's architecture

Great experience led by a tour guide who intimately knew the city's history and its architecture. He even gave us some harmonica blues. 10/10.
Chicago River Architecture Cruise Reviewed by Doug, 10/14/2016

Our guide, Racheal,made it a fun, educational tour!

Despite the chilly, rainy weather, the tour was educational and informative. My husband is from Chicago, so we visit a couple times per year and know the ins and outs of the city. Seeing it from the river, though, gave us a completely different viewpoint. Our guide was a energetic, fun young lady (Racheal) who knew what she was talking about. Highly recommend!
Chicago River Architecture Cruise Reviewed by Jill, 10/04/2016

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