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  • Art Institute of ChicagoAttractions » Museums111 S Michigan St, 60603The Art Institute of Chicago is located 111 South Michigan Ave. It is one of Chicago's best attractions. The institute is open daily 10:30�5:00 and Thursday until 8:00 pm. Admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents the first and second Wednesday of every month.The museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. The institute offers many collections from African, American, Ancient and Byzantine, Asian, and Modern to name a few. There are many exhibitions that are displayed through out the year. They have Contemporary Works on Paper, The Elizabeth Morse Touch Gallery, and Steven McQueen. You will enjoy your visit of one of Chicago's best art institutions.
  • Chicago Cultural CenterShopping » Historic Landmarks78 East Washington Street, 60601View site The Chicago Cultural Center is a staple of Chicago attractions. It is located at E. Washington Street and has free admission. The Chicago Cultural Center is known for its many showcases and antique design. It was built in 1897 as Chicago�s first public library. It now hosts over eight hundred cultural programs a year. Some examples of the programs hosted include those of jazz, folk, pop, world concerts. The Chicago Cultural Center also hosts lectures, plays, art discussions and exhibits. They even have a Renaissance Court which hosts programs for older adults and seniors. They are also home to the Chicago tourism center and give out information on other attractions in Chicago. It is a beautiful building with many great programs offered for everyone. It has been a Chicago favorite for decades and will most likely remain one for decades to come.
  • Chicago Cultural CenterAttractions » Historic Landmarks78 East Washington Street, 60601View site The Chicago Cultural Center is a staple of Chicago attractions. It is located at E. Washington Street and has free admission. The Chicago Cultural Center is known for its many showcases and antique design. It was built in 1897 as Chicago�s first public library. It now hosts over eight hundred cultural programs a year. Some examples of the programs hosted include those of jazz, folk, pop, world concerts. The Chicago Cultural Center also hosts lectures, plays, art discussions and exhibits. They even have a Renaissance Court which hosts programs for older adults and seniors. They are also home to the Chicago tourism center and give out information on other attractions in Chicago. It is a beautiful building with many great programs offered for everyone. It has been a Chicago favorite for decades and will most likely remain one for decades to come.
  • Wrigley FieldAttractions » Arenas & Stadiums1060 W Addison, 60613View siteWrigley Field, originally known as Weeghman Park was built in 1914, it is located at 1060 West Addison in Chicago, Illinois. It seats 41,160 people. This famous field has been the location for many historical moments. It was where the famous batter Babe Ruth's "called shot" took place. It was also the place of Pete Rose's 4,191st career hit. The very first major league game at Wrigley Field was held in April 23 of 1994, The first national League game in April 20, 1916. Lights were installed in 1988 and it's first night game was on the 8th of August against Philadelphia. In the year 2009, Wrigley Field celebrated its 22nd year of hosting baseball games in light. It is the second oldest ballpark in the major leagues, with Fenway Park being first (built in 1912).
  • Michigan AvenueAttractions » Historic LandmarksMichigan Avenue is an iconic street that stretches through the eastern portion of Chicago, Illinois. Best known for a section dubbed "The Magnificent Mile", a 13 block stretch on the north end of Michigan Avenue, which attracts thousands of visitors a year. This section of the Avenue boasts over 50 hotels that can accommodate any budget, match that with some of the best dining and shopping options Chicago has to offer, and it is sure to be an exceptional experience. Michigan Avenue also takes travelers passed Millennium Park, the site of President Barrack Obama's 2008 victory speech in front of thousands of people, and one of the most beautiful city parks in the country. Numerous older style buildings are also scattered along Michigan Avenue. All these factors make the drive a must for anyone who visits the Chicago area.
  • John Hancock Center / ObservatoryAttractions » Historic Landmarks875 N Michigan Ave, 60611The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is one of the world's most influential museum's of modern art. It is located in Midtown Manhattan, New York on 11 West 53rd Street. The museum offer a wide range of modern and contemporary art. This even includes architecture and design. Due to the many things The Museum of Modern Art has to offer, this is the perfect place for an all day outing. Some examples are within the museum it has a book store which holds over 300,000 books and a design store. The design store has design objects, gifts, jewelry, personal accessories, and even furniture. The museum also has the restaurant, The Modern, run by the great chef Gabriel Kreuther. The price of admission for adults is $25, seniors over 65 is $18, full time students is $14, children 16 and under are free, and free if you become a member.
  • Blue Man GroupAttractions » Theaters, Shows & EventsBriar Street TheatreView siteThe Blue Man Group will be performing in Chicago, Illinois, at the Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted, Chicago, Il 60657 and tickets can be purchased by calling 1-773-348-4000. So, what exactly is the Blue Man Group and what do they do? Simply put, they entertain. The blue man group play music, draw sketches, and perform tricks. All the while they are literally wearing blue from head to toe, thus the name, "The Blue Man Group.' What makes this group so entertaining is that they use the element of surprise to capture and hypnotize the audience. They perform silly antics, often using adults in the audience as targets. They are what comedy in the performance arts is, as the Harlem Globe Trotters is to basketball. Call to get your tickets today. A variety of shows and times are available.
