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What to see in Chicago

Chicago Attractions


Of all America's large cities, Chicago just might rank as the friendliest. And what it lacks in New York bravado and LA style, Chicago makes up for in the astonishing variety of its architecture, vibrant culture and thriving art scene, highlighted by the Art Institute of Chicago. It is also a truly family-friendly destination, with world-class attractions such as the Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium to delight the whole family.

With so much to see, its worth getting a sense of perspective from the start. Visit the John Hancock Observatory or the Sears Tower Skydeck for views of the city from breathtakingly high up in the air. Then check out Navy Pier for a 3-D motion simulation of Chicago's fascinating history and exciting future. Afterwards, hop on a boat tour departing from the adjoining pier to explore the waterfront area.

A good option for visitors is the Go Chicago Card which gives you discounted admission to all the city's key attractions, shopping and dining discounts, various free tours, and a guide book. A Go Chicago Card also allows you to skip some long queues, which can be useful in peak season. The card is available from the Segway Experience (224 South Michigan Ave) or online, and costs upwards of $74.99 for adults.


Art Institute of Chicago

An impressive pair of bronze lions guards the entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago in South Michigan Avenue, a museum…

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Buckingham Fountain

Located alongside Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago in Grant Park, often referred to as the city's front…

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Chicago Beaches

While Chicago is not well-known as a beach holiday destination, its position on the shore of Lake Michigan gives the…

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Chicago Botanic Gardens

A great place for families to unwind and relax with a picnic, is the Chicago Botanic Gardens. With plenty of wide-open…

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Chicago History Museum

Chicago has a colourful and fascinating history, ranging from devastating fires to gangster assassinations and more.…

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Chicago Loop

Some stunning public art adorns downtown Chicago, created by world-renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro,…

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Frank Lloyd Wright's Home

America's most renowned architect lived and worked in this complex, which served as private residence, studio and architectural…

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Hancock Observatory

The John Hancock building is Chicago's third highest skyscraper, with a distinctive x-bracing exterior skin, and its…

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Magnificent Mile

The stretch of Michigan Avenue in Chicago that runs from Chicago River to Oak Street is known as the Magnificent Mile.…

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Navy Pier

Situated on the lakefront, Navy Pier has developed into one of the city's main tourist destinations, offering year-round…

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Rockford

Illinois' second city, Rockford, is just a hop and skip to the northwest of Chicago, set in rolling hills. It is worth…

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Route 66 Sign

The world-famous Route 66 is colloquially known as the 'Main Street of America' or the 'Mother Road' as it originally…

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Sears Tower (Willis Tower)

'You haven't seen Chicago until you've seen it from the Skydeck' is what many visitors will hear from locals and other…

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