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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.

Good to Know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-06:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    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

Guide was knowledgable and entertaining.

It was a wonderful experience. So much history about Chicago. Wish it would've lasted a bit longer.
Chicago River Architecture Cruise Reviewed by Karen, 07/09/2016

Very fascinating and entertaining, makes me want to read more about i.

The tour guide was outstanding. Really knew his stuff. Enjoyed the ride as well! Well worth the time and money!
Chicago: 90-Minute Mob and Crime Bus Tour Reviewed by Lisa, 07/06/2016

There were surprises revealed that would have been otherwise missed.

Our friends are locals, we are from out of state. This provided a fun blend of surprises for all of us. Alex was impressive. He was informative and entertaining; he ran the tour at a comfortable pace so we were able to enjoy each stop to satisfaction. We will return for another tour and have already recommended your services to others. Thank you for an enjoyable experience.

We've seen the main spots in Chicago on one day - a good choice. :)

As our stay in Chicago was quite short, we decided to buy the one day Chicago Go Card. It was useful to create a step by step schedule of the things we want to see on this one day. The schedule was tight, but we have seen all the nice spots and highlights of Chicago. For us the 1 day ticket was totally sufficient.
Go Chicago Card: All-Inclusive Attraction Pass Reviewed by Christian, 05/28/2016

Cut down our waiting time from 2 hours to just 30 minutes

Very easy to use especially for last minute tickets without extra fees. Good job guys!!!!!
Skip the Line: Chicago Skydeck Experience Ticket Reviewed by Lawrence, 04/11/2016

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