  • The Field MuseumAttractions » Museums1400 S Lake Shore Dr, 60605One of the many notable Chicago museums located on the shore of Lake Michigan, the Field Museum of Natural History combines a stunning public attraction, a historic scientific library and a large curatorial and scientific staff of active researchers. Though most of the museum's 21 million artifacts are in storage at any given time, the permanent exhibits alone are enough to make it worth a visit; several rotating or traveling exhibits are also always on display. Located at 1400 South Lake Shore Drive on the Museum Campus, the Field Museum is only a short walk away from the Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium, with parking available on site. General admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children and $12 for students and seniors, though special exhibits generally require a separate ticket. The Field Museum is also one of those local attractions included in the 9-day Chicago CityPass.
  • Lincoln Park ZooAttractions » Zoos & Aquariums2001 N Clark St, 60614The Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago is a favorite for not only visitors of Chicago but its residents as well. This amazing zoo is located on N. Clark Street in Chicago�s down town. It is open all year but during winter some animals may not be out and available to be seen. The Lincoln Park Zoo is completely free and anyone can come in during their open hours and see the animals. The zoo also has some other exciting things such as gift shops, ice cream shops and some special animal based entertainment. They have special events such as the Zoo Lights feature which is when the zoo is lit up with lights. This happens during Christmastime and into the New Year. There are many animals to be seen at the zoo such as polar bears and giraffes and even gorillas. This zoo is sure to please people from the youngest to the oldest.
  • Willis TowerAttractions » Historic Landmarks233 South Wacker Drive, 60606View siteThe Willis Tower (formally known as Sears Towers from 1972-2009) this tower has 108 floors, the largest building in the City of Chicago. It is the seventh building that is a freestanding structure. People are allowed to visit their viewing deck by admission, which is located on the 103rd floor. When people are looking out the windows, they are 1,353 feet above the city streets. The prices to go to the viewing deck are between $11.00 and $44.00. You will be able to see a 360 view the city of Chicago. One a clear day people will be able to see as far as Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. On the other hand, when the winds are strong winds, they will be able to feel the building sway but it nothing to worry about. There is a viewing decking the people will are allowed to walk out on and view the streets below.
  • Cloud GateAttractions » Historic LandmarksMillennium ParkView siteCloud Gate is one of the most stunning examples of permanent public art in Chicago's downtown Millenium Park. Although it was only completed in 2006, this gleaming silver sculpture has already become an iconic symbol of Chicago, affectionately known by locals as "The Bean." Designed and built over the course of two years by Anish Kapoor, Cloud Gate is modeled after liquid mercury. It stretches over 66 feet long, weighs over 100 tons and gleams with the reflection of everything around it; a visit to Chicago isn't complete if you don't bring back a photograph of your own reflection in the underside of the Bean. The park is always free and open to the public, though some of the other attractions may be closed depending on the weather. Millenium Park has its own underground parking lot, accessible from the corner of Michigan and Randolph.
  • Shedd AquariumAttractions » Zoos & Aquariums1200 S Lake Shore Dr, 60605Shedd Aquarium is one of the many famous attractions on Chicago's lakeside. The aquarium, located in a national historic building, has been a visitor destination and learning experience for more than 80 years. More than 32,000 animals live in the aquarium's five main exhibits; rotating shows and educational demonstrations are also hosted on a regular basis. Shedd Aquarium is located at 1200 South Lake Shore Drive on the Museum Campus, which is also home to the Field Museum and Adler Planetarium; parking can be found nearby at Soldier Field. General admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children, with additional fees added for special exhibits or events; Shedd is also one of the attractions available with the Chicago CityPass, which lasts for nine days and allows VIP entry to five of the city's top spots.
  • Navy PierAttractions » Parks & Nature600 E Grand Ave, 60611View siteNavy Pier of Chicago, Illinois is home to a 3,300 foot pier that is located on Lake Michigan and home to a number of amusement park rides along with some local shops and businesses. Here you can ride a Ferris wheel or a merry go round or catch a show. While you are visiting Chicago and visiting Navy Pier, make sure you book a cruise or a boat ride to show you another view of the city. Certain times of the year you will be able to see fireworks shot off at night. You will need to purchase tickets in order to participate in some of the attractions on Navy Pier like the IMAX Theater, Children�s Museum or the cruises.
  • Millennium ParkAttractions » Parks & Nature201 E Randolph St (welcome center), 60602View siteMillennium Park is situated adjacent to the larger Grant Park, both on the central loop area of Chicago Illinois. Only a few blocks from Lake Michigan, it can be easily reached by public transportation. Opened in 2004, Millennium Park is now a major Chicago tourist attraction. The Jay Pritzker Pavilion is the central feature, an outdoor center for the performing arts with seating for over 10,000. The Cloud Gate sculpture is displayed at the AT&T Plaza, from which people can watch the McCormick Tribune Plaza & Ice Rink. An innovative feature is Crown Fountain, a reflective video art display. The Lurie Garden covers over two acres, a rooftop garden covered with flowers and trees.
  • Lake MichiganAttractions » Cruises, Sailing & Water ToursLake Michigan is the second largest Great Lake, and it is the only Great Lake that is contained entirely in the United States. Chicago's downtown area lies directly along the shores of Lake Michigan, and there is plenty to do there for the interested couple, family or wanderer. During the summer, there are many public beaches that are open to the public, though it is important to pay attention to the pollution warnings. One of the prime attractions of Lake Michigan in Chicago is Navy Pier. Navy Pier contains a Ferris wheel, two museums, a seven-story Shakespeare complex and a very large carousel. There are also many ways to get on the water. There are a number of boat tours, water taxis and fishing excursions that can be launched from the shore, and some boat trips will take you up the adjoining Chicago River as well, giving you a view of Chicago as seen from the water.
  • Museum of Science and IndustryAttractions » Museums57th St and Lake Shore Dr, 60637Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry is one of its many landmarks that was first built for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, and its large complex stands in Jackson Park at the end of the Midway. Home to dozens of curated rotating exhibits, the museum also often hosts travelling and temporary exhibits from around the world. Among the MSI's most famous permanent displays are a German U-boat, which visitors can tour, and the remains of the Apollo 8 spacecraft. The Museum of Science and Industry is located at 5700 South Lake Shore Drive at the lakeside edge of Chicago's historic Hyde Park neighborhood. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children with discounts for seniors and residents of Chicago; many of the major attractions and rotating exhibits require their own additional ticket.
  • City Running Tours-ChicagoTours » Sightseeing Tours60604View site
  • Chicago Photography Tours and Workshops by Jason Wolf Digital ImagesTours » Sightseeing Tours1250 W Van Buren #508, 60607View site
  • Uncle FunShopping » Other1338 W Belmont Ave
  • Rosehill CemeteryAttractions » Parks & Nature5800 North Ravenswood Ave, 60660
  • Chicago's Finest River Walk TourTours » Sightseeing Tours401 North Michigan Avenue, 60654View site
  • Nuts on ClarkShopping » Other3830 N Clark St, 60613View site
  • Richard H. Driehaus MuseumAttractions » Museums40 E Erie St, 60611View site
  • Walk Chicago ToursTours » Sightseeing Tours78 E Washington St,View site
  • Unabridged BooksShopping » Other3251 N Broadway
  • Segway Experience of ChicagoTours » Sightseeing Tours224 South Michigan Avenue, 60604View site
  • Fannie MayShopping » Shops & Malls343 North Michigan AvenueView site
  • Goodman TheaterAttractions » Theaters, Shows & Events170 North Dearborn St, 60601View site
  • Chicago Chocolate and Dessert TourTours » Sightseeing Tours550 Kingsbury, 60654View site
  • The Bookie's Paperbacks & MoreShopping » Other2419 W 103rd st, 60655
  • Holy Name CathedralAttractions » Historic Landmarks735 North State St, 60611View site
  • Tastebud Tours Chicago - Food ToursTours » Sightseeing Tours550 Kingsbury 218, 60654View site
  • Neiman MarcusShopping » Other737 N Michigan AveView site
  • Lyric Opera of ChicagoAttractions » Theaters, Shows & Events
  • Chicago Detours, Architectural Tours and Historic Pub CrawlsTours » Sightseeing Tours30 E Adams St, #425, 60602View site
  • Douglas Dawson GalleryShopping » Other222 West Huron St, 60610
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation River CruiseTours » Sightseeing ToursSoutheast corner of Michigan & Wacker, 60604View site
  • Bloomingdale's Home + FurnitureShopping » Other600 N Wabash AvView site
  • Oriental Institute MuseumAttractions » Museums1155 East 58th Street, 60637
  • Waxwing Puzzle CompanyTours » Sightseeing Tours4801 N Fairfield, 60625View site
  • French MarketShopping » Other131 North Clinton Street, 60661View site
  • North Michigan AvenueAttractions » Historic Landmarks
  • Chicago Architecture FoundationTours » Sightseeing Tours224 South Michigan Avenue, 60604View site
  • Vosges Haut-ChocolatShopping » Other520 N Michigan Ave, 60611View site
  • Million Dollar QuartetAttractions » Theaters, Shows & Events2540 N Lincoln Ave, 60614View site
  • Bobby's Bike HikeTours » Sightseeing Tours465 N McClurg Court, 60611View site
  • American Girl PlaceShopping » Shops & Malls111 E Chicago Ave, 60611
  • Steve's Segway ToursTours » Sightseeing ToursNortheast corner of Columbus and Monroe, 60601View site
  • Architectural Artifacts, IncShopping » Other4325 N Ravenswood Ave, 60613View site
  • Chicago Pizza ToursTours » Sightseeing Tours27 N Wacker Drive, 60606

